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Executive Director

Posted on: July 18, 2017

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Job description

Environment America seeks an Executive Director to lead a team of advocates, campaigners, and organizers in campaigns to protect clean air, clean water and open spaces.

Environment America

Founded in 2007 by the Public Interest Network as the new home for U.S.PIRG’s environmental work, Environment America is a national advocacy organization with more than two million members and supporters spread across all 50 states. We defend America’s most precious resources, promote renewable energy, and work to reduce the pollution that causes climate change. Working with state offices of the Public Interest Network in 32 states, we have field presence in 21 of the top 25 media markets and 313 Congressional Districts. We use that reach, along with clear strategies, creative tactics, grit and determination to make a difference for our environment and our families’ health.

In addition to our presence in Washington, D.C. and in the states, Environment America is nationally recognized for our training program. Each year, 10-20 young people graduate from our two-year apprenticeship program ready to launch their careers as environmental advocates.

Job Description and Responsibilities

The Executive Director will hire and supervise up to 9 Program Directors, each of whom will lead a team focused on an environmental issue. Our 5 current Program Directors have decades of experience and are nationally recognized as leaders in their fields. The Executive Director will work with the Director of each issue team to:

● Write multi-year and annual strategic plans

● Identify and develop programs and campaigns

● Develop a budget and fundraising plan

● Hire and develop staff and future leadership

Environment America seeks to grow from our current five issue teams to nine teams over the next three years. This program expansion will require recruiting new Program Directors and executing a fundraising plan to grow the Environment America budget by over $1 million through grant fundraising, large donor contributions, and new sources of small donor income. The Executive Director will be responsible for directing this program expansion.

In addition, the Executive Director will represent Environment America in public. Responsibilities include:

● Representing Environment America in regular gatherings of the leadership of other major national environmental groups. We are known by our allies in the environmental community for our role in facilitating national coalitions around important environmental campaigns.

● Meeting with decision-makers in Washington, DC and state governments to advocate on our campaigns.

● Speaking at national media events, testifying in Congress, and serving as a spokesperson in media interviews.

● Grantseeking and meeting with other large donors.

The Executive Director reports to the Chairman and Acting President and is accountable to the Board of Environment America and to the Public Interest Network’s leadership.


The ideal candidate for Executive Director will be:

● An effective team-builder who can recruit high-level staff, provide training and development, and shape a committed group.

● An experienced communicator with excellent writing and verbal communication skills.

● Creative, effective at solving complex problems, and a strategic thinker who can evaluate a competitive landscape and craft a multi-year plan.

● A good people-person/listener with a track record of successful hiring and staff retention.

● Detail-oriented: able to keep a budget and remain on top of finances. Can oversee and drive a business plan. Will ensure legal and financial compliance for Environment America.

Minimum qualifications include: 10 years of experience in campaign or program development, grassroots organizing, organization building, and/or campaign politics. Related advanced degrees such as a J.D. or Master’s may count towards experience, but are not required. Ideal applicants will have a track record that illustrates a strong work ethic and an uncompromising commitment to getting the job done.

Compensation & Benefits: Compensation for this position is commensurate with the candidate’s relevant professional experience. Environment America offers a competitive benefits package.

Location: Boston, Washington, D.C., or Denver with frequent travel

Application: Please apply online:

Environment America is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Things to know when you apply:
Environment America is part of The Public Interest Network — a group of organizations that share a vision of a better future, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to making positive change. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.


Denver, CO
Boston, MA
Washington, DC


Environment America

Job category
Executive Director

Employment type
Full Time

9+ years


Start date
August 25, 2017

Apply by August 25, 2017