Ecology in Class and Outdoors Executive Director

Executive Director

Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO) is a 501(c)3 that was formed in 2005. ECO’s mission is to inspire elementary school students to connect to our natural world by providing hands-on ecology enrichment programs. We are well-respected in the community and have been experiencing significant organizational growth. To support this expansion, we are now actively seeking a permanent Executive Director who resonates with our mission and wants to be a part of something special.

Job Purpose: To provide organizational, operational, financial and communications leadership and implementation. Ensure adherence to policies and procedures.

Key Responsibilities:
-Manage ECO nonprofit business operations, systems and processes
-Supervise ECO staff, contractors and operations
-Act as visionary leader for the organization
-Provide financial oversight
-Oversee fundraising efforts
-Implement external communications activities
-Support Board of Directors’ activities

Duties and Tasks:
-Oversee internal operations
-Develop and oversee implementation of systems, policies and procedures
-Oversee fiscal management systems and fiscal policy compliance
-Create organizational budget. Oversee financial reporting and present financial reports to Treasurer and/or SubCommittee
-Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization
-Facilitate effective internal communications
-Ensure financial and legal compliance
-Supervise employees and contractors
-Implement the human resources policies, procedures and practices of the organization
-Ensure that all staff receives an orientation to the organization and that appropriate training is provided at time of hire and on an ongoing basis
-Determine strategies to motivate employees, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results
-Ensure current job descriptions reflecting duties and responsibilities
-Lead performance planning and review process
-Foster teamwork by working cooperatively and effectively with others to resolve problems and provide solutions that enhance organizational effectiveness
-Oversee fundraising activities
-Participate and engage Board members in donor cultivation and fundraising activities
-Manage the creation, coordination, and implementation of the development plan
-Support grant writer and or staff to write and submit grants
-Assist Development Director in the creation and implementation of development events/activities
-Represent the organization at community events to enhance the organization's community profile
-Oversee programmatic components
-Support an effective Board of Directors
-Develop monthly meeting agenda and staff reports
-Oversee implementation of business, strategic and fund development plans
-Provide the Board with regular financial reports
-Foster effective teamwork between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff
-Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization's mission and reflect the priorities of the Board
-Support annual assessment process
-Implement external communications strategies
-Develop and send electronic communications
-Maintain oversight for all web and social media sites
-Oversee mailing of newsletters and annual report

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
-Excellent people and communications skills
-Supervisory experience
-Nonprofit management experience
-Detail oriented
-Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to work with a team
-Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, QuickBooks and database management
-Knowledge of current community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization
-Knowledge of nonprofit financial management

Qualifications: Four-year college education preferred with minimum five years nonprofit leadership experience, or equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle required.

Application Guidelines/Contact:
How to Apply:
Please send a letter describing your interest in applying for the position of Executive Director for Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO) and a professional resume or CV to Jess Martin, ECO Board President at: and include "ECO Executive Director" in the subject line. Feel free to share this posting. Questions? Call Jess at 503.320.2664.