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Executive Director

Environmental Community Action Inc. (ECO-Action)
Atlanta, Georgia
Salary commensurate with experience in the range of in the range of $55,000 - $85,000.
Closing date
Jun 1, 2021

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Focus Areas
Civil Rights / Advocacy, Environment
Job Function
Executive / Senior Management
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level
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Job Details

Environmental Community Action (ECO-Action) seeks an experienced professional to join its team as a full-time Executive Director. ECO-Action is a small Georgia-based non-profit organization whose mission is to provide organizing and technical assistance and environmental education to low-income communities and communities of color so that they can empower themselves to eliminate air, land and water pollution. Since its inception in 1989, ECO-Action has provided assistance and training to more than 140 community-based groups in 95 Georgia counties. Its environmental justice program activities include leadership development, community capacity building, coalition building, and youth-specific programming. ECO-Action envisions a Georgia where communities enjoy clean and safe air, water, land and energy, and have the power to impact decisions affecting their lives.

The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors who actively manage and support the work of the Executive Director and the organization.

Position Summary

The Executive Director is responsible for leadership, fundraising, and program management of the organization in alignment with the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.

Key focus areas identified in the strategic plan include solidifying organizational sustainability including the implementation of improved donor management practices, developing and strengthening community partnerships, and increasing the organization’s staff and volunteer base.  The Executive Director will also need to sustain ECO-Action’s community presence and build on this presence once the pandemic ends.

The new Executive Director will need to be flexible and adept at managing a variety of tasks and relationships simultaneously.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree preferred
  • Five or more years of professional experience in a non-profit senior leadership role
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of computer software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and QuickBooks
  • Experience with managing a budget with numerous grants and funding sources
  • Ability to understand financial reports and tracking data
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and passion for environmental justice issues (air, land and water) from a social justice perspective
  • Demonstrated success with fundraising efforts, especially with major donors, foundations, and corporations and the broader community
  • Demonstrated experience with establishing and cultivating effective partnerships with individuals, community nonprofits and/or government agencies
  • Experience in working effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and commitment to conducting the work with an equity and anti-racist lens
  • A working knowledge of social media platforms and content


  • Salary commensurate with experience in the range of $55,000 - $85,000
  • Benefits package including health, dental, and vision coverage; paid time off

Application Process

ECO-Action actively encourages diverse candidates to apply. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, genetic information, or veteran status.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume and include the job title in the subject line of the email. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.  We hope to have the position filled by June 2021.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties

The Executive Director performs/oversees the following:


  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization.
  • Represent the organization to community leaders and at community activities to enhance the organization's profile and gain financial and programmatic support.
  • Participate with the Board of Directors to implement the current strategic plan that guides the organization.
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization.
  • Provide quarterly briefings/written reports during Board of Directors meetings or at other relevant times.
  • Foster effective teamwork among the Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff.
  • Hire and onboard new full-time and part-time staff.

Fundraising and Financial planning and management

  • Work with staff and the Board to prepare comprehensive annual budgets.
  • Cultivate and solicit major and planned gifts, and develop strategic relationships with key foundations, corporations, individuals, and community organizations. Diversify funding sources and increase opportunities for general support.
  • Expand the existing donor database. Maintain positive relationships with existing donors. Work to ensure strong and consistent donor engagement and stewardship.
  • Oversee the development of fundraising plans and funding proposals (in collaboration with other staff and consultants).
  • Work with staff and volunteers to secure additional grant resources; coordinating grant applications, submittals, and reporting documentation. Work with staff in applying for and managing state, federal and private grants.

Operational Planning and Management

  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization's people (clients, staff, management, and volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks.
  • Ensure that the agency has a strong set of policies and procedures to guide its work that are followed consistently, reviewed routinely, and are consistent with the needs of the organization and funders.
  • Maintain electronic files, and official letters or other correspondence.
  • Manage contractual staff.
  • Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment.

Program Planning and Management

  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs and services.
  • Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization's mission and reflect the priorities of the Board and the communities we serve.
  • Support the development and implementation of learning and advocacy training programs.
  • Monitor the delivery of the programs and services of the organization to assess effectiveness, quality, and quantity.
  • Administer the funds of the organization with integrity and according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization.
  • Prepare accountability reports to funders and to the communities we serve.
  • Provide the Board of Directors with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditures of the organization.

Community Relations and Advocacy

  • Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community served by the organization.
  • Maintain and grow relationships with ECO-Action’s existing community partners in Metro Atlanta and Georgia counties.
  • Cultivate new relationships and collaborations with like-minded individuals, community-based partners, other nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, businesses, and municipal partners who share ECO-Action’s value of justice and equity.



ECO-Action was founded in 1989 with the understanding that environmental problems that threaten the health and quality of life of many communities are symptoms of larger problems rooted in political and economic inequalities. To this end, ECO-Action teaches people how to get solutions to their problems through education on the issues, skills development, organization, and community action. 

Community: Social Justice & Environment
We helped the Taylor County Environmental Task Force, an African-American led group which ECO-Action helped form, to restore the community’s voting rights. Our work on hazardous waste highlighted the community’s lack of representation in local (city) governance. Working in collaboration with the local NAACP and civil rights attorneys, ECO-Action helped citizens exercise their right to vote after being denied an election for 10 years. The group also succeeded in stopping the harmful waste proposal.

We worked with the Newtown Florist Club in Gainesville Georgia to transform complex chemical data into a useful educational instrument that identified and mapped toxic sites, and substantiated racially disparate toxic siting patterns. The model was used to educate citizens and public officials, in conducting toxic tours and as evidence in a voting rights lawsuit. Their story is documented in the book, The Newtown Story: One Community’s Fight for Environmental Justice, is available for purchase through the Newtown Florist Club, Gainesville, GA.

From 1989-1993, we worked with communities in middle Georgia through the organizations, Citizens for Safe Progress and Friend of the Environment, to prevent the building of a 3,000-acre hazardous waste incineration and storage facility proposed by the state of Georgia. These groups successfully halted the state’s plan. After more than five years of struggle. ECO-Action was recognized for our work with community groups with the Georgia Environmental Council (1993) Special Achievement Award and the Common Cause of Georgia Citizenship Award. (1994)

The hazardous waste work with Taylor County and Talbot residents (see above) ultimately led to a legislative change preventing the Head of Department of Natural Resources from being the same person as the Head of the Environmental Protection Division. Up until our work with these groups, the same person presided over both departments, which presented a conflict of interest between regulating polluters and protecting natural resources.

Toxics Lotto was a campaign of the Grassroots Environmental Network, facilitated by ECO-Action, to bring attention in the governor’s race to the gambling that was going on in communities by placing unsafe facilities in them. A huge rally at the state capitol called for all candidates to address ending the toxic lottery in communities.

Groups comprising the Grassroots Environmental Network (organized by ECO-Action) successfully organized and advocated for regulations that would stop the state Environmental Protection Division from negotiating enforcement agreements in a secret process when companies are alleged to have broken the law. The regulations called for communities to be notified and have an opportunity to comment on the Consent Order (enforcement order) prior to it being finalized. The National Environmental Awards Council recognized this network of groups for four years, in 1992, 1995, 1996, and 1997.

Since 1989, we have assisted in organizing more than 140 community groups.

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404 584-6499
250 Georgia Avenue, SE
Suite 309
United States
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