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HEAL Utah is an environmental nonprofit that uses grassroots campaigns and policy-side tactics to protect Utah’s natural beauty and our health from environmental threats. We work throughout Utah on clean air, renewable energy, climate change, and nuclear waste issues.

We are proud of our origins as grassroots activists and continue to depend on our supporters to remain vigilant in identifying and resisting environmental threats to the health of Utahns. We ensure that the HEAL community is mobilized by providing education and advocacy training and creating avenues for individual voices to be heard.

By working with us, you will learn the art of grassroots campaigning, develop political advocacy skills, gain scientific environmental knowledge and expertise, and get to play with our office dogs. We are looking for capable, dynamic, committed, experienced, and passionate individuals. If you are ready to champion our issues and innovate for a better future, apply to one of our open jobs or internships today!

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HEAL Executive Director Job Description

The Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah), one of Utah’s most enduring and influential environmental advocacy nonprofits and is looking for a skilled and experienced executive director to work with HEAL’s 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 coordinate and mentor our staff of seven; assure that our policy positions are well-represented to the public, policymakers, donors, and the news media; 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 and explicitly expand our work to address environmental injustice in Utah.

About HEAL Utah

  • HEAL is a grassroots organization focused on safeguarding the health of the people of Utah by advocating for 1) clean air policies and practices, 2) minimizing and mitigating the impacts of climate change through an accelerated transition to clean energy and other strategies, and 3) limiting exposure to radioactive waste and other industrial toxins. All of HEAL’s campaigns emphasize the need to specifically address the impacts of these environmental health risks borne disproportionately by historically marginalized and low-income communities.
  • HEAL’s primary tools are grassroots education/activation, evidence-based policy development/advocacy, and assuring the integrity of democratic processes and institutions to facilitate policymaking in the general public’s best interests.
  • HEAL focuses on educating the citizens of Utah about environmental problems, solutions, and policies and building their civic skills to foster a more engaged and effective constituency base. We believe that we must protect and improve our physical environment and empower citizens to influence the decisions that impact their health and environment.
  •  Advocate for democratic processes that assure their voices will be heard and valued.

The work of the Executive Director will include the following:

 Fundraising/development (15-20%)

  • Ensure annual and long-term financial viability by setting and achieving fundraising goals, along with HEAL’s 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 appeals for HEAL’s major events and communications venues.
  • Identify grant opportunities, review grant applications and agreements and ensure adequate representation of HEAL in every interaction with grant sources.
  • Plan and execute annual fundraising strategies and activities.

 

Programmatic Responsibilities (33-50%)

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

  • Plan for and lead regular full and one-on-one staff meetings, finding optimal frequency for each.
  • Balance workloads and prioritize campaigns based upon relevant opportunities, threats, deadlines, and resources.
  • Plan for and lead strategic planning processes that prioritize HEAL’s staff and volunteer time and financial resources; clarify goals, timelines, and assignments; and create accountability mechanisms.  
  • Oversee issue campaign planning, making sure that plans are implemented, updated, and coordinated with allied environmental advocacy organizations and other strategic partners as necessary
  • Assure that HEAL is appropriately represented in high-level policy meetings with political leaders (including the Governor’s office, the State Legislature, county and city councils), 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, the news media, and the public via writing and editing key emails and presentations.
  • Incorporate the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in pursuing HEAL’s outreach, public messaging, staff recruitment and hiring, and campaign strategies

Organizational, Administrative and Financial Responsibilities (15-20%)

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

  • Make human resource and other personnel decisions, including annual staff performance evaluations and orientation and training for new employees and Board members.
  • Identify and assemble resources needed (i.e., lobbying, legal, and expert assistance) to mount effective policy 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 Chair to set monthly agendas for the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and full Board meeting.
  • Work with the Board Chair and members to develop and maintain an effective committee structure and staff the Executive and Finance Committees.
  • Participate in the annual evaluation of the Executive Director’s performance, conducted by the board. 
  • Produce the organization’s annual budget, working in concert with the Board Finance Committee.
  • Develop and execute investment policies in concert with the Board Treasurer and the Finance Committee of the Board
  • In conjunction with contract bookkeeper and Board Treasurer:
    • Manage checking, savings, and investment funds.
    • Oversee appropriate execution of twice-monthly payroll
    • Oversee processing of necessary state and federal reports, registrations, and permit applications.
    • Coordinate with the Board Treasurer in assuring fiduciary oversight of the budget, revenues, expenses, contracts, bookkeeper’s financial reports, financial accounts, and compliance with financial policies.
    • Annually evaluate and adjust administrative and financial operations to ensure efficiency and quality.
    • Oversee the development and adaptation of campaign-specific budgets as necessary to support grant applications and other fundraising efforts

