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Sep 27 / BARD CEP

Executive Director, CBE- Oakland or LA, California

Organization: Communities for a Better Environment (CBE)

Position Title: Executive Director

Location: 1904 Franklin Street, Suite 600, Oakland, California, 94612, United States

6325 Pacific Blvd., Suite 300, Los Angeles, California, 90255, United States

Hours and Compensation: Salary is competitive

Application Deadline: not given


Organization Overview

Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) seeks dynamic and energetic applicants for the position of Executive Director. CBE is a nationally-renowned environmental justice organization that has led numerous successful campaigns against some of the largest polluters in California, including power plants, refineries, and ports, over the past 35 years. Our campaigns have brought community voice to vital decisions that affect the environment, and secured permanent pollution reductions at countless industrial facilities. Our continued work to protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of the use of fossil fuels includes developing a roadmap for transforming communities throughout California into healthier, more livable and sustainable spaces. We partner with national environmental organizations, as well as local and statewide environmental and social justice organizations and other allies.

CBE combines community organizing, science and law to advance environmental justice and to engage community members who are directly affected by pollution in urban, low-income communities of color. A multi-ethnic organization with 24 staff, CBE has a budget of nearly $2 million dollars and offices in Oakland and Huntington Park, as well as satellite offices in Richmond and Wilmington.


CBE’s Executive Director, who reports to the 13 member Board of Directors, will oversee internal operations, strategic collaborations, workplace culture, communications, and fundraising. S/he will nurture and enrich the highly collaborative working environment at CBE and work in partnership with the Board and Management Team to continue to refine CBE’s programmatic goals in alignment with the organization’s mission and vision. The Executive Director will work approximately half time on external affairs and the other half of will be devoted to internal organizational matters.


Outreach and Advocacy

  • Advances CBE through public speaking opportunities, including conferences and other events
  • Engages with decision-makers at local, regional and state levels
  • Builds relationships with partners in alliances and coalitions
  • Writes op-eds, press releases and blogs


  • Implements the current strategic plan and leads the process for the next 3-year strategic plan
  • Ensures the development of annual program plans and evaluations

Human Resources

  • Ensures staff evaluations are completed at regular intervals
  • Hires, manages, and develops staff


  • Contributes to the development of annual fundraising plans
  • Cultivates and stewards relationships with individual and institutional donors
  • Contributes to the development of fundraising materials, including appeals, proposals and reports
  • Speaks at fundraising events


  • Contributes to the development of organizational budgets
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the monthly financial reports
  • Supports the Finance and Operations Director to ensure cost controls


  • Directly manages two Program Directors, a Development Director, Finance and Operations Director, Legal Director, and Policy Director, all of whom comprise CBE’s Management Team


  • Works closely with the committees of the Board of Directors to ensure strong governance of CBE, especially its fiscal health


  • Minimum five years of management experience, preferably at the director level, in a nonprofit with a social change mission
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental and/or social justice and experience working with low income communities of color
  • Familiarity with regulatory processes, especially city-wide policies and California state legislation
  • Fiscal management experience
  • Track record of building relationships with donors and foundation program officers
  • Experience managing and retaining employees
  • Proven success in building partnerships with key stakeholders
  • Familiarity with community organizing and popular education
  • Team and consensus building skills
  • Familiarity with California communities, particularly in the Los Angeles and Bay Area regions
  • Excellent skills in written and spoken English; Spanish language skills desirable
  • Willingness to travel between Oakland and Los Angeles, and to other areas of the country

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, including salary history and qualifications, and resume in Word to: Please include the following subject line with your email: Executive Director Search

CBE is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other prohibited category. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.

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