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JOB TITLE: Operations Manager

CLASSIFICATION: Full Time/Salary                                                                                                           

REPORTS TO: Executive Director                       

LOCATION: Minneapolis


The Operations Manager is an experienced professional responsible for managing the operations of a small, but growing nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the wilderness of the Quetico-Superior ecoystem. The Operations Manager oversees human resources, benefits administration, and finances. The Operations Manager serves as the primary point of contact for the auditor, outside accountant, financial institutions, landlord, IT consultant, and most other vendors. The Operations Manager also provides support for office administration, including providing administrative support for the Executive Director, processing timesheets, and ordering furniture and equipment.


  • Works closely with the Executive Director to coordinate the organization’s operations
  • Works with other staff to ensure that the administrative needs of the organization are satisfied


  • Human resources, including onboarding and off-boarding personnel; maintaining confidential personnel files; maintaining and managing the worker’s compensation plan; and updating the employee manual
  • Benefits administration, including serving as the liaison to the administrator of the 403(b) retirement plan; maintaining and managing the health insurance and long-term disability insurance plans
  • Finances, including processing invoices, making deposits, and assisting with the development of the budget
  • Risk management, including maintaining and managing the business owner’s insurance policy and directors and officers insurance policy
  • Serving as the primary point of contact for the auditor, outside accountant, financial institutions, landlord, IT consultant, and most other vendors
  • Office administration, including providing administrative support to the Executive Director, processing timesheets, ordering furniture and equipment


  • A problem-solver with enthusiasm for establishing and managing operational and organization systems
  • Willing to be a flexible member of a small but effective and passionate team
  • Comfortable working in a fast-pasted, entrepreneurial environment
  • A. or A.A. degree
  • Three or more years of similar operations experience
  • Passion for preserving the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its ecosystem


  • Paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan
  • In addition to paid vacation and sick leave, the Friends provides a $300 stipend and five additional paid vacation days to each employee to take time off and recharge in the wilderness
  • Hours of unpaid leave for parents to attend a child’s school conferences, classroom activities, childcare or any other childhood program
  • $50 per month transportation allowance for public transit or parking
  • We encourage life-long learning and will pay for ongoing professional development


In one document, submit cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample or an example of other work product to:

Chris Knopf, Executive Director

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness
401 North Third Street, Suite 290
Minneapolis, MN 55401

In the subject line of any electronic communication, please put “Operations Manager Position.”

Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2018.

At the Friends, we have a clear vision to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay, and do their best work. The Friends is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


Internship Program

The Friends offers a variety of unique internships that provide students an opportunity to gain practical experience working with a high-impact non-profit and develop workplace skills in membership, policy, and communications. Internship positions are part-time (typically 10-12 hours per week) and are offered in the spring, summer, and fall.

For more information about internship opportunities or applications, contact the internship coordinator.

Conservation Fellows Partnership

The Conservation Fellows Partnership is a 10-month program for high school students of color that aligns with the academic year. As a part of the program, students work with the Friends to learn about addressing conservation issues and assist with advocacy and outreach initiatives. To learn more about the Conservation Fellows Partnership, visit the program page on our website.