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Executive Director

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location District of Columbia - America North
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Board & Executives
Company Name Climate Action Network
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IMPORTANT:  This Advertiser has requested that applicants MUST be National Residents / Valid Work Permit-holders.  Other applicants need not apply.


SUMMARY: US Climate Action Network (USCAN) seeks an Executive Director to be its organizational spokesperson, leader and fundraiser.  We want someone with the vision to lead a broad, deep, and powerful community of organizations to meet the enormous challenges and manifold opportunities presented by climate change.  The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring that the organization builds and implements programs that advance its mission, secures the resources it needs to succeed, and uses the funds it raises efficiently and effectively. The Executive Director also supports the work of the Board of Directors and supervises the staff.



USCAN’s mission is to support and strengthen US-based civil society organizations’ influence on the development and implementation of local, national, and international climate policy and action.

Founded in 1989, USCAN fosters and facilitates collaborative efforts to share information, coordinate activities, and develop strategies across diverse organizations and constituencies.  The network spans an array of perspectives and approaches.  USCAN members are united by their common desire to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions, to increase climate resiliency, to inspire the United States’ positive participation in international forums to secure equitable, effective climate policies, and to support on-the-ground implementation of climate solutions.  Just this year we have held an annual conference, conducted webinars on the recent draft EPA rule on carbon pollution, and involved ourselves in the international climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany.  These and many other services we provide have caused our membership to grow rapidly this year and we now have 122 members.

To learn more, go to www.usclimatenetwork.org.



The Executive Director:

  • Serves as the principle spokesperson for the organization;
  • With staff support, serves as the organization’s lead fundraiser with foundations, individuals and corporations;
  • Works with Board and staff to develop, update, and evaluate the organization’s strategic and annual plans;
  • Ensures that the organization builds and implements programs which effectively advance its mission;
  • Builds trusting relationships and works closely with member organizations and other allies to make progress on common goals;
  • Ensures that the organization develops sound annual budgets and builds the organization’s financial strength and stability;
  • Works with Board and staff to develop and implement an annual communications plan;
  • Is responsible for hiring, supervising and evaluating staff;
  • Acts as Board liaison, informing and supporting the Board as needed and working closely with the Board Chair;
  • Has overall responsibility for planning and executing the annual conference and other meetings and events.


The Executive Director reports to the Chair of the Board of Directors.


  • Strong commitment to advancing action on climate change
  • Significant connections to the climate change community both domestically and internationally
  • Proven ability to inspire, motivate, communicate, collaborate and manage
  • Five or more years’ experience in a senior leadership role (program development and implementation, budgeting, management) or other relevant experience
  • Strong commitment to a collaborative work style with member organizations, Board, staff and other key stakeholders
  • Proven success in raising funds from individuals, foundations & corporations.


SALARY AND BENEFITS:  Negotiable, depending on experience and qualifications.

LOCATION: Washington, DC with occasional domestic and international travel

START DATE:  As soon as possible.

CLOSE DATE: Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


Please e-mail:

1) Cover email/letter explaining why you’re interested and qualified,

2) Resume and references

To:  jobs@climatenetwork.org

Please include the words USCAN Position in the email subject line.

No phone calls please.

All applications will be acknowledged promptly.


US Climate Action Network encourages diversity and prohibits discrimination in the office place.  The organization exceeds the anti-discrimination policies of the District of Columbia and of the federal government.  Specifically, USCAN prohibits discrimination in hiring on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, disability, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence or business, gender identity, or socio-economic status.

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