Environmental Volunteers (EV) promotes the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education. We train volunteers to teach natural science in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Each year, our volunteers provide over 10,000 student learning experiences in 300+ classroom programs, 125 field trips and EcoCenter programs. Classroom programs are offered to grades K-6 and meet State of California science education requirements. Our strong and committed volunteer force inspires a lifelong love and respect for the natural world.
The Board of Directors seeks a new Executive Director who can partner with board and staff to implement our strategic plan and help move the organization forward. This is an opportunity for a dynamic leader who has the skills and passion to guide this important environmental education organization through the next phase of its growth.
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. In conjunction with staff and the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the following.
Programs and Administration
- Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy that achieves its mission and strategic plan, and makes consistent and timely progress.
- Manage and monitor overall operations and program metrics, ensuring high quality of delivery.
- Promote active recruitment of and participation by volunteers.
- Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.
- Be accountable (along with the Development Director) for the strategy, implementation and results for all of EV’s contributed income programs including: the annual fund; major gifts program; grant writing; corporate sponsorships; direct mail; legacy giving; donor database management; fundraising events; board giving; and online giving.
- Develop and maintain relationships with individual, foundation and corporate funders.
- Monitor progress against revenue objectives and proactively communicate issues to the Board and bookkeeper.
- Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
- Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to peer agencies, organizations, and the general public.
- Be an active and visible spokesperson for the Environmental Volunteers.
- Communicate with transparency and build trust with staff, board, volunteers, schools, donors, funders, and all other key stakeholders.
Relations with Staff
- Provide strong leadership and develop outstanding relationships with team members.
- Foster a climate of supportive collaboration, problem solving and high performance, encouraging strong team cohesion within the organization.
- Coach and mentor staff as appropriate for optimal performance.
Budget and Finance
- Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices that ensure the financial health of the organization.
- Be accountable for all earned revenue streams including school programs, EcoCenter programs, and site rentals.
- Work with the staff, Finance Committee and the board in preparing an annual budget.
- See that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
The ideal candidate is an inspirational, collaborative, and relationship-driven leader who has a track record of leading successful organizations, and has a passion for serving kids and the environment. Progressively increasing career leadership experience is required, including experience in nonprofit management, fund development, and revenue generation. The organization’s leadership will consider candidates who have served in senior leadership roles in for-profit organizations who also have extensive volunteer and non-profit board experience.
- Passion for Mission: A commitment to EV’s mission with an enthusiastic desire to lead the EV into its next phase of growth.
- Experience: At least 10 years of work experience with five or more years as an executive director or the equivalent. Must have demonstrated leadership and management success.
- Education: BA or BS degree (or higher) from an accredited college, university or equivalent.
- Community Engagement: Experience working with local government agencies, educators, businesses, and community-based organizations.
- Finance & Fundraising: Demonstrated knowledge of financial budgeting, planning, and managing organizations; fundraising experience and knowledge of non-profit best practices.
- Leadership: A proactive, passionate and continuous learner who knows how to respond to change while inspiring confidence and a sense of enthusiasm for EV’s work and mission. A problem solver with demonstrated ability to negotiate and resolve conflicts.
- Human Resources: Human resource and management skills, including hiring, development, and performance management.
- Board Relationships: Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a volunteer Board of Directors, utilizing the talents and passions they bring to the table for fundraising, strategic planning, and governance.
- Strategic Dexterity: Strategic leadership and planning skills to support efficiency, sustainability, and growth of the organization to maximize its impact, while also inspiring and supporting staff and challenging them to grow professionally.
- Cultural Inclusion: Cultural awareness and sensitivity to engage thoughtfully with diverse populations; Lead a culture of inclusion and respect for diverse identities and ideas
- Personal-Awareness: Empathetic, open, and authentic leader committed to personal growth and learning.
- Values-Centric: Ability to nurture a work culture that values collaboration, relationships, and, humility.
We are looking for:
- A warm leader who exudes confidence and care for others, who builds enduring relationships and who has a high degree of emotional intelligence.
- A person oriented toward the greater good of the organization and the natural environment.
- Someone with a respectful and accessible leadership style, self-assured and comfortable with situations of ambiguity and able to easily relate to a wide range of constituencies.
- Someone comfortable asking others for money, and helping others who are not as comfortable do the same.
- An entrepreneurial and resourceful leader who is able to recognize and act on new and potential opportunities.
Salary is commensurate with skills and experience and starts at $110,000. Excellent benefits package includes health, dental, 401K match and life insurance.
We have a commitment to developing leaders from within the organization. Our culture supports staff well being and holistic self care. There are ample opportunities to connect with the children we serve. We are committed to building an organization with raised consciousness in order to impact how we work with children and share our stewardship message.
Equal Opportunity Employer
EV provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. EV complies with all applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.