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Deputy Executive Director

District of Columbia, United States
$150,000.00 - $155,000.00
Closing date
Jun 23, 2023

Earthworks aims to dismantle systems of injustice and oppression on the way toward a clean energy, responsibly resourced, more democratic and equitable future for all. Toward this end, we are working to end oil, gas, and plastics expansion, protect climate and health from oil and gas methane pollution, and ensure that the renewable energy transition does not shift burdens upon mining-impacted communities. Earthworks has a primarily-remote staff of over 45 employees.

The Deputy Executive Director will partner closely with the Executive Director to create and achieve an organizational development vision that optimizes organizational health and sustainability and develops implementation strategies and measures of success. The Deputy Executive Director reports to the Executive Director, and oversees strategic planning, philanthropy, finance, operations, and human resources, including advising and supervising team leads in these areas, all through a lens of anti-oppression. 

The ideal candidate will work across departments and bring leadership expertise, advance organizational effectiveness, and practice intersectionality in the organization. The Deputy Executive Director will work actively in support of direct reports and their teams to develop SMARTIE goals, track progress toward goals, and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of leaders. Earthworks values a collaborative culture, built on trust and respect with a hunger to acknowledge and improve equitable organizational practices.

The Deputy Executive Director will oversee the following areas:

Strategic Planning 

    Supports the Executive Director in developing Earthworks’ vision, mission alignment, strategic goals, and identifying strategic opportunities for the organization. Leads the process and develops the framework for strategic and annual planning by enabling staff to construct SMARTIE (Strategic, Measurable, Ambitious, Realistic, Timebound, Inclusive, and Equitable) goals, strategies, and activities. Works with team leads to establish benchmarks to track progress towards goals over the course of the year and ensure consistency in expectations throughout the organization. 


    Provides strategic guidance to the Philanthropy team on organizational fundraising priorities and growth opportunities consistent with strategic planning.  Oversees and collaborates with the Philanthropy Director and Philanthropy team to develop organizational funding strategies, goals, and metrics for measuring progress that enable Earthworks to achieve its mission and strategic plan goals.  Ensures that the Philanthropy team has the resources it needs to operate effectively and meet its goals. Ensures that the Philanthropy team is effectively collaborating with the program and Finance teams to manage the requirements of foundation grants and other restricted income sources. Facilitates strategic collaboration between the Philanthropy and Communications teams in developing and implementing strategies to advance Earthworks’ marketing, branding, and supporter acquisition and engagement efforts.

Finance and Operations

    Oversees the Finance and Operations Director to provide sound financial management of the organization’s budget and finances. Collaborates with the Finance and Operations Director in creating the organizational, team, and program budgets  and assists as needed with income and expense management. Ensures that the Finance team, in collaboration with the Philanthropy and program teams, is tracking and reporting expenses for grants and other restricted income sources accurately and in compliance with grant and gift agreements. Maintains the operational needs and functions of our virtual organization as well as our Washington DC based headquarters and our 2 satellite offices.

HR and Organizational Health 

    Optimizes operational systems, processes and policies, management reporting, information flow, and process improvement.  Works closely with the Director of Talent and Equity to lead Earthworks’ Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning processes, individual performance management, compensation processes, and assists with HR needs. Ensures that there are sufficient resources for organizational health built into the organizational budget. Supports the Director of Talent and Equity to ensure compliance with applicable laws, address legal issues, and contract review. Ensures that interdepartmental requests are communicated and resolved in a timely manner to internal and external parties.  Supports Board and committee meetings as required.


    At least 7 years of experience in management and operations; previous non-profit experience preferred  Comfort and/or experience with public advocacy for change Significant experience advancing equity as a mission-critical facet of senior leadership, including substantial employee engagement; inclusive behaviors and organizational culture; identification, coaching, and management of equity-related competencies and skills in the workplace; and recruiting a workforce that is diverse by gender, race, class, and sexual orientation, among other important group identities Excellent organizational, coaching, and leadership skills Demonstrated track record of excellence or a commitment to learning and growth in each of the following technical, leadership and relational skills,:
      Operations and project management in a non-profit environment  Financial management and budget development Legal compliance Utilizing technology for HR systems (ATS, HRIS, etc.)  Comfortable with Mac operating system, Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Suite Strategy to action planning, tracking and reporting.  Leading an organization to make progress toward goals  Decision-making process development, implementation, and improvement  Staff supervision, overseeing team supervision, and ensuring performance accountability while managing cross-functional teams  Understanding of philanthropy and prior experience with fundraising are desirable
    Outstanding verbal and written skills in the following: communication, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, and interpersonal relationships and dynamics Knowledge of how race, racism, class, classism, gender, sexism, power and privilege, and related equity issues show up in the work of mission-driven organizations and their programs and experience helping organizations progress on their journey to become more equitable and inclusive.  Exemplary ethical standards, discretion, and an excellent track record of managing confidential matters and developing trust with colleagues at all levels  Experience managing up, and supporting leadership decisions with an awareness of how they impact staff throughout the organization  Empathy, with a strong ability to listen, give and receive constructive feedback Ability to work effectively both independently and in collaboration with others, anticipate and solve problems, and make sound recommendations for improvements Experience creating strong relationships on teams with remote staff 

We seek staff who:

    Succeed and thrive in environments with competing and changing priorities  Have track records of building solid, collaborative working relationships across differences and who enjoy and are committed to collaboration Are committed to embedding equity in all organizational internal practices and culture, as well as our programs  Bring openness and engagement to personal, professional, and organization-wide learning on race, class, gender, justice, and equity Are self-starters with solid attention to detail and a commitment to delivering high-quality work Are active learners who independently seek new tools and learn work processes quickly

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Earthworks we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Location, Travel & COVID-19:

This is a remote position based in the US. Some travel will be required assuming air travel and in-person meetings can be done safely; approximately 5-7 US domestic trips per year. Earthworks COVID-19 policies prioritize the health and safety of our employees and the need to minimize the public health threat from COVID-19.

Earthworks requires all those hired to provide proof of full vaccination (vaccination and booster) against COVID-19. New hires who have disabilities that make the vaccine medically inadvisable or those who have a sincere religious belief that the vaccine is impermissible may request an accommodation by contacting Lezlie Griffin, Director of Talent and Equity, at Accommodation will be provided only as required by applicable law.

Compensation and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $164,000-$170,000 annually. Earthworks provides full-time staff with a competitive package of benefits, including employer-paid medical, vision, dental, life, and disability insurance. Additionally, Earthworks offers unlimited paid leave, paid parental leave, and a retirement plan. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

How to Apply:

Apply online at only, including a resume and cover letter.

Qualified applicants can expect to complete four selection stages, beginning with an initial phone interview, an artifact submission or performance task, a panel interview, and a final interview with Jennifer Krill, the Executive Director of Earthworks and the direct manager for this role. Additionally, a list of three professional references will be requested.

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