Executive Director

Grades of Green is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff.

Grades of Green is hiring an Executive Director that will be responsible for providing strategic leadership to the organization, overseeing day-to-day operations, and ensuring the fulfillment of our mission and goals.

Position Summary

The Executive Director is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the organization, overseeing day-to-day operations, and ensuring the fulfillment of our mission and goals. This role involves managing staff, fundraising, managing our financial resources, exploring strategic partnerships, engaging with stakeholders, and representing the organization externally. This position reports to the Board of Directors.

Overall Responsibilities

Leadership & Board Relations (20%) – Provide visionary leadership to advance the mission and objectives, ensuring alignment with organizational values and strategic goals.

  • Provide strategic direction to staff to favorably deliver impact aligned with our mission, values, and organizational strategy
  • Recommend updates to the Strategic Plan that will serve to better utilize our resources or to deliver more impact, or both.
  • Develop a strong working relationship with board members and board committees to have input and support between board meetings.
  • Prepare board materials in advance of quarterly meetings to ensure most effective use of time in discussion, input and review of programs, activities and financials.

Development and Fundraising (40%) – Develop and execute comprehensive fundraising strategies to secure financial support for programs.

  • Review our existing fundraising efforts and set comprehensive fundraising strategies to secure financial support for our work.
  • Cultivate and steward relationships with major donors, foundation partners, corporate sponsors, and other stakeholders.
  • Identify grant opportunities and write grant proposals that can fund activities in line with our Strategic Plan.
  • Plan and execute our annual fundraising event, Verte, as it is the largest source of income supporting all of our programming efforts.

Financial Management (15%) – Oversee the financial health and sustainability of the organization, ensuring ownership of resources and compliance with relevant regulations and best practices.

  • Oversee, manage, and grow a budget of ~$1 million/year.
  • Oversee grant processing, reporting, budget tracking, and regulatory compliance.
  • Together with our accountant and board audit committee, review and manage financial documents, accounting processes, audits, tax returns, and annual budget preparations.
  • Manage payroll, invoices, and expenses, ensuring compliance with budgetary constraints.
  • Prepare projected budgets and year-to-date actuals for review by the board at least quarterly.

Administration, Operations, and Human Resources (15%) – Ensure the organization runs efficiently, with effective systems in place for human resources, technology, and data management.

  • Oversee staff recruitment, training, development, and retention strategies to build a high performing team.
  • Collect and analyze data on key performance indicators to inform operational and strategic decisions. Use this data to prepare annual financial and impact reports.
  • Lead staff meetings, supervise projects and meetings, drive program growth.
  • Marketing & Communications (10%) – Convey our mission, vision, and impact to diverse audiences through speaking engagements, media appearances, and communications.
  • Oversee staff communication efforts including website, social media, monthly newsletters, and press releases.
  • Plan and execute marketing strategies for donor communication and fundraising events.

Required Skills

  • Experience: Minimum of five years in a director role at a nonprofit organization.
  • Education: College degree required; Master’s degree or further education preferred.
  • Fundraising: Proven track record in fundraising, grant writing, and donor cultivation.
  • Communication: Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively engage diverse audiences and stakeholders.
  • Project management: Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple demands and deadlines.
  • Technology skills: Proficiency in accounting systems (QuickBooks), Google Docs, MS Office, and CRM/Sharepoint (training provided if necessary).
  • Teamwork: Experience in staff management, ability to work independently and as a team member, take initiative, and lead a team to achieve goals.
  • Background & knowledge: Passion for youth education and sustainability principles.
  • Commitment: Dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We Got Your Back

  • Salary & bonus: $110,000-150,000 (DOE)
  • Benefits: Health insurance, 401K(including company match), paid time off (holidays, vacation, and sick days), and work flexibility (optional 1-2 WFH days).

Interested?

Application Deadline:
October 1, 2024
Start Date:
November 5, 2024

Application Instructions

Submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume to: boardchair@gradesofgreen.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and priority will be given to applications received on or before July 15, 2024.

www.gradesofgreen.org

Grades of Green is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff.

About Grades of Green

Grades of Green is dedicated to educating and empowering students to take action and lead environmental change, ensuring a clean and sustainable environment for generations to come. We seek an experienced, highly organized, and dynamic nonprofit professional to lead and expand Grades of Green programs and their impact globally.

Grades of Green offers innovative programs that support students of all ages and backgrounds, fostering their development as passionate environmental leaders. We provide mentorship, leadership skills, resources, and connections to help young people address environmental challenges. Since its inception in 2007 at one school in Southern California, Grades of Green has inspired and empowered over 700,000 students across 47 states and 27 countries.

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