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Natural Resources Defense Council, Senior Director, Oceans Division

The Client

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) works to safeguard the earth – its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

NRDC was founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement. Today’s leadership team and board of trustees make sure the organization continues to work to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities.

NRDC combines the power of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the conservation and protection of the air, water, and the wild. With dedicated staff working in more than a dozen program areas, NRDC partners with businesses, elected leaders, and community groups on the biggest issues we face today. Today, our people work across the world, with major offices in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.

With fiscal year 2017-2018 revenue of over $190 million and over 600 employees, NRDC is among the top global environmental advocacy organizations. The majority of its support comes from individual members and donors, supplemented by grants from institutional funders. Charity Navigator awards NRDC its top 4-star rating.

For more information about Natural Resources Defense Council, visit

The Oceans Division

“The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy.” – Jules Verne

The ocean produces over half of the world’s oxygen and absorbs more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. Covering 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, the ocean transfers heat from the equator to the poles, regulating our climate and weather patterns. Oceans provide at least a sixth of the animal protein we eat. Pollution not only affects marine life and its environment, it contaminates our food chain, impacting all life on our planet.

For decades, NRDC lawyers, scientists, and policy advocates have been instrumental in the fight to protect our oceans for current and future generations through effective policy work and impact litigation. They work to maintain and restore healthy ocean ecosystems by seeking to prevent or end destructive practices, such as overfishing, harmful offshore oil and gas drilling, and seismic blasting. They have also been leaders in promoting the establishment of marine protected areas and in protecting threatened and endangered species such as marine mammals in the United States and internationally.

One of four divisions of the NRDC’s Nature Program, along with Land, Wildlife, and Water, the Oceans Division has a budget of $4 million and 23 staff. It operates with a high degree of autonomy in addressing the most critical environmental issues affecting the world’s marine environment.

In 2018, after nearly a decade of discussion, countries began negotiating a new agreement for the conservation and management of the high seas – the area of ocean beyond the 200-mile zones of individual countries that constitutes nearly two-thirds of the world’s ocean – thanks to the persistence and dedication of the NRDC and its allies. The goal of the agreement is to create fully protected marine parks and to conserve bio-diversity. This epic accomplishment is typical of the hard work and effectiveness of the Oceans Division and emblematic of the impact it can have on the health of our planet. Other examples of the Oceans Division’s work include helping to secure the nation’s first statewide network of marine protected areas, promoting adoption and implementation of a strengthened U.S. fisheries law to end overfishing and rebuild depleted ocean fisheries, and protecting endangered and threatened marine mammals from a variety of sources of harmful ocean noise.

The Position

The Senior Director of the Oceans Division reports to the Managing Director of the Nature Program, participating as part of the Nature Leadership Team. The Senior Director currently supervises the following:

  • Director of International Oceans
  • Director of Domestic Fisheries
  • Director of Marine Mammals
  • Director of Pacific Ocean Initiative
  • Legislative Director for the Nature Program
  • A Senior Ocean Scientist
  • A Senior Policy Analyst

In addition, the Senior Director is supported by a shared Program Assistant and oversees the work of outside consultants as needed.

Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide overall strategic direction to the Oceans Division, including providing guidance and expertise to develop and advance effectively its suite of ambitious policy and advocacy goals;
  • Prioritize achievement of the Oceans’ goals of the NRDC Strategic Plan;
  • Collaborate with staff to refine and update strategies as necessary, in response to changing environmental conditions and other factors;
  • Ensure that as emerging issues arise, there is a process in place to evaluate and determine whether and/or how NRDC should address them;
  • Support the project leaders, assisting and assuring implementation of the strategic plan and effective management of Program staff;
  • Provide leadership to the Oceans staff as a whole;
  • Assure that the program meets budgetary expectations and is well-supported by donors;
  • Build relationships that advance the work of the Oceans Division with partners and collaborators, including ocean policy leaders within U.S. agencies, the U.S. Congress, other conservation organizations, academic institutions, and foundations;
  • Enhance professional growth of self and teams by keeping abreast of latest trends, best practices and a deep understanding of issues and events impacting the work of Oceans;
  • Assure that the Division successfully communicates its work internally and externally, using traditional and social tools;
  • Assure that Division staff have clear direction, support, opportunities for professional development, and work in a productive and collegial program environment;
  • Represent the Division with donors, and internally with senior staff and the Board;
  • Represent the organization at appropriate funding, legislative, public education and media forums;
  • Serve as a member of the Nature Leadership team helping to provide guidance and support for the overall Nature Program;
  • Work on behalf of the Oceans Division in budgeting and other internal processes; working in concert with Division staff, develop and implement budgets; and help secure the internal and external resources needed for successful campaigns;
  • Serve as an institutional leader for NRDC by serving on committees or project teams, as needed.

