Chief Executive Officer

CleanTech Alliance Published: January 3, 2020
Seattle, WA
Job Type
CEO/ Senior Mgmt/ Exec Director /
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~ The CleanTech Alliance is a trade association that represents over 300 member organizations spanning eighteen U.S. states, three Canadian provinces, and Washington, D.C. ~

Most of the membership is based in Washington state and the organization is based in Seattle, WA.  Founded in 2007 by business and cleantech leaders, the Alliance facilitates the generation and growth of cleantech companies and jobs through a variety of educational programs, research, products and services. As a trade association, our mission might be summed up in a single word: Jobs.

The CleanTech Alliance seeks a strong, visionary, creative individual with demonstrated success building productive community relationships and partnerships.  A background in association management, entrepreneurship, and/or cleantech business is desirable.

Given the highly visible nature of this position and the Alliance, the candidate that we seek must be energized by public contact and financial development, and thrive in an environment that includes a significant amount of contact with education, community, business and political leaders.  The candidate must be comfortable interacting with diverse people from all walks of life presenting a consistent and authentic persona when meeting with any individual or group.

Position Summary

The President & CEO of the CleanTech Alliance leads a dynamic and influential non-profit organization guided by a Board of Directors that is comprised of business, government, and not-for-profit leaders.

Under the direction of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, the President & CEO is the principal leader in advancing a vision to develop the clean technology sector and creating programs and services that assist in making that vision possible. The CEO is responsible for overseeing two (2) full-time employees and two (2) contractors. The operating budget is $750,000 annually.


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Leadership. Works in concert with the Board, provides strategic vision and leadership in fulfillment of the Alliance’s mission.
  • Governance. Supports the Board of Directors in executing its governance responsibilities.
  • Planning. Supports the board in developing the Alliance’s strategic plan and accomplishes a work plan and annual budget to support its implementation. Reports regularly to the Board on assessment of strategic direction and outcomes of efforts.
  • Operations. Oversees and is held accountable for the implementation of plans and budgets.  Facilitates the work of the team and provides guidance and expectations regarding results.
  • Advocacy. Keeps the board and other stakeholders informed about relevant pubic policy.  Working with the Government Affairs Committee and Board of Directors, leads discussion of public policy and advocates policies as approved by the Board of Directors.  Manages relationship with Alliance lobbyist.
  • Membership Development. Provides leadership and direction to the organization’s fundraising and resource development functions. Meets with prospective and current members to build and maintain membership and support for the Alliance.
  • Communications. Serves as the primary spokesperson for the Alliance. Guides the development of key messages and utilizes various communications mediums to advance the Alliance’s agenda and strategic goals.
  • Financial Management. Responsible for ensuring the fiscal integrity of the organization and the achievement of financial goals. Oversees plan/budget and strategic investments of philanthropic resources to achieve desired results.

Strategic Imperatives:

  • Clearly define and communicate a long-term vision for the organization that provides focus and direction. This would:
    • Enable consistent, coherent operating actions.
    • Identify and capitalize on appropriate opportunities.
  • Build a performance-oriented culture.
    • Implement systems to support individual and organizational accountability, e.g. goal setting, performance review, aligning rewards with performance, and meaningful development plans.
    • Focus on execution – set stretch goals and hold each other accountable for accomplishment of objectives
    • Drive the completion of the major initiatives. Focus on a few things – bring things to completion.
  • Articulate an organizational philosophy that explains the current member value proposition.
    • Identify the current and aspirational value propositions of the organization
    • Act as a convener in the industry and invite multiple stakeholders to the conversation
    • Identify and share best practices.
  • Foster creativity and innovation internally and actively look for new ideas outside the organization. Continually build a fact-based understanding of the forces that will impact the industry structure.
    • Provoke new ideas.
    • Imagine the future.
    • Reward thoughtful risk taking


CEO Characteristics Specific to the CleanTech Alliance:

