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Executive Director Columbus, OH

The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) family of organizations, the state’s most comprehensive, effective, and respected environmental advocates for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio, seeks an engaging leader to serve as its next executive director (ED).

For more than 50 years, the OEC’s experts have developed and ensured the implementation of forward-thinking, science-based, pragmatic solutions to restore, protect, and strengthen quality of life, from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and natural resources we enjoy. The State of Ohio plays an outsized role in the national political landscape, and as the OEC’s work advances in each of its core areas of focus in Ohio—climate change, renewable energy, clean water, public lands, and democracy—its regional and national impact grows as well. The executive director will engage partners across the state, regionally, and nationally, providing strong leadership for the OEC team to navigate a complex and evolving political landscape, inspiring and motivating a broad coalition to effect meaningful change.

With a new strategic planning process ahead, this is a compelling opportunity for the next executive director to partner with the boards and staff to develop a strong vision and future direction for the organization, and to provide leadership for the OEC team to navigate a complex and evolving political landscape, inspiring and motivating a broad coalition to effect meaningful change. In alignment with the organizations’ missions and values, the next executive director will bring a strong track record of incorporating justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) principles and practices throughout their work.

The next executive director will galvanize this high-functioning team, the board, external partners, and political leaders, bringing diverse groups together for a shared purpose, forging strategic partnerships to strengthen Ohio’s environmental movement, and honoring community leadership. Experience with overall strategic planning; team management and internal culture; external engagement and partnerships; and fundraising, revenue generation, and financial management, will be pivotal to the success of the ED and the OEC family of organizations. This position calls for a people-first leader with outstanding abilities in communication and collaboration, as well as proven organizational management skills, who will invest in talented environmental advocacy leaders within the OEC team and across the broader coalition.

Compensation for this position will be competitive, with the range beginning at $160,000. The OEC’s headquarters is in Columbus, with a satellite office in Cleveland; the location of the executive director is flexible within the State of Ohio, with a preference for one of these cities.

Kennedy Kearney-Fischer is leading this search with Stephen Kalogeras, Tiara Mack, and Harley Bartles.


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