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The Environmental League of Massachusetts and the ELM Action Fund are ambitious, strategic, relationship-driven and results-oriented.  We recruit, hire and manage staff using our values as a guide. We are equal-opportunity employers committed to diverse and inclusive organizations. We develop our strategies and programs through a justice and equity lens and are working to ensure that our staff, board, and supporters reflect the diversity of the Commonwealth.

Staff that thrive here tend to share: a deep passion for the environment, an appreciation for the power of politics and elections in advancing policy progress, a knack for building strong relationships, a record of good judgement and discretion, a tenacious spirit, and a growth mindset. Collaboration and teamwork are the heart of our work.  Members of our team are hardworking and highly motivated, but also value balance and flexibility.

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Development Director

Reporting to: VP of Strategic Partnerships
Supporting: ELM and the ELM Action Fund 

The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) and the ELM Action Fund (ELM AF) are committed to advocating for policy and building political power in Massachusetts that meet the scale and urgency of our environmental challenges. We are recruiting a newly elevated Development Director role to support both organizations. The Development Director will be an integral member of a collegial and effective 13-person advocacy team. Read our purpose, mission, vision, and values for ELM and the ELM Action Fund. 

We seek a passionate, energetic, and effective senior-level Development Director to be the backbone of our fundraising efforts. The right candidate is motivated by the opportunity to shape our strategy and excited to roll up their sleeves and help to implement it. The scope includes both strategic elements and significant donor-facing components. The Development Director will recognize that their work is at the very heart of driving equitable environmental progress and will find meaning, purpose, and energy from this essential role. 

The Development Director will report to ELM’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and collaborate closely with ELM’s President and ELM Action Fund’s Executive Director. They will be supported by a Development Coordinator and interns, as well as each organization’s Board and the ELM Advisory Council. 

Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Vision & Planning 
    • Plan, organize, and direct a comprehensive development and advancement program that utilizes the strengths and networks of the staff and board, and includes major donors, significant institutional gifts, planned gifts, events, and special campaigns 
    • Create strategic development plans for ELM, ELM AF, ELM AF PAC and IE PAC, with support from staff and board 
      • Enhance and improve current development program with new ideas and innovative strategies  
      • Identify and cultivate opportunities to recognize donors and attract new funding 
      • Expand and diversify our supporter base, and work to build the Development program to reflect the organization’s values of equity and justice  
    • Work in partnership with the Board Development Committee and Chair to develop individual Board and Advisory Council member engagement plans  
    • Collaborate with ELM’s VP for Strategic Partnerships to expand the ELM Corporate Council and increase private sector philanthropy and sponsorships  
    • Prepare fundraising and development campaign budgets  
  • Direct Fundraising & Stewardship 
    • Lead and grow ELM’s individual donor program, in close partnership with ELM President and ELM AF Executive Director: 
      • Steward a portfolio of existing individual donors, including meeting with donors to build relationships and solicit contributions 
      • Direct the ELM President and ELM Action Fund Executive Director and other staff stewarding donors 
      • Identify and prioritize new major donors 
      • Launch a Planned Giving program  
    • Maintain and grow relationships with current and future foundation partners 
    • Oversee staff involved in grant-writing and reporting 
    • Oversee staff that are managing development events, including annual Earth Night/Commonwealth Environmental Leadership Awards, house parties, and other special events 
  • Internal Organization & Management 
    • Foster an understanding of fundraising within ELM staff, and build a culture of philanthropy within the Boards of Directors and ELM’s Advisory Council 
    • Supervise work of Development Coordinator and manage any contractors or vendors assigned to development tasks 
    • Partner with communications staff to coordinate and integrate membership stewardship, e-mails, direct mail, impact reports, and online fundraising 

Qualifications: 

Required 

  • Infectious enthusiasm for ELM’s mission 
  • Deep development experience in the non-profit and/or political sector 
  • Track record of identifying, cultivating, and soliciting significant individual and institutional donors 
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal. Ability to develop and deliver successful presentations to engage key stakeholders. Ability to articulate complex ideas clearly, accurately, and concisely. A deep listener 
  • Confident in building relationships with decision-makers with money, and ready to explain how ELM is helping them achieve their goals  
  • Understanding of, or ability to learn quickly about, environmental issues, public policy, politics, and their potential to improve the lives of the people of the Commonwealth 
  • Collaborative, “all-hands-on deck” orientation around getting work done 
  • Commitment to integrating racial justice and equity into ELM’s work and to ensuring an inclusive organizational culture 

 Preferred 

  • Fundraising experience for candidates or a 501c4 entity 

 Compensation: $110-125k, depending on experience. ELM provides generous paid time off, health and dental insurance, Health Savings Account, and a 403(b) retirement plan with organizational match.  

