Executive Director

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, June 29, 2018, 5:00pm



Oakland, CA
United States

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Please refer to Blue Sky's position announcement for a full position description.


The executive director has responsibility for shaping and implementing the policies of the board across every aspect of the organization. These responsibilities include:

Leadership and Partnership (35%)

  • Provide leadership in the development, promotion, and achievement of Blue Sky’s vision, mission, strategies, and activities;
  • Guide planning processes with members and manage all strategic initiatives;
  • Lead collaborative processes with members and partners to determine future direction and priorities;
  • Work with board leadership to design and facilitate board meetings; and 
  • Cultivate and maintain authentic relationships with partners in the nonprofit, academic, government, and philanthropic sectors.

Membership and Fundraising (35%)

  • Lead efforts to cultivate, orient, nurture, retain, and expand membership;
  • Secure funding for Blue Sky operations and initiatives and develop relationships with local and national funders for future growth opportunities;
  • Prepare regular updates to keep Blue Sky leadership council, members, and advisors informed and engaged;
  • Foster the growth and development of members and support their efforts to advance effective grantmaking strategies and approaches; and
  • Prepare grant requests and reporting requirements as specified by funders.

Programs and Events (15%)

  • Oversee and manage all design and implementation for Blue Sky programs and events;
  • Partner with nonprofits and funder affinity groups to plan and co-host funder convenings; and
  • Manage Blue Sky staff as it relates to programs and communications.

Administration and Financial Management (15%)

  • Supervise and mentor Blue Sky staff; 
  • Work with board to create and manage the annual operating budget; and
  • Partner with EGA to plan and track revenue and expenses. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The executive director will be a proven leader, an excellent relationship builder, and a strategic thinker with the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Deep understanding of and experience with the philanthropic community; environmental education, outdoor recreation, and children and nature fields; nonprofits; state and federal policy; public/private partnerships; and collaboration and collective impact;
  • Demonstrated skills at managing and overseeing administrative and financial systems;
  • Proven ability to fundraise;
  • Ability to represent Blue Sky credibly in the philanthropic sector;
  • Creative and innovative approach to collaboration and ability to navigate the needs of multiple stakeholders representing diverse interests and points of view;
  • Experience leading diverse groups of stakeholders toward shared goals;
  • Cultural competency and nuanced understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues;
  • Excellent organizational, planning, coordination, and management skills; 
  • Exceptional communication skills and attention to detail;
  • Humility and willingness to wear every kind of hat;
  • Ability to work independently and be resourceful;
  • Effective execution and follow-through and ability to meet deadlines;
  • Experience working productively with boards and high-net-worth individuals;
  • Familiarity and understanding of Google applications and the Microsoft Office suite; and
  • Availability for travel and occasional work on evenings and weekends.

How to Apply:

Please review Blue Sky's position announcement prior to applying.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and 2–3 page professional writing sample by email to EDSearch@blueskyfundersforum.org.