The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) seeks to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home. We advocate for individuals, diverse communities, and businesses to go green and live healthier. We do this through legislative initiatives, legal action, scientific principles, and statewide partnerships. The organization has an annual budget of approximately $1.5 million and a staff of 16. For more information please visit www.theOEC.org.
The Executive Director (ED) will be a visionary leader, outstanding communicator, effective networker, and builder of lasting, meaningful partnerships for the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors (Board), the ED will have overall strategic, financial, and operational responsibility for carrying out the OEC mission. S/he must be comfortable in a dynamic environment and possess high energy, integrity, the initiative to shape the future of OEC, and the capacity to strengthen the organization’s position in Ohio’s environmental movement.
Strategy and Partnerships
- Work with the Board, staff, and external partners to build the next strategic plan that aligns the OEC mission with environmental imperatives and current political realities.
- Build new partnerships in all relevant program areas and establish strong relationships with funding, political, and community leaders.
- Be a highly visible external presence in local, regional, and state-wide arenas who communicates the OEC’s mission and compelling programmatic initiatives.
- Possess a depth of environmental policy knowledge and the ability to work in concert with diverse stakeholders to find solutions, positions, and programs that are effective, principled, and pragmatic.
Fundraising and Communications
- Utilize persuasive communications and relationship-building to expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities in support of existing and new programs.
- Ensure the OEC is a highly visible organization—from web presence to public relations, to create a strong OEC brand and increase public awareness of our work and important environmental issues.
Leadership and Management
- Demonstrate outstanding leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills with the Board, staff, and all partners within the environmental community.
- Foster an enthusiastic Board by engaging them in a strategic direction and fundraising.
- Actively engage and empower the OEC staff to ensure ongoing program excellence, high quality fundraising, communications, budgetary management, and operations.
- Work with Board and staff to establish timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.
- Ensure effective systems to track progress and evaluate programs. Effectively communicate progress and successes to the Board, staff, funders, members and all external partners.
- Develop, lead, and support OEC’s high-performing professional staff.
The ED must possess:
- The ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders. Be compelling in developing and maintaining valuable partnerships with business, government, and other nonprofits. Be creative about building bridges between and among competing interests.
- A charismatic presence to serve as the public face of OEC. Ability to work easily with the press, individuals, and groups to deliver compelling messages. Excellent public speaker.
- Solid knowledge of a broad range of environmental issues so as to advocate for strong environmental protection laws and programs. Be familiar with legislative, administrative, and other public and private decision-making processes.
- Prior fundraising success. Knowledge of and participation in securing grants. Can develop and sustain relationships with grant-making foundations. Commitment to all aspects of donor relations, including expanding the base of major donors.
- Past success working with a Board and a proven ability to cultivate robust Board relationships.
- At least 5 years of effective senior management or leadership experience, with the ability to point to specific examples of having developed and implemented strategies that have grown an organization in capacity and/or stature.
- Excellence in organizational management with the ability to attract, retain, and coach staff. Manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
- The ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people.
- Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
- A passion for environmental protection, natural resource conservation, and sustainability.
- Idealism and integrity and be mission-driven and self-directed.
- At least a Bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree in business, nonprofit management, or public administration is desirable.
Salary & Benefits
Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits including paid health, dental, vision, and life insurance, employer-matched retirement fund, and paid vacation, family, sick, and holiday leave.
To apply, send your cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to careers@theOEC.org with “Executive Director” in the subject line. The OEC is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. Candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.