About Green Empowerment

For twelve years, Green Empowerment has partnered with rural communities and locally-based organizations in the developing world to build renewable energy and water systems to alleviate poverty and improve the environment. Our current core countries are Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, the Philippines and on the Thailand/Burma border, although we work in and have completed projects in a number of other countries. We have a fundraising strategy and an increasing funding base. Our operational budget for 2009 is $721,000, with over $200,000 coming from individuals, events and corporate donors.

About This Position

The Executive Director of Green Empowerment is hired by and reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for all the work of the organization, including fund-raising, program, strategic planning, public relations, human resources, and financial and administrative management. The ED supervises all staff and must be committed to the values of Green Empowerment. We seek a hands-on manager actively involved in all aspects of the organization’s work.

Fund raising - 25% of time

Develop and direct GE fund-raising efforts, including individuals, events, corporations and institutional donors in coordination with the Development Director.
  • Identify new potential individual donors, cultivate their relationship with GE through board, staff, volunteer and other contacts, and solicit their continued and expanded contributions.
  • Oversee the bi-annual solicitation to individual contributions and GE’s participation in the Combined Federal Campaign, and other ongoing campaigns.
  • Supervise two major annual fundraising events and several smaller ones
  • Oversee corporate solicitations for sponsorship of events and projects and donations through One Percent of the Planet.
  • Assist in identifying and cultivating large institutional donors for grant applications in coordination with the Program Manager

Public Relations - 25% of time

Enhance Green Empowerment’s reputation and visibility through branding, external communication and the website.
  • Spend significant time outside the office networking with donors, programmatic partners, corporate sponsors, and other potential supporters.

Programming - 25% of time

Ensure high-quality project design and implementation.
  • Identify new programming opportunities and opportunities to strengthen existing projects.
  • Help to identify new local and international partner NGOs.
  • Make field visits in order to maintain relationships with local partners and monitor projects, and identify potential countries for expansion.

Strategic Planning- 5% of time

Ensure GE’s strategic alignment with its mission and vision
  • Under the leadership of the Board, facilitate the preparation and management of GE’s strategic plans.
  • Oversee development of annual operating plan in an open and participatory manner and ensure its high-quality implementation.
  • Provide staff support to the Board of Directors.

Human Resources - 10% of time

Directly supervise the Program Director, Development Director and Administrative personnel.
  • Ensure strong implementation of performance management systems.
  • Ensure regular updating of HR policies to enable GE to attract and retain quality staff.
  • Regularly review all compensation packages to ensure competitiveness.
  • Monitor staff morale and take corrective action, as needed.
  • Periodically review and ensure that the most appropriate organizational structure is in place to ensure program quality and cost efficiency.

Financial and Administrative Management - 10 % of time

Direct the management and accounting for GE’s financial and other resources.
  • Oversee management of the financial and other resource entrusted to GE to ensure the highest standards of accountability, including the development of an annual budget, cash flow projections, financial statements, the review and audit of financial transactions and reports, review and follow-up audit recommendations.
  • Maintain systems that allow the staff and Board to evaluate the sources of revenue and the costs per personnel and department for generating such revenue, i.e. the ROI for each department.
  • Ensure compliance with General Accounting Standards, federal and state government regulations, and donor contracts and conditions.
  • Ensure appropriate shared costs are allocated to all projects and that unrestricted funds are used appropriately.
  • Ensure strong administrative support.

Remuneration: $65,000 to $70,000 annualized, depending on experience. This is an “at will” position, not a contract for a fixed period of employment. Employer-paid medical insurance, paid vacation and sick leave.

Qualifications: At least five years leading a nonprofit organization or equivalent organization, with strong management, administrative and financial skills. At least five years proven ability to lead successful individual donor fund-raising and demonstrated fund-raising abilities with funding institutions, preferably for international projects.

Education: College degree, or equivalent

Skills and Knowledge:
  • Proven ability to fund-raise from individual donors.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to develop grant proposals for foundations and international aid agencies
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to lead and manage staff, work with NGO partners, volunteers and donors, and represent the organization to the public.
  • Ability and desire to work in a dynamic nonprofit organization and commitment to the mission and values of the organization.

To Apply: Kindly send resume and cover letter by email to apply at greenempowerment.org by January 8, 2010.