This position requires travel nationally and internationally (including overnight and weekend stays).

Professional Criteria

The successful candidate will bring the following:

  • 15 to 20 years of advocacy experience working on ocean or related environmental issues;
  • Proven record as effective environmental advocate with a strong commitment to conservation;
  • Proven record as successful fundraiser and manager, including an ability to nurture and support independent leaders;
  • At least five years of experience managing at a Project Director-level or equivalent;
  • Documented success in building strong organizational partnerships with national leaders and organizations;
  • Experience in managing policy and/or legislative campaigns and initiatives, with a successful track record;
  • Experience managing staff in multiple locations is desirable;
  • Clear understanding of how oceans policy at the national, regional and international level is made and influenced;
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field, such as JD, PhD, MA or MS in Environmental Science or Policy.

Personal Characteristics 

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A passion for the ocean and knowledge of ocean health/conservation issues and oceans policy;
  • High emotional intelligence with strong interpersonal skills, including kindness and compassion for co-workers;
  • A willingness to provide guidance and mentoring to department managers, staff, board members and volunteers;
  • A collaborative decision-making style, seeking input and buy-in from the team and transparency in execution;
  • Vision and the ability to inspire and motivate others to perform at their very best;
  • Accepting of feedback from others; giving appropriate recognition to staff; and a willingness to take calculated risks to accomplish goals;
  • Adaptability to changes in the work environment; managing competing demands; changing approach or methods to best fit the situation; ability to deal with frequent change, opportunities, delays or unexpected events;
  • Strong organizational skills with a dedication to continuous improvement;
  • Effective fundraising and donor cultivation skills;
  • Superior oral and written communications ability.

Above all, the successful candidate must believe in the value and vital importance of the organization and the Division’s work.



Our client is offering a highly competitive salary commensurate with experience as well as a comprehensive benefits package. Basic relocation expenses are possible for an exceptional candidate. This position may be based in New York, Washington, DC, or San Francisco.


The Senior Director position is an opportunity to lead a once-in-a-generation environmental effort of importance to our future and one of profound humanitarian merit.


Please submit a brief cover letter and résumé as attachments via e-mail to:

Joe McCormack, Founding Partner


1740 Broadway, 15th Floor

New York, NY 10019


Office: 212.531.5003

Fax: 212.203.9599


Please note that your education, dates of employment and other

information will be verified prior to an offer.

All inquiries or referrals will be held in strict confidence.

Candidates may be required to submit writing samples or undergo skills assessment as part of the application process.

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. NRDC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, religious creed, religious observance, color, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual preference or orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, military service and veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition as defined by applicable state or federal law, physical or mental handicap or disability, genetic information or predisposition, arrest or conviction records, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking, and sex offenses or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state and local laws and ordinances. NRDC offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA NRDC will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

East Bay Community Law Center, Executive Director

The Mission

The mission of East Bay Community Law Center is to promote justice and help build a community that is more secure, productive, healthy, and hopeful by providing legal services, social work support, and policy advocacy that are responsive to the needs of low-income communities and law training that prepares future attorneys and social workers to be skilled and principled advocates who are committed to addressing the causes and conditions of racial and economic injustice and poverty.

 The Organization – Justice Through Education & Advocacy

“This is the way to teach law and this is the way to practice law,” to quote the East Bay Community Law Center’s third Executive Director and its inspirational leader for the past 11 years. Perhaps unique in its dual mission of serving thousands of low-income individuals in Alameda County each year, while providing practical field experience for more than 150 students annually from the UC Berkeley School of Law, EBCLC is an independent 501 (c)(3) and one of the finest community legal clinics of its kind in the country.

The East Bay Community Law Center was founded in 1988 – as the Berkeley Community Law Center – by law students from  the UC Berkeley Hall School of Law. The student founders were motivated by the dearth of practical experience in legal education at a time of overwhelming societal injustices and community need. EBCLC has grown to become the largest provider of free legal services in the East Bay and Berkeley Law’s largest clinical program with a budget of over $8 million annually, a significant operating reserve and a staff of 70 and growing. EBCLC has also been an effective contributor to local and state policy initiatives to address economic and racial injustice. Governed by a 25-person Board of Directors that includes members of the law school faculty, alumni, prominent attorneys and community leaders, EBCLC receives a portion of its funding from the law school, as well as significant grants from state, county and city agencies and the private sector.

Berkeley’s current Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, named by National Jurist Magazine as the most influential person in legal education in the United States, is a strong proponent of clinical practice as an essential component of a sound legal education, and EBCLC’s role in educating students is expected to continue growing under his tenure.

 The Programs

Programs serving EBCLC’s clients include Clean Slate Services to remove barriers to employment and civic participation for people with criminal records; Community Economic Justice Services, focused on empowering low-income communities of color to build long-term solutions to poverty; Consumer Justice & General Clinic Services, offering legal representation to low-income consumers facing debt-collection lawsuits, correcting credit reporting errors, assisting victims of identity theft, etc.; Education Defense & Justice for Youth Services, representing young people

caught at the intersection of the juvenile justice and education systems; Health & Welfare Services, which provides legal services to Alameda County residents at risk of poor health outcomes due to poverty, unsafe living conditions, inadequate health care coverage and other factors, including HIV status; Housing Services, focused on defending eviction lawsuits brought against low-income tenants, providing emergency financial assistance and supportive services through the Keep Oakland Housed Program, in collaboration with Bay Area Community Services and Catholic Charities of the East Bay; and Immigration Services, offering a full-range of free legal services to low-income immigrants, with a focus on the most vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, members of the LGBTQ community and youth.

 For more information about East Bay Community Law Center, visit

 The Position

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director supervises the following direct reports who comprise the five-person executive team: Deputy Director & Chief Counsel, Clinical Director, Finance & Administration Director, and Development & Communications Director. Additionally, the ED oversees the work of EBCLC’s Data Scientist. The ED is supported by a full-time Executive Assistant

The Executive Director’s primary responsibilities include:


  • Inspire, motivate and manage a team of highly intelligent, accomplished and committed professionals;
  • Work with staff and peers to develop more effective means of delivering legal services and clinical education and addressing policy issues that improve the lives of the communities EBCLC serves;
  • Listen with respect to all opinions, including dissent, and strive to achieve consensus when possible, yet making the difficult decisions when needed;
  • Maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including foundations, government representatives, major donors; outreach to law firms, respond to grant opportunities, and ensure major gift cultivation in collaboration with the Development & Communications Director;
  • Provide day-to-day leadership that serves the mission and reflects the core values of EBCLC;
  • Develop effective relationships with other service providers and key collaborators;
  • Motivate and lead a high-performance management team; attract, recruit and retain required members of the executive team; provide mentoring and opportunities for leadership as a cornerstone to developing internal leaders;
  • Ensure the highest quality of legal services for EBCLC’s clients and the highest standard of training for UC Berkeley’s Law School students;
  • Represent EBCLC to the media, the community and in public forums.

Business Planning and Operations

  • Develop and implement strategic and tactical plans to promote the continued development of the organization and ensure positive financial results and client outcomes;
  • Identify opportunities for all operational functions to leverage cross-program strengths to take advantage of new opportunities and to address organizational challenges;
  • Participate in the development and preparation of short-term and long-range plans and budgets that advance broad organizational goals and objectives;
  • Work closely with the Executive Team to create the annual organizational budget and monitor cash flows.

Policies, Procedures & Reporting

  • Direct the development and implementation of procedures that promote effective communication and adequate information flow throughout the organization;
  • Create effective processes for increasing efficiencies and eliminating redundancies;
  • Develop strategic priorities with measurable outcomes to ensure ongoing process improvement and data driven decision making;
  • Provide direction and strategy for evaluating operations and reporting results to internal and external audiences;
  • Develop metrics in consultation with staff for evaluating organization morale generally and specifically around issues of fairness, equity, and transparency.
  • Ensure all organizational activities and operations are performed in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and laws;
  • Develop and enhance the relationship of EBCLC to the UC Berkeley School of Law.


The successful candidate will have significant experience that includes leadership and demonstrated success in managing organizational development and change. An undergraduate degree is required. A graduate degree in law or other relevant area of study is strongly preferred, and an appropriately credentialed individual may be eligible for a faculty appointment at the UC Berkeley School of Law. The Executive Director will be an exceptional program manager, talented team builder, and effective communicator.

In addition to these requirements, candidates will be evaluated on criteria that include:

  • Experience overseeing legal services and/or legal educational programs in an organization of similar size and complexity;
  • An understanding and respect for clinical teaching;
  • A commitment to the mission of providing supportive services for low income communities, including communities of color;
  • Awareness of the legal issues facing the communities that EBCLC serves;
  • Familiarity and comfort with financial planning and management as well as organizational budget development;
  • Lived experience as a law student would be helpful;
  • Demonstrated success building and leading high-performing teams and managing dedicated staff;
  • A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and public speaking skills;
  • Accessibility and the capacity to embrace diversity of views and opinions;
  • Superior critical and creative thinking ability that includes “both and” rather than “either or” approaches to conflict resolution and problem solving;
  • A leadership style that emphasizes authenticity, compassion and kindness, coupled with optimism and a sense of humor in times of challenge and stress;
  • Strategic business and operational planning experience;
  • Process expertise to develop new program rollout procedures that are adaptable to various community/population needs;
  • Working knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics;
  • Experience working in a collective bargaining environment.

The successful candidate will be energized working in a challenging, fast-moving environment and accomplished at driving toward clarity and solutions, and will be a visionary and empathetic leader with the ability to inspire employees to live up to their potential.


To attract the multi-talented Executive Director it is seeking, EBCLC is offering a competitive compensation package, coupled with a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid health care premiums for employees and their families, health savings accounts, a choice of retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, generous vacation time, commuter benefits and much more.

Relocation reimbursement may be provided for the exceptional candidate EBCLC is seeking.


This is an opportunity for an accomplished, entrepreneurial leader to join a growing mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to education and social justice. The successful candidate will become a part of a distinguished team, serving an organization that is nationally known and respected for its work. The new Executive Director will be integral in developing staff, enhancing financial support and communication and increasing program and service offerings responsive to community needs, while  contributing to the development of skilled and principled legal advocates committed to addressing racial and economic injustice. Moreover, the Executive Director will have the personal satisfaction of contributing to an effort of profound societal and humanitarian importance.


Famous as a center for academics, free speech and the arts, Berkeley is situated along San Francisco Bay’s eastern shore and is home to the University of California, Berkeley. The city of 113,000 residents has a mild climate and natural amenities, more arts per capita than any other city in California, access to public transportation, and of course, the University of California campus, which anchors the community.

Top reasons to live in Berkeley:


Please submit a brief cover letter and résumé as attachments via e-mail to:

Joe McCormack, Founding Partner


1740 Broadway, 15th Floor

New York, NY 10019


Office: 212.531.5003

Fax: 212.203.9599



Please note that your education, dates of employment and other

information will be verified prior to an offer.

SAGE, Board of Directors

SAGE (Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders)

SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare.

With staff in New York City, Washington, D.C., Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other key cities across the country, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 29 SAGE affiliates in 21 states. SAGE operates with a $12 million annual budget and is overseen by a 22-person Board of Directors.

For more information about SAGE, please visit the SAGE website


SAGE leads in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging. In partnership with its constituents and allies, SAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBT older people, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBT life in later years.


SAGE envisions a world in which LGBT older adults can thrive because they are valued and have boundless opportunities through an array of options to achieve their goals for social, physical, intellectual, emotional, financial, spiritual, vocational, and environmental well-being.

History and Background

SAGE’s programs have evolved over the organization’s 40-year history. Today, SAGE is an important social safety net for LGBT elders as the organization catalyzes and creates LGBT-specific service programs and housing for elders, encourages full inclusion and celebration of LGBT older adults in all communities, advocates to address and overcome discrimination against LGBT elders in a broad variety of settings, and works with its constituents in the creation of informal caregiving support and development of new “family” networks.

In 2010, SAGE was awarded a three-year $900,000 grant (subsequently renewed) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration on Aging to seed the creation of the nation’s only National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. In 2012, SAGE launched the country’s first comprehensive publicly funded LGBT senior center. And, in May of this year, SAGE and development partner, HELP USA, broke ground on a $41.4 million LGBT senior housing project in the Bronx, launching SAGE’s second housing development in New York City.

For the nearly 3 million LGBT older adults across the nation, SAGE’s advocacy, training and services build welcoming communities and keep critical issues in the national conversation to ensure a fulfilling future for all LGBT people.

Financial Summary

SAGE’s total revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 was $11 million, of which 59% was received from government and foundation funders. SAGE currently has assets in excess of $19 million, including a $3.7 million reserve fund. In recognition of its commitment to transparency, SAGE is a gold-level participant in GuideStar’s reporting program.

The Board of Directors

Board members are the guardians of SAGE’s mission and resources, bringing to the organization a variety of skills, knowledge, experience and perspectives. To ensure SAGE continues to successfully meet the needs of older adults in the LGBT community, Board members are tasked with setting policy to ensure public trust, contributing a personally meaningful gift and leveraging their networks to resource the policies they set, growing the Board with talented new members, and acting as ambassadors for SAGE and LGBT older adults.

SAGE currently has 22 Board Directors, with plans to expand to 25 or more members over the next year. We are seeking engaged volunteers who share SAGE’s values, support SAGE’s commitment to diversity and equity, and are passionate about SAGE’s mission.

Duties and Responsibilities

Each Board leader commits time, talent and treasure to meet the following basic responsibilities:

  • Attendance at three Board meetings annually. February/March, June and October.
  • Active participation on at least one standing committee – currently, these include the Executive, Finance, Nominating and Governance, and Development Committees, which typically meet by phone.
  • Board members are expected to make SAGE a philanthropic priority with an annual give/get commitment of at least $10,000. Each Board member is asked to give at a level that is a “personal stretch” based on their individual giving capacity. At a minimum, every Board member must be a major donor (at least $1,500 annually) to SAGE. Board leadership understands that each member is in a unique situation and works accordingly to set clear expectations.

After a one-year introductory term, Board members may serve up to two (2) consecutive three-year terms.

Professional Requirements

We are seeking a diverse group of professionals with a variety of skills, experience and perspectives to steward the continued growth and sustainability of SAGE. Candidates with aging or healthcare experience, as well as those with strong links to a broad and expansive network, are highly desired. We are particularly interested in increasing SAGE’s Board presence in Chicago, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Experience as a board member with a nonprofit entity is preferred but not required.

Personal Characteristics

Candidates must have a compelling interest in the vision, mission and values of SAGE. The organization’s core values include upholding diversity and equity as a centerpiece of its purpose, its people and its work. Members of the Board are expected to reflect and embrace SAGE’s commitment to the principles of diversity and equity.

The SAGE Board is comprised of a broadly diverse group of individuals inclusive of an expansive range of experience, perspectives and expression. Directors take pride in the quality and depth of the Board’s healthy and honest discussions and respectful debates. Ideal candidates will be comfortable with dissent, energized by stimulating conversations, and able to present contrary views in a considerate, informed and respectful manner.

As SAGE continues to expand its reach and the demands for its advocacy increase, the skills to contribute to an organization during periods of flux are essential. Individuals with the talent to see the big picture and coalesce strategies into long-range plans will find this an exciting opportunity to lead in a meaningful way.

Finally, openness to innovation, the humility to learn from others, and the ability to participate in and sustain collaborative group efforts are highly valued. Women, people of color, transgender people, people under 40, straight allies, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


This is a meaningful and rewarding leadership opportunity with an organization that has been at the forefront of social change for 40 years. It is a chance to be part of a sophisticated and collegial Board of Directors endeavoring to create boundless opportunities for LGBT older adults. Members of the SAGE Board collaborate to increase the impact of a revered organization and to ensure a fulfilling future for all LGBT people.


If you are interested in exploring board service with SAGE, please submit a brief cover letter and résumé or biography as attachments via e-mail to:

Michelle Kristel, Managing Partner


1740 Broadway, 15th Floor

New York, NY 10019

Telephone: 212.531.5003



All inquiries or referrals will be held in strict confidence.

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