After 15 years at the helm of the San Juan Preservation Trust, I have informed our board of trustees that it is time to identify my successor. We are about to launch a search for a new Senior Director of Operations position, and it is our hope that the person we hire to fill this job will one day—in the not-so-distant future—take over my role as executive director of this organization.
Be assured that I’m not saying goodbye just yet. We are casting a wide net, and we hope to attract talent from a variety of fields in the business, nonprofit, and government arenas, so we anticipate that it will take some time to ensure a strong transition. I am committed to sticking around for as long as it takes to orient this new person to our islands, our work and our people (including you). We expect this could take anywhere from 12 to 36 months. We will be certain that this person will be ready on the first day they assume our executive director position.
Here is a link that will lead you to the job description for this new senior director, operations position. If you know someone who might be an ideal fit for this position, or if you have a friend or colleague with possible connections to potential candidates, we hope that you will forward this job description to them. As you will see, Jack Groban—an executive recruiter and SJPT member with a home on Orcas Island—is leading this search on our behalf. Please let Jack know if you have any questions about this position, and in the meantime, we will keep you informed of our progress.
It remains the honor of my life to work for all of you to protect our island home. On behalf of our board of trustees and staff, we promise to hire (and train) an individual who shares our passion for protecting this place that we love so much.
Executive Director, SJPT