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Chief Executive Officer

Greening Youth Foundation
Atlanta, Georgia, US
Closing date
May 26, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Land Management
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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Chief Executive Officer- Non-Profit GA only

Do you have experience in conservation? Do you have the compassion to serve under-represented youth and adults? Keep reading…. Greening Youth Foundation is looking for a dynamic CEO to lead this effort.

Greening Youth Foundation's (GYF) mission is to engage under-represented youth and young adults while connecting them to the outdoors and careers in conservation. GYF's cultural-based environmental education programming engages children from local communities and exposes them to healthy lifestyle choices in order to create an overall healthy community. GYF believes that youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds can greatly benefit from the career opportunities presented within the state and federal land management sectors. Accordingly, GYF continues to develop and strengthen partnerships with land management agencies to provide service and internship opportunities for youth and young adults thereby creating pathways to conservation careers. To learn more about this position, please visit our website at or send inquiries to

Position Summary:

The Chief Executive Officer directs the work of the organization to implement the goals, objectives, and policies established by the Board of Directors. The Chief Executive Officer reports to the Board through the Board Chairman and the Executive Committee.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (70%)

Leadership and Administration

· Foster and maintain a clear vision of the organization.

· With the Board, develop and implement a strategic plan, including specific goals and strategies.

· Ensure programmatic excellence and rigorous program evaluation.

· Recruit, train, motivate, develop and evaluate staff and empower their initiative and creativity.

· Administer financial, personnel, and organizational policies.

· Provide for recruitment, deployment, and appreciation of community and corporate volunteers.

· Ensure Board and staff compliance with all internal policies and procedures, contracts, grants, and legal requirements.

· Ensure that systems are in place for effective financial, personnel, fundraising, and program and conservation management.

Fiscal Operations, Standards, and Practices

· Ensure reliable and responsible administration of financial obligations, personnel, land acquisitions, easements, grants, legal, and related record-keeping and reporting obligations.

· In association with the Board, develop and administer an annual budget for the organization and its programs and track expenses and income by the program.

· Ensures the reporting of cash flow projections, budget variances, and ad hoc reports each month to assess the financial health of the organization, and as requested by the Board.

· Ensure that procedures and workflows incorporate adequate internal controls.

· Work with the Board and staff to set financial priorities that best support the strategic plan.

Fundraising, Community Outreach, and Member Relations

· Guide the organization towards fiscal and operational sustainability.

· Develop a fundraising plan and report progress toward plan benchmarks.

· Develop a vibrant membership program.

· Develop and support mechanisms for regular communication with stakeholders, members, partners, and the media.

· Cultivate and nurture positive working relationships with interagency partners, political and community leaders, funders and donors, professional organizations, the media, landowners, and the public.

· Cultivate and steward major donor prospects.

· Research, locate, and apply for appropriate grants.

· Lead fundraising and annual campaigns.

· Support and provide direction to Director of Fundraising

Board Relations

· Provide information and support to the board in fulfillment of its duties.

· Assist the Board Development Committee efforts to recruit, orient, train and motivate Board members.

· Make recommendations to the board and its committees regarding policies, programs and practices.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business or Nonprofit Management or Bachelor's Degree in a conservation-related field.
  • Commitment to the organization's mission.
  • Five years of experience in a senior leadership role.
  • Proven success with fiscal operations, employee management, and fundraising.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills with the ability to inspire and persuade.
  • Strong collaboration and consensus-building skills.
  • Passion, integrity, positive attitude, entrepreneurial, innovative and self-directed.

Preferred Qualifications
  • A Master's Degree in Public or Business Administration or a Master's Degree in a conservation-related field.
  • Knowledge of conservation, sustainability, and nature education.
  • Five to ten years of experience in a senior leadership role.
  • Prior experience working with a Board of Directors.


Compensation for the CEO includes a competitive compensation and benefits package

How to Apply

Interested candidates should email a cover letter explaining how their skills and background fit this position and a resume to refer: CEO. No phone call inquires, please

Greening Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates for this search. All correspondence will remain confidential.
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