Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (“MWCD”) is a political subdivision of the State of Ohio organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce the effects of flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses. The MWCD’s mission statement reads: “Responsible stewards dedicated to providing the benefits of flood reduction, conservation and recreation in the Muskingum River watershed.” The Muskingum Watershed covers more than 8,000 square miles and includes the area that drains into the Muskingum River and its tributaries, a system of 16 dams and 12 reservoirs provide flood reduction and water conservation benefits for the property owners and residents of the region. The MWCD owns 54,000 acres of land which includes 30,000 acres of forest which the District manages for conservation and income. MWCD’s recreation sites attract nearly 4 million visitors each year. The MWCD is the largest conservancy district in the State of Ohio and, in 2018, had operating revenues of almost $32MM generated through recreation operations including owned marinas, royalty interests in both conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells, cottage site leases, and water sales. Non-operating revenues of $8.5MM in 2018 included intergovernmental grants, interest from investments and a maintenance assessment. The past several years has seen significant capital improvements of MWCD parks, campgrounds and marinas, based on reinvestment of revenue generated from the organization’s oil and gas stewardship program. Over $34MM in capital improvements were completed in 2018, representing a near completion of Phase I projects totaling $130MM. Plans for Phase II projects totaling $65MM began in 2019 and are continuing. John Hoopingarner has served as MWCD’s Executive Director since 1989 and plans to retire in May of 2020. As a result, the Board of Directors has launched a national executive search to identify his successor. More information: www.mwcd.org
Executive Director reports to a 5-member appointed MWCD Board of Directors and directly supervises: Chief of Conservation, Chief Engineer, Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer, Chief Legal Counsel, Chief of Recreation/Chief Ranger, Director of Human Resources, Development Coordinator and Executive Assistant. The MWCD total staff includes approximately 115 full-time employees, 40 part time/variable hour employees and 145 seasonal employees.
Other important relationships include: local, regional and state government officials including the Conservancy Court, officers and staff of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; staff of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and other state agencies; professional associations; vendors and suppliers; civic leaders; the education and business community; the public at large. The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer and has oversight responsibility for the entire organization. This includes all services and facilities offered to the general public and for providing inspirational staff leadership and solid fiscal management in accordance with the organization’s mission, vision, values and goals.
Outstanding opportunity to lead a successful conservancy district in a challenging and changing regional community. While the MWCD has grown significantly since 1933 and most notably during the last decade, the future success will likely be marked by increased usage of MWCD land and facilities, an emphasis on connecting people with nature, and managing more opportunistic growth. The new Executive Director will inherit a motivated staff who bring experience and enthusiasm to their roles. The MWCD is on solid financial ground based in part on royalty interests from conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells and maintenance assessments on property owners but the identification of alternative revenue sources will continue to be important.
NOTE: We fully respect the need for confidentiality of information supplied by interested parties; however, prospective candidates should be aware that any applications or resumes submitted for this opportunity are subject to the Ohio Public Records Act and may be disclosed.
Ideal candidate must have a proven track record of success and will have led a complex organization through periods of positive growth and change. This individual will have at least eight years management experience likely with a large, complex park and recreation agency, conservation-focused organization and may currently be serving as the top executive of a comparably sized organization or equally complex smaller one. Alternatively, this individual may have experience as a “number 2” or other senior-level executive at a larger like enterprise as noted above. Additionally, senior level executives from complex for-profit, education, or nonprofit concerns are encouraged. The successful candidate must have the demonstrated ability to manage financial affairs of an organization; i.e., develop or enhance revenue sources; experience managing budgets of at least $10MM and controlling expenditures to preserve financial stability and growth. A Bachelor’s degree is required, and an advanced degree is strongly preferred. Academic preparation in the natural sciences, environmental studies and related fields is preferred.
About Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District c/o Waverly Partners
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (“MWCD”) is a political subdivision of the State of Ohio organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce the effects of flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses. The MWCD’s mission statement reads: “Responsible stewards dedicated to providing the benefits of flood reduction, conservation and recreation in the Muskingum River watershed.” Administration building is at 1319 Third Street NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663; telephone 330.343.6647.