The National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED) invites nominations and letters of interest for the position of Executive Director. NAED is a non-profit membership organization created in 2009 by 20 related non-profit associations to advocate for broader national public and legislative awareness of the importance and value of environmental design, and to provide research leadership and expertise on issues such as climate change, resource depletion, urbanization, infrastructure, energy security, and healthy cities and communities. NAEDʼs new office will be located in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, seventy-five minutes south of Washington, DC.
The NAED has secured $500,000 in start-up funding from the Spotsylvania County government to be used to hire an executive director and staff member, and is finalizing a lease agreement with Luck Development Partners (LDP) that will provide office space at Ni Village, a sustainable mixed-use development master planned by LDP. As part of this funding agreement, the Executive Director will ensure fidelity to the County funding requirements and work closely with LDP in its efforts to secure a target of $1.7 million in additional support over the next five years.
NAED maintains a variety of activities including annual workshops and conferences, special research initiatives, and support for public education and environmental design research, independently and in liaison with allied professional organizations and agencies. A 14-member council sets policy for the organization, and works with the executive director and staff to accomplish its mission. The ideal applicant for this position will demonstrate excellent communication skills and experience in office management, including finance and planning; the ability to develop and sustain the necessary administrative infrastructure for a new or start-up organization, including office operations, work environment, and human resources; flexible understanding of the emerging role of digital communication and networking technology in non-profit development; and skill in advancement, external affairs, and publishing. Salary is commensurate with experience.
The responsibilities of the Executive Director will include, but are not limited to: working with the council to develop, articulate, and operationalize strategic priorities; maintaining the fiscal and operational integrity of the academy in communication with the treasurer and in accordance with set policies established in the by-laws; developing and implementing appropriate fund-raising and financial strategies related to the academyʼs mission and program priorities; meeting annual goals and objectives established by the council; coordinating and implementing effective procedures and criteria for the evaluation of NAED programs and services; establishing systems for dialogue and communication between the council and staff; planning, managing, and implementing the activities of the academy, including board and committee meetings, periodic scholarly conferences and workshops, and publications; traveling as needed to plan and manage academy affairs and advancement; representing the NAED before related professional organizations, sponsors, and other interested parties; and working with the council to develop a clear vision for the future and successfully communicating that vision through a demonstrated understanding of the academy's mission and responsibilities to members and stakeholders. Proven skills in fundraising and development are highly desirable.
Preferred qualifications and skills include a Masterʼs degree; demonstrated skills, goals, and values consistent with NAEDʼs vision and direction; experience in professional, educational, or non-profit administration, strategic planning, fiscal budgeting; broad based connections and experiences in environmental design, practice, education, and/or advocacy; fund-raising aptitude; and demonstrated ability to respect, support, encourage, and promote the diverse ideas, values, assumptions, aspirations, approaches and ideologies surrounding environmental design research, practice, and education.
The successful candidate will exhibit an open and mature communication style; a keen ability to listen and hear all perspectives; strong synthesizing and analyzing skills; the desire to promote and enact inclusiveness, respect, equity, and sensitivity; and high ethical standards in performance on behalf of the organization.
For more information, please visit http://www.naedonline.org, and send nominations and/or letters of interest describing qualifications in detail along with a resume and a list of references to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee will begin reviewing applications upon receipt. The search will remain open until the position is filled.
NAED is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.