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.
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
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.