Website Natural Resources Council of Maine

Location: Augusta, ME

Overview

From its rocky coastlines to its rivers, lakes, and majestic North Woods, Maine would not be the place it is today without decades of protection and stewardship by the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM). NRCM is Maine’s premier organization and resource for critical environmental policy information, analysis, and advocacy and is broadly recognized as one of the nation’s leading state-based environmental advocacy organizations. NRCM has a highly effective and respected staff that has helped achieve many significant victories throughout its 60+ year history, including first-in-the-nation laws that other states have emulated or are currently seeking to replicate. With the robust support of over 25,000 exceptionally loyal members and supporters, who not only provide crucial financial support but also serve as grassroots activists, NRCM is solidly positioned to sustain its well-earned reputation and build on its legacy of successes. This position provides a rare and exciting opportunity to work in a state where environmental protection is valued and progress is achieved year after year through NRCM’s skilled advocacy.

This is also an exciting opportunity to join an organization at an important juncture. With its solid financial foundation and long list of nationally recognized achievements, NRCM has launched a new initiative to expand and deepen its connections with people and communities across Maine as it faces the challenges of climate change, pressures from building development, conflicts over natural resources, and the fragmentation of habitat. In the face of deepening political polarization, NRCM is committed to creating and maintaining broad-based collaborative coalitions as a core strategy for incorporating a diversity of perspectives in its work.

Reporting to and partnering with a 22-member Board of Directors and leading a highly professional and experienced staff of 27, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NRCM is the leader of the organization, responsible for working with the Board to set the vision and strategic direction and ensuring successful implementation of the strategic plan. The CEO must be passionate about fulfilling NRCM’s mission and

committed to implementing it by enthusiastically mobilizing its Board, staff, organizational partners, and members to carry it out. The CEO is NRCM’s leading public spokesperson and builds, maintains, and leverages a substantial network of supporters and allies across the state and region.

The CEO should strive to maintain NRCM’s leadership role among environmental advocacy organizations in Maine and its position as an exemplar for other environmental organizations across the nation. The CEO will do this by providing oversight of all aspects of the organization and generating widespread support for its mission, programs, legislative priorities, financial objectives, and strategic plan.

This is a high-profile position, requiring a dynamic and persuasive individual with exceptional communication skills to inspire, motivate, and mobilize others. A successful CEO will need to excel in building relationships traditionally and through sophisticated digital communications. This individual will be forward-thinking with an unwavering commitment to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice throughout NRCM’s work. The new CEO will have the energy and enthusiasm to travel the state forging new relationships, partnerships, and collaborations in communities that have not historically been represented and with a diversity of constituents offering many different perspectives.

Responsibilities

Strategic Vision

  • Lead NRCM’s internal and external operations and relationships using effective communications strategies that represent the values and mission of the organization.
  • Work with the Board to develop and implement the strategic plan and vision for the organization.
  • Together with senior staff and the Board, develop and oversee the effective execution of strategies,
  • and lead staff in revising and refining current strategies, as needed.

Leadership and Management

  • Manage and supervise the performance of senior staff to achieve programmatic and financial objectives.
  • Maintain a climate that attracts and retains diverse, high-quality staff and ensure that professional development opportunities are available to staff at all levels of the organization.
  • Inspire and support a highly competent senior leadership team that includes the development of a succession plan for individuals in key positions.
  • Ensure that the human resource policies of the organization are kept up-to-date and implemented effectively.
  • Provide leadership by example in building and maintaining a collaborative, team-oriented organizational culture that is not only diverse, but equitable, inclusive, tolerant, and respectful of differing cultures and perspectives, and where each staff member, Board member, and volunteer is encouraged to freely participate and contribute to NRCM’s success.

Fundraising and Finances

  • Recommend to the Board and oversee a budget that continues NRCM’s legacy of financial stability by ensuring continued prudent management of expenses while developing the resources to meet current needs and future growth.
  • Engage in high-level development functions, including major donor cultivation and ongoing relationship-building, with support from Philanthropy staff.
  • Identify and cultivate strong relationships with private foundations and solicit foundation grants with Philanthropy staff.
  • Engage Board members in ongoing and targeted fundraising activities.
  • Monitor the financial condition of the organization and report to the Finance & Investment
  • Committee and Board on relevant financial issues before each Committee and Board meeting.

Governance

  • Serve as the primary liaison between the Board and staff, ensuring open communications and appropriate and adequate information flow.
  • Ensure that all Board resolutions and actions are carried out as intended.
  • Together with the Chair, cultivate and maintain a Board culture that supports high-level
  • engagement in the organization and in-depth understanding of its issues, mission, and functions.
  • Ensure regular, timely, and accurate reporting to the Board on all aspects of the organization,
  • including progress toward strategic goals.
  • Participate actively in professional development and in the Board’s evaluation of the performance
  • of the CEO.

Partnerships and Advocacy

  • Support NRCM’s program staff to advance NRCM’s advocacy work by developing a strong understanding of NRCM’s advocacy agenda, participating in strategy meetings, and providing an organizational voice on key issues through the media, in high-level meetings, and through communications with NRCM’s members and supporters.
  • Serve as a leading spokesperson, advocate, and ambassador for NRCM on issues of high organizational importance and substantial public interest, including leading the organization in navigating controversial or politically charged issues.
  • Build strong relationships with other environmental, business, political, and community leaders to advance NRCM’s major policy goals and maintain and strengthen relationships with the Governor, congressional delegation, legislative leaders, and key figures in regulatory agencies.
  • Continue to expand the organization’s membership, both numerically and geographically, reaching individuals of differing socio-economic and political backgrounds throughout Maine and beyond.
  • Engage a span of generations to ensure long-term financial success and membership stability, including emphasizing the recruitment of younger members who will become the environmental champions and supporters of tomorrow.
  • Provide leadership in building organizational consensus on policy and program matters by engaging Board members, obtaining Board approval as necessary or advisable, and involving senior staff as appropriate.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and supervise senior level staff.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in a broad range of environmental issues and a respect for the particular
  • environmental challenges facing Maine.
  • Experience in developing and managing a budget of at least $1 million.
  • Demonstrated success in relationship-building and fundraising through multiple aspects of
  • development, including major gifts.
  • Familiarity with technology and current social media platforms.
  • A passion for the unique qualities of Maine, its special places, and NRCM’s mission, as well as a
  • willingness to relocate, if necessary, to within commuting distance of Augusta, where NRCM’s headquarters are located.

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