Chief Executive Officer

Point Blue Conservation Science
Petaluma, California
October 14 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
All Industry

Search for the Chief Executive Officer

Point Blue Conservation Science

Petaluma, California

Point Blue seeks an innovative and collaborative thought leader with proven success as a manager, fundraiser, and spokesperson to serve as its next Chief Executive Officer. The successful CEO will embrace Point Blue’s critical climate-smart conservation goals and high performance teaming approach to shape its future success working with Point Blue’s 180 scientists, restorationists, and educators.

Global temperatures are rising outside the narrow band that has defined the rise of human civilization over the past 10,000 years. As earth’s climate system shifts, we are experiencing extreme and deadly weather events and undergoing what has become known as the “sixth mass extinction.” Roughly half of earth’s land surface and much of our oceans have been degraded to provide resources for our rapidly increasing human population. How we adapt to this evolving reality is the challenge of our generation.

Point Blue is built for that challenge. Our scientists are dedicated to understanding the natural world and innovating nature-based approaches that address the severity and impacts of environmental change across California’s iconic and influential landscapes – from the Sierra to the sea – and far beyond. We believe that due to our climate-smart conservation actions today, healthy ecosystems will continue to support thriving wildlife and human communities into the future.

While the US is more polarized than ever, our focus at Point Blue is to build bridges, working with our partners – government agencies, NGOs, universities, the military, farmers, ranchers, fishers, and others – to reduce the impacts of and prepare for environmental change. We seek solutions and strongly advocate for the use of science in decision-making at all levels.  This is a critical moment in time for a visionary leader to guide Point Blue for effective, science-based problem solving regionally, nationally, and globally, with tremendous opportunity to effect meaningful change on a global scale.

Point Blue connects data to decision-makers to ensure that management practices and policies are based on a solid foundation of the best available scientific knowledge. At Point Blue, we are energized and inspired by this challenge and responsibility, which is evident in our rich culture, high staff morale, and positive work environment.

The next CEO will have the exciting opportunity to build upon the organization’s strong reputation and achievement to increase our reach and impact. The CEO will work closely with the staff and Board of Directors to achieve the strategic goals of the organization. In doing this, the CEO will:

  • Serve as a trusted and visionary leader and ambassador for Point Blue from local to global audiences
  • Energize staff, board, and partners to drive our strategy to success
  • Grow financial resources necessary to achieve our vision
  • Embody our commitment to science, collaboration, trust, innovation, inclusivity, and diversity

Point Blue Conservation Science has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

Deborah Hodson and Emily Chiswick-Patterson

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA  94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

Fax: 415.655.4905

Point Blue Conservation Science is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.