See the CEO Position Profile here.

The core responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is to provide leadership to advance both WCV and WEC’s missions. The CEO is responsible for overall strategic planning, revenue generation and fundraising, financial management, and organization development for both organizations including the WCV PAC. The CEO works with and supervises the current Executive Team (WEC President, WCV President, Development Director, Administrative Director, Communications Director, and Government Affairs Director) to ensure that programs are developed, implemented and coordinated across the two organizations to the extent allowed by law. In addition, the CEO serves as the organizations’ representative and thought leader to the national League of Conservation Voters and other state level conservation organizations around the country.

Washington Environmental Council is an IRS section 501(c)(3) nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization that drives positive change to solve the state’s most pressing environmental challenges. The organization works to protect, restore and sustain Washington’s environment for all people in the state. For over 50 years, WEC has been at the forefront of environmental protection in the state, securing laws and policies that safeguard the health of Washington’s families and environment. From bedrock laws like the State Environmental Policy Act, to improving management of Washington’s forests,  to finding solutions that reduce climate emissions and build a clean energy economy, WEC ensures a healthy future for Washington state so it remains a great place to live and work.

Washington Conservation Voters is an IRS section 501(c)(4) nonprofit, is the statewide political voice for the environment helping ensure that all people in Washington state have a healthy environment and a strong, sustainable economy. WCV does this by working to elect environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices. Working with others in the community, WCV advocates for strong environmental policies and holds elected officials accountable for their actions. Through its political work, WCV strengthens laws that safeguard the health of all communities, the beauty of the state, and Washington’s economic future.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full time, exempt position with a target starting salary range of $125,000 – $160,000 depending on experience. We also offer a generous benefits package including: employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance; a 401k plan and organizational match of up to 3% of your annual salary; a flexible spending account; paid vacation and sick leave and ten paid holidays per year; an unlimited ORCA transit pass; and if you work for seven consecutive years you are eligible for a two-month paid sabbatical.


Leadership Abilities

Candidates will be evaluated on the full range of their lived and learned experience, professional background, volunteer experience, and direct and transferable skills.

WEC/WCV is seeking candidates with a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills in some, or all, of the following areas: Experience serving as a CEO, Executive Director or senior staff member of an organization, division or department, not necessarily in a traditional environmental organization.

Commitment to:

  • Protect, restore, and sustain the environment.
  • Environmental justice, racial justice, and equity.
  • Electorally focused political action to ensure environmental stewardship of the state.


Ability to:

  • Make decisions, often with partial information, in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Work collaboratively and form strong working partnerships.
  • Work with two strong, influential volunteer Boards of Directors and highly skilled professional staff.
  • Steward and cultivate relationships with individuals and foundations as part of the organizations’ fundraising efforts.
  • Build, manage, and report on organization-wide budgets.
  • Map out a vision with multiple stakeholders and focus collective action to achieve it.
  • Set priorities and manage multiple short-term and long-term projects simultaneously.
  • Work within state policy, the legislative arena, and electoral politics.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing coupled with strong meeting facilitation skills.
  • Lead with integrity.


Full Job Announcement and Application Process

The CEO hiring process is being managed by the Valtas Group and interested candidates can see the full Job Announcement at the Valtas Group website here. Candidates with questions or wanting to know more can also visit that link for contact information for Ed Rogan who is managing this process for Valtas.

Washington Environmental Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. WEC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply.