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The Power Shift Network is currently hiring for one position!

Executive Director


Executive Director

Location: Flexible; Washington, DC preferred 
Hours and Compensation: Full-time, exempt. Salary range is ($72,000-$85,000), depending on experience and region’s cost of living, plus 100% employer paid health, paid vacation and sick leave, retirement account with employer match, vision and dental insurance premium, and 80% reimbursement on cell phone bill. PSN prioritizes our commitment to fair compensation for our staff. 
Reports to: Board of Directors  
Application Deadline: August 6, 2018
Potential Start Date: September 18, 2018 

About Power Shift Network: 
The Power Shift Network (PSN) mobilizes the collective power of young people to mitigate climate change and create a just, clean energy future and resilient, thriving communities for all.  Referred to as the “hub of the youth climate movement,” Energy Action Coalition—the previous iteration of PSN—brought together groups of environmental organizations to strengthen and empower the youth climate movement.  As the Power Shift Network, we are continuing to do this important work with a new, more agile, and responsive model that creates space for young people and others committed to building a stronger movement for climate justice and to strategically situate the movement within larger national and international movements for social justice.

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management, direction, and health of the Power Shift Network. Under the supervision of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director ensures that the Network is fulfilling its mission and leads the Network toward the organization’s vision.  The Executive Director works with the staff to plan, coordinate, and execute the organization’s strategy and chosen tactics.  The Executive Director is accountable to the Board of Directors for the organization’s finances and works to ensure the Network’s financial prosperity.


Network Leadership: 

  • Builds a strategic plan for Network development along with board of directors and staff. 
  • Work with staff team to support collaborative projects and/or campaigns led by partner organizations (i.e., Action Teams).
  • Cultivate a culture of evaluation and improvement, ensuring that all Network originated projects are evaluated using best practices.
  • Ensure all campaign work within the Network is in line with the Network’s mission.
  • Works with Network staff, and particularly with the Network Director, to develop and implement network recruitment strategy.
  • Works with Power Shift Director to ensure proper planning, execution, and evaluation of bi-yearly Power Shift Conferences.

Partner and Community Relations: 

  • Works with member and allied organizations to build a diverse grassroots youth climate movement. 
  • Manages internal communication processes including periodic written and/or verbal updates to all staff and Network members about Action Teams and changes to policies and structures. 
  • Establishes and manages application and reporting process for microgrant program.

Staff Management and Human Resources: 

  • Coordinates a fast-paced, nimble team that includes coordination, organizing, digital, and operations staff. 
  • Works with senior staff to create a dynamic, collegial, and inclusive organizational and workplace culture
  • Works with the Operations Director to ensure that hiring, staff evaluations, and terminations align with organizational policy and conform to current laws and regulations. 

Anti-Oppression, Environmental Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion:  

  • Ensures that the Network—both staff and partners—abide by its commitment to anti-oppression, environmental justice, diversity, and equity.
  • Develops learning opportunities for staff and Network partners. 
  • Ensures that campaigns and programs actively integrate a political analysis in line with the Network Operating Principles into their development, implementation, and evaluation. 
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining a work environment that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse and talented staff. 


  • Leads fundraising efforts for the Network, including building and maintaining relationships with foundations and other private donors. 
  • Ensures that the Network is growing its donor base through both grant-based and grassroots fundraising.
  • Builds relationships and communicates regularly with donors on behalf of the Network.
  • Works in collaboration with relevant staff members and consultants to draft and submit funding proposals and reports. 

Public Relations

  • Represents the Network with the general public, youth base, government, and other organizations.
  • Represents the Network with national print, online, radio, and television media outlets.
  • Writes publications for online and print media as needed.
  • Elevates the voices of members. 

Financial and Legal Management:  

  • Ensures that PSN is fiscally sound and manages both financial and legal risks to the organization. 
  • Works closely with operations and the Board on annual and long term financial planning, quarterly/annual fiscal statements, budget tracking, and fundraising.
  • Ensures that the organization meets all its legal obligations and consults with legal counsel as necessary.

Board of Directors:  

  • Works with board leadership to ensure that the organization is working within the procedures laid out in the organizational bylaws and articles of incorporation.
  • Convenes board meetings, compiles board meeting materials, and ensures appropriate documentation of board minutes, in coordination with board leadership. 
  • Reports to the Board of Directors on matters related to the financial and legal status of the organization. 
  • Oversees and ensures the implementation of the board’s directives.

The Executive Director reports to and is managed by the Network’s Board of Directors. 

Desired qualifications:

  • Must have a minimum of 5 years of direct campaign experience
  • Must have a minimum of 3 years of staff management experience
  • Extensive experience with strategic planning and campaign development
  • Experience working in coalitions and/or networks
  • Knowledgeable in network theory and/or decentralized organizing practices
  • Proven success in foundation and individual donor fundraising (i.e., grassroots fundraising)
  • Willingness and ability to take initiative and work as part of a team as well as independently
  • Self-starter, highly motivated, resourceful, dynamic and creative professional
  • Experience working in an anti-oppressive context, and experience managing cultural and racial diversity, particularly within the context of movement building
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Experience reporting to and/or working with a Board of Directors
  • Willingness to travel regularly for fundraising and meetings 

How to Apply:
Please complete the form and upload application materials (cover letter and resume) at

*Power Shift Network is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to engaging the skills and leadership of people of color, low-income persons, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities.  People from these and other historically marginalized backgrounds and communities are strongly encouraged to apply.*


Join the Power Shift Network team! (Photo credit: James Basett-Cann)
(Photo credit: James Bassett-Cann)