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Executive Director, Massachusetts Climate Action Network- Boston, MA

Organization: Massachusetts Climate Action Network

Position Title: Executive Director

Location: PO Box 51563, Boston, MA, 02205, US

Hours and Compensation: full time

Application Deadline: January 31, 2014

Start Date: February 28, 2014


Organization Overview

The Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) is a statewide organization that coordinates the work of locally organized groups across Massachusetts fighting the climate crisis. We have a large and vigorous community of 46 affiliated local groups (in a fifth of MA communities), hundreds of members, and others who communicate, network, and share information related to climate action. Our chapters represent a broad cross-section of community-based grassroots organizations, and we have solid collaborative relationships with them. We also work closely with other environmental and community-focused organizations working to create solutions to the climate crisis. MCAN was founded in 2000, and in 2009 became a 501(c)3 nonprofit.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (E.D.) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the execution of MCAN’s strategic vision, as well as its staff and programs. The E.D. will facilitate the growth and expansion of the MCAN network as well as further the development of statewide policies related to climate change. S/he will achieve a deep knowledge of chapters, core programs, operations, and business plans and make contributions to state policy development.


The E.D. is expected to:

·Develop and execute the overall strategic plan, as set in collaboration with the Board.

·Develop and implement the operational plans, policies, and goals that further the strategic objectives.

·Ensure communication and information flow to and between the MCAN local groups.

·Represent MCAN in statewide policy issues.

·Plan and attend Board and Chapter Education meetings.

·Develop funding sources and raise money, including the creation of grant proposals and fundraising campaigns.

·Act as the spokesperson for MCAN.

·Direct staff, contractors or consultants in an effective and cost-efficient office environment.

·Ensure compliance to minimum standards in accordance with all government legislation, regulations and guidelines pertinent to the organization’s role as an employer and non-profit agency, including limitations on lobbying activities.

·Submit all information, reports and records as requested or required by law to appropriate government officials or the board of directors

·Maintain all financial and accounting records of the organization, ensure all tax documentation is completed in a timely fashion and ensure the accuracy, integrity, and timeliness of all financial accounting and reporting.

·Operate within the established annual budget.

·Prepare the annual budget for board approval.

·Keep the board updated on all project, financial and legal activities of MCAN.

·Other duties as needed.


·Knowledge and continuous learning about climate issues and implications.

·Demonstrated leadership capabilities at the personal, board, organizational and coalition level.

·Collaboration and leadership in state policy initiatives.

·Demonstrated commitment to grassroots organizing.

·Financial understanding sufficient to guarantee accountability.

·Self-initiation of tasks and the ability to succeed without sustained oversight.

·Experience with public policy development.

·Supervisory and project management skills.

·Grant writing abilities.

·Fundraising and development experience.

Job Location: Massachusetts

Employment type: Full time

Salary: Dependent on experience

How to Apply

Contact: (Please include “Idealist” in the subject line.)

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