Executive Director Posted Feb 22
Communities for a Better Environment , Huntington Park, CA (Another office in Richmond, CA)
Richmond or Los Angeles

Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) seeks dynamic and energetic applicants for the position of Executive Director. CBE is a nationally-renowned environmental justice organization that over the past 35 years has led numerous successful campaigns against some of the largest polluters in California, including power plants, refineries, and ports. Our campaigns have brought community voice to vital regulatory decisions that affect the environment and secured permanent pollution reductions at countless industrial facilities. Our continued work to partner with community members impacted by the harmful effects of the use of fossil fuels includes developing a roadmap for transforming communities throughout California into healthier, more livable, and sustainable spaces. Our movement building efforts also include close coordination with national environmental organizations, as well as local and statewide environmental, and social justice organizations and allies. CBE’s organizing model combines community organizing, science, and law to advance environmental justice and assist members in urban, low-income communities of color build healthier communities. As a multi-ethnic organization with 30 staff, CBE has a budget of more than $2 million dollars and offices in Huntington Park, Richmond, and in Wilmington.

Position Overview
CBE's Executive Director, who reports to the Board of Directors, will oversee internal operations, strategic collaborations, workplace culture, communications, and fundraising. The Executive Director also will oversee the development and implementation of CBE’s transformative organizing model. CBE’s Board seeks a leader who will nurture and enrich the highly collaborative working environment at CBE and work in partnership with the Board and Management Team to continue to refine CBE’s programmatic goals in alignment with the organization's mission and vision. The Executive Director will divide their time evenly between external affairs and internal organizational matters.

Major Responsibilities

Outreach and Advocacy
• Advances CBE through public speaking opportunities, including conferences and other events
• Engages with decision-makers at local, regional and state levels
• Builds relationships with partners in alliances and coalitions
• Writes op-eds, press releases and blogs to raise profile of the organization’s work

• Implements the current strategic plan and leads the process for the next 3-year strategic plan
• Ensures the development of annual program plans and evaluations

Human Resources
• Ensures staff evaluations are completed at regular intervals
• Hires, manages, and develops staff
• Fosters leadership development among staff, board, and community members

• Contributes to the development of annual fundraising plans
• Develops and implements a fundraising strategy that aligns with CBE’s transformative organizing model, with a particular emphasis on growing unrestricted, multi-year financial support
• Cultivates and stewards relationships with individual and institutional donors
• Contributes to the development of fundraising materials, including appeals, proposals and reports
• Speaks at fundraising events

• Contributes to the development of organizational budgets
• Demonstrates an understanding of the monthly financial reports
• Supports the Finance and Operations Director to ensure cost controls

• Directly manages two Program Directors, a Development Director, Finance and Operations Director, Legal Director, and Policy Director, all of whom comprise CBE's Management Team

• Works closely with the committees of the Board of Directors to ensure strong governance of CBE, especially its fiscal health

• Minimum five years of management experience, preferably at the director level, in a nonprofit with a social change mission
• Demonstrated commitment to environmental and/or social justice and experience working with low income communities of color
• Familiarity with regulatory processes, especially city-wide policies and California state legislation
• Fiscal management experience
• Track record of building relationships with donors and foundation program officers
• Experience managing and retaining employees
• Proven success in building partnerships with key stakeholders
• Familiarity with community organizing and popular education
• Team and consensus building skills
• Familiarity with California communities, particularly in the Los Angeles and Bay Area regions
• Excellent skills in written and spoken English; Spanish language skills desirable
• Willingness to travel between Oakland and Los Angeles, and to other areas of the country

Salary is competitive with similarly sized nonprofits and benefits include comprehensive health insurance and 26 days paid leave (including holidays) in the first year.

To apply:
By no later than April 1, 2017, please send a cover letter, including salary history and qualifications, and resume in Word to: jobs@cbecal.org. Please include the following subject line with your email: Executive Director Search

CBE is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other prohibited category. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQI, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.