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Executive Director

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Zero Waste Washington
911 Western Ave Suite 588
Seattle, WA 98104
United States
Phone: 206-441-1790

Zero Waste Washington is seeking an innovative and collaborative Executive Director who will provide strong leadership for our small but effective organization. The Executive Director will hold a clear vision of zero waste that includes waste prevention and upstream sustainable product design as well as recycling. The successful candidate will have the excellent fundraising, networking, and non-profit management skills needed to build Zero Waste Washington’s capacity to carry us into the future. This is an incredible opportunity for someone who wants to commit their passion and skills to make a real difference.

About Zero Waste Washington
Zero Waste Washington is the public’s voice for product stewardship and zero waste. We’ve been the catalyst for breakthrough recycling and waste prevention policies and programs in Washington for almost 35 years. Our approach is to focus on changing systems rather than individual behavior, and we implement a combination of locally-driven work and advocating for high-level state policy. We catalyze projects that model zero waste at the community level and are currently focused on sharing as a way to decrease consumption and build community connections. We are a strong advocate for producer responsibility – a tool for increasing reuse and recycling as well as moving toward more sustainable product design. For more information, visit www.zerowastewashington.org.

About the Position
The Executive Director will embrace and support Zero Waste Washington’s mission and strategic directions. The Director’s primary responsibility will be to tend to the health of the organization by providing strategic organizational guidance, financial oversight, and effective fundraising. We are looking for someone who is excited about growing the organization’s capacity and who will contribute fresh energy and resources.

Key Responsibilities
Fundraising & Outreach (~50%): The Executive Director will be Zero Waste Washington’s primary fundraiser and will put fundraising first and foremost to grow organizational capacity.
• Provide leadership and work with the Board to develop and implement a fundraising plan that grows Zero Waste Washington’s staff and capacity.
• Cultivate strong relationships and secure support from foundation and government grants, major donors, membership and EarthShare Washington.
• Expand our membership base and take initiative in developing new approaches, tactics and relationships that advance development goals.
• Communicate with members, funders and others through newsletters, emails, our website, social media and the annual meeting.

Organizational & Financial Oversight (~30%): The Executive Director attends to the health of the organization, Board and staff.
• Work closely with and support the Board of Directors.
• Coordinate organizational planning and ensure the development of long-term financial strategies that support Zero Waste Washington’s strategic plan.
• Work with the staff and Board to develop and manage an annual budget.
• Ensure accurate completion of financial documents. Review bills and payments, sign checks and make deposits.
• Oversee contract bookkeeper.
• Coordinate general office operations, complete organizational paperwork, and share administrative tasks with staff and volunteers.

Program and Policy Leadership (~20%): The Executive Director will be a spokesperson for Zero Waste Washington and will help guide the organization’s mission-based work.
• Collaborate with the Board and staff to identify and prioritize policy and program areas.
• Provide a public voice for zero waste in strategic conversations that set the direction for recycling, waste prevention, and product stewardship in Washington.
• Monitor and respond to key opportunities to influence state and local policies.
• Supervise, support and collaborate with the Project Manager.

Experience, Skills, and Qualities
• Demonstrated leadership ability and collaborative approach.
• Substantial fundraising, donor relations, and capacity building experience including demonstrated success building membership and obtaining grants. Major donor experience strongly preferred.
• Relevant financial and administrative management, including knowledge of 501(c)3 issues.
• Non-profit experience including working with a Board. Experience with small non-profits preferred.
• Ability to think strategically and creatively about complex zero waste issues. Recycling, waste prevention and product stewardship knowledge strongly preferred.
• Excellent networking, communications, public speaking and writing skills.
• Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and relational database software.
• A passion for Zero Waste Washington’s mission and a drive to enhance the effectiveness of the organization.

Hours and Benefits
This is a 35-hour per week position that reports to the Board of Directors. Benefits include sick leave, vacation, and health insurance stipend.

To Apply
Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are the ideal candidate for the job to [email protected] and include “Executive Director” in the subject line of your e-mail. We would appreciate the submittal of your cover letter and resume in a single PDF document. Do not send applications by mail. The deadline for submission is May 6 or until filled.

People of color, women, and those with working class backgrounds strongly encouraged to apply.

Zero Waste Washington does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, political ideology, age, marital or familial status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, honorably discharged veteran or military status, legal source of income, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law, in any of its activities or operations including hiring or firing of staff.


Zero Waste Washington
911 Western Ave Suite 588
Seattle, WA 98104
United States
Phone: 206-441-1790