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About Toxic Free NC

Toxic Free NC is an award-winning nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, NC and working statewide.

Our central goal is to get pesticides and other toxic chemical pollution out of our food, our environment and our bodies.

We focus on the communities who are most impacted by pesticide pollution, including migrant farm workers and children from low-income and minority communities.

We use environmental science, practical solutions, uncommon allies, community organizing, advocacy and lobbying to achieve our goals.

Every campaign at Toxic Free NC depends on organizing the people most affected in order to be successful.

Toxic Free NC aims to build its power and reach as a statewide resource, and seeks a full-time Executive Director to implement program expansion and fundraising that calls for a significant increase in staff and budget over the next three years.

Visit our website to find out more about Toxic Free NC’s work and our record of success.

Executive Director at Toxic Free NC

The deadline for applying was August 31, 2013. The hiring commitee is reviewing applications now. Please contact with questions.

The Executive Director will bring his or her vision to the organization and help Toxic Free NC to lead North Carolina’s environmental health movement.

Serving as Toxic Free NC’s external ‘face’ and internal guide and coach to the staff, the Executive Director will manage a team of 5 professionals and report to a volunteer board of directors.

In addition to ensuring the implementation of all aspects of operations and program, the Executive Director will directly staff a program area of their choice.

The Executive Director is responsible for:

  • Promoting Environmental Health and Justice in North Carolina: This should be a driving passion for the Executive Director, among whose top goals should be reducing pesticide and toxic exposures to people and the planet.

  • Organizational Advancement: The Executive Director will be expected to achieve significant fundraising growth, with primary responsibility to cultivate and engage major donors and foundations and collaboration with all staff members in program-specific fundraising and campaigns. The Executive Director will also undertake regular strategic planning and work with Toxic Free NC’s broad stakeholder base to realize programmatic, administrative, and fiscal goals.

  • Organizational Management: The Executive Director will supervise both program and administrative staff and work with the team to create annual budgets, work plans and goals. The Executive Director is also responsible for all staff and program evaluation, including monthly financial and program updates to the board of directors.

  • External Relations: The Executive Director will ensure Toxic Free NC’s participation in various forums, as well as building new alliances and coalitions to more effectively serve the mission. This may include public speaking, media relations, providing technical assistance to organizations and communities, outreach and education, and representing Toxic Free NC on various boards and committees.

  • Direct Program Implementation: The Executive Director will bring her or his own abilities and connections to bear in Toxic Free NC’s program work. The organization is especially looking for someone whose unique skill set – whether as a scientist, advocate, and/or communicator – advances our core program areas.

Skills and Experience:

  • Fundraising: Broad knowledge of all areas of campaigns, major gifts, foundation and corporate fundraising, including direct and managerial experience.
  • Education: Minimum bachelor’s degree and additional training in a relevant area of science, communications, or non-profit management.
  • Management: Minimum five years managing a diverse staff of direct reports, and familiarity with a collaborative management style. Non-profit experience is required.
  • Expertise: Demonstrated knowledge of environmental health and justice, sustainable agriculture and food justice, with a minimum ten years overall experience in a related field. Note will be given to membership in professional organizations, volunteer work, philanthropy, publications and speaking history.
  • Skills: Grassroots organizing, campaign design and implementation, lobbying and policy advocacy, public speaking, strategic planning and organizational goal setting, program evaluation, and consensus building. Spanish language skills are desired but not required.

This is a full-time position with paid vacation, health and dental benefits. Toxic Free NC is an equal-opportunity employer. We offer regular professional development opportunities and a paid sabbatical after five years of service.

The salary for this position will be in the range of $60,000 - $70,000 plus benefits.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2013

Apply for Executive Director Position at Toxic Free NC

The deadline for applying was August 31, 2013. The hiring commitee is reviewing applications now. Please contact with questions.


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