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ACCOUNTABLE TO:Board of Directors JOB STATUS:Full-Time
PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:
To oversee administrative, fundraising, and programmatic activities of MCEA to ensure that they further MCEA’s mission and implement the policy direction from the Board of Directors.
MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
Develop skills, contacts, and support to function as a prominent leader on environmental issues within the state.
Serve as the principal spokesperson for the organization as appropriate.
Serve on boards, task forces, and committees as feasible and appropriate.
Lead the staff through example, maintaining morale and a commitment to the environment.
Coordinate and oversee preparation of annual fundraising plan, including goals and strategies for fundraising from individuals and foundations.
Work in conjunction with the Development Director to implement the portion of the fundraising plan related to fundraising from individuals.
Work in conjunction with the Development Director and program staff to implement the portion of the fundraising plan related to proposal-driven grants from foundations.
Oversee communications and events with constituents.
Develop and implement media strategies with MCEA staff, volunteers and partners.
Oversee the Office Manager in the preparation of information and minutes for all Board meetings and retreats and for Board committee meetings, as necessary.
Serve as principal staff liaison with the Board.
Assist all Board committees with necessary staff follow-up, including implementation of MCEA’s strategic plan.
Update Board of Directors manual as appropriate.
Guide the development and implementation of MCEA’s program agenda.
Ensure that MCEA’s advocacy activities at all times utilize sound and effective strategies presented in the appropriate forum or forums.
Keep abreast of emerging environmental issues and political trends so as to recognize and take advantage of environmental advocacy opportunities.
Foster and facilitate collaborative relationships within the Minnesota environmental community.
Establish and foster collaborative relationships with business, government, and other stakeholder groups if and as appropriate on particular issues.
7.Human Resources and Staff Management
Develop and oversee implementation of MCEA’s human resource policies and procedures, including personnel guidelines, hiring decisions, benefit policies, vacation and sick time report, performance reviews, and salary reviews and increases.
Assume direct supervisory responsibility for: Office Manager, Development Director, Financial Director, Legal Director, Legislative Director, and program directors.
Serve as a role model to the staff.
Ensure compliance with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt requirements.
Develop and manage budgets, cash flow projections, financial tracking and accounting, revenue and expenses, payroll and benefits, state and federal tax payments and reporting, accounting memoranda, endowment, use of restricted funds, charitable annuities, and lobbying expenditures.
Keep the Board of Directors fully apprised of MCEA’s financial status and work with the Board to oversee and manage the finances of the organization.
Manage payroll procedures, expense payments, and state and federal tax payments/reporting.
Cooperate with MCEA’s independent auditor.
Manage MCEA’s office systems, procedures, and equipment to ensure maximum efficiency within budgetary constraints.
Sign documents on behalf of MCEA, including contracts, checks, grant agreements, leases, and other official documents.
Prepare and update as necessary all administrative documents, such as job descriptions, contracts, leases, organizational descriptions, and other similar materials.
Agreements in excess of $25,000 (except offers of employment) or with a term of greater than one year must be reviewed by MCEA’s Legal Committee Chair and approved by at least one member of the Executive Committee.
OTHER PERFORMANCE CRITERIA:
1.Sound judgment with ability to identify important “big picture” environmental issues and trends. 2.Ability to balance independent action with adequate communication to the Board of Directors. 3.Clear, logical, and focused analysis and synthesis of ideas using strategies that are practically and politically feasible. 4.Good working relations with MCEA staff and funders. 5.Accomplish objectives through project work in order to further MCEA’s mission. 6.Ability to effectively communicate MCEA’s accomplishments in MCEA’s media outreach efforts.
Demonstrated commitment to the environment.
Strong leadership skills.
Strong management skills.
Strong fundraising skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Broad experience in public policy.
Demonstrated organizational management skills and experience.
Law degree or other advanced degree.
Significant knowledge of environmental law.
Fundraising experience including grant writing, planned giving, major donor cultivation, and endowment building.
Ability to promote the organization’s agenda to the public and media.
Grassroots organizing experience.
Thorough understanding of state/national environmental issues.
Strategic planning experience.
MCEA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. MCEA IS COMMITTED TO RECRUITING AND RETAINING A DIVERSE STAFF. INDIVIDUALS FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
MCEA offers a competitive non-profit salary based on years of relevant experience along with a full benefits package, including vacation and sick leave, a cafeteria plan for health insurance, 401(k) plan, and transportation allowance.
BACKGROUND ON MCEA:
The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA), founded in 1974, is the legal and scientific voice protecting Minnesota’s environment. With 16 staff members and an annual budget of $1.6 million, MCEA’s lawyers and technical experts work in all three branches of government to ensure that Minnesota’s environmental safeguards are enforced and environmental standards maintained.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and references to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACCOUNTABLE TO: Legislative Director JOB STATUS: For the 2017 Legislative Session
JOB DESCRIPTION: Under direction of the Legislative Director, the Legislative Associate will assist in implementing MCEA's legislative strategy. Direct legislative experience, preferably in the Minnesota Legislature, is required. MCEA is a 40-year-old nonprofit dedicated to using science and law to improve Minnesota's environment and the health of its people.
Set up and attend meetings with members of the Minnesota Legislature to seek support for MCEA positions and provide briefings on key environmental issues;
Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with Legislators, legislative and agency staff, members of other environmental and conservation groups, other stakeholders, and MCEA staff;
Preparewritten analyses, testimony, coalition letters, and background materials in support of MCEA legislative objectives;
Maintain updated legislative information on the MCEA website;
Supervise volunteers; and
Carry out other duties and projects as assigned by the Legislative Director.
Minimum of one year's relevant experience in state legislative work, preferably in Minnesota;
Bachelor's degree in communications, government, environmental sciences, public policy, or related field;
A high level of energy and passion toward protection of the environment;
Strong communication and presentation skills.
Lobbying experience at the Minnesota Legislature;
Knowledge of Minnesota environmental, energy, natural resources laws; and
Advanced degree in law, public policy, or a related field.
SCHEDULE & COMPENSATION: This is a Full-Time position for the 2017 Legislative Session, running through approximately May 15, 2017. Compensation is dependent on experience. This temporary position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and not eligible for benefits.
HOW TO APPLY: Please send letter of interest and resume, by Wednesday, October 19, to: email@example.com. No phone calls please.
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