Executive Director

Posted Jun 21, 2022 Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Expires Jul 31, 2022


Salary Range
$125,000–$145,000, plus benefits

Climate Generation is a nationally connected and trusted nonprofit centering climate justice in climate literacy, climate change education, youth leadership, and community engagement to accelerate action on the climate crisis. Urgent and rapid action on climate change is needed to ensure a habitable world for generations to come, and education and engagement are effective and critical tools for empowering action.

Climate Generation empowers individuals and communities to engage in solutions to climate change, and we do this by igniting and sustaining the ability of educators, youth, and communities to act on the systems perpetuating the climate crisis. By overcoming disinformation, centering anti-racism and equity, and personalizing and localizing climate change action we can activate individuals, as well as build resilient communities. Climate Generation is committed to addressing the intersection of climate change and economic, social, and racial disparities, and working closely with partners who understand this interface.

Climate Generation was founded in 2004 by polar explorer Will Steger based on his powerful eyewitness to climate change and his history of inspiring educators and classrooms to engage in adventure learning. We are an evolving and growing organization with a budget of $1,800,000, 16-19 staff and a Board of 9-15. Climate Generation’s primary office is in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has a hybrid work environment.

More information at climategen.org.

The Executive Director leads and inspires Climate Generation staff, Board and stakeholders to advance our mission while upholding and promoting our guiding principles. The E.D. will ensure that the organization continues its journey to becoming an anti-racist organization that develops and advances equitable climate solutions. The E.D. manages the organization’s financial and human resources to continue our growth trajectory and currently has three direct reports.

Primary Areas of Responsibility

Strategy & Planning — Provide strategic direction and a strong vision for the organization to guide the work in the long-term and in the day-to-day implementation of programming; lead the organization’s efforts in centering anti-racism and systemic equity; support and develop organizational leadership and empower staff, Board and stakeholders to fulfill our mission.

Board Governance and Financial Oversight — Advise and provide information and insights to the Board of Directors to engage them and support strong governance and oversight; ensure support for Board and committees to advance organizational goals; create and monitor the annual budget; ensure legal and financial compliance.

Development & External Relations — In collaboration with the Senior Director of Development, Marketing and Communications provide thoughtful and creative leadership to achieve fundraising and communications goals; develop new, and strengthen existing, relationships with donors and stakeholders; serve as a primary face and voice of Climate Generation to increase impact and visibility.

Programming – In collaboration with the Senior Director of Programs provide thoughtful and creative leadership to achieve programmatic goals; lead organizational decision-making and strategic response to organizational and sector challenges; support the development and effective implementation of Climate Generation’s policy agenda.

Operations – Ensure organizational culture and processes align with organizational commitment to addressing systemic equity and anti-racism; guide internal systems and processes that nurture cross-functional teams that operate effectively and efficiently; seek opportunities to grow professionally and encourage professional development of staff; sustain a healthy and equitable work environment.

The ideal candidate will bring an empowering management and leadership style and an understanding of the climate crisis and its impact on our communities, with the ability to lead and manage a growing and dynamic organization. Specific qualifications include:

Progressive leadership and management experience with a strong passion for climate change issues
Proven ability to work in a collaborative leadership environment with the ability to meet the diverse needs of internal and external stakeholders
Knowledge and understanding of communities impacted by climate change
Ability to lead the organization as it fulfills its commitment to center anti-racism
Experience with nonprofit fundraising and financial management
Experience working with a Board of Directors
Strong personal integrity and communication skills, with the ability to inspire others to take action
Ability to build and support effective teams in a hybrid work environment
Ability to effectively oversee a complex nonprofit with multiple programs with experience in public policy, education, and/or advocacy preferred
Authenticity and an interest in having fun at work
Position will remain open until filled, with the first screening of candidates on or about July 15, 2022. Send cover letter and resume as one .pdf document to hr@climategeneration.org. Contact Roger Meyer at roger@mightyconsulting.org or 651-338-5318 with any questions or to learn more.


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