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Executive Director 


If you are passionate about our mission focused upon sustainability, enjoy managing a small team of equally passionate professionals, and love rising to meet challenges, then you should consider becoming Sustain Dane’s new Executive Director. 

Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and evolution of the Sustain Dane, Inc. operation. The Executive Director is the primary public-facing member of the Sustain Dane staff team. As such, promoting our mission and programs is job number one followed closely by engaging partners and securing resources to deliver on our mission. The Executive Director is responsible for supervising staff, and building and maintaining a positive organizational culture. Overseeing stewardship of the organization’s financial assets while ensuring compliance with Board directives and applicable grantor, federal and state requirements, also is a priority. 

If leading a local nonprofit organization committed to accelerating positive change with lasting impact is a priority for you; if working across sectors to solve big challenges drives you; and if engaging with diverse communities to develop programs locally that contribute to solutions nationally and globally inspires you, then serving as Sustain Dane’s next Executive Director might be a great fit.

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Primary Duties and Responsibilities (55%)

Executive Director is responsible for overall operations, management, asset protection and public relations for Sustain Dane, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational corporation.

1. Establishes plan to achieve goals set by the Board of Directors including the creation of key performance indicators, metrics, and measurements to track and trend organizational effectiveness. 

2. Engages staff on a regular basis and addresses all aspects of human resource management pursuant to Sustain Dane’s employment policies, procedures, and employee handbook, including but not limited to supervising staff, conducting performance reviews, and developing and updating job descriptions.

3. Prepares periodic and regular board reports and board presentations that reflect the activities of Sustain Dane, e.g. a summary of Sustain Dane Summit, fund development activities and results.  

4. Oversees all outsourced accounting functions including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial analysis and payroll in accordance with Generally Accepting Accounting Principles (GAAP) and with guidance from the Chair of the Board’s Finance Committee. 

5. Works closely with Sustain Dane partners and staff to ensure they are provided with appropriate support systems and responsive, quality service in the areas of grant preparation, project accounting, human resources, purchasing, and related administrative functions.

6. Oversees current programs in cooperation with Sustain Dane team members charged with day-to-day program management, e.g. MPower, Sustainable Business Network, to ensure ongoing excellence and evaluation.

7. Deepens and refines all aspects of communications to achieve and sustain a strong brand and positive internal and external relations. 

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities (35%)

Executive Director is responsible for fund development activities, program creation, and revenue generation for Sustain Dane, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational corporation.

8. Leads and oversees the Sustain Dane Summit, including but not limited to designing format, recruiting speakers, securing venue, planning, promotion, creating and implementing a sponsorship model, and identifying conference goals.

9. Develops programs, in consultation with internal and external stakeholders, to deliver on Sustain Dane’s mission.

10. Explores and expands revenue generation and fund development to support existing program operations, including focused use and expansion of the existing donor database.

Remaining Duties and Responsibilities (10%)

11. Manages grant-seeking activities and contracts including negotiation (or renegotiation) of terms that reflect the needs of Sustain Dane; monitors progress of agreements (e.g. assuring timely and appropriate deliverables) and maintains appropriate documentation to ensure fulfillment of agreement terms including timely receipt and expenditure of funds.

12. Analyzes and evaluates vendor services related to employee benefits to determine programs and providers that best meet the needs of Sustain Dane and makes recommendations to the board, as appropriate; negotiates services, terms and premiums, and executes contracts with benefit plan providers, supply and service providers, auditors and consultants; and manages payroll and benefits programs.

13. Assists in the development of strategic long-term organizational goals and objectives as well as emerging policies and procedures for Sustain Dane operations.  

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Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree Required. Academic certification in sustainability a plus. 

3-5 years of successful program management and leadership experience required. 5+ years of nonprofit leadership experience preferred. Professional experience in sustainability field desired. 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Skills:  Problem Solving, Communication, Critical Listening, Strategic Thinking, Management.

Personal Characteristics:  Trustworthy, Reliable, Courageous, Innovative, Inclusive, Self-Starter.

Certifications/Licenses:  Professional sustainability certification a plus.

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Compensation Range

$65,000 - $70,000 plus benefits package. Compensation is negotiable depending on the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate.

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To apply, please submit ONE PDF document with a Resume and Cover letter in an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by March 1, 2019.

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