Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $50,000.00
Maximum: $70,000.00
Details: Compensation is based on qualifications.



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



Santa Rosa
United States


Position Summary

The Executive Director of Sonoma County Conservation Action (SCCA), a 501 (c)(4) nonprofit, serves as the general manager of the County's largest and most politically active environmental organization. The ED is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization.  Other key functions include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. 


The ED also communicates with and does fee-for-service work, as needed, for Conservation Action Fund for Education (CAFE). CAFE is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) sister nonprofit that works on non-political public education around environmental issues. The ED may assist CAFE with programs, projects and finances, and interfacing with separate CAFE Board of Directors. CAFE has hosted sustainability and community organizing skills workshops and generally promotes community engagement with local government on environmental issues.

The Organization

Founded in 1991, SCCA advocates for protection of the environment and quality of life in Sonoma County, through education and grassroots organizing. It mobilizes residents in support of issues and campaigns for candidates who share its environmental and social values. SCCA has had a profound effect on, for example, preventing sprawl, limiting forest clearing for vineyards, making the Sonoma County rail/trail system possible, supporting environmental candidates for public office, and protecting open space and greenbelts. Conservation Action has revenues of about $250,000 per year, and 3-11 staff (including part-time and canvassers).

General Responsibilities

  • Board Governance: Communicates effectively with and provides vital information to Board of Directors. Works with Board to fulfill the organization’s mission.
  • Financial Performance and Viability: Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources to ensure SCCA’s financial health and support its mission. Responsible for fiscal management and submitting regular budgetary and financial statements to the Board.
  • Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with Board and staff to fulfill the mission through programs, planning and community outreach. Responsible for strategic planning. Enhances SCCA’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with community leaders, elected officials, partner organizations and public and private sector entities.
  • Organization Operations: Administers canvass operations, handles staff and most HR functions for the organization, and oversees fiscal planning, accounting, payroll, and all financial reporting. 

Fundraising and Political Production

  • Works with Board and staff to maintain various fundraising programs of SCCA, including monthly Sustainer program 
  • Ensures a regular presence at city councils and board of supervisors to maintain SCCA’s watchdog function and support issue campaigns
  • Responsible for implementation of Board policy and political endorsements, campaigns
  • Oversees candidate endorsement process
  • Leads annual “Environmental Report Card” assessments of local elected officials

Communications and Press Relations

  • Responsible for external communications, social media and relationships with press and media
  • Responsible for government, membership, and public relations
  • Oversees SCCA newsletter production and website updates

Professional Qualifications

All candidates should have the following qualifications: 

  • An unwavering commitment to environmental protection and livable communities
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience
  • Proven leadership, communication, and budgeting/fiscal analysis skills  
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn other campaign organizing software
  • Effective oral and written communication skills in English (ability to communicate in Spanish a plus)  
  • Ability to listen and speak in person and by phone to individuals and groups, use a keyboard or adaptive technologies, and work in a busy office with moderate noise and distractions. 
  •  Valid CA drivers license.

Preferred experience and other desirable qualities include:

  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed  
  • Connections to Sonoma County, its environmental and political landscape and local leaders 
  • Strong fundraising and public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Ability to engage and inspire volunteers, Board Members, event committees, Advisory Board, partnering organizations, and funders
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with superior interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Highly organized and detail oriented  
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Science degree or ability to analyze and discuss scientific topics
  • Ability to direct and develop door-to-door canvassing teams  
  • Comprehensive understanding of government operations at the local and state level
  • Experience with Every Action, Salesforce, SmartVAN, and/or PDI software systems is a plus


A benefit package is offered to all full time employees at Sonoma County Conservation Action, including health insurance and vacation.

Level of Language Proficiency

Effective oral and written communication skills in English (ability to communicate in Spanish a plus)   

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, and encourage qualified individuals of all backgrounds, educational focuses, and previous experiences apply.



Please email scca@conservationaction.org with subject line “ED Job Application”. Kindly include your cover letter, resume and three or more references.