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Chief Operating Officer
Category: Manager

Catalina Island Conservancy
Catalina Island

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012


The Catalina Island Conservancy ( was formed in 1972 to protect and restore the natural and cultural resources of Santa Catalina Island, and to make them available for public recreation, education, and enjoyment.  Santa Catalina Island is one of eight islands off the coast of Southern California.  Every year, approximately 1 million people visit the island and at least 4,000 are resident year-round. The Conservancy’s mission is to be a responsible steward of its land through a balance of conservation, education, and recreation. The Conservancy is unique among land trusts in the scope and diversity of its operations, ranging from highly regarded conservation and education programs to operating an airport, an extensive road and trail system; numerous public and staff buildings; and a diversity of recreational events and programs.  The Conservancy has a full-time staff of just over 70 individuals, an annual operating budget of approximately $10 million, and an endowment of close to $45 million. 


The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will be charged with implementing the Conservancy’s strategic plan along with its annual operating goals.  The COO will lead the Conservancy’s facilities construction, renovation, and maintenance programs, including regulatory agencies interface. In addition, this position leads the Conservancy’s visitor and resident access and interface departments including, but not limited to, transportation services and vehicle fleet; Jeep Ecotours and other guided recreational experiences; hiking, biking, and camping services; the Airport in the Sky; lease holdings and tenant interactions; ranger and security services; recreational events; retail and food sales; and volunteer services.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a successful track record of at least 10 years in profit or not-for-profit operations management, the last five of which should be at the executive level.  Individuals should have the planning, analytical, and strategic thinking skills to assist in the design of an organization that can deliver on the Conservancy’s mission and vision.  The position requires a strong understanding of all the technical components related to construction, renovation, and maintenance projects, including the adoption of green building design principles.  Strong capital project management skills are required. 

Candidates must have demonstrated experience leading high performing teams, strong negotiation skills, and operating and capital budget management experience.  We are seeking an individual with proven expertise in business development, with demonstrated creativity in crafting specific solutions to business challenges and an entrepreneurial approach to opportunities. Excellent communication skills and the proven ability both to listen well and articulate ideas clearly, persuasively, and respectfully are required.  An undergraduate degree is required.


Candidates must be willing to work and reside on Catalina Island.


Applications should include a current resume. Nominations, applications, and requests for additional information should be directed on a confidential basis to the Conservancy’s executive search consultants:


Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc.

Attention:  Michele Lyons

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