This role requires occasional morning and evening commitments outside of the standard 9-5 office hours. The position is based in Boston, MA and will require periodic travel to meet donors and key stakeholders within Massachusetts.  ELM is still mapping out our ‘return to the office’ plans and we are willing to be flexible to accommodate some remote work and a flexible schedule if requested. The job is posted as a 40-hour/week role; we could consider a 32-hour week for the right candidate.  

 To ApplyPlease email your resume and cover letter to jobs@environmentalleague.org with the subject line “Development Director” and take a moment to fill out our optional demographic survey. 

ELM is an equal-opportunity employer and we strongly encourage applications from all interested candidates. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, creed, religion, personal appearance, national origin, citizenship, age, gender, or sexual orientation. 


Development Coordinator

Reporting to: Development Director
Supporting: ELM and the ELM Action Fund 

Position Description:
The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) and the ELM Action Fund (ELM AF) are committed to advocating for policy and building political power in Massachusetts that meet the scale and urgency of our environmental challenges.  We are recruiting a Development Coordinator to support both organizations. The Development Coordinator will be an integral member of a collegial and effective 13-person advocacy team. Read our purpose, mission, vision, and values for ELM and the ELM Action Fund. 

The Development Coordinator is crucial to making sure ELM and the ELM Action Fund function efficiently and have sufficient resources to achieve our environmental mission. This position is centered around supporting our fundraising efforts and tackling our general administration. The employee will report directly to the Development Director and be an integral member of a collegial and effective 13-person advocacy team. This is an opportunity to join a collaborative, mission driven organization where both your work and professional development are valued.  

Responsibilities: 

  • Development Research & Support 
    • Assist the ELM President, ELM Action Fund Executive Director, VP for Strategic Partnerships and Development Director with development-related tasks, as needed 
    • Research potential new sources of funding including foundations, high-net-worth individuals, corporations, and more 
    • Maintain profiles and accounts for ELM and the ELM Action Fund on key donor and nonprofit directories  
  • Grant Writing 
    • Outline and/or draft grant applications and grant reports 
    • Coordinate ELM Policy and Political staff in writing, editing, and submitting grants  
  • Gift Processing and Acknowledgement 
    • Process all monetary gifts as they come in and acknowledge them within a week 
    • Ensure all acknowledgements are updated seasonally  
  • Salesforce Database Management 
    • Ensure new information is promptly updated  
    • Ensure systems within Salesforce are working efficiently  
  • Event Management 
    • Coordinate our fundraising events each year, including house parties and online events 
    • Support other ELM events including meetings, our Earth Night annual reception, and Corporate Council events  
  • Board Management 
    • Coordinate Boards of Directors and Advisory Council meetings 
    • Take minutes at board meetings 
    • Keep all board information up to date 

Qualifications: 

Required 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Self-motivated, collaborative, and detail-oriented 
  • Commitment to integrating racial justice and equity into ELM’s work and to ensuring an inclusive organizational culture 

Preferred 

  • Experience using Salesforce 

Compensation: $45-50k, depending on experience. ELM provides generous paid time off, health and dental insurance, Health Savings Account, and a 403(b) retirement plan with organizational match.

This role requires occasional morning and evening commitments outside of the standard 9-5 office hours. The position is based in Boston, MA and will require periodic travel within Massachusetts.  ELM is still mapping out our ‘return to the office’ plans and we are willing to be flexible to accommodate some remote work and a flexible schedule if requested. The job is posted as a 40-hour/week role. 

To Apply
Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@environmentalleague.org with the subject line “Development Coordinator” and take a moment to complete our optional demographic survey. 

ELM is an equal-opportunity employer and we strongly encourage applications from all interested candidates. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, creed, religion, personal appearance, national origin, citizenship, age, gender, or sexual orientation. 


Communications & Events Manager

Reporting to: VP of Strategic Partnerships
Supporting: ELM and the ELM Action Fund 

The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) and the ELM Action Fund (ELM AF) are committed to advocating for policy and building political power in Massachusetts that meet the scale and urgency of our environmental challenges. We are recruiting a Communications & Events Manager to support both organizations. The Communications & Events Manager will be an integral member of a collegial and effective 13-person advocacy team. Read our purpose, mission, vision, and values for ELM and the ELM Action Fund. 

