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  • Asha Agrawal
    ... Committee for Green Foothills Executive Director Job Description Committee for Green Foothills (CGF) is seeking an Executive Director to inspire and lead
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 14, 2008

      ----- Forwarded by Asha Agrawal/SJSU on 01/14/2008 05:26 PM -----

      Committee for Green Foothills
      Executive Director
      Job Description

      Committee for Green Foothills (CGF) is seeking an Executive Director to inspire and lead the organization in its ongoing effort to preserve the environmental integrity of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

      The ideal candidate will show a demonstrated commitment to the
      environment and to the mission and goals of CGF. Ideally, the
      candidate will be familiar with the land use and open space issues of
      San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties and the San Francisco Peninsula as
      a whole. S/he should have experience managing a small, independent
      agency as well as an excellent track record building collaborative
      working relationships with environmental organizations, community
      groups, civic leaders, and local governments and agencies. Strong
      fundraising experience and proven success in meeting development
      goals are essential. Good writing, speaking, and networking skills
      are a necessity, as is an innovative and entrepreneurial
      understanding of successful nonprofits and the opportunities for

      This position is a unique opportunity for an articulate and inspiring
      individual committed to leading a highly respected and effective
      environmental organization.


      The Executive Director is responsible for the leadership and
      management of CGF and is skilled in articulating CGF's programs and
      initiatives to funders, members, media, board, staff, and other
      stakeholders in the community. S/he manages and facilitates the
      development and implementation of programs and key partnerships, and
      directs efforts to ensure the smooth operation and continuity of
      CGF's advocacy, community outreach and education. S/he reports to
      the President and Executive Committee of CGF's Board of Directors and
      manages a staff of three to four employees and an annual operating
      budget of approximately $400,000.

      The Executive Director will move CGF forward in realizing the
      internal and external objectives related to the organization's
      mission and Strategic Plan. In addition, the Executive Director will
      focus on developing the internal structure and budget required to
      support future organizational growth.

      Fund Development
      The Executive Director is the lead fundraiser for CGF and will:
      • Develop a long-range, sustainable, diverse funding plan to
      ensure the implementation and success of CGF's strategic goals
      • Proactively oversee the development of funding proposals,
      grant applications, and coordinated fundraising activities
      • Actively seek new revenue sources – government, corporate,
      foundation, private and planned giving – to meet program goals
      • Maintain and expand CGF's private donor base, particularly
      into Santa Clara County
      • Engage board members in successful fundraising activities
      • Monitor contract compliance and grant objectives, and ensure
      timely reporting to funders
      • Foster the growth of cash reserves

      Program Implementation and Oversight
      • Implement CGF's five year Strategic Plan
      • Ensure compatibility of program decisions with CGF's mission
      • Promote, sustain, and evaluate the work of CGF's legislative
      • Work with staff and board members to determine
      organizational priorities
      • Facilitate communication with board members, general
      membership, and community regarding programs and initiatives

      Outreach/Community Relations
      • Develop and implement an annual marketing plan that serves to
      increase the visibility of CGF in the press and the communities served
      • Spend time outside the office building new relationships and
      increasing CGF's visibility, particularly in southern Santa Clara
      • Spearhead a diversity initiative in San Mateo and Santa Clara
      • Represent CGF in conferences, meetings, and community events
      to further CGF's goals and increase visibility and effectiveness of
      the organization
      • Guide the development of CGF's tri-annual newsletter,
      GreenFootnotes, and work with advocates to prepare action alerts and
      other outreach materials
      • Establish and maintain productive relationships with other
      organizations engaged in environmental advocacy
      • Serve as an articulate voice for CGF in the press and other

      Operations/Organizational Management
      • Hire, supervise, and evaluate staff and independent
      • Ensure that the personnel policies are in compliance with
      accepted HR standards and policies and are adhered to in all hiring
      and employment practices
      • Encourage professional development activities to upgrade
      employee skills and motivate performance
      • Work with Treasurer, Finance Committee, and staff to prepare
      annual budget and develop strategies to achieve and maintain fiscal
      • Supervise staff in the preparation of audits, expenditure
      reports, bank statement reconciliations, taxes, and all other fiscal

      Board Administration
      • Serve ex-officio on all board committees
      • Work with leadership to develop an engaged, effective,
      energized board, assisting in the recruitment, orientation, and
      training of new board members
      • Assist in diversifying board membership
      • Facilitate board operations and provide staffing to ensure
      that the board has adequate information to help its members reach
      sound decisions and establish policies
      • Facilitate the board's development of CGF's policies and
      programs and supervise the implementation of board-approved policies
      • Participate in ongoing strategic and annual work planning to
      effectively define and achieve CGF's mission
      • Promote regular communication between board and staff

      • Demonstrated commitment to CGF's mission and goals
      • Familiarity with, and understanding of, San Mateo and Santa
      Clara County environmental issues
      • Self-directed, energetic, tenacious leader, collaborator, and
      • Outgoing personality and commitment to attracting new donors
      and supporters to the organization
      • Strategic thinker, capable of moving a small organization
      through transitional periods with strong vision and leadership
      • Minimum 5 years nonprofit management experience with strong
      understanding of the nonprofit sector and of the particular needs of
      a small organization
      • Proven success and experience in fundraising, with strong
      connections within funding communities
      • Commitment to engaging and working with diverse communities
      • A working knowledge of the role of advocacy in influencing
      local governmental actions and policies; an understanding of the
      process by which successes are achieved
      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
      • Strong interpersonal skills
      • Creative problem-solving skills and the ability to be
      flexible in adapting to changing priorities

      This is a full-time exempt position.
      Salary: $85-95K DOE, plus benefits
      To apply, send cover letter and resume to:

      Search Committee
      Committee for Green Foothills
      3921 East Bayshore Blvd.
      Palo Alto, CA 94303

      or by email to:


      Application deadline: February 18, 2008
      No calls or faxes, please.

      The Committee for Green Foothills is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
      People of color are encouraged to apply.

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