Executive Director

POSITION OPEN: Executive Director

MN350 is a dynamic, community- and volunteer-led grassroots organization building a people’s movement to demand that Minnesota take action and leadership in addressing the climate crisis in an equitable and sustainable way.  Our mission is to unite Minnesotans as part of a global movement to end the pollution damaging our climate and particularly harming BIPOC and low-income communities, speed the transition to clean energy, and create a racially just and healthy future for all. MN350 is a 501(c)(3) organization.

MN350 Action is a 501(c)(4) advocacy nonprofit that is building a bold, diverse mass movement for climate justice by building public support and equipping supporters to effect change at the local, municipal and state levels. MN350 Action is a sister organization to MN350 that shares staff, offices and volunteers. MN350 and MN350 Action work collaboratively with numerous coalition partners to build a movement for climate justice and racial justice.

MN350 is a state affiliate of 350.org, a global organization building a grassroots movement to stop the climate crisis and realize racial and climate justice for all. 350.org’s online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in more than 188 countries. The number “350” stands for the upper limit of carbon pollution in the atmosphere that is compatible with a livable climate.

In this job description, references to MN350 apply also to MN350 Action. 

SUMMARY

MN350 seeks a dedicated, passionate, inspirational, and experienced Executive Director to lead our work to end the extractive, oppressive fossil fuel economy and to secure clean air, clean water, a healthy climate, and an equitable future in which everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive, regardless of race, gender identity, sexuality, income, or location. The Executive Director will partner with other organizational stakeholders to center justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in all of MN350’s organizing work and must have experience building relationships with BIPOC communities and organizations.

The Executive Director also will bring significant experience in collaborative strategy development, institutional and individual fundraising, and funder-relationship management to support MN350 and MN350 Action’s staff, mission, campaigns, and programs.

MN350 is committed to unlearning and dismantling patterns of white supremacy and patriarchy and will support the Executive Director with a network of accountable, caring relationships with staff, board members and volunteers, including our internal BIPOC Caucus of staff and board members.

POSITION PRIORITIES 

The Executive Director leads MN350’s bold vision to expand and deepen a multiracial movement across Minnesota that’s working to stop the climate crisis and achieve racial and economic justice. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Lead the development and maintenance of a strategic plan and theory of change that are the foundation of our campaigns and organizing
  • Lead our fundraising and grant-writing efforts to ensure we achieve annual income targets. Cultivate productive relationships and grow our network of grant and institutional funders
  • Serve as the primary public voice for MN350 in Minnesota and national media and as MN350’s primary representative with key leaders in the state.
  • Coach, mentor and provide leadership to staff, key volunteers, campaigns and teams

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

Leadership development & management 

  • Lead and support staff and key volunteer project coordinators to oversee the development and coordination of statewide campaigns and projects such as a racially just transition to 100% clean energy, affordable clean transportation, stopping dangerous fossil fuel infrastructure, and building political power for the climate justice movement.  
  • Support development, implementation and tracking of MN350’s strategic work through regular review and updates on progress. 
  • Work with staff members and key volunteer leaders in the development and growth of a healthy, respectful, and deeply inclusive organizational culture. 
  • Work in close collaboration with the Coordinating Council (board), the BIPOC Caucus and other leadership bodies to provide leadership and mentorship and to support their work. 
  • Support continued development of an equitable, scalable, statewide volunteer recruitment, training and delegation program to build and empower functional leaders and project coordinators capable of assuming major operational responsibilities for MN350.
  • Help develop and implement civic engagement and MN350 Action endorsement and political action campaigns. 

