Full-Time Executive Director
The voice of the people for 39 years. The eyes and ears of everyone in Indiana who is concerned about the environment. And everyone who should be. The Hoosier Environmental Council is Indiana’s leading educator and advocate for environmental issues and policies. We are passionate about our role in shaping the state’s environmental future and all who will be affected by it.
Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) was founded in 1983 and is an independent 501(c)3 organization serving the State of Indiana. HEC’s goal is to make Indiana a better place to live, breath, work, and play. In pursuit of these goals, HEC engages in the core activities of advocacy and education to support quality environmental policy and practice across the state. Putting science to work in the most beneficial ways imaginable, HEC aims to work in harmony with nature and people, creating lasting partnerships that will benefit both. By bringing issues to the forefront and encouraging an open discussion about Indiana’s environmental well-being, HEC helps shape laws, create jobs, protect the environment and improve quality of life.
HEC pursues this goal through active work on core issues impacting Indiana.
The next Executive Director of HEC will have an extraordinary opportunity to grow the impact of a long-standing, well respected, well-positioned institution seeking to grow and expand its presence and influence across the state.
The Hoosier Environmental Council seeks an accomplished leader who demonstrates a keen understanding of and passion for the organization’s unique mission. This person must be ready to join with the Board and staff to lead HEC in pursuing new strategic goals in a sustainable economy, environmental health and justice and land and water protection. The individual must demonstrate a proven ability in strategic leadership, fundraising, program management and oversight, collaborative ventures and constituency building. A creative thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit is highly desired.
The ideal candidate will have a background that includes a high-level of strategic conservation/environmental leadership and management combined with a sophisticated understanding of relationship-driven philanthropy, partnership and constituent management. Proven success in raising significant resources from individuals, foundations, corporations and public entities on behalf of the mission and organization is desirable. The preferred candidate will not only have to be a strategic leader but will understand the mechanics of a small nonprofit with limited resources. By staying up to date with effective tactics for reaching environmental goals, particularly through engaging with other state environmental councils, the leader will help better position HEC within the state of Indiana.
The successful candidate will exhibit exceptional interpersonal skills to effectively interact with Board, staff, environmental advocates and policy leaders, governmental officials, donors and other key stakeholders. The Executive Director must be able to articulate the mission of HEC to a variety of constituents and maintain effective and efficient external communication. This individual must be confident, thoughtful and have the appropriate skills and presence to work in effectively, collegial and collaborative manner across the state and region.
The ideal candidate will be a strong and effective leader and a strong listener with an inclusive, team-oriented management style that inspires, empowers, motivates and develops staff. The candidate will also have a keen ability to establish and maintain a productive and positive organizational culture with all stakeholders (i.e., staff, board, donors, members and partners). A genuine and authentic connection to nature and the outdoors is required.
Candidates with executive-level achievement in conservation, environmental education, advocacy, policy, law and related fields are encouraged to apply. Non-profit management experience is desired but not required.