Executive Director via Idealist

EarthShare Washington

Seattle, WA, United States 🇺🇸

About EarthShare Washington (ESW)

EarthShare Washington unites people, organizations and resources to champion Washington’s environmental future. As a collective of 60 premier member charities, ESW is the only federation dedicated to protecting the environment through workplace giving and employee engagement. Our members are working from every angle, from responsible land use planning, increasing energy efficiency and public transportation, preserving farmland, protecting our rivers and shorelines, natural habitat and native species, to ensuring we have clean drinking water and sustainable food systems. ESW creates opportunities to connect, contribute and volunteer for environmental charities.

This is an exciting time at ESW. New technologies and ways of giving, especially driven by the millennial workforce, demand a new way of conducting workplace giving and employee engagement. ESW sits at the nexus of workplace giving, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability. The organization is positioned to be a trusted consultant to corporate and government sectors. Additionally, the organization is seeking to diversify operations revenue streams through corporate giving, foundation grants, individual donations, and events including the Earth Day Challenge (www.earthdaychallenge.org).

Position Summary:

ESW is looking for an energetic and passionate leader with strong connections in the corporate community. The key function of this position is to serve as an active networker and relationship builder. Strong interpersonal and business development skills along with exceptional management skills are essential. Resource development, scaling programs and implementing a newly adopted strategic plan will be a priority. The Executive Director works collaboratively with all sectors of the ESW community including environmental member groups, funders, workplace and community engagement partners, the board and staff.


Workplace and Federation Outreach (25%)

  • Increase revenue for ESW members by cultivating new and existing relationships with workplace and community partners, funders, and the environmental community to expand and promote ESW support.
  • Develop an active prospect list of workplace partners, increasing number of workplace giving campaigns and number of individual workplace donors.
  • Partner with EarthShare National on national or multi-state campaigns and new business outreach.
  • Maintain and guide, as necessary, relationships with other workplace federations, in particular United Way.

Operations Resource Development (~ 25%)

  • Increase and diversify operational funding; design annual fundraising campaign for operational support or special programs.
  • Increase corporate and foundation grants by identifying grant prospects, cultivating relationships with program officers, and writing grant proposals and final reports.
  • Increase individual gifts through effective donor stewardship strategies and acquiring new donors.
  • Promote public awareness, solicit sponsorships and increase participation in the annual Earth Day Challenge as well as other fundraising activities.

Program Development, Community Relations, Public Speaking (15%)

  • In partnership with the Board, increase visibility of ESW and our member organizations to workplace and community partners, employees and the greater community through marketing, outreach, networking and events.
  • Act as primary spokesperson for ESW including public speaking, public relations and other educational, fundraising, and outreach opportunities.
  • Establish ESW as a leader/consultant in the Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Employee Engagement arenas and as a convener of corporate and environmental sectors.
  • Seek regular feedback from current and prospective workplace partners about the value of our services offered.
  • Work with Partner Engagement Committee to develop clearly defined workplace programs including benefits, costs and other resource needs.
  • Oversee development of consistent marketing/program materials for presentation to potential workplace partners.
  • Work with Communications Director to develop and refine communication tools to establish ESW as the go-to source for environmental information, connecting corporate employees and the public with environmental values and ways to get involved and give.

Membership Engagement (15%)

  • Retain and grow membership by strengthening relationships and expanding and communicating ESW’s value.
  • Empower EarthShare members with more opportunities to initiate and deepen relationships with workplace partners.
  • Increase communication and facilitate opportunities for meaningful networking, training, and information sharing between ESW and our member organizations.
  • In partnership with Communications Director and the Membership Selection Task Force, conduct the 3-year membership application process.

Board, Staff, Planning & Operations (20%)

  • Act as primary liaison to the Board; prepares for Executive Committee and Board Meetings and communicates regularly with Board leadership.
  • Conduct ongoing discussions with the Board related to the sustainability of the organization, meeting funding gaps, ensuring compliance with ESW by-laws, and positioning the organization for the future.
  • Grow and recruit Board of Directors, diversifying perspectives and skills in service of the environmental community, and planning for leadership succession.
  • Establish well-defined working committees with opportunities for members to contribute at a high level
  • Operationalize 5-year Strategic Plan, develop annual priorities and workplan with the board and staff.
  • Establish a practice of sharing progress at quarterly board meetings on workplan and strategic goals, implement annual process for review and evaluation of organizational performance.
  • Supervise a staff of two, Communications Director and Finance and Administration Manager, and seasonal staff; conduct annual performance evaluations.
  • Align staffing resources to support strategic vision, business development and organizational goals.
  • Hire, develop and evaluate staff in their efforts to implement annual workplans.
  • With Finance Manager and Board Treasurer, monitor the organization’s annual operating budget of $284,000 and provide timely reports of ESW’s financial situation to the Board.
  • Proactively plan for and execute key programmatic and organizational processes including annual review of Dues Membership model, financial audit and IRS Form 990 preparation.
  • Work with staff to update and improve business and financial operations, systems and processes; Maximize technology; increase efficiency and effectiveness
  • Maintain professional office environment.


Minimum of 5+ years’ leadership level experience managing staff in the non-profit, business development, corporate relations and/or employee giving/engagement sectors

Core Competencies

  • Desire to make an impact in bringing the corporate, government and environmental sectors together to protect the environment
  • Proven experience working with donors, business leaders, government leaders and other funders
  • Effective communicator, adept at writing for and speaking to diverse audiences
  • Highly organized with attention to detail and strong program management skills
  • Experience with budgeting, financial management processes and resource development
  • Prior experience working with a Board of Directors and managing committees and volunteers
  • Ability to build and develop a small collaborative team and be flexible to changing conditions
  • Persuasive leader, able to set vision and inspire others
  • Works with efficiency and diplomacy

Essential Job Capabilities

  • Advanced Microsoft Office and knowledge of record keeping, databases.
  • Ability to speak and read English fluently
  • Ability to drive or take public transportation to meetings/events
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs.
  • Ability to pass any necessary State and Federal Background checks
  • Bachelor’s degree is required

Salary & Benefits:

Commensurate with experience, salary range is $65,000-$70,000 for full time employment. Benefits include medical, dental and vision, orca pass, and paid vacation and sick days.

EarthShare Washington (ESW) is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity in all areas of its operations. ESW affirms that its governing policies and procedures for hiring, membership, and provisions of services comply fully with all applicable laws and regulations concerning nondiscriminatory employment practices. It is ESW’s policy to not discriminate because of a person’s gender, race, color, religion, national origin, political ideology, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status. EarthShare Washington looks to all staff to contribute to the effective implementation of programmatic activities and the successful growth of the organization.