July 24, 2014

Executive Director, WEF

Wind Energy Foundation

Washington, District Of Columbia

Executive officer

Field of Interest

The Wind Energy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to raising public awareness of wind as a clean, domestic energy source through communication, research and education.  It’s main focus is educating the public and policy makers about the advantages of wind energy, including the potential for wind energy to create a new, high-tech, sustainable industry that enhances national security, creates jobs, and reduces the environmental impact of energy use.  The Foundation was formed by senior wind energy industry executives in 2010. 

The Executive Director represents the Wind Energy Foundation (WEF) and reports to a Board of Directors.  The Executive Director is responsible for leading the establishment of objectives and goals, and for implementing programs and initiatives to accomplish them, while ensuring that systems are in place to safeguard the Foundation’s resources and accounts.  This position is also the chief figure for the WEF which plans, directs, organizes, leads and establishes management controls for all operations of the WEF, and is responsible, in conjunction with the Wind Energy Foundation Board of Directors, for ensuring that the 501 (c) (3) organization operates according to all pertinent laws and regulations. 

The Wind Energy Foundation is well established with a portfolio of programs and successes; the Board seeks an Executive Director to lead the Foundation in an exciting period of growth and further programmatic development.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:  To perform this job successfully, qualified candidates must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility.

  • Provide leadership and management to the Foundation to define its objectives and goals and establish measures to determine progress toward achieving them.
  • With the Board, provide the vision for the next phase of growth and development of the Wind Energy Foundation.
  • Partner effectively with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and work to align programs and provide synergies not available by non-collaborative work.
  • Develop and administer the annual Foundation budget and manage foundation staff, consultants and contractors as retained.
  • Administer processes to ensure that milestones related to WEF business plan are being achieved.
  • Plan and lead fundraising activities to provide resources for the Foundation’s programs and initiatives.
  • Proactively build alliances with other stakeholders whose interests are aligned with those of the wind industry.
  • Provide planning and oversight to authoritative studies conducted by either the Foundation or a sponsored third party in order to gather statistics on wind and energy industries.  These studies will serve to measure progress and trends, inform stakeholders and ascertain where additional efforts are needed.
  • Manage the development of a wide spectrum of wind energy programs to educate varied audiences about the wind industry and to gain their support for our work.
  • Prepare and deliver periodic reports to keep the WEF supporters informed on Foundation activities.
  • Periodically review objectives and goals to determine their ongoing applicability and the potential need for fine-tuning and revision.
  • Ensure the Foundation continues to remain compliant with all laws and regulations relevant to a 501(c)3 charity.
WEF is a fast-paced, high-energy organization with a very ambitious agenda and is highly motivated.  This position may experience high level work demands and independent decision-making under tight timelines. Some overnight travel is required domestically and internationally.  The Executive Director will interact frequently with WEF Board of Directors, AWEA staff, Congressional staffers, member companies, high level industry experts as well as other stakeholders as needed.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:  To perform this job successfully, qualified candidates must be able to exhibit each knowledge, skill, and ability.

  • Thorough knowledge of 501 (c) (3) requirements and of basic management principles and processes;
  • Excellent written and oral communications and interpersonal skills. Must be able to relate successfully to a broad spectrum of stakeholders and to explain relatively technical topics to non-technical audiences;
  • Excellent skills in managing staff members and projects, with the ability to set goals and track both individual and team progress.
  • Ability to work collaboratively; demonstrated team player;
  • Ability to develop and manage a new entity from its inception;
  • Working knowledge of US Congress and its culture and processes;
  • Knowledge of non-profit fundraising techniques and demonstrated ability to raise funds in a 501(c)(3) or similar environment.
  • Excellent knowledge of the US wind industry.
Qualified applicants may possess any combination of education and experience enabling them to successfully perform the responsibilities of the position.  Preferred qualifications are: Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of directly related experience in managing a non-profit organization.  Incumbent should have experience with fundraising, budgeting, management, contract negotiations, and vendor relationships.  Experience with educational associations and/or the wind industry are a plus.

Work Location: Washington, DC

To apply: Send resume with salary requirements to jobs@awea.org (please use “WEF Executive Director” in subject line) or mail to Wind Energy Foundation, 1501 M Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005, attention HR.  

WEF located in Washington, DC and is Metro accessible and provides a generous benefit package.

To learn more visit www.windenergyfoundation.org.

WEF is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Date Posted
June 25, 2014

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