The VP of Programs provides organizational leadership to maximize the effectiveness, impact and integration of policy and communications-focused programs. This position is part of the Executive Management Team and drives the overall strategy for the Forest, Puget Sound, Climate & Fossil Fuel, and Communications programs of the organization. The VP of Programs works closely with the directors of each of these programs and with executive leadership to secure and develop resources needed for success, including financial, human, systems and tools. They will also ensure that policy and communications programs are strategically connected, grounded in racial justice, and working towards common goals as reflected in the strategic framework and organization-wide communications plan.
About our organizations
Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization. For over 50 years, WEC has brought people together to solve Washington’s most critical environmental issues. WEC builds power for the environmental movement by building partnerships, mobilizing the public, connecting voters to decision makers, and taking legal action. Our mission is to develop, advocate, and defend policies that ensure environmental progress and justice by centering and amplifying the voices of the most impacted communities.
Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) ensures Washington’s decision makers keep our environment protected, healthy, and vibrant. Over the last 35 years, we have elected environmental champions, held our elected leaders to the highest standard, and built statewide momentum for environmental campaigns through innovative voter outreach efforts and community organizing. WCV’s mission is to develop, advocate, and defend policies that ensure environmental progress and justice by centering and amplifying the voices of the most impacted communities.
By effectively combining the policy know-how of WEC with the political know-how of WCV, we have reshaped how environmental protection is achieved in Washington. With one shared CEO, our organizations work in partnership as each pursues its unique mission. Combined, we have a staff of 40 and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay. Given the current pandemic we are working remotely and foresee doing that for an extended period of time. Our teams have access to a variety of online tools and systems that support working remotely. Our expectation is that we will eventually return to some schedule of safely working together in our downtown office.
We offer competitive salaries, good benefits, and the opportunity to make a difference. We are committed to a representative, socially just, and welcoming work environment – people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply. We continue to advance the application of a racial equity lens to our work and are led by a CEO who is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon.
Working Conditions and Physical Demands
This job requires frequent sitting. Must be able to conduct business in English, though fluency in other languages is welcomed. For remote and hybrid work, employees must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work during scheduled work hours. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with different abilities to perform functions essential to the duties of the position.
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a full time, exempt position with a salary range of $110,000 to $135,000, depending on experience. We also offer a generous benefits package including 100% employer paid medical, vision and dental insurance, 401k plan and organizational match of up to 3% of your annual salary, a flexible spending account, paid vacation and sick leave, 12 paid holidays per year, four wellness days, an unlimited ORCA transit pass, professional development funds, and if you work for seven consecutive years you are eligible for a two-month paid sabbatical. We welcome diverse people to a great team who shape environmental protection in Washington.
This position is hybrid with a minimum of 40% of time in the Seattle office. A hybrid remote agreement is required.
Our teams have access to a variety of online tools and systems that support remote work and supervision. The position requires travel to other parts of Washington state and occasional travel elsewhere in the US. Travel is estimated to be 20% or less of the time.
The organization follows all requirements of local health authorities. We are currently working in a hybrid work model with staff working from home in addition to in-office time for collaboration and celebration. We maintain strict safety protocols while in our office. All staff who come to the office must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.