The Washington Apple Education Foundation has initiated a search for a new executive director. (More about Jennifer Witherbee stepping down.)

The primary office of the WAEF is located in the Washington Apple Commission building in Wenatchee.  Opportunities may exist for part-time remote work from a home location in central Washington.

WAEF is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Brochure

Position: Executive Director

WAEF Strengths
• WAEF enjoys a strong reputation and proven track record of fulfilling its mission to impact lives through access to higher education.
• WAEF is the pride of the industry with donor and volunteer loyalty to the foundation high and growing. Two-hundred volunteers are involved with WAEF on an annual basis. Annually, over 400 donors contribute financially.
• WAEF scholarship recipients consistently outpace national and state averages for successful graduation from college.
• WAEF board members, volunteers and staff are all highly dedicated and passionate about creating a lifelong impact on students, families & industry communities.

Initial Focus for the Executive Director
• Accomplish a smooth leadership transition with transparence, openness, sensitivity and visibility.
• Develop strong, positive relationships with current WAEF staff, board members, donors and volunteers.
• Sustain and grow annual donations while respecting fluctuations in industry economic cycles.
• Manage organizational administrative needs and ensure effective use of donor funds.
• Provide leadership and encouragement to staff, board members & volunteers.

Longer Term Challenges & Opportunities
• Engage students with offerings that support their long-term post-secondary educational and career goals and interests. Utilize data to ensure programs are on track and meeting desired outcomes.
• Scale organization while maintaining high donor accountability standards.
• Increase revenues and broaden base with new partnerships. Cultivate relationships with new entities involved in the tree fruit industry such as investors, vendors, etc.
• Adapt outreach to stay effective in a changing educational environment.

Working Relationships
The executive director is expected to interact with the following audiences:
WAEF Board of Directors
Current and future donors
Scholarship recipients
State and regional elected leaders
Industry leaders
Other nonprofits
College and university officials
High school officials

Reporting & Authority
The executive director reports directly to the Board of Directors and in partnership with the board, is responsible for the strategic direction, success, and sustainability of the organization. Responsibilities include fund development, staff leadership, administration, fiscal oversight, communications, visibility, and management of all operational elements.

Basic Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree or better in a relevant field such as business, marketing, communications, or related field. Demonstrated success in a chief executive or senior management role in a similarly sized nonprofit or for-profit organization. Experience with a board of directors, either as a volunteer or staff preferred. Proven ability to empower, mentor, motivate and engage staff members at all levels. Successful fundraising and development experience. Candidates should have personal or familial roots in the agriculture industry.

The ideal candidate will exhibit the following personal attributes:
Values diversity & equality
Outstanding communicator
Passion & enthusiasm

Compensation & Benefits
A competitive compensation and benefit package will be provided for the selected candidate.

December 20, 2021 – Application Deadline
January 10-14, 2022 – Preliminary Interviews
January 17-21, 2022 – Finalist Interviews
January 27, 2022 – Candidate Selection
March 1, 2022 – Start Date

To apply:
The full application packet must include the following:
• Application form
• Letter of Interest in the position
• Current resume
• A written statement addressing each of the four following areas:
Share about your role engaging staff and/or volunteers in a high performing team.
Cite examples of your demonstrated fundraising and development skills, including strategies to engage new partners.
Share your demonstrated success in a chief executive or senior management role in a complex, similarly sized or larger non-profit or                 for-profit organization.
Describe your personal and professional interest in applying for this position.

Please limit your written response to each question to 300 words.

Send completed file no later than December 20th, 2021, to employment@waef.org.  Applications that are received by 5pm on Monday, December 20th, 2021 are assured full consideration. It is anticipated that the candidate interviews will occur in mid- January 2022. All submissions will be acknowledged upon the completion of a complete file. The board reserves the right to continue the search until a successful candidate is secured.

For information, please contact Gene Sharratt at GeneSharratt@outlook.com or (509) 670-3222.

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