Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania (CVPA) is the statewide political voice for the environment. A rapidly expanding organization, CVPA works to electing environmental champions to state and local offices. Working with allies in the community, CVPA advocates for strong environmental policies and holds elected officials accountable. Through its political work, CVPA is strengthening laws that safeguard the beauty of the state, the health of its communities, and their economic future.

CVPA seeks an Executive Director to set the vision for PA’s environmental future, build partnerships to fight for the future, help the staff see their role in bringing it about, and raise money to bring new tools to the fight for a cleaner, healthier, and more just Commonwealth. As such, the ED leads all the activities of Conservation Voters of PA (501c4), Conservation Voters of PA Action Fund (PAC), and Conservation Voters of PA Victory Fund (SuperPAC), and manages the Civic Engagement Department within PennFuture (501c3).

Fundraising

  • Lead all fundraising activities for the 501c4, PA, SuperPAC, and Civic Engagement department.
  • Build relationships with major donors and manage asks and cultivation.
  • Convene and coordinate individual political donors who share the organization’s goals.
  • Earn the respect of foundation funders and serve as a political advisor to them whenever possible.
  • Innovate new projects to match funder interests to the needs of the organizations.
  • Approve online and mail solicitations and participate in most fundraising events.

Politics and Lobbying

  • Maintain expertise on both the political landscape and the state of environmental protection in order to identify opportunities for new programs or new legislation. Support Political Director’s work to identify pro-environment candidates to recommend to the board for endorsement.
  • Create 6- to 7-figure coordinated or independent expenditure campaigns for supported legislative or statewide candidates.
  • Build strong relationships with elected officials, appointed officials, and major political players in the Commonwealth.
  • Set organizational lobbying strategies and goals, while supporting other organizations’ lobbying efforts whenever possible.
  • Oversee fundraising for and design and implementation of direct mail, phone, and digital lobbying programs, as well as for accountability tools like the Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard.

Partnerships and Coordination

  • Strive to become the most trusted and impactful political partner to Pennsylvania’s environmental movement and the most respected and effective environmental partner to Pennsylvania’s political community.
  • Maintain crucial partnerships with key allies, especially with the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and PennFuture, with whom CVPA shares staff.
  • Work to strengthen relationships and to learn from your peers at the national Conservation Voter Movement.

Administration

  • Manage, support, and empower the staff of 14 people to thrive in their roles, while maintaining a welcoming and inclusive work culture.
  • Work with accountants and attorneys to ensure tax and legal compliance.
  • Develop and implement strategic plans and budgets under oversight of Board and with the input of the staff. A new strategic plan will be developed in 2022.
  • Design, fundraise for, and implement new programs to meet strategic goals.
  • Recruit diverse staff, board and membership to accurately represent the Commonwealth’s population.
  • Communicate regularly with Board members, and oversee preparation of Board materials and regular Board meetings.
  • Serve as the face of the organization to the press and via other communications outlets, and approve communications to members, the press, and the public.
  • Lead organizational commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice and work to expand the political and environmental communities’ commitment to those values.

The ED of Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania will be a visionary and strategic leader capable of seeing the big picture and leading a dedicated and enthusiastic staff toward substantive change. An able relationship builder, the ED will be prominent among the various Pennsylvania communities and will serve as a representative for CVPA when key decisions affecting the Commonwealth’s environmental situation are made. The ideal ED will be passionate about the environment, communicating a clear vision of future success to stakeholders, constituents, and potential future partners. Desirable characteristics include:

Background, Skills, & Accomplishments

  • History of leading a non-profit organization into the future through fundraising, advocacy, operations, and a clear vision for forward growth.
  • Prior experience working with elected officials to effect legislative change is required.
  • Ability to work with and elicit respect from leaders in the local and national community while fostering support for the organizational mission and initiatives.
  • Experience identifying and building external relationships that lead to financial opportunities for an organization; comfortable in directly soliciting potential funding partners.
  • Ability to work with community leaders as well as local, state, and federal government entities to further an organization’s mission.
  • Experience working for an organization that actively advocates for change; comfortable being a strong voice at the table when impactful decisions are being made.
  • Ability to understand both the short- and long-term goals of the organization, with an ambitious plan for future growth; must understand where the movement is headed.
  • Strong passion for the Commonwealth and ability to speak knowledgeably about issues affecting the environment.
  • Strong commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and appreciation for the value diverse voices bring to the table.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to oversee multiple projects and departments; strong skill in prioritizing projects.  

Development Resources, inc. is leading this search for Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania. All of DRi‘s searches can be viewed at http://driconsulting.com/available-positions/. Applications can also be submitted via email to search@driconsulting.com and https://driconsulting.com/submit-resume/executive-director/conservation-voters-of-pennsylv/nocl/