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Senior Vice President, Operations

San Francisco, CA


Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent- setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Alaska, California, Florida, Chicago, Mid-Pacific, Northeast, Northern Rockies, Northwest, Rocky Mountain, and Washington DC.

A vital member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Senior Vice President, Operations (SVP) will lead and oversee the operations departments which include finance/accounting, human resources, information technology, general counsel and administrative functions of this growing organization. The SVP collaborates with operational leaders to deliver best in class systems, tools, infrastructure, metrics and evaluation, and overall operational practices that enable Earthjustice to continue to grow effectively while maintaining its strong culture and achieving its ambitious goals. The SVP partners with the President and senior leadership team to assess and manage risk, develop strategic plans, set priorities and goals, develop evaluation and feedback methods, and ensure that the vision and strategies to achieve an inclusive and multicultural organization that attracts and retains high-performing staff are carried out across the organization. A strategic leader, the SVP will bring best practices in managing a strong team with knowledge of finance, human resources, and the general structure of a legally focused organization.

This opportunity calls for a versatile senior staff leader with integrity, an understanding of the non-profit sector, excellent financial acumen and strong communication and interpersonal skills. The successful candidate is an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, results-oriented and mission/team-focused environment. The SVP will set clear and accountable goals and ensure alignment with Earthjustice’s strategic vision. This role is highly cross-functional and will involve collaboration with many internal partners, including Operations team members and other teams across the organization.

The SVP reports directly to the President.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The SVP’s essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Lead and oversee the performance of the human resources, finance/accounting, information technology, general counsel, and administration functions and supervise the organizational leaders of each of these areas, incorporating best practices and setting standards for functional excellence.
  • Lead plans for scaling the organization, including geographic expansion, operational systems, organizational design and financial and business models.
  • Ensure Earthjustice technology meets user demands and protects the integrity and security of Earthjustice information.
  • Liaise with committees, department heads and other staff groups to support open lines of communication and deepen employee engagement and satisfaction.

    Work in close coordination with the Earthjustice senior leadership team and other relevant staff to:

  • Strengthen the effectiveness and impact of Earthjustice’s work by creating and implementing planning, project management and operational systems that enable us to work more efficiently with greater common purpose and direction.
  • Develop and implement systems and processes for increased integration of all offices and departments through more effective and efficient access to organizational knowledge and information flow.
  • Advise the President on opportunities to improve organizational structure, decision-making processes, lines and scopes of authority, and structure and roles of the leadership team.
  • Strengthen the organization’s methods and systems for rigorous planning, goal-setting, monitoring and evaluating progress, and maximizing learning from results.
  • Advance our policies, systems, and practices for recruiting, retaining, supporting, and providing for the professional development of a high-performing and diverse staff. Enhance our focus on how we find and develop the talent we need for the future at all levels of the organization.
  • Enhance our policies, systems, and practices regarding annual and multi-year financial planning and budgeting, creating a strong analytical foundation and necessary business intelligence for organizational choices regarding funding and spending.
  • Contribute to the vision for a multicultural and inclusive organization and advance strategies to achieve those goals.
  • Engage and support the functioning of the governing board, including managing a governance calendar, engaging with the governance, finance and investment committees, and overseeing compliance requirements.
  • Assess organizational risk factors and develop and execute plans to mitigate risk and prepare the organization for emergency response and business continuity.
  • Oversee compliance with third party validators and integrate reporting requirements with internal assessment systems and functions.
  • Improve the operational and administrative functions of litigation, development, communications, policy and legislation (PAL), and the executive team, as appropriate.
  • Stay abreast of developments and trends in non-profit management and incorporate learning into organizational direction setting and management practices.
  • Act as visible champion for integrating diversity, inclusion, and justice throughout the organization’s operations, culture, and programs.
  • Participate in management and diversity training and model inclusive behaviors.
  • Contribute to setting an institutional tone of careful and accountable stewardship of resources.

    CANDIDATE PROFILE

    The ideal candidate will have the following professional skills, qualities, and competencies:

  • Highest standards of ethics and integrity.
  • Commitment to our values of justice, partnership, inclusion, and excellence.
  • Interest in and support for our environmental mission. Knowledge of environmental issues a plus.
  • Expertise in leading complex multi-departmental decisions, projects, and systems, including financial, technological, operational; strong project management skills.
  • Expertise in leading change management initiatives with a people-oriented view.
  • Expertise in strategic planning, business planning, modeling and projections, plan implementation, and evaluation.
  • Track record of success in developing an integrated and collaborative working environment while implementing systems that promote accountability and streamline processes.
  • People-oriented, committed to developing talent throughout the organization.
  • Collaborative style, ready and able to work with relevant staff throughout the organization with an orientation toward decisiveness; eager to drive integration among departments and offices within a complex organization.
  • Excellent leadership skills, able to work with diverse groups of people diplomatically but with clarity.
  • Creative thinker and problem solver with excellent judgment.
  • Active listener; able to inspire trust and confidence; able to partner with and influence and inform others.
  • Versed in best practices in relevant areas of expertise.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Contributes to recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce.
  • Sense of humor and genuine passion for the Earthjustice mission.

    Strong candidates will also bring the following essential management skills:

  • Recruits and hires qualified candidates who fit position requirements and the work environment.
  • Promotes change in terms of the expected benefits, as well as removing or lowering the impact of potential obstacles.
  • Sets clear team direction that aligns with Earthjustice strategy, mission, and vision.
  • Develops staff by providing career development opportunities with appropriate training, encouragement, and supervision.
  • Provides staff with performance feedback and acts as a coach and mentor.
  • Promotes inclusive work environment for team and models inclusive behavior.
  • Ability to manage and lead a diverse team in a diverse environment with emotional intelligence and cultural competency.
  • Has self-awareness and understands the impact of behaviors and emotional intelligence in the workplace. Also understands teams’ strengths and areas for development.
  • Commitment to and experience in developing team skills and talents to meet the evolving needs of an organization.

    Desired Education and/or Experience

  • Minimum 10 years of leadership experience in a complex non-profit organizational setting.
  • Experience with multi-site and matrix organizational structures strongly preferred.
  • MBA (or equivalent) and relevant multi-faceted operational management experience.
  • Law firm management experience may be relevant.

    COMPENSATION &  BENEFITS

    Earthjustice offers a very competitive salary and excellent benefits that are comprehensive and competitive. They also offer an extremely congenial work environment and a casual dress code.

    TO APPLY

    Earthjustice has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Molly Brennan and Turner Delano here: https://ats.k2-app.com/talent-profile?jobId=3581

    Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a   broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

    Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position

    For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco:  Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  

    For positions located within the City of Los Angeles:  We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

  • Accommodation

    If you need reasonable accommodation in order to complete the application, interview or some other portion of the selection process for a job at Earthjustice, please contact Human Resources at jobs@earthjustice.org.

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