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Executive Director

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location California - America North
Town/City Oakland, CA
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Company Name Alliance for Climate Education
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Website Further Details / Applications
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Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) is the national leader in high school climate science education; its mission is to educate and inspire youth to take action to curb the causes of climate change. ACE accomplishes this mission through dynamic, award winning multimedia school assemblies that make the complex subject of climate science and solutions relevant, interesting, and fun. Following these assemblies, ACE Educators assist students in implementing carbon reduction programs in their schools and communities, and also provide youth leadership opportunities reaching well beyond campus grounds. Using this process of education applied to initial actions and then major projects, ACE†grooms leaders who can influence peers and effect change. In its first two years, ACE has reached over 1,000,000 high school students.  ACE has a current staff of 35, an annual budget of $3 million, and is planning for significant growth over the next two years.

Executive Director

ACE seeks a dedicated Executive Director with a well-established track record in leading and scaling an organization or business, developing and executing financial growth strategies, and building partnerships to lead the continued development and growth of this climate-focused organization. The Executive Director will have a deep appreciation for climate change mitigation and the role of education in promoting action and stewardship. This is a high profile opportunity for a dynamic professional with demonstrated abilities to expand an organizationís funding base, significantly scale up operations, manage senior level staff, and externally communicate ACEís mission and values.

ACE will consider candidates with a range of career profiles whose core values and leadership abilities match the demands of the Executive Director role. The Executive Director will report to, and work closely with, the Board of Directors to implement the organizationís fundraising and programmatic goals.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Executive Director's primary responsibilities will be fundraising, revenue generation, scaling up the organization, and financial oversight and will include the following:

Develop and execute a diversified fundraising action plan to significantly increase revenue from various sources, including major donors, foundations, corporations, membership, and constituency, with the support of the Board of Directors and Development Director.
Represent and promote the organization externally to appropriate stakeholders for fundraising and partnership opportunities and enhance the ACE community through a variety of engagement activities, including in-person meetings, conferences, and networking occasions.
Lead the growth of the organization by assisting in the recruitment of additional board members and creating, securing funds for, and implementing a plan to double Educator staff within the next 1-2 years.
Collaborate with the Board of Directors to forecast and implement a 3-year rolling budget and ensure resources are sufficient to carry out current programs as well as future goals based on the strategic plan.
Oversee the financial strength of the organization including developing long and short range financial priorities accurately to support the needs of the program and staff, monitoring the budget, and ensuring sound financial controls are in place.
Additional responsibilities include the following:

Organizational management

Cultivate and sustain a productive and mutually supportive relationship with the Board of Directors by providing them with information and other resources, promptly informing them of material issues and opportunities that may affect the organization, recommending appropriate courses of action for discussion, and leading the strategic planning process.
Ensure organizational strategy, objectives, and priorities are clearly communicated to staff to ensure staff focus is continually aligned with ACEís objectives.
Public and community support

Ensure marketing and communication initiatives support ACEís engagement model.
Expand awareness of our program achievements and establish the organization as a credible and accessible resource, making the case effectively for supporting projects.
Drive and enhance social media and creative content strategy to increase activation and numbers.
Program implementation and evaluation

Continue to refine and implement measurement metrics to quantify the effectiveness of ACEís programs.
Set appropriate goals and objectives for programs and ensure expectations are met or exceeded.


The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:

Substantive, relevant work experience, with 4+ years in a senior managerial role
Demonstrated success in securing funding for and scaling up an organization or a business/program function
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to attract funders and partners by communicating a compelling and inspired sense of purpose
Superior external communications skills, including advanced public speaking and media management experience, as well as enthusiasm for speaking in public
Proven management skills with experience to plan, organize, and execute a program of work, analyze and solve complex issues, obtain significant funding support, and work closely with a board of directors and/or senior management
Record of sound financial management in developing and executing an annual budget of at least $3 million
Working knowledge of business analytics
Demonstrated ability to work in an environment that celebrates teamwork and to negotiate and close complex or sensitive agreements in a manner that builds consensus
Willingness to travel nationally, up to 30-40%
Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree a plus
Passion for and experience with working on environmental, sustainability, conservation, and/or environmental education issues strongly preferred
Experience and/or established network in public source funding a plus
Compensation and Benefits

ACE offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. This position will be located in Oakland, California.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements. CEA Recruiting is assisting ACE with this search. Please direct all applications and inquiries to CEA Recruiting. This position will remain open until filled.


Alliance for Climate Education is an equal opportunity employer.

CEA Recruiting works with leading environmental nonprofits, foundations, and businesses to recruit top talent and design effective organizational staffing strategies.

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