Qualifications

  • Applicants must be passionate in general about advocating for science-based policies to protect public health and the environment and specifically about HEAL Utah’s mission, campaigns and strategies. They should articulate the importance of incorporating the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in environmental advocacy work and preferably provide examples of having done this in the past. They should have successful financial, personnel, and organizational management experience and strong verbal and written external and interpersonal communication abilities. They should demonstrate an ability to form working relationships with local decision-makers, news reporters, business leaders, etc.; strategic political skills and intuition; an ability to learn and synthesize complex technical information; a knack for motivating and mentoring staff; a talent for strategic planning and vision; and the ability to successfully engage donors. A college degree or equivalent life experience is required; At least five years of nonprofit, policy, grassroots, environmental, fundraising, or campaign experience desired.

Compensation

  • The starting salary for the Executive Director position will be between $80,000 and $95,000 per year, depending upon experience. 
  • HEAL offers an excellent starting benefits package: including four weeks of paid time off (a mix of holidays, sick/personal leave, and vacation), fully paid health and dental insurance for the employee, and 50% of premiums paid for domestic partners and dependents, and up-to-3% match of simple IRA retirement contributions.  
  • We also offer stipends for professional development, the use of a personal phone, computer, and home office, and, within limits, self-determined work hours and location.

Application

  • Please send a resume and cover letter, including an example demonstrating your ability to lead this work, and three references to bod@healutah.org. Questions can be directed to the same address. Applications are due by no later than September 17, 2021.

Are you passionate about helping promote renewable energy and protecting Utah from dirty air and radioactive waste?  Do you want to support this work by helping expand one of Utah’s premier grassroots advocacy organizations? Are you interested in getting hands-on experience in non-profit fundraising, marketing, policy, lobbying, outreach, and more?

The fall and spring internships both involve outreach and research. However, the spring internship will include work at the Utah Capitol during the legislative session. In the spring of 2022, we expect this to be a mix of in-person and virtual. Applicants outside of Salt Lake City and without specific legislative experience are encouraged to apply. 

HEAL UTAH IS SEEKING AN INTERN TO HELP WITH THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS:
  • Helping us reach new supporters around the state, via outreach events.
  • Attending legislative meetings and lobbying in support of clean air and clean energy bills.
  • Joining HEAL staff at the Capitol during the legislative session and managing citizen lobbyists and other volunteers (spring intern only).
  • Researching and writing to support our campaigns, such as: working to transition as quickly as possible away from dirty coal power plants, pushing renewable energy, and fighting for solutions to Utah’s air pollution problem.
  • Assisting with HEAL Utah events, including press conferences, regulatory hearings and quarterly HEAL community educational nights.
  • Ongoing organizational tasks, such as helping engage dozens of HEAL volunteers, manage our list of over 20,000 existing supporters and help cultivate hundreds of new supporters.

We are looking for a highly motivated self-starter. Successful applicants will be passionate about Utah’s health and environment, outgoing, disciplined, determined problem-solvers, and have an engaging personality. Preference will be given to those with a background in environmental issues, public policy, research, public speaking, activism, non-profits, fundraising, and marketing.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Passion for HEAL Utah’s work and dedication to helping us grow
  • Ability to commit roughly 10-12 hours per week from approximately early January – mid-May, mid-August to mid-December or 15 hours per week from mid-May – mid-August
  • Available some weekends and evenings
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Available from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday-Friday for the majority of internship hours
COMPENSATION:

Interns will receive a stipend of $1,000

DEADLINES:

Submit: (1) A detailed cover letter explaining your fit, (2) A resume describing a prior relevant experience, and (3) one or two names whom we can call for references to jobs@healutah.org. We will conduct interviews for selected candidates shortly after the application period closes. Questions can be directed to: Carmen at carmen@healutah.org or 801-355-5055.