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Executive Director | The Iowa Environmental Council | Des Moines, Iowa

IEC is the largest and most comprehensive environmental coalition in the state. IEC’s mission is to create a just, healthy environment and sustainable future for all Iowans. Through education, advocacy, and coalition building, we raise awareness, generate action, and create large-scale change on federal, state, and local public policy issues. We envision a state that is a leader in addressing climate change and environmental justice, and in creating resilient communities that embody Iowans’ shared values of respect for all people and the environment.

We are a strong organization that is well-positioned for continued success in the years to come. The Board and internal team are passionate, steadfast, and aligned in their path forward. Like many environmental organizations, we are also in a moment of significant opportunity and evolution as threats from climate change and historic federal investments impact the policy landscape and our work. The IEC Board seeks a strategic, creative, and insightful executive director to ensure the organization continues to thrive in accomplishing our bold vision for the future and in setting a mutually supportive and energizing organizational culture.

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership, strategy, and operation of the organization. These responsibilities include managing a complex budget of approximately $1.5M in annual operations; leading a team of thirteen staff, including six direct reports; playing a key role in fund development planning and implementation; developing and sustaining relationships with donors, business owners, and lawmakers; and maintaining a strong relationship with the Board of Directors.

Job Duties

Organizational management and operations 

  • Lead staff to put strategic thinking into action, communicate regularly internally and externally, and achieve organizational goals
  • Manage a high-performing, collegial, engaged staff team while maintaining an inclusive, outcomes-focused culture
  • Be accountable for the success and impact of all IEC programs, including fundraising, advocacy, coalition-building, marketing, and education
  • Oversee all financial matters of the Council, including yearly audits, budget development, grants, monthly financial reporting, employee benefits package, and payroll
  • Ensure financial stability and sustainability of the organization
  • In collaboration with the IEC Audit Committee, engage in best practices for organizational insurance, risk management, and equity-based internal policies
  • Help staff secure resources and funding to implement organizational and programmatic strategic plan initiatives
  • With Fundraising and Development Director, develop and implement a fund development plan that includes opportunities to increase unrestricted funding

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