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The Alliance Center envisions a sustainable and equitable future in which all communities thrive, democracy is strong, the economy works for everyone and the planet is healthy. To realize this vision, The Alliance Center demonstrates sustainability in action and mobilizes change agents to accelerate solutions. Visit our website to learn more.
The Alliance Center has three main strategies to advance our mission and vision:
- Grow the capacity of change agents advancing critical sustainability solutions through the Nonprofit Center.
- Mobilize our network of change agents to combat climate change and accelerate the transformation to an equitable and regenerative society through the Regenerative Recovery Coalition.
- Pilot innovative solutions to sustainability and health challenges utilizing our building as a demonstration site through the Living Lab
The Executive Director of The Alliance for Collective Action, based in Denver, Colorado, collaborates closely with the Board of Directors, staff, tenants, donors, and other stakeholders to convene leaders of environmental and social movements to promote systems change. This full-time, exempt position ensures that the Alliance fulfills its mission through two programs, The Alliance Center and The Coalition for a Regenerative Future. The Executive Director provides leadership and management of the organization, executing on the organization’s strategic plan, and sustaining the financial health of the organization. The Executive Director also focuses on staff culture and development to ensure that the Alliance team is effectively fulfilling job responsibilities and carrying out strategic initiatives. This position reports to the Board of Directors.
- Collaborates with the Board of Directors to set organizational vision, mission, and strategic direction.
- Oversees development and implementation of the long-term plan and annual operational goals in collaboration with the Board of Directors.
- Maintains a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the regenerative and sustainability fields to appropriately support and guide the strategic direction and priorities of the organization.
The Alliance Center and Building Operations
- Supervises the Alliance Center Director who provides day-to-day management of building operations.
- Cultivates and fosters relationships with tenants to strengthen collaboration among tenants of the building.
- Provides oversight and approval of any major building restoration and/or improvements.
- Is responsible for building occupancy with the goal of 80–95% occupancy. Negotiates and executes contracts on behalf of The Alliance Center.
The Coalition for a Regenerative Future
- Supervises the Coalition Director and oversees the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the Coalition.
- Cultivates and fosters relationships with key Coalition members and policy makers to strengthen collaboration, advocacy, engagement, and impact.
Financial Management and Donor Development
- Oversees the organization’s financial position to ensure long-term viability.
- Actively engages in development of the annual budget and management of monthly financials.
- Supports the execution of a successful fund development strategy with a focus on revenue diversification including earned revenue, grants, individual, and corporate giving.
- Cultivates and maintains relationships with major donors and with foundations and other potential sources of large grants to increase levels of giving over time.
- Actively engages in all major fundraising events.
Board Management and Support
- Actively engages and supports the Board of Directors and its committees.
- Leads coordination and planning of board meetings, in conjunction with the Chair and Executive Committee.
- Primary liaison between the organization and the board of directors to ensure communications are clear between governance and operations.
- Leads recruitment and onboarding of new directors, in conjunction with the Governance and Executive Committees, and works to ensure diversity in skills, experience, ethnic background, gender, and geographic location among board members.
- Fosters a climate which attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of capable professionals who collaborate effectively in achieving the organizational mission.
- Builds, supports, and nurtures a culture of diversity, inclusion, equity, and equality throughout the organization.
- Provides direction and leadership for professional development and identification of training/educational opportunities for staff.
- Oversees HR responsibilities including hiring/firing, onboarding, performance reviews, compensation, and benefits.
Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement
- Represents and raises awareness of the AFCA by serving as the primary spokesperson at events, meetings, conferences, and congressional hearings.
- Identifies, cultivates, and initiates communications with other organizations, individuals, and the general public working to continually improve awareness of the Alliance, its mission, programs, and services, and to strengthen the organization’s effectiveness, public presence, and support.
- Positions the Alliance as a source for collaboration, policy direction, and overall advancement of regenerative practices.
- Identifies and oversees advocacy topics and applicable research to support the organization’s mission and strategic initiatives.
Desired Qualifications and Personal Attributes
- Executive Director or managerial experience (5+ years preferred).
- Background in regenerative principles, sustainability, advocacy, coalitions, and association management.
- Background in non-profit management.
- Ability to cultivate and build relationships (for fundraising, partnerships, alliances).
- Demonstrated experience in raising annual budgets of $1–2 million or more from diverse sources.
- Experience in management of advocacy type organizations as well as advocacy in policy and legislation.
- Strong managerial and leadership acumen; a professional who treats all stakeholders with kindness and respect; ability to build trust quickly among colleagues.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a collaborative approach.
- Strong relationship and networking skills with the ability to build effective strategic partnerships with nonprofits, businesses, government, and academic entities.
- Highly organized and the ability to manage high workload with strategic delegation.
- Strategic mindset and the ability to prioritize among competing opportunities and avoid unnecessary potential risks.
- Experience and background in engaging and supporting an active board of directors.
- Experience in diversity, equity, inclusion, integration, and environmental justice; advocacy, among teams and collaborations and as a fundamental aspect of program development/implementation.
- Flexibility in working extended hours, when needed.
- Technology savvy and proficient with Google and Microsoft Office Suite applications.
Personal Attributes Preferred
- Strong values match, commitment, and dedication to the mission of the Alliance for Collective Action.
- Effective leader with the ability to motivate, support, and foster staff growth.
- Highest level of integrity and business ethics.
- Ability to take initiative and think creatively and strategically to solve problems and optimize opportunities.
- Diplomatic, professional, and pleasant interactive style.
- Strong attention to detail and task follow-through.
- Awareness of social, economic, and environmental issues and impacts.
- Self-confident; appreciative of diverse perspectives and traditions.
Compensation and Benefits
- Starting annual salary range $145,000 – $170,000 depending on experience.
- Health, Vision, and Short-Term Disability Insurance Plans.
- 401(k) retirement plan with up to 3% match from the Alliance.
- Paid Vacation, Sick Time, and Holidays including two weeks paid time off at the end of the calendar year.
- RTD Bus Pass.
This position is hybrid requiring working in our Denver office 2-3 days per week.
Note: Application deadline is Januray 15, 2024.
The Alliance for Collective Action is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion.