Executive Director

  • Acterra
  • Palo Alto, CA, USA
  • Dec 03, 2018
Full time Administrator/Executive Management Sustainability

Job Description

About the Opportunity

We are looking for an executive director to lead Acterra in its efforts to combat climate change. The executive director will manage a budget of about $1 million, report to a 16- member board of directors, oversee a staff of ten, including four direct reports, and ensure outstanding educational and engaging experiences for our members. The ideal candidate has a passion for, and knowledge of, environmental sustainability, a successful history of people management, deep connections within the climate solutions community, and experience in the nonprofit sector. And most of all, Acterra seeks a leader who can support, inspire, and direct our fabulous staff.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Ten years of related work experience, including five years of management level experience in a nonprofit organization
  • Master’s degree and/or other graduate degree is preferred.
  • Personal and/or professional experience that indicates a commitment to Acterra’s mission
  • A track record of manifesting positive relationships and partnerships with external stakeholder groups, including cities and counties
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing, editing and public speaking
  • Experience working with a board of directors
  • Comfort and skill in raising funds from individuals and institutions
  • Proven skills in strategic planning, budgeting, finance, operations, and human resources management
  • Some proficiency with social media

Preferred but not Required

  • Familiarity with, and contacts in, the business, public and/or nonprofit sectors of Silicon Valley
  • Prior leadership experience in an environmental organization
  • Familiarity with nonprofit communications and marketing
  • Familiarity with the Bay Area, its donors and its high tech culture
  • Experience developing and successfully implementing innovative environmental programs

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Job Level

C-level (CEO, President, Exec Director)  


Nonprofit- NGO