The VP of Programs provides organizational leadership to
maximize the effectiveness, impact and integration of policy and
communications-focused programs. This position is part of the
Executive Management Team and drives the overall strategy for the
Forest, Puget Sound, Climate & Fossil Fuel, and Communications
programs of the organization. The VP of Programs works closely with
the directors of each of these programs and with executive
leadership to secure and develop resources needed for success,
including financial, human, systems and tools. They will also
ensure that policy and communications programs are strategically
connected, grounded in racial justice, and working towards common
goals as reflected in the strategic framework and organization-wide
Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a nonprofit, statewide
advocacy organization. For over 50 years, WEC has brought people
together to solve Washington’s most critical environmental issues.
WEC builds power for the environmental movement by building
partnerships, mobilizing the public, connecting voters to decision
makers, and taking legal action. Our mission is to develop,
advocate, and defend policies that ensure environmental progress
and justice by centering and amplifying the voices of the most
Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) ensures Washington’s
decision makers keep our environment protected, healthy, and
vibrant. Over the last 35 years, we have elected environmental
champions, held our elected leaders to the highest standard, and
built statewide momentum for environmental campaigns through
innovative voter outreach efforts and community organizing. WCV’s
mission is to advocate for environmental progress and justice
through actions that mobilize the public, elect champions for the
environment, and hold our leaders accountable.
By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the
political know-how of WCV, we have reshaped how environmental
protection is achieved in Washington. With one shared CEO, and soon
one brand, our organizations work in partnership as each pursues
its unique mission. Combined, we have a staff of nearly 40 and work
in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of
Elliott Bay. We are currently working in a flexible hybrid model,
with staff in the office two or three days a week for collaboration
or celebration. Our teams have access to a variety of online tools
and systems that support the hybrid working model.
We offer competitive salaries, good benefits, and the
opportunity to make a difference. We are committed to a diverse,
socially just, and welcoming work environment. People of color,
people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual
orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to
apply. We continue to advance the application of a racial equity
lens to our work, and are led by a CEO who is a woman of color.
Program strategy, implementation and evaluation
- Work with executive and senior leadership to develop and
implement organizational vision as established in WEC’s strategic
- Work with policy and communication directors to incorporate
perspectives of Tribal Nations, Black, Indigenous, people of color,
and rural communities, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes
of a decision-making process, and in development and implementation
of program work.
- Demonstrate consistent quality of finance and administration,
fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and
resources needed to achieve the program goals.
- Work with staff to develop systems to ensure consistent,
high-quality project management.
- Provide leadership in development of inter-team communication
and cohesiveness, sustaining culture and supporting staff during
- Collaboration with the Government Affairs, Tribal Nations, and
Political programs to shape and implement effective strategies for
Financial Management and Fundraising
- Expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support
existing programs and the growth of WEC; cultivate existing
relationships and develop new funder relationships in partnership
with the Development Team.
- Serve on the organizations’ budget committee to develop and
implement annual budget process and to finalize annual budget for
- Collaborates with policy and communications teams to develop
annual budgets in alignment with the strategic framework.
- Support Communications Director to implement an integrated
strategic communications plan to advance the organizations brand
identity; broaden awareness of programs and priorities; and
increase the visibility of its programs across key stakeholder
- Develop the necessary systems, processes, and tools to better
support the facilitation, collection, and sharing of knowledge that
is generated by the programs internally and externally with a broad
range of communities.
- Ensure that key project outcomes and/or policy, advocacy, and
legislation are evaluated and leveraged for maximum community and
- Work collaboratively with the Senior Management Team to
integrate cross program activities and functions.
- Serve as a key strategic leader and advocate for the mission of
- Cultivate and maintain high-level relationships with external
community groups, stakeholders, Tribal Nations, industry,
government, and elected officials, towards the goal of advancing
organizational goals and priorities.
The VP of Programs will be thoroughly committed to the
organizations’ strategy and mission. All candidates should have
demonstrated leadership, coaching, relationship management
experience and demonstrated success managing funder
Other qualifications include:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional and life
- At least ten years of professional experience, including five
years in the social sector (nonprofit, government, corporate
philanthropy, community organizing and/or foundations) at a senior
or executive management leadership level with responsibility for
building programs and impact.
- Strong commitment and demonstrated application of racial equity
and environmental justice principles and first-hand knowledge of
appropriate protocols and engagement practices with Tribal
- Unwavering commitment to quality programs and excellence in
organizational and project management with the ability to achieve
strategic objectives, and managing within budget.
- Strong demonstrated fundraising experience with the ability to
engage a wide range of stakeholders including advisory groups,
coalitions, forums, foundations, and corporate sponsors.
- Proven experience in program planning and implementation,
operationalizing strategies to achieve priorities and goals and
- Proven track record in managing and coaching staff teams:
attracting, retaining, and growing talent through performance
reviews, professional development, team-building activities, goal
setting, accountability, and growth opportunities.
- Strong public speaking and written communication skills,
including writing and editing reports, summary memoranda,
- Technologically adept – comfort, familiarity and/or ability to
learn and utilize a variety of computer applications (e.g.,
Microsoft Office, Google suite, SalesForce) as well as project
- Proven track record of building trusting relationships and
working effectively across different settings, communities, and
issues with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and
- A team player, who can interrelate and operate effectively with
peers and other associates within a collegial, fast paced, work
- Model willingness to coach others and be a resource for program
directors as we develop new coaching skills and culture.
- Impeccable integrity.
- Demonstrated ability to break down organizational silos and
revamp systems and processes to optimize alignment, integration,
efficiency, and effectiveness.
- Experience with 501(c)4 and PAC donor
- Advanced degree or certifications in a relevant area of
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full time, exempt position with a salary range of
$110,000 to $135,000, depending on experience. We also offer a
generous benefits package including 100% employer paid medical,
vision and dental insurance, 401k plan and organizational match of
up to 3% of your annual salary, a flexible spending account, paid
vacation and sick leave, 12 paid holidays per year, four wellness
days, an unlimited ORCA transit pass, professional development
funds, and if you work for seven consecutive years you are eligible
for a two-month paid sabbatical. We welcome diverse people to a
great team who shape environmental protection in Washington.
This position is hybrid with a minimum of 40% of time in the
Seattle office. A hybrid remote agreement is required.
Our teams have access to a variety of online tools and systems
that support remote work and supervision. The position requires
travel to other parts of Washington state and occasional travel
elsewhere in the US. Travel is estimated to be 20% or less of the
Working Conditions and Physical Demands
This job requires frequent sitting. Must be able to conduct
business in English, though fluency in other languages is welcomed.
For remote and hybrid work, employees must maintain a workspace
with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work
during scheduled work hours. Reasonable accommodations may be made
to enable individuals with different abilities to perform functions
essential to the duties of the position.
The organization follows all requirements of local health
authorities. We are currently working in a hybrid work model with
staff working from home in addition to in-office time for
collaboration and celebration. We maintain strict safety protocols
while in our office. All staff who come to the office must be fully
vaccinated against COVID-19.