The BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director.
BGA is a national partnership of America’s largest labor unions and most influential environmental organizations working to turn today’s biggest environmental challenges into our biggest economic and job-creating opportunities. Together with nearly 15 million members and supporters, we are a powerful, unified voice calling for good-paying jobs, a clean environment, and a thriving and fair American economy.
Job Summary: The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization in accordance with the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. Responsibilities include serving as BGA’s principal representative, fostering relationships and promoting collaboration with the public, donors, and Board of Directors; and hiring and providing supervision and support for senior staff. The Executive Director plays a leadership role in proactively identifying organizational needs, capacities, and resources, as well as exploring new opportunities to increase and expand organizational capacity, maintain fiduciary responsibility, and actively pursue funding opportunities. BGA is searching for a strong candidate with demonstrated experience in leading a high functioning team of individuals in pursuit of BGA’s goals, providing positive, strategic, and innovative leadership, and who possesses a commitment to the mission of the BlueGreen Alliance. The ED reports to the Board of Directors.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Champion the mission of the BlueGreen Alliance and the voice of workers as central to the debate on addressing climate change and building a stronger economy projecting a positive vision of a strong organization to internal and external stakeholders, funders, policymakers, and the public;
• Serve as primary spokesperson of the organization, representing the organization in a wide range of external meetings, coalitions, public forums, speaking events, and in the media;
• Lead and drive the fundraising program, working with the Development Director, to build strong funder relationships ensuring the organization meets and exceeds its fundraising goals;
• Work with the Board to develop an overall strategic plan for the organization, including formulating and advancing policies and campaigns, oversee the execution of campaign plans, and provide strategic counsel to advance this key work;
• Work with the organization’s Board-appointed Steering Committee to govern the organization and to oversee the execution of policy and advocacy efforts;
• Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders and organizations, particularly members, partners, foundations, and corporate and individual donors;
• Oversee internal operations, finances, and programs to preserve BGA’s status as a well-managed, fiscally sound, highly respected organization;
• Support the Board of Directors in its governance role, ensure the board’s ongoing development and renewal, and partner with board members to achieve BGA’s vision and goals;
• Work with the Vice President of Finance and Administration to present an annual income and expense budget to the board and to develop specific budgets and reports as needed;
• Lead a team of nearly 40 staff members located across the country in BGA offices and working remotely in pursuit of BGA’s organizational goals, including:
o Overseeing the strategic planning and work plan development process;
o Providing a framework for organizational communications, including internal (among staff and BGA partners) and external (to the public and key stakeholders);
o Support and provide strategic leadership to programmatic and policy development efforts, in partnership with the staff and board; and
• Other duties as required.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
• Washington, D.C. location preferred or ability to travel to D.C. frequently;
• Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred;
• Ten years of experience in nonprofit management, government experience, and/or experience in executing issue advocacy or electoral campaigns preferred;
• Familiarity and experience working with labor unions and/or the environmental movement required;
• Background in the areas of climate change, energy, trade, and/or labor issues is desired, as well as working knowledge of environmental and labor policy, including energy, climate change, job creation, trade, and toxic chemicals;
• Experience in leading fundraising and development efforts;
• Significant management experience to help plan, coordinate, and implement advocacy strategies to achieve policy/legislative outcomes;
• Ability to work collaboratively both internally and with organizational partners to effectuate change;
• A proven track record of building effective and empowered teams with the ability to attract, retain, and develop a diverse slate of top talent;
• Ability to travel to multiple states;
• Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and preference for working in a fast- paced environment;
• Ability to lead a team and to collaborate with staff, partners, and external stakeholders;
• Exceptional written and verbal communications skills, commitment to quality, and ability to handle sensitive materials in a confidential manner;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and orientation to building collaborative structures; and
• A deep commitment to and enthusiasm for the mission of the BlueGreen Alliance.
Additional Information: Salary commensurate with experience; generous benefits package that includes medical and dental, 401k with company match, generous vacation and holidays, and a friendly work environment.
How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and three references to Ricki McMillan (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include “Executive Director” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin March 11, 2019, and position will remain open until filled.
Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
BlueGreen Alliance does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual or affectional preference, marital status, gender identity, or veteran status in the administration of employment policies, or in any other programs and activities.