Open Position

Role: Executive Director, Citizens’ Greener Evanston

Reports to: Executive Committee of the Board of Directors
Hours: Part-time, 25-30 hours a week, some evening and weekend hours required, potential to transition to full time

Salary and Benefits
– Salary range: $40 – 45,000
– Benefits not provided

To apply: send cover letter and resume to info@greenerevanston.org
Please put “Executive Director Position” in the subject line.

About Citizens’ Greener Evanston (CGE)
We are a dynamic, environmental non-profit organization working to make Evanston a more environmentally just, sustainable and resilient community. Since 2008, we’ve collaborated with the City, local businesses, faith communities, residents, and others to make Evanston a more sustainable community – environmentally, economically, and socially – and to address the climate crisis by dramatically reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. We are a 501 ©(3) organization with more than 2,700 members. Through our programs, we offer a comprehensive, multi-initiative approach to addressing environmental challenges with a focus on the intersection between equity and sustainability. We are focused on fighting climate change, increasing resiliency and helping Evanston to implement its recently adopted Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP).

CGE is an equal opportunity employer promoting diversity in the environmental community.

Overview
The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors and will be responsible for executing the mission and strategic vision of the organization, ushering CGE into its next stage of growth and development to maximize the effectiveness of our work and the viability of our organization.  With active board support, the Executive Director will oversee the administration of the organization, membership development, fund development, grant coordination/management, program coordination, and communications/public relations.

Knowledge and Skills

Education
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a field related to non-profit management and/or environmental sustainability; graduate degree in a related field preferred.

Prior Experience
– A minimum of five years of experience in a non-profit setting including
extensive non-profit management experience
– Prefer work experience directly related to non-profit management, non-profit administration, environmental sustainability, administration of programs, and/or administration of grants
– Grant-writing experience with a preference for evidence of proposals funded
– Fund development experience
– Membership development experience with a preference for evidence of increasing membership, diversity and inclusion within an organization

Skills
– Excellent interpersonal communication
– Ability to take direction, collaborate and work independently
– Written and oral communication
– Attention to detail
– Giving, receiving, and integrating constructive feedback
– Ability to prioritize workload
– Making decisions
– Creative thinking
– Problem-solving
– Presentation development and public speaking
– Competency with Microsoft Windows software, web-based applications, and social media

Responsibilities

Organizational administration
Organizing and coordinating board meetings, securing meeting space, drafting agendas
– Assisting with the administration of banking, tax and insurance matters
– Assisting the Board with setting annual goals for the organization and each program and tracking progress toward those goals
– Working with the President to complete the annual report in collaboration with program leads
– Assisting with the selection of experts to keep financial records, perform audits, and provide legal counsel

Program Support and Coordination
– Develop a system to keep track of all CGE activities and accomplishments
– Work with programs and committees to align strategies and activities with the City’s Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (CARP)

Membership Development
Work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement and manage a member cultivation and retention strategy

Fund Development
– Develop a strategy for sponsorship cultivation, acceptance and management for presentation to the Board by July 2021 and assist with implementation of adopted strategy
– Work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement a strategy for individual donor cultivation. Develop a donor cultivation strategy to present to the Board by December 2021.
– Develop and implement a grant-seeking strategy for the organization
   – Organize and keep track of grant opportunities
   – Assist board members and program leads with writing grant proposals
   – Assist board members and program leads with managing and reporting on grants received

Communication and Public Relations
– In close coordination with Board members, serve as a key liaison to the City on behalf of CGE and engage with key stakeholders in City government as needed; keep track of what is going on with the City and policies relevant to CGE’s work; share this information in a clear and consistent way with the Board and committees/programs.
– Help to identify liaisons from the Board to engage with key stakeholders in the community
– Coordinate and assist with external communications
– Help to develop a cohesive communications plan
– Oversee digital resource coordination