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Alliance director to retire; SPCA seeking new leadership

A transition!  I usually don’t personalize posts, but here is an exception… because this announcement is very personal!  In January I shared with our board of directors that I plan to retire later this year.  After a career spanning 43 years working almost entirely for non-profit conservation organizations, including the last five years as director of the Alliance, I decided it is time to step down.  The board of directors has acted quickly to develop a solid transition strategy and timeline to pave the way for the organization’s next leader.  I am confident the Alliance will be in great hands with a new director.

I recall vividly the excitement and uncertainty generated in 1997 following the Army’s announcement about decommissioning the (then) Badger Army Ammunition Plant.  What was founded as the Community Coalition for the Sauk Prairie, a grass-roots network of engaged citizens and local and regional conservation and civic groups, eventually morphed into the present-day Alliance (2002).   The community vision for a green future at Badger ultimately prevailed through a long decision-making process. With passion and perseverance, the vision is now becoming a reality for the 7,400 acres on the Badger Lands.

I was pleased when invited to serve as the organization’s first director in 2016, a great end-of-career position.  It was full circle for me, not only having been one of the Alliance’s founders in 1997, but my conservation “origin story” dates back to 1977 when I first came to Baraboo to serve as a volunteer prairie restoration coordinator at the International Crane Foundation.  I have been pleased to see the Alliance grow and evolve over these 23 years, and I feel fortunate to have been part of that growth.  And not to worry; I’m not going anywhere and will still be around to volunteer for restoration work at Badger!

Charlie Luthin, Director

Position Announcement:  Executive Director

July 7, 2020

The Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance, a regional non-profit organization founded in 1997 and with an office in Sauk City, is seeking an energetic and creative new executive director to lead the organization.  The director is the sole employee of the Alliance and oversees all activities of the organization. The organization is guided by a strategic plan in support of the Badger Reuse Plan’s collaborative vision. Key responsibilities include program development and implementation (40%), communications and outreach (30%), and fundraising and institution building (30%). This is a half-time position. Interviews will begin in mid-August. Position open until filled; expected start date October 1 or earlier (flexible).

To learn more and to apply, visit  elsewhere on this website.

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