Founded in 1993 by two attorneys, Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) builds the power of communities of color and low-income communities in Massachusetts to eradicate environmental racism and classism, create healthy, sustainable communities, and achieve environmental justice. ACE is a membership organization anchored in Roxbury, and from these strong roots, organizes residents and builds coalitions using an environmental justice framework to win significant concrete victories in Greater Boston and Massachusetts.
Today, ACE is at a pivotal point in its history. ACE and the environmental justice movement is adapting to meet new challenges associated with shifting political conditions, changes to our climate, the suffering of people from low-income communities and communities of color, and instability in the place called home.
ACE is seeking a new Executive Director who will, through strong collaboration and analysis, manage and support member-led campaigns, secure sustainable funding, lead a diverse team of (currently) eight staff members, and work with seven board members to set a strategic direction for organizational focus and growth.
Profile of the Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will be an innovative and inspired Executive Director whose senior management background in the non-profit sector exemplifies a commitment to community organizing and advocacy around the issues of environmental justice in low income communities and communities of color. The ideal candidate will have strong management skills and a track record in securing funds from diverse sources. They will also have experience managing and developing a diverse staff by ensuring opportunities for their professional development and growth. The organization desires a leader capable of building bridges and partnerships in the community. ACE encourages applications from persons of color who reflect its membership and the diversity of the Dudley Street neighborhood in Roxbury.
The Executive Director will:
- Work with the board, staff and membership to develop and execute the strategic direction and plans for the organization;
- Serve as a spokesperson and consensus builder for ACE in the community;
- Act as a local, regional and national leader with members on behalf of ACE and the environmental justice movement;
- Work in concert with development staff to set fundraising strategies, develop grants and cultivate individual donor relations;
- Develop and manage the organizational budget and the overall fiscal health of ACE;
- Actively lead development and expand existing programs in collaboration with staff, members, and partners; and
- Manage staff and serve as the liaison between staff and the ACE Board.
Top candidates will demonstrate a range of qualifications and experiences including:
- Seven years of demonstrated senior-level management experience, leadership and experience with community organizing with demonstrated successes, preferably at an environmental justice or social justice, community-based organization;
- Experience working in communities of color and low income communities;
- Educational experience in Environmental Studies, Social Justice, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Political Science, Law or another related field preferred.
Skills and Experience
- A proven record in successful fundraising for a nonprofit organization;
- Strong administrative, operational and financial management skills and a collaborative style (experience leading a staff of 10 – 15 and a budget of $600,000 or more);
- Ability to work with diverse community groups, stakeholders, coalitions and constituencies including youth/young adults and attorneys;
- Experience in and a strong commitment to eradicating environmental racism and classism, base building, campaign organizing and direct action with people from low income communities and communities of color like Roxbury;
- Success working with a Board of Directors, cultivating strong board engagement, recruitment and development;
- Experience leading a strategic direction or planning process;
- Connections in political, legal, and philanthropic environmental justice landscape;
- Experience shifting policy and public legislation; and
- Ability to passionately and persuasively communicate with excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills that effectively promote the organization’s mission.
Application Process and Additional Information
This search is being conducted by Third Sector New England's Executive Transitions Program with Transition Consultant Roosevelt Smith. All submissions are confidential.
Salary is commensurate with experience, within the framework of the organization’s annual operating budget.
ACE is an equal opportunity employer. People from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.