If you are looking to apply your passion for environmental stewardship, exceptional interpersonal skills, and outstanding leadership prowess at a one-of-a-kind social good organization in beautiful Carmel… MEarth needs you!

We are seeking an experienced Executive Director to take the helm of MEarth in early 2018. Our ideal candidate will be comfortable working with diverse constituencies and exceptionally driven to achieve excellence, and will enjoy taking on new challenges in a creative environment.

Please only apply if you are an eco-geek who is dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders. Our deep love for our work and our community is what makes MEarth truly exceptional.

You will be expected to comfortably guide our programming, marketing, human resources and fundraising efforts, while overseeing the stewardship of the incredible 10-acre “Habitat” where we work. You will lead and collaborate with all levels of staff, funders, vendors, donors, and clients via in-person, email andphone/video meetings.

Ready to help MEarth change the world?

Responsibilities:

MEarth’s Executive Director (ED) is responsible for keeping this powerful little organization humming in every way. Essential responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Leadership/Management

MEarth’s ED is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization as well as the long-term vision and sustainability, supported by our Program Director and Property Manager. She/he provides direction to all staff members in support of MEarth’s Strategic Plan and board directives and is ultimately responsible for all administrative, financial, human resource-related, fund development, programmatic and planning functions, including:

  • Leading the organization’s strategic planning and managing implementation.
  • Developing and maintaining fiscal and legal policies and procedures.
  • Directing, managing and mentoring staff.
  • Conducting performance reviews and handling all performance-related responsibilities.
  • Providing timely and accurate Board reports.
  • Overseeing continuous improvement of all program activities.

Financial Management

Our ED is responsible for all fiscal oversight and routine, on-going financial management of MEarth operations, including but not limited to:

  • Preparing an annual operating budget to the Board of Directors.
  • Developing department budgets with appropriate team leads.
  • Monitoring income and expenditures on a monthly (or more frequent) basis.
  • Working closely with MEarth’s external bookkeeper and accountancy firm to ensure fiduciary responsibilities are addressed and in support of all legal requirements utilizing Quickbooks.
  • Overseeing timely financial reports and maintaining financial controls.
  • Managing all banking responsibilities, invoice payment/creation, payroll etc.

Fund Development

MEarth’s ED is responsible for overseeing all fund development activities including planning, implementation, and evaluation. This includes grant research, proposal development, grant writing, monitoring, and reporting responsibilities in coordination with MEarth’s Fund Development Manager. Our ED also:

  • Develops and monitors implementation of MEarth’s fund development plan in concert with MEarth’s Board of Directors.
  • Oversees our Neon CRM (customer relationship management) database.
  • Guides implementation of fundraising goals and strategies.
  • Manages grant-related research, proposal development, writing, submission, fiscal management, implementation and reporting.
  • Manages annual appeals.
  • Manages MEarth fundraising events including, but not limited to, MEarth Day, The Glass Pumpkin Patch of Carmel and Sustainable Chef Dinners.
  • Cultivates new donors and nurtures existing donor relationships through regular communications and an annual Donor/Volunteer Appreciation event.
  • Cultivates and establishes new partnerships for MEarth in terms of program offerings and sponsorship/fundraising events.
  • Produces an annual report, and documents the financial condition of the nonprofit along with the accomplishments and future plans of the organization.

Public Relations and Marketing

MEarth’s ED is our primary spokesperson and most visible and active community representative, he/she is expected to:

  • Establish and maintain strong, working relationships with MEarth’s key partner and client, Carmel Unified School District.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships within the community to support MEarth’s mission and long-term sustainability.
  • Increase MEarth’s public visibility by promoting awareness of MEarth’s programs and value via social media, monthly and as-needed email communications, community presentations and speaking engagements.
  • Ensure dissemination of information about MEarth to donors, partners, stakeholders, the community, local businesses and the media.

Skills + Experience:

  • 3-5 years of experience as Executive Director of an organization preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to non-profit leadership and management.
  • Background, knowledge, education and training in environmental education, sustainability, localized food systems/farming, land stewardship/conservation, and culinary/hospitality/event production is a plus!
  • Stellar writing skills – honed understanding and use of style, conventions and grammar, across multiple platforms and audiences.
  • Capacity and experience identifying goals, mapping out the appropriate steps to achieve success, and delegating effectively.
  • Highly organized and comfortable balancing lots of concurrent tasks and to-dos.
  • As happy and productive working at your desk, as in the garden or our LEED-Certified teaching kitchen.
  • Proficiency with major social media tools, online communications resources (Google Apps, MailChimp, Harvest etc) and with the MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PPT).

About MEarth:

MEarth (pronounced me-earth) is an environmental education nonprofit with roots in Carmel, California with the mission to educate and inspire through environmental stewardship. MEarth staff (comprised of eight total full-time and part-time staff members) teaches and mentors approximately 2,000 youth within the Monterey Peninsula annually from Carmel Unified School District, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County and other clients. The majority of MEarth’s services take place at the Hilton Bialek Habitat, a ten-acre nature center adjacent to Carmel Middle School. MEarth’s programs are diverse and utilize the wealth of teaching opportunities the Hilton Bialek Habitat provides including, but not limited to, Science, Botany, World Language, English/Language Arts, sustainability, Ecoliteracy, culinary arts (and healthy lifestyle choices) and History/Social Science. MEarth is the steward of the Hilton Bialek Habitat property in partnership with Carmel Unified School District.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Executive

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

HOW TO APPLY

Please complete the following Google form to apply:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe87x2Ppxbq5eDKGr7p_iFIV9rVu7Ggx8Ae_nPKpcU41Wa3rA/viewform?usp=sf_link

You will be asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. You will be required to login with a google account.

No phone calls or emails please.

MEarth is an Equal Opportunity Employer.