Job Opening: Executive Director


Based in the California Sierra Nevada foothills, Woolman’s mission is to both inspire and prepare individuals to work for peace, justice, and environmental sustainability, and to deepen their personal and spiritual growth. Continuing its six-decade legacy as a hub for Quaker values, Woolman offers diverse educational and enrichment programs at the 240-acre Sierra Friends Center campus, a unique environment where guests can study, practice, reflect and renew as they are immersed in nature, with simple accommodations, meeting spaces, and a working farm that provides fresh organic food.

Woolman Programs include transformative workshops, camps and retreats for people of all ages, in groups or as individuals. Activities at Woolman at Sierra Friends Center are guided by core values of simplicity, nonviolence, truth speaking, silence, service, and a belief in the human spirit while surrounded by the physical, mental and spiritual healing power of nature. We practice radical acceptance, treating each person with dignity and respect. This is an educational institution based on Quaker values but we are not a religious organization. Being a member of the Society of Friends is not a requirement of the job.

During the Covid pandemic, while the organization was virtually shut-down with only administrative and site management functions operating, a devastating wildfire burned 30% of campus buildings. The insurance proceeds and the pandemic shut-down afforded the organization time and resources for recovery and the rebuilding is now in process.

Woolman seeks an experienced Executive Director who will lead the organization to long term financial sustainability, with a renewed campus and innovative, mission-centric programs that respect our legacy while leveraging future possibilities. The role can be 60% remote as long as the hire is within a 30 mile radius.


The Executive Director (ED) provides strategically focused leadership, creating innovative programs and serving as the public face of the organization, while guiding the overall organizational health through fundraising, budget development, and program administration. The ED is responsible for positively positioning the Woolman brand by leveraging the organization’s 60 year old legacy. With an understanding of the environment in which the organization operates, s/he will develop business partnerships, attract investment support, and create competitive advantages. The ED will work with staff to maintain a high-quality experience for guests and program participants.

The ED reports to the Board of Trustees and works closely with them to ensure the achievement of its mission, programs and financial objectives. The ED assures that the organization has a long-range strategy and makes consistent and timely progress.

The ED supports staff leaders in these three distinct functions:

  • The Sierra Friends Center as a financially successful retreat property, ensuring that third party and Woolman-sponsored retreats and workshops generate the appropriate income to cover expenses and contribute to the overhead of the organization,
  • Woolman programs offering educational and enrichment curriculum, and a variety of camps, consistent with the organization’s mission in support of Quaker values, and
  • Administrative and site operations for a 50-building campus and support infrastructure including a special conservation property with local land trust and tribal involvement.


  • Maintain a climate which attracts, retains, motivates, and rewards a diverse, high performance staff. Oversee all aspects of human resources for paid staff, contractors and volunteers, including the development and implementation of personnel policies, benefits, supervision, performance reviews, and training. Nurture and provide corrective action of staff when needed.
  • Develop and manage an annual budget approaching $1M
  • Assist in attracting and developing a powerful Board in support of the mission, goals and objectives.
  • Develop and further diversity, equity and inclusion goals in programming and organizational management.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with Board, staff, political, corporate and community leaders, and keep abreast of issues facing the greater Sierra Nevada community.
  • Communicate clearly with the Board about the condition of the organization.
  • Develop fundraising strategies, objectives, plans and policies in coordination with the board and staff, to achieve short- and long-range goals, to assure financial sustainability.
  • Pursue a mix of revenue resources, including public support, fee-based programs, and the leveraging of assets to support financial stability and growth.
  • Build partnerships with local and regional organizations to expand sources of sustainable financial support, and to build program capacity.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors and prospects.
  • Serve as principal spokesperson, representing the needs and interests of the organization externally. Work with the board and staff to create and implement a public relations strategy designed to clearly communicate the image, and enhance the visibility of Woolman to the community, alumni, and funders.
  • Raise visibility of Woolman’s mission and programs in the Quaker community and among alumni to encourage new donors and potential major donors.
  • Serve as final editor for all copy produced in house
  • Provide internal leadership in strategic planning, fundraising, public relations, finance and human resources; monitor and track success of strategic plan; develop concepts and targeted plans of action into measurable goals; provide focus and direction on key strategic plan elements.
  • Oversee legal and regulatory compliance, and camp accreditation.


  • Notable success leading organizations or businesses that demonstrate growth, have a strong teamwork ethic and produce positive results
  • At least 3+ years in an executive leadership role
  • Track record raising at least $500K-$1M through both donor development and grant writing
  • Comfortable creating and managing detailed budgets and reporting
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; experience writing grants and/or marketing materials
  • Ability to communicate, motivate and inspire others about Woolmans mission with passion
  • Experience with open space or agricultural land management or relevant experience
  • Skilled at facilitating productive, action-oriented, results and a familiarity with Quaker process of consensus-based decision-making
  • Ability to manage risk using both cost benefit analysis and establishing written protocols and policies
  • Ability to make firm, ethical and timely decisions that are communicated appropriately, coupled with an ability to build consensus amongst all stakeholders
  • MBA or MPA or equivalent preferred, not required
  • Understanding or willingness to learn more about Quaker values


  • Willingness to approach ambiguity with creativity
  • Ability to create one’s job vs. have it outlined for them
  • Knack for developing creative ways to generate revenue
  • Resilience, dedication, innovation and the ability to leverage opportunities and manage risk
  • Passion for one or more aspects of the organization’s mission and/or programming
  • Commitment to creating an environment of collaboration


$80K-$90K DOE plus benefits. Competitive benefits package including healthcare, retirement, and PTO is included.  Relocation expenses are available.


We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet all of the qualifications. Please send a resume and cover letter (bullet points are fine, helpful to have context) to


Interviews are projected to begin September 13th and there will be a total of 3 interviews. Final applicants will also be asked to complete a work product, with compensation. Projected start date is December 6th.

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