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14 Jun 2017

Full-Time Executive Director

Iowa Environmental Council – Posted by iowaralph Des Moines, Iowa, United States


Job Description

Department: Administration

Type of Employment: Full-Time

The Iowa Environmental Council seeks an experienced professional to oversee operations, manage financial performance, and exhibit leadership skills as executive director of the organization. The philosophy of the Council is to generate public policy dialogue and decisions through advocacy, coalition building, and research and education, with our organizational and individual member partners, committed to protecting Iowa’s natural resources. The Council recognizes that our success comes from building relationships within our communities, and with policy makers, regulators and funders.

Candidate Requirements
Bachelor’s degree
Minimum of 3 years operations and management experience
Demonstrated financial and fundraising skills
Commitment to improving and protecting Iowa’s natural resources
The Council offers a competitive salary and benefits package.


Please submit a resume and a one-page letter explaining your interest in this position, salary requirements, and availability date if selected. The deadline to apply is July 14, 2017. For additional information about the Iowa Environmental Council’s work, please visit our website.

The Iowa Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer.

Position title: Executive Director

Reports directly to: Board President with supervision and coordination by Executive Committee

Qualifications and Desirable Qualities
Excellent leadership skills and a vision for achieving a healthier environment for the citizens of Iowa
A personal and professional history of commitment to the goals of environmental quality and sustainability
Ability to develop and nurture partnerships with diverse groups, including business and industry, toward common goals
Ability to effectively advocate with legislators, regulators and decision-makers, as required
Strong development skills
Ability to manage professional staff
Minimum of three years’ relevant experience with environmental/natural resource policy and administration
Strong analytical and communications skills
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, advanced degree preferred
Ability to understand organizational finances
Position Responsibilities
Policy development and advocacy
Communicate, promote, and implement the Council’s priorities highlighting the relationships between priorities to reinforce a single message of a more sustainable environment for Iowa.
Financial management and fundraising
Preparation, communication and implementation of the annual budget.
Ability to develop fundraising strategies and participate in fundraising activites.
Community and member relations
Work with Council members and supporters, community leaders, policy makers, business, agricultural interests, media and diverse groups to achieve the Council’s goals and policy objectives.
Represent the Council as the primary spokesperson.
Increase the impact of Council membership
Administration and management
Manage the organization’s resources to carry out the mission and vision of the Council and its strategic plan.
Supervise and evaluate staff, contractors and volunteers to include hiring, motivating, communicating and fostering development in compliance with law and regulation.
Provide leadership to create a positive workplace atmosphere.
Maintain positive relationship with board of directors
Implement policies approved by the board.
Keep board informed of progress and challenges in policy matters, financial management, community relations, and organizational management.
Support the board by assisting with board member recruitment and orientation.
Maintain and support positive staff/board relationships.
Compensation and Benefits
Competitive salary commensurate with knowledge and experience
Health insurance and long-term disability insurance plans
15 days paid vacation
Nine paid holidays and one floating holiday
Retirement plan
Cover letter & resume

Please include a cover letter and resume with your application. Cover letters may be addressed to the Search Committee  listed in the job opening.


If you are a final candidate for the position, you will be contacted by the hiring manager. No phone calls or emails please.

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How to Apply

Deadline July 14. Please email resume and cover letter to chair of the Search Committee: Sarah Lohmeier

Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Full-Time.

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