Full-Time Chief Executive Officer
NumbersUSA and the Environment
Education about immigration-driven U.S. population growth is an important factor in conservation and preservation
While myriad organizations are actively working to protect our natural resources and open spaces by addressing factors related to U.S. consumption, far fewer are focused on the population side of the equation. NumbersUSA plays a special role in this niche. By focusing exclusively on the role that federal immigration policies play in driving population growth (and the resultant environmental damage), we provide the public, media, and elected officials with studies, data, and presentations to educate them about the ways in which immigration-driven population growth affects habitats, open spaces, and natural resources.
Specifically, our series of sprawl studies quantifying the respective roles of U.S. population growth and growth in per capita land consumption in the loss of rural land continue to be a major resource for our educational efforts about conservation and preservation.
The United States, with a population of 330 million, is the third most populated country in the world. Annual U.S. population growth of about 3 million a year makes the United States the fastest growing industrialized nation in the world. At this pace, U.S. population is projected to surpass 400 million by 2050, creating overwhelming demands on social services, infrastructure and the environment.
In 1973 Americans chose a sustainable future by reaching replacement-level fertility rates, but Congress has dramatically increased immigration through changes in immigration law in 1965 and 1990, including passing 7 amnesties since 1986. Average levels of annual immigration (about one million legal and 700,000 illegal) far exceed the immigration tradition of the first 200 years of U.S. history, when immigration averaged 250,000 per year. As a result, federal immigration policies are the engine driving the vast majority of population growth – 80% during the last decade. )
The role of immigration in U.S. population growth is what led President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development in 1996 to recommend, among other things, that the U.S. “develop comprehensive and responsible immigration and foreign policies that reduce illegal immigration and mitigate the factors that encourage immigration.”
As the Council on Sustainable Development noted, the consequences of our annual population are profoundly felt when it comes to conserving our natural resources and protecting open spaces. For instance, studies of government data indicate that about one million acres of land are paved over each year in order to accommodate our increasing population. In terms of energy independence, Americans would not be relying on oil from the Middle East today had we not added 100 million Americans since 1970 (largely due to Congress’ new immigration policies). Furthermore, America’s environmental impact is greater than other countries because of our greater affluence and technology combined with our high rate of population growth (driven largely by federal immigration policies).
The IPAT Equation
Environmental Impact = Population (P) multiplied by Affluence (A) and Technology (T) or I=PAT. For those in the social and natural science fields, IPAT has become the E=MC2 for studying the relationship between the environment, population, and technological change. America’s environmental impact is greater than other countries because of our greater affluence and technology. The average American consumes approximately 10-100 times the amount as the average person in a developing country. Yet despite decreases in per capita consumption over the past 20-30 years, our overall impact has increased due to our increased population (the majority of which is driven by Congress’ immigration policies).
NumbersUSA Education & Research Foundation provides a civil forum for Americans of all political and ethnic backgrounds to focus on a single issue, the numerical level of U.S. immigration. We educate opinion leaders, policymakers and the public on immigration legislation, policies and their consequences. We favor reductions in immigration numbers toward traditional levels that would allow present and future generations of Americans to enjoy a stabilizing U.S. population and a high degree of individual liberty, mobility, environmental quality, worker fairness and fiscal responsibility.
NumbersUSA seeks a mission-driven and experienced leader to serve as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. Ideal candidate must be skilled in successfully executing strategic plans and empowering high performing staff.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will be based at the organization’s main office in Arlington, Virginia, and have overall management responsibility for the organization with more than 8 million members, a combined annual budget of around $10 million, and 3 dozen employees and contractors. The organization receives the highest ratings from various non-profit watchdog groups such as the BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance, GuideStar, and Charity Navigator, so maintaining solid accounting and management practices is a must.
NumbersUSA offers a generous pay and benefit package.
Job responsibilities include:
- Oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization;
- Maintain communication with the Board of Directors, including monthly financial reports and program updates;
- Make high-level decisions about policy and strategy;
- Identify and address problems and opportunities for the organization;
- Develop and implement operational policies and a strategic plan;
- Develop the company’s culture and overall company vision;
- Draft annual budget, with the help of the financial committee, for Board approval;
- Participate in annual financial audit;
- Manage and motivate executive team;
- Set legislative priorities in consultation with Hill Team;
- Represent the organization at high-profile events, including involvement with Congressional testimony, TV and radio interviews, and educational events;
- Oversee fundraising and development in collaboration with development director;
- Oversee processes such as hiring, separation, ongoing staff development, performance management, and compensation and benefits.
Key desired qualifications include:
- Successful leadership experience;
- Understanding of the American political system, especially how Congress works;
- Comfort working with both political parties;
- Enthusiasm for all three of the major program areas since incorporation: (1) Immigration legislation and enforcement, (2) Effects of immigration on the labor force, (3) Effects of immigration-driven population growth.
- Effective at selecting, motivating, and directing personnel;
- Strategic thinker for overall immigration reform cause;
- Ability to inspire confidence and create trust;
- Ability to work under pressure, plan personal workload effectively, and delegate;
An effective communicator who can lead the organization in a moderate voice, appealing to middle-of-the road Americans of both political parties.