  • The ability to communicate a clear and compelling vision that gives the entire organization a rallying point and which tells a clear story to external constituents.
    • Able to translate the charge to “make connections that make a difference” into both practical and visionary terms. Creates opportunities for people to expand their own vision of how to contribute to the organization’s future. Represents the CleanTech Alliance effectively with the investment community. Has a visible presence in the field. Captures the imagination of the board.
  • The ability to drive the execution of the business plan and to create a sense of mutual accountability throughout the organization.
    • Encourages each layer of stakeholders to set goals that are both challenging and realistic. Learns from experiences and incorporates the lessons learned. Demonstrates a sense of urgency. Inspires confidence that they can achieve the stretch goals. Continues to establish a performance-oriented culture.
  • Ability to create an environment that fosters teamwork.
    • Builds a collaborative leadership team that is committed to the long-term success of the CleanTech Alliance. Creates a shared sense of ownership throughout the organization.
  • Ability to create a plan for positive change and to manage the organization through the change.
    • Understands that organizational change requires sensitivity to history and cultural issues as well as the persistence and courage to challenge the status quo. Communicates the rationale and the plan for change in a way that fosters cooperation and support. Recognizes when to push for change and when to take time to consolidate gains.
  • Create an environment that fosters innovation and creativity.
    • Sets an example of continuous improvement. Is alert to new developments and best practices in all areas of the business and industry in general. Builds a greater awareness of, and desire to learn from, sources external to the organization.
  • Demonstrated track record of success.
    • Has a history of sustained financial performance. Is able to articulate lessons learned from experience. Shows a clear track record of leaving organizations better off for having been.

CEO Attributes:

  • Leadership
    • Keeps the organization energized and focused through tough times
    • Persistently drives to set and achieve high standards
    • Inspires people to set and pursue stretch goals
    • Sets a tone of urgency and decisiveness
  • Character
    • Clearly interested in the greater good of the CleanTech Alliance
    • Demonstrates courage to take a stand on important issues, to do what is right
    • Admits mistakes and learns from them
    • Makes sound judgments under pressure
  • Interpersonal Skills
    • Relates comfortably to all levels of the organization
    • Conveys compassion and a genuine sense of valuing people
    • Sizes up people quickly and accurately
    • Listens attentively and respectfully
    • Communicates in a candid, straightforward manner
  • Quality of thinking and decision-making
    • Thinks comprehensively and strategically
    • Solves complex problems and teaches effective problem-solving skills
    • Consistently exercises sound judgment
    • Inspires innovative thinking
    • Balances between conceptual/strategic thinking and a practical tactical perspective
    • Instinctively sees where to challenge the status quo
  • Management
    • Surrounds self with high quality talent
    • Monitors performance carefully
    • Exercises a strong bias for action
    • Communicates desired outcomes clearly
    • Drives toward results and holds self/others accountable for them
    • Defines objectives and keeps the organization focused
    • Addresses poor performance in a fair and timely manner.
  • Business Skills and Experience
    • Understands governance in a non-profit trade association
    • Inspires confidence among the membership community and board
    • Builds on a strong operational background
    • Develops a realistic and practical view of business


'The Chamber is committed to internal and market equity. Though it is not Chamber procedure to externally post salary ranges, the range for the position will be shared during the first stages of the application process. The salary is competitive within the market and also boasts a very comprehensive and generous benefits package.


The CleanTech Alliance is affiliated with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. While it is an independent 501(c)6 with separate board oversight and financing, staff members of the CleanTech Alliance are officially employees of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and participate in Chamber benefit plans, but do not report to Chamber staff. The Seattle Metro Chamber provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including but not restricted to:

  • Medical/dental/vision coverage
  • Vacation/sick/float leave
  • Life Insurance
  • Accidental death & dismemberment Insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Transit subsidies
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employer-matched 401(k) Contribution
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid parental leave
  • Wellspring EAP membership
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Generous holiday schedule and paid days off
  • More about our benefits, perks, and info about working at the Chamber

To Apply

  • Please click "Apply on Company Website" below  and then provide cover letter and resume through the Chamber's job portal.
  • Applications without the requisite candidate materials may not be considered. Applications received in other means will be not be considered.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, please apply early to have the best opportunity for consideration.

Note: The Chamber and the CleanTech Alliance actively seek a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds, and candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Chamber is an equal opportunity employer. All employees and potential employees will be recruited, selected, trained, promoted, and, if necessary, disciplined without regard to sex, race, religion, creed, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political ideology or activity, disability, honorably-discharged veteran or military status.

All applicants are carefully screened, and full consideration is given to their training, education, skills, aptitudes, experience, and previous work record. In addition, the Chamber does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information in its employment related policies and practices, including coverage under its health benefits program.

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