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Deputy Director


CEED is a 501c3 organization that works to ensure that communities and policy makers have the tools and information they need to create just, sustainable energy and environmental policy.  Working in collaboration with grassroots communities, policy makers and researchers, CEED conducts research and advocacy, and provides community education and capacity building on important energy, environment, and development issues – so that all members of society may effectively participate in public decision-making.

CEED’s mission is grounded in the affirmation of the interconnectedness of the human and natural world and is committed to inspiring the change needed to create a healthy and vibrant environment for all communities in current and future generations.  CEED is grounded in principle of self-determination of Indigenous, communities of color, and low income communities, and we gear our work toward building economic and political democracy.

CEED is strengthening their foundation through growth with a desire to bring aboard diverse employees who can have both technical and analytical skills, have understanding and knowledge of the needs of environmental justice communities, and are committed to CEEDs mission. CEED’s next search starts with a Deputy Director that will write policy, mentor staff, advise on program development, and create systems that promote efficiency and access.   CEED has exclusively retained Nonprofit HR to assist in its recruitment efforts for this role.



The Deputy Director reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the oversight of staff, mentorship, and day-to-day operations of the Center for Earth Energy and Democracy.  The Deputy Director will work collaboratively with the Executive Director and external partners (to include but not limited to, national environmental organizations, legislative staff, and government agencies) to implement a tactical plan for programming and a structure for career development of employees.


The Deputy Director is chief steward of the organization’s operational performance, leading and managing CEED’s leadership team and staff in assessing, developing, implementing, measuring and evaluating the performance and outcomes of targeted strategic and operational opportunities to advance the agenda of CEED. The Deputy Director’s focus of efforts include:


  • Strengthening CEED’s convening presence, its community engagement, its community outreach effectiveness and its programmatic effectiveness in Indigenous, and communities of color, and low income communities;
  • Identifying and prioritizing potential inter-agency partnerships to enhance service delivery capacity, improve programmatic outcomes and demonstrate effective impact within Indigenous, communities of color and low income communities;
  • Preserve CEED’s administrative support capacity including (Finance, Fundraising, Human Resources, Information Technology, Communications, Volunteers and Risk Management) to deliver the promise that communities and policy makers will have the tools and information they need to create just, sustainable energy and environmental policy.


Working closely with the Executive Director, the Deputy Director will be:


  • Responsible for providing visionary, strategic leadership and establishing credibility throughout the organization with employees as an effective developer of solutions to business challenges;
  • Entrepreneurial, with an ability to develop alliances and navigate a variety of key stakeholder relationships, interests and agendas, with excellent communications and problem-solving skills designed to meet the challenges of the organization; 
  • Pro-active in leveraging the organization’s resources to take advantage of opportunities to grow revenue, expand programs, and reduce expenses;
  • Tactically-focused in the development, project/process management and implementation of the organization’s plans and programs, aligning internal teams and resources with the Executive Director’s long- and mid- term strategic priorities;
  • A dynamic leader who can build and execute thoughtful and ambitious strategies while ensuring operational excellence;
  • Exceptional interpersonally and facile in people management skills, with the ability to build and manage high-performing, cohesive teams; and
  • A results-oriented motivator with high standards for results.


QUALIFICATIONS KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED (Minimum education and experience needed to perform the job adequately)


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent experience) in Nonprofit/Business management, Human Services, Organizational Development or related field


  • Minimum of eight years of broad, cross-functional strategic and operational leadership experience in roles focused on an appropriate combination of community engagement and outreach, advocacy, growth, service-delivery, partnership development, business development, centrally-managed administrative support and/or strategy and planning


  • Comprehensive understanding of and experience in the field of civic engagement, with a demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, equity, and economic, racial justice will be instrumental in the incumbent’s success



  • Highly effective emotional intelligence, communications and interpersonal skills including the ability to effectively manage and grow relationships with diverse stakeholders including board members, members, partners, funders, staff and the public. The candidate must have the ability to analyze and resolve issues quickly, make good decisions in a collaborative culture, seek, respect and incorporate diverse views and opinions


  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills.




Salary will be commensurate with experience



100% employer paid medical and dental insurance and monthly contributions to a Health Savings Account. 10 holidays, 10 sick days and unrestricted paid vacation time. Office closed for one week for 4th of July holiday and in December for the holidays. Flexible work schedule in a remote environment.


Equal Employment Opportunity

CEED is dedicated to supporting and respecting the diverse community that different individuals cultivate. As an equal opportunity employer, we stay true to our mission by ensuring that our organization can be a place that celebrates diversity in all its forms. CEED does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


HOW TO APPLY: Please complete online application by submitting resume and cover letter including details of your relevant work history.


ADA SPECIFICATIONS (Physical demands that must be met to successfully complete the essential functions of the job)


Position may require travel within the U.S. Evening and weekend work will sometimes be necessary to meet constituents and business leaders, participate in events, and otherwise fulfill the needs of the position.

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