Website Arizona Sustainability Alliance

Executive Director

Arizona Sustainability Alliance is seeking a new Executive Director to succeed the departing Founder/Executive Director and to advance the work and mission of the nonprofit.

Arizona Sustainability Alliance

Arizona Sustainability Alliance (AZSA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit action and advocacy alliance that aims to create and support cutting-edge, project-based sustainability solutions in Arizona through civic engagement, collaboration, and education. AZSA empowers Arizona citizens to work together toward more verdant, equitable, and sustainable communities. 

AZSA has five priorities: Conservation, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Food Systems, Urban Forestry, and Cities. In addition, AZSA has three cross-cutting priorities: youth, education, and workforce development. 

AZSA operates with a combination of paid staff and unpaid volunteers. In the nonprofit lifecycle, AZSA is in the growth phase, both financially and in respect to the services and programs offered.

Learn more about AZSA at

Role Purpose

AZSA’s Executive Director must be equal parts sustainability visionary, entrepreneurial fundraiser, and dynamic organizational leader.

The Executive Director provides strategic leadership and vision and assumes operational responsibility for achieving AZSA’s mission. The position is responsible for successfully leading and managing the organization’s staff, programs, and fundraising efforts. The Executive Director ensures the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan, working to create, adjust, manage, and fundraise for objectives that maximize sustainability investments. Sound and effective representation of the organization with donors, foundations, key stakeholders, and the public is essential as the Executive Director seeks to build, advance, and sustain the organization. The position reports to the President of the Board of Directors and works closely with the entire Board of Directors to assess and review the organization’s work. 



  • Communicate AZSA’s vision to staff, Board of Directors, volunteers, and donors
  • Serve as the lead representative of AZSA
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with local and global community groups, funders, political or governmental entities, etc. to help achieve the goals of the organization
  • Hire and retain knowledgeable, qualified staff and contractors
  • Serve as AZSA’s chief spokesperson to the media, policymakers, supporters, community partners, and the general public

Fundraising and Development

  • Prospect major potential funders, develop relationships, and close funding opportunities
  • Fundraise via multiple strategies including grants, corporate gifts, foundations, and individual giving
  • Directly and through collaboration with staff and Board of Directors, expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support program operations


  • Efficiently and effectively oversee the day-to-day operation of the organization’s programs
  • Manage a budget, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting, in conjunction with the Finance Committee
  • Develop proposed annual budget, operate within the approved budget, and liaise with accounting support to ensure monthly financial statements accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent efficiency and effectiveness of finance, administration, fundraising, communications, and systems
  • Ensure compliance with funding sources and regulatory requirements
  • Actively collaborate with staff to enhance the efficiency of AZSA

Board Engagement

  • In collaboration with the Board of Directors, develop and implement strategic plans that meet the organization’s goals and objectives
  • Communicate effectively with the Board and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions
  • Collaborate with the Governance Committee to maintain a strong and balanced Board of Directors; seek and build Board involvement with strategic direction for all AZSA operations and collaborations
  • Work with the Board to raise funds from the community

Ideal Skill Set and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business management, nonprofit management – other relevant experience and education considered
  • 5+ years senior leadership experience in a medium-to-large sized nonprofit
  • Passion for AZSA’s mission
  • Must be tech-savvy
  • A practical idealist, innovator, curious listener, proactive question asker, and creative problem solver with a demonstrated ability to think strategically and make decisions efficiently
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to motivate others, offer a steady hand through adversity and uncertainty, and present an inspiring and imaginative vision for the future
  • Proven experience working with nonprofit boards; skilled at identifying, recruiting, and engaging board members, donors, volunteers, and community members
  • Humble, empathetic, and inclusive of various perspectives; able to resolve conflicts and find common ground
  • Extensive management experience in positions of increasing responsibility and authority that showcase an ability to develop the strengths of staff, Board of Directors, and partners as well as acknowledge one’s own areas for potential growth
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience and success, including private philanthropy, corporate donations, and government grants
  • Experience in managing a complex budget with multiple funding sources
  • Able to maintain a wide network of stakeholders, including local, state, federal, and tribal government agencies and other organizational partners, delivering clear communication and working to build cohesion
  • Skilled in organizational development, administration, and personnel management, with attention to detail, flexibility, integrity, confidence, and a sense of humor
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and comfort with public speaking

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in sustainability/environmental field
  • Master’s Degree in business management, nonprofit management
  • Industry experience related to sustainability/environmental field
  • Experience serving as a nonprofit executive director or CEO
  • As the convener of the Phoenix Metro Urban Forestry Roundtable and a leader in urban forestry in the state, we prefer a candidate with a strong background or experience in urban forestry in arid environments
  • Proven experience in grant writing and grants awarded
  • Currently reside or have resided in Arizona

$90,000-$100,000 – Base Salary commensurate with education, training, and experience.  A compensation package will also include a bonus based on goals set with the board committee that are aligned with the strategic plan.

Benefits include paid holidays, generous paid time off and 100% paid employee medical insurance, vision insurance, dental insurance. 

All AZSA positions are remote, with periodic fieldwork and other necessary in-person activities specific to this position. While all staff positions are remote, this position requires the person to physically reside in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

AZSA does not cover relocation expenses

Background Check
All offers of employment at Arizona Sustainability Alliance (AZSA) are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check. Background checks will be conducted on all final candidates and will be done confidentially through a third-party vendor.

Fingerprint Clearance Card
A valid Identity Verified Prints (IVP) Fingerprint Clearance Card through the Arizona Department of Public Safety is required.

To apply for this opportunity, email a pdf of your cover letter and resume/cv to:
[email protected]

Applications not received as a PDF will not be considered.  

We will be reviewing applications on a continual basis until the position is filled.

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