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Executive Director | The Merwin Conservancy (Haiku, HI)

Few writers in the American literary canon are identified as closely to a place as W.S. Merwin is with his palm forest on Maui. Reminiscent of Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond, the life and work of Merwin, whom The Washington Post called “the greatest living poet of his time”, is indelibly tied to this land. The Merwin Conservancy is a nonprofit arts and conservation organization located on the island of Maui, Hawaii, with the mission to inspire innovation in the arts and sciences by advancing the ideas of W.S. Merwin – his life, work, house and palm forest – as fearless and graceful examples of the power of imagination and renewal. To fulfill this mission, the Conservancy maintains the house and palm forest as a place of stillness and reflection for retreat, study, and contemplation through a residency program for creative visionaries and thought leaders from Hawaii and across the world. We engage both local and global communities through our Green Room literary and environmental salon series, through dynamic multimedia storytelling projects, and through innovative collaborations with various artistic, scientific, and educational leaders and institutions.

Learn more about The Merwin Conservancy at

Position: As a growing organization, the Conservancy is currently seeking an Executive Director with a bold imagination who is also comfortable rolling up his/her sleeves and contributing to the everyday activities of running a small nonprofit. The Executive Director will work with the Board and staff to realize the Conservancy’s vision to “serve as a model for the power of the imagination and the possibilities of renewal.” The Executive Director will also provide leadership in financial management, fundraising, marketing, community relations, programming, operations as well as in caring for the house and garden as a place of artistic, botanical, and literary significance.

Requirements: The Conservancy’s next Executive Director will hold bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field with a minimum of five years experience as an Executive Director or senior staff member responsible for supervising direct reports. With successful track records of financial management, fundraising, and innovative programming, s/he is also expected to convey a confident, articulate, and professional manner in writing and speaking.

This is a full-time, exempt position. Compensation is commensurate with experience. For further information about The Merwin Conservancy and a complete position description visit:

To Apply
By midnight (Pacific Daylight Time) on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, please complete the following application form and submit a cover letter and resume here:
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. No letters or phone calls please.