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Seeking an Executive Director


Ressource publié par White Roof Project

Créé le : 18 janv. 2013

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The White Roof Project Inc. (WRP) is seeking a paid part-time Executive Director to be primarily responsible for running the organization. Join an exciting team of nonprofit entrepreneurs and help a growing and globalizing organization reach the next level.

WRP promotes simple tangible change in New York City and beyond. We encourage our friends and neighbors to go green by painting roofs white and introduce citizens and communities to the cost-saving and environmental advantages of white roof coating.

Since our founding in 2010, WRP has worked with over seventy-five community organizations and thousands of volunteers to organize and fund nonprofit and low-income rooftop painting projects, including the first white-roof model block in New York City. In the summer of 2012, WRP launched its Do-It-Yourself (DIY) program to encourage homeowners everywhere to coat their own roof white. Through the DIY program WRP reached homeowners in more than thirty countries and supporters across the U.S., advising white roofers from the Philippines to Canada. We educate and activate by turning a myriad of statistical data into easy-to-read, easy-to-understand instructions that breakdown the barriers to sustainability and allow new constituencies to join the white roof movement.


WRP is seeking a qualified and experienced candidate to fill its open paid part-time Executive Director position. The Executive Director will report to WRP's Board of Directors and be responsible for ensuring the organization achieves its mission and reaches its financial objectives. The Executive Director will be the primary point person to lead the organization in coordination with WRP's Board, the majority of whose Directors have been with the organization since its founding in 2010.

The Executive Director will serve as a key member of WRP's leadership team and will be an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting the organization and its growth. The Executive Director will have primary responsibility for fundraising, prospect development, and donor relations. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board and Junior Board to establish and implement the infrastructure needed to grow White Roof Project's budget and accomplish its annual goals. The Executive Director will be expected to forge new relationships with other organizations, businesses, and agencies to build our visibility, expand our impact, and increase our financial resources.

We seek a leader with a rare combination of fundraising experience and passion for sustainability/ green initiatives. Strategic thinking, innovation, and determination to catalyze the expansion of WRP's work outside of NYC are necessary. The Executive Director must possess outstanding project management skills, the financial savvy to navigate a challenging economic environment, and the ability to lead an accomplished team of volunteers.

The Executive Director will be primarily responsible for the following:


  • Developing and leading fundraising efforts and recruiting additional Junior Board Coordinators with fundraising expertise
  • Grant writing
  • Managing interns that will assist with grant writing
  • Sending letters of inquiry
  • Working with Major Gifts Coordinator to maintain and contact prospect list
  • Identifying new prospects
  • Creating and developing relationships with corporate partners
  • Working with Major Gifts Coordinator to maintain relationships with existing donors

Internal Communications/Board of Directors:

  • Preparing and presenting monthly reports to the Board on the organization's activities and progress in achieving its mission and reaching its financial objectives
  • Working with the Board to determine and achieve the organization's strategic mission and annual goals

Financial Management:

  • Ensuring the financial strength of the organization so that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry on its work
  • Developing and maintaining sound financial practices to thoroughly track the organization's donations and expenses
  • Preparing an annual budget and completing annual audits of the organization's expenses to find creative ways to cut costs

Intern Management:

  • The Executive Director will have direct oversight of WRP's intern program during the months of June, July and August


The successful Executive Director candidate will be a passionate leader who possesses the following:


  • Able to direct and develop the organization's fundraising capacities
  • Adept at managing and leading volunteer groups accustomed to participatory management, flat organizational structures, and consensus building
  • Political savvy: navigates and negotiates organizational and external networks and situations
  • Motivates and inspires participation and cooperative teamwork
  • Action oriented: identifies and seizes opportunities and actively seeks new partnerships
  • Innovation management: is adept at bringing the creative ideas of others to market
  • Works well on a budget, uses creative solutions to achieve painting project goals in a resource scarce environment
  • Strong communication and excellent organizational and record keeping skills


  • Experience with fundraising and grant writing required
  • Experience working with grassroots environmentally focused organizations or nonprofits preferred
  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Graduate students will be considered for this position

Send resume and cover letter to hjames [at] whiteroofproject [dot] org by 2/15/13