Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - Washington Environmental Council (WEC)/Washington Conservation Voters (WCV)

  • The Valtas Group
  • Seattle, WA, USA
Full Time Executive Nonprofit

Job Description

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for the right individual to lead these two organizations into the next stage of growth, impact, influence, and success. The core responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is to provide leadership to advance both WCV and WEC’s missions. The CEO is responsible for overall strategic planning, revenue generation/fundraising, financial management, and organizational development for both organizations including the WCV PAC. The CEO works with and supervises the current Executive Team (WEC President, WCV President, Development Director, Administrative Director, Communications Director, and Government Affairs Director) to ensure that programs are developed, implemented and coordinated across the two organizations to the extent allowed by law. In addition, the CEO serves as the organizations’ representative and thought leader to the national League of Conservation Voters and other state level conservation organizations around the country.

Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is an IRS section 501(c)(3) nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization that drives positive change to solve the state’s most pressing environmental challenges. The organization works to protect, restore and sustain Washington’s environment for all people in the State. For over 50 years, WEC has been at the forefront of environmental protection in the state, securing laws and policies that safeguard the health of Washington’s families and environment. From bedrock laws like the State Environmental Policy Act, better protect our working forests, to finding solutions that reduce climate emissions and build a clean energy economy, WEC ensures a healthy future for Washington state so it remains a great place to live and work.

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV), an IRS section 501(c)(4), is the statewide political voice for the environment helping ensure that all people in Washington state have a healthy environment and a strong, sustainable economy. WCV does this by working to elect environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices. Working with others in the community, WCV advocates for strong environmental policies and holds elected officials accountable for their actions. Through its political work, WCV strengthens laws that safeguard the health of all communities, the beauty of the state and Washington’s economic future.

WEC and WCV are committed to expanding their reach to connect with all Washingtonians who have environmental values, as well as to identifying and dismantling institutional racism within their organizational practices, policies, and procedures. Incorporating environmental justice, racial justice, and equity into the organizations and their work is critical to strengthen relationships with partners who focus on climate action, social justice, and equal access to voting in Washington state.

Based in Seattle, WA, the two organizations share staff, office space, and administration. By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the political know-how of WCV, the organizations have reshaped how environmental protection is achieved in Washington state. While both organizations are independent, they work very closely together. Combined, the two organizations have a staff of more than 35, and annual budgets totaling approximately $5M, and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay.

You can view a comprehensive position profile here to read more about the organizations, the candidate profile, and the goals for the successful candidate.

This is a full time, exempt position with a target starting salary range of $125,000 - $160,000 depending on experience. We also offer a generous benefits package including: employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance; a 401k plan and organizational match of up to 3% of your annual salary; a flexible spending account; paid vacation and sick leave and ten paid holidays per year; an unlimited ORCA transit pass; and if you work for seven consecutive years you are eligible for a two-month paid sabbatical.

The position is open until filled with a priority deadline of September 20, 2019. Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis and initial interviews will begin by mid-August. Please submit a resume and a two-page (or less) cover letter addressed to the Search Committee here. Please upload the resume and cover letter as a single WORD or PDF document. You may direct questions to Mr. Ed Rogan at or 206.697.8428.

Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters are equal opportunity employers committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. WEC, WCV and the Valtas Group do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment and people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply.


Business Development, Fundraising, General Business, President