Public role 

  • Support staff and volunteer leadership in representing MN350 by ensuring the organization and its mission and programs are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to community groups, allied organizations, campaign coalitions, significant funders/donors and the media. 
  • Directly represent MN350 with external stakeholder and community groups, working to meet our commitments to transparency and responsiveness to feedback.
  • Develop and manage high-level partnerships with allies and key decision-makers within and outside the climate justice movement. 
  • Serve as our public voice and leader of our public, private and philanthropic sector engagements at the intersections of racial and climate justice.
  • Understand MN350’s and 350.org’s history, campaigns and theory of social change. Stay current with basic climate science and developments in state and national policy. Apply this knowledge to support staff and to represent MN350 in progressive coalitions, funder-led meetings, and other public venues.
  • Work collaboratively with counterparts at the global 350.org and with its extensive network of local groups.

Other internal responsibilities

  • Work with staff and key volunteer leaders to ensure the health and productive internal functioning of the organization, including critical staffing and resource allocation decisions, and providing prudent fiscal and legal management. 
  • Review and monitor month-end financials, cash balances, and internal program reports.
  • Anchor MN350’s development efforts, including grant writing, developing and maintaining relationships with foundations and major donors and ensuring compliance with any grant reporting requirements.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

Experience

  • 7 to 10 years of professional experience in community organizing, electoral politics, issue advocacy or a closely related field. 
  • Fundraising experience, including grant writing. The demonstrated ability to request and receive money, from institutional funders and individual donors,  is a requirement
  • 5 to 7 years of experience leading teams or organizations, with the ability to collaborate across departments, ages, cultures, races, genders and economic variation. 
  • Experience collaborating with others to lead an organization through change, as well as developing and implementing strategies that lead to organizational victories. 
  • Basic understanding of 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(3) regulations and campaign finance laws is a plus. 

Values, skills and qualities

  • Excellence in staff management with the ability to develop, coach, set priorities and lead high-performing teams
  • Desire to work in and deepen a dynamic, community- and volunteer-led organizational structure
  • Commitment to support leadership from communities most impacted by the legacies of oppression and extraction
  • Demonstrated cultural competency, including knowledge of Native American history, issues and worldview, particularly of the Dakota and Anishinaabe peoples.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, including deep listening and conflict resolution, to cultivate productive, respectful relationships with a range of stakeholders. 
  • Wholehearted personal alignment with the values, power analysis and mission of MN350.
  • Significant experience working with broad coalitions and multiracial communities, with demonstrated ability to support inclusive engagement and relational organizing. 
  • Strong interpersonal and listening skills. Open to feedback from others. Ability to gracefully navigate complex relationships. Willing to ask for help.
  • Organized and detail-oriented, with the ability to manage competing priorities; strong follow-through and ability to coordinate others to hold to deadlines and commitments.
  • Demonstrated success in building new programs and/or developing scalable infrastructure and systems; ability and eagerness to train, delegate, and empower others.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, a persuasive and passionate communicator.
  • Familiarity with Google Workspace, other digital communication tools and customer databases a plus.
  • Fluency in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, or Oromo is welcome.

SALARY & BENEFITS 

  • Full time, professional position. Annual salary $90,000 to $100,000 based on experience and qualifications. 
  • Employer-paid health and dental benefits, 401K match, and paid vacation and safe & sick time.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Accountability and reporting 

The Executive Director reports to MN350’s Coordinating Council (Board of Directors), provides monthly reports and attends regular and special Coordinating Council meetings.

Physical demands

Position is based in Minneapolis. Work is performed in both remote and in-office settings, as safety guidelines allow, and includes significant time using a computer and phone. Occasional travel to other parts of Minnesota required to attend events or meet with staff or other stakeholders. Some events are outdoors. Infrequent travel outside of Minnesota, as safety guidelines allow, to attend 350 network meetings or seminars.

Flexibility is needed to work outside normal business hours, including evenings and weekends and occasional extended work hours to accomplish the mission of the organization.

MN350 fully complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

APPLICATIONS 

To apply to join this diverse, growing organization that is making a difference in Minnesota, please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@mn350.org. Direct questions to the same address.

Applications accepted through Oct.  21, 2021. The position is open until filled. MN350 is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, nonbinary people, people of color, Indigenous/Native American, and LGBTQ+ people are encouraged to apply.