Part-time Executive Director

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Deadline to Apply:

Monday, February 26, 2018, 12:00am


United States

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Job Description:

The Environmental Education Association of Illinois (EEAI) is an independent, member-supported, not-for-profit (501(c) 3) statewide organization. Since 1972, EEAI has worked towards a mission to maintain a vital network that supports and advances environmental education throughout the state.


The Part-time Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization following the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.


Supervisory Relationships

The Part-time Executive Director is under the direct supervision of the Executive Committee of EEAI.

Job Responsibilities

  • Ensure the mission and core values of EEAI are put into practice.
  • Participate with the Board of Directors in developing and implementing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization.
  • Foster a high-energy, goal driven, team-oriented, accountable organization.
  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs and services.
  • Assist EEAI Executive Committee in recruitment, training, mentoring, and planning of volunteers, quarterly board meetings, annual board retreat, new board member orientation, board trainings, and annual conference.
  • Coordinate fund development endeavors including donor cultivation and management, grant writing, annual appeals, soliciting sponsorships, and fundraising events.
  • Assist with the financial management of the organization including billing, accounts, reports, audits, and organization budget.
  • Act as chief spokesperson and liaison and conduct official correspondence on behalf of EEAI with members, regions, state, national, and international organizations to foster partnerships outreach, and publicity for the organization.
  • Assist EEAI Board Committees in their work by maintaining contact with committee chairs and providing assistance and guidance as needed.
  • Set individual priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information, and activities.


  • Resident of Illinois
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and supervisory experience.
  • Working knowledge of bookkeeping, budgeting, Microsoft Office.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in the field of environmental science, environmental education, non-profit management and/or similar field.
  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit organizations.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising by cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors as well as grant writing.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the EEAI Board.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Capacity to learn web-based membership and registration software
  • Track record of maintaining a productive and positive organizational culture.
  • Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Committed to nature and the outdoors.


Work Environment and Physical Demands

EEAI does not maintain a physical office space. The Executive Director, as well as other EEAI board members, work remotely and are required to provide and maintain his/her own workspace including computer, phone, and any other items needed to successfully complete the duties of the position. There is an office stipend to cover the cost of these required items.

This position is required to regularly use a computer, telephone, and other standard office equipment. The employee must be able to frequently communicate with various internal and external constituents using various mediums.  The ability to prepare and analyze detailed reports as well as enter/review information to ensure accuracy is required.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee must be able to remain in a stationary position for prolonged periods of time.   The employee may occasionally transport up to 40 pounds.

Occasional travel to statewide and national conferences, trainings and meeting events required. All required travel expenditures reimbursed.

The work environment characteristics and physical demands described above are representative of those an employee must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.







How to Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume which includes the contact information of three professional references familiar with your work in environmental education to Identify your submission with subject line “Executive Director”.


To receive full consideration, all requested materials must be submitted by the close of February 26, 2018.  For further information about the position, please contact Stacey Clementz at