HEAL is Hiring an Executive Director: DEADLINE EXTENDED 8/31

HEAL Executive Director Job Description

One of Utah’s most influential environmental groups is looking for a talented executive director to work with staff and board to guide the organization as it continues to deepen and expand its influence in the State.

HEAL is seeking a strong leader to direct our staff of seven, represent our interests in front of the public, press and officials and ensure that the organization maintains a strong fiscal base.

HEAL has a track record of successful advocacy and a growing base of supporters and donors. The new ED must be committed to helping this capable organization go even further to fulfill our critical mission.

About HEAL Utah

  • We are a grassroots policy and advocacy organization working to promote clean energy and to protect Utah from toxic, nuclear and dirty energy threats.
  • HEAL Utah is focused not only on educating citizens about problems, but building their civic skills to foster a healthier, more engaged citizenry in Utah. We believe that we must not just clean up our physical environment, but empower citizens to shape the decisions that impact their health and environment.
  • Our current campaigns include: encouraging a transition away from the dirty coal power that is warming our planet and harming our families, toward renewable energy and energy efficiency; pushing for bold policies to clean up the Wasatch Front’s polluted air; limiting the hazard of nuclear waste buried at EnergySolutions’ disposal site; and preventing the construction of a nuclear power plant in scenic southern Utah.

The work of the Executive Director will include the following:

 Fundraising/Development  (33%)

  • Ensure annual and long term financial viability by setting and achieving fundraising goals, along with the Development Director and Board Fundraising Committee:
    • Plan thoughtful and varied approaches for meeting with major donors and major donor prospects
    • Lead the creation and delivery of fundraising pitches at HEAL’s major fundraising and other events
    • Review grant applications and grant agreements and ensure effective representation of HEAL in every interaction with granting sources
    • Oversee annual direct mail and periodic email fundraising efforts
    • Help plan and participate in other fundraising efforts, including Changemakers events and house parties

Programmatic Responsibilities (33%)

Lead the development, planning and prioritization of strategic programs to advance HEAL’s vision:

  • Plan for and lead full staff meetings, and one-on-one staff meetings, finding optimal frequency for each
  • Balance workloads and prioritize campaigns based upon relevant deadlines, opportunities, and resources
  • Plan for and lead planning sessions, including quarterly reviews and an annual staff retreat
  • Oversee campaign planning, making sure that plans are implemented and revised as necessary
  • Represent HEAL in high-level meetings with political leaders, agency heads, and coalition partners
  • As needed, represent HEAL Utah as its spokesperson before legislative committees, regulatory boards, and the media
  • Help shape HEAL’s “voice” and communications to supporters, press and public, via writing and editing key emails, press releases, op-eds and speeches.

Organizational Responsibilities (16.5%)

Foster an environment of open collaborative excellence in which people can thrive:

  • Take the lead on human resource and other personnel decisions, including conducting annual staff performance evaluations and employee orientation and training
  • Identify and assemble resources needed (i.e. lobbying, legal, and expert assistance) to mount effective campaigns
  • Help recruit new Board members
  • Work with individual Board members to ensure they can be effective advocates for the organization and attract resources
  • Work with the Board Co-Presidents to set monthly Board meeting agendas
  • Work with the Board Co-presidents and members to develop and maintain an effective committee structure, and serve on the Fundraising and Finance Committees
  • Participate in the 360 performance evaluation of the Executive Director’s performance, conducted by the Board annually

Administrative and Financial Responsibilities (16.5%)

  • Exercise fiduciary responsibility on all contracts and accounts
  • Annually evaluate and adjust administrative and financial operations to ensure efficiency and quality
  • Sign checks, seeking co-signature from the Board Treasurer when necessary
  • Produce the organization’s annual budget, working in concert with the Board Finance Committee
  • Produce monthly “forecast” documents for Board meetings, showing organization’s current financial status.
  • Oversee the development and adaptation of campaign-specific budgets as necessary to support grant applications and other fundraising efforts
  • Develop and execute investment policies in concert with the Board Treasurer and the Finance Committee of the Board
  • In conjunction with contract bookkeeper:
    • Manage checking, savings, and investment funds, ensuring that appropriate investment policies are followed
    • Oversee appropriate execution of twice-monthly payroll
    • Oversee processing of necessary state and Federal reports, registrations, and permit applications


  • Applicants must be passionate about HEAL Utah’s issues and in advocating for policies to protect public health and the environment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to quickly learn and synthesize complex information; a knack for supervising and guiding staff; a talent for strategic planning and vision; and the ability to motivate donors is desired. College degree required; At least 5 years nonprofit, policy, grassroots, environmental, fundraising or campaign experience desired.


  • The Executive Director position will pay between $52,500 and $62,500 per year, depending upon experience. HEAL offers an excellent benefit package: including four weeks of paid time off (a mix of holidays, sick/personal leave and vacation), fully paid health and dental insurance for an individual; and an up-to-3-percent match of simple IRA retirement contributions.


Please send resume, cover letter, at least one document showing a work accomplishment and three references by August 31, 2017 to jobs@healutah.org. Questions can be directed to laura@healutah.org or (801) 355-5055.