AR Earth Day Foundation Announces Executive Director Position Opening

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Position: Executive Director

Immediate Supervisor: Board of Directors

Classification: Part-time Volunteer w/Incentive Package

Position Information: The Arkansas Earth Day Foundation (AEDF) has an opening for the position of executive director. The executive director will work under the supervision of the AEDF Board of Directors in pursuit of the non-profit organization’s mission: to engage Arkansans, increase awareness and encourage action for a clean, healthy, and sustainable Natural State through an annual festival and year-round community initiatives.

Salary and bonus: $1,000 per month for the four months of February to- May 2011 and with a bonus of 10% of all monies raised in excess of $20,000.

Optional extension: The executive director can be hired for only the four-month period specified above or for a 16-month period to include the 2012 festival, upon mutual agreement of the person and the Arkansas Earth Day Board of Directors. Salary for any months after May 2011 will be contingent on funds available after the 2011 festival.

Application: Resume and cover letter must be received by July 31, 2010. Hiring decision will be made by August 31, 2010. Please submit application information to:

Chris Haynes
Chair, Arkansas Earth Day Foundation
1423 Main Street
Little Rock, AR 72202
MCHaynes@benekeith.com

Position Details: The executive director is a part-time, professional volunteer position which has the opportunity to earn incentives by developing the organization. This position offers access to a computer, the internet, and a cell phone at the AEDF office at 1423 Main Street. The work schedule is extremely flexible and considered part-time. Estimated work hours from June to December: 4 hours per month. Estimated hours January to March: 10 hours per week. Since the annual festival is held in April, the work schedule for this month is an estimated 20+ hours per week. There is no required minimum work hours per week, however payment is incentive based. The executive director is required to attend occasional fundraisers or cleanup events as scheduled, sometimes on the weekends.

Education/Certification Requirements: A Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Candidates will be considered if currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program in one of the following areas: Environmental Science, Public Administration and Policy, Marketing, Mass Communication, Writing, Speech, Education or other related field. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge and experience related to environmental issues.

Required Experience and Skills: Candidates must have highly developed interpersonal skills with the ability to represent AEDF with poise, tact, and diplomacy. Experience in festival planning, event production and fundraising are very helpful. The candidate must be able to interact and communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization as well as the public, and must be able to supervise volunteers. Candidates must have knowledge of a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentation software (MSWord, Excel, Access, PowerPoint.) Work requires continual attention to detail in composing, typing and proofing materials, establishing priorities and meeting deadlines. Excellent verbal communication and writing skills are required.

Summary of Essential Duties:

  • Coordinate most planning and implementation aspects of the annual Arkansas Earth Day Festival in April in coordination with the Board, including overseeing various sub-contractors and volunteers, maintaining timelines and monitoring progress, overseeing advertising, media, document production (programs, applications, signage, posters, etc.), serving as the key contact with city, county and state government, the police and other groups, as well as overseeing the actual Festival.
  • Perform the organizational and administrative functions for AEDF including coordinating correspondence, mail handling, supplies control and necessary communications internally and externally to facilitate ongoing communications and efficient operations.
  • Organize and recruit participation in periodic AEDF events such as the park cleanups, fundraisers, and other occasional events.
  • Maintain day-to-day financial accounting, and budget preparation and management.
  • Assist the Board President in preparing for meetings of the Board of Directors by preparing and e-mailing meeting notifications, agenda and minutes; preparing material for distribution and discussion at meetings; planning and arranging refreshments for meetings; maintaining attendance records for meetings.
  • Represent AEDF at events, exhibits and other networking opportunities with other state and local organizations.
  • Coordinate work on publications, newsletter and AEDF website with the assistance of the Board of Directors and interns recruited for the purpose of completing such projects.
  • Seek additional funding sources through fundraisers, grants and contributions.
  • Recruit and supervise interns for the purpose of assisting with the completion of any of the above activities.
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