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Chief Executive Officer


SCCF is seeking a dynamic, thoughtful leader to serve as its CEO and to provide inspiration and direction to conservation efforts focused on SCCF’s mission.


The CEO will have broad leadership and management responsibility for SCCF operations, as well as extensive interaction with donors, members and other stakeholders.


This position will report directly to the Board of Trustees. All other SCCF employees report, directly or indirectly, to the CEO.


The current CEO will be retiring after a very successful 32-year career with SCCF. This tenure speaks to the exceptional nature of this opportunity and the culture and character of the SCCF organization.

CEO Responsibilities

·         Strategy Development - SCCF has a Strategic Plan which was recently updated that can provide a launching point for the future. The new CEO will have the benefit of this plan, and the flexibility to innovate from it.


·         Organization Leadership - The CEO will be responsible for the daily operations of SCCF, with an expectation that she/he will delegate supervisory tasks where appropriate.


·         Member/Donor/Volunteer Relations and Fundraising - The CEO will play an active role in fundraising with major donors. She/he will be the “Face of SCCF” on the islands and otherwise where the organization has a very public and positive persona.


·         Partner and Community Stakeholder Relations - SCCF’s relationships with the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the City of Sanibel, and numerous water quality and other conservation groups throughout the state and elsewhere are one of the organization’s most valuable assets. The CEO will either personally or through designees ensure these relationships remain fruitful and productive and continue to grow.


·         Science Agenda and Natural Resource Policy - The CEO will be responsible for defining an evolving Science Agenda for SCCF that takes advantage of facilities such as the Marine Laboratory, Bailey Homestead and Wilmeth Cottage. The CEO will also formulate and communicate SCCF positions on major conservation issues, subject to Board approval.


Professional Experience and Qualifications

SCCF is seeking a CEO with the following characteristics and capabilities:


·         Experience and Knowledge

o    An understanding of Conservation issues relevant to the Sanibel-Captiva environment. This includes the foresight to identify emerging issues and the policies and practical actions necessary to address them. We are seeking a forward-looking leader with scientific credibility.

o    A track record of successfully Leading and Managing organizations of at least a modest size and preferably of a size similar to SCCF.

o    Fundraising experience and confidence in dealing with major donors.

o    Relationships with peers in Florida and/or leaders in the local area would be a plus but not required.


·         Skills

o    Leadership skills with an ability to inspire and motivate others.

o    Interpersonal skills in dealing with a diverse group of constituents including scientists, government officials, donors and volunteers.

o    Communication skills and “Platform Presence” including active listening skills and the competence to address individuals and groups in a compelling and genuine way.


·         Personal Characteristics

o    Commitment to the SCCF Mission and a passion for the future conservation needs of Sanibel and Captiva islands.

o    Enthusiastic.

o    Collaborative.

o    Decisive.

o    Engaging Sense of Humor.

·         Education

o    Advanced degree required, preferably in a relevant science field.


A competitive compensation and benefits package will be available to the successful candidate.


To Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume in electronic form to Doug Ryckman at


Information should be submitted by no later than April 15, 2018.


We anticipate a transition period in late 2018 and assumption of full responsibilities by the new CEO in early 2019.


All correspondence will remain confidential.


SCCF is an equal opportunity employer.