As a key member of the Positioning Team, you will play a critical role in crafting external communications for our mission-driven organization. We are an agile, collaborative team looking for candidates who have a passion for inspiring, informing, and engaging people through clear communications and effective programming.  This role has tremendous opportunity for impact, supporting an organization of proven advocates. You must thrive in a fast-paced environment, be a self-starter, and have strong engagement and planning skills. You must be an exceptional writer, a strategic communicator, and dedicated team player with a passion for the environment and a growth mindset.

 

Responsibilities: 

  • Writing & Organizational Voice 
    • Draft compelling and persuasive original content for advocacy, press releases, and member email engagement 
    • Ensure quality and accuracy of staff-generated content by proofreading, editing, and designing materials including grant reports, fact sheets, slide presentations,  
    • Ensure consistent “voice” and tone of organization  
  • Graphic Design & Digital Media 
    • Create and update graphics for policy advocacy, political campaigns, and organizational promotional materials 
    • Design publications including Annual Report 
    • Oversee organization-wide brand and visual identity, including creation and implementation of templates, style guides, and procedures 
    • Create and maintain an electronic library of graphics and other archives of communications-related elements and templates, including logos, letterhead, and photos 
    • Create and place digital ads and other paid media advertising, targeted to maximize impact and effectiveness 
    • Track and review campaign performance; adapt tactics as needed  
  • Social Media & Website
    • Maintain cutting-edge knowledge on best practices on all social media platforms 
    • Develop and execute a strategy to ensure supporters and followers engage and feel part of a community on social media 
    • Maintain social media accounts, including creating and posting new, engaging content around policies, candidates, and key news, tailored to each social channel  
    • Ensure accurate, timely, and compelling updates of website content 
  • Events Logistics & Coordination 
    • Support all staff with meeting and event requests including registration pages, invitations, email communication, promotion plans, planning logistics, budget, and vendor coordination for virtual and in-person convenings 
    • Gather and analyze data on events, including: attendee counts, registration information, fundraising, survey results, meeting notes, and more 
  • Data Management 
    • Collect and analyze data on outreach, events, and engagement 
    • Maintain and organize organizational contact lists  
    • Work across ELM and ELM Action Fund teams and functions to ensure all our databases are up to date and communicating as they should 
  • Staff Management 
    • Manage a Communications Intern and oversee ELM Action Fund Campaign and Advocacy Fellows with tasks as needed 

Qualifications: 

Required 

  • Exceptional persuasive writing skills 
  • Experience driving strategic and effective communications  
  • Graphic design skills 
  • Knowledge of social media best practices 
  • Interest in clean energy, climate, and environmental issues 
  • Self-motivated, collaborative, and detail-oriented 
  • Commitment to integrating racial justice and equity into ELM’s work and to ensuring an inclusive organizational culture 

Preferred 

  • Track record of planning, executing, or managing impactful events 
  • Experience using Canva, WordPress, Salesforce, SalsaEngage 

 Compensation: $55-60k, depending on experience. ELM provides generous paid time off, health and dental insurance, Health Savings Account, and a 403(b) retirement plan with organizational match.  

This role requires occasional morning and evening commitments outside of the standard 9-5 office hours. The position is based in Boston, MA and will require occasional travel to events within Massachusetts.  ELM is still mapping out our ‘return to the office’ plans and we are willing to be flexible to accommodate some remote work and a flexible schedule if requested. The job is posted as a 40-hour/week role. 

To Apply
Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@environmentalleague.org with the subject line “Communications & Events Manager” and take a moment to complete our optional demographic survey. 

ELM is an equal-opportunity employer and we strongly encourage applications from all interested candidates. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, creed, religion, personal appearance, national origin, citizenship, age, gender, or sexual orientation. 

 


ELM Action Fund Political Director

The Environmental League of Massachusetts is a 501c3 nonprofit that has been advocating for strong environmental policy at the state level since 1898. We are committed to fighting climate change, and protecting the Commonwealth’s land, water, and public health.  

Our sister organization, the ELM Action Fund, is a 501c4 nonprofit organization that builds political power that meets the scale and urgency of our environmental challenges. The Action Fund plays a large role in voter education and raising environmental and climate issues in every campaign at every level of government. The organization also manages an Independent Expenditure Political Action Committee PAC (IE PAC) and a campaign PAC.  

Reporting to the ELM Action Fund Executive Director, the Political Director would be responsible for managing all aspects of the IE PAC, including strategy and implementation. They will support other Action Fund strategic priorities as well as partner on specific projects for the Policy team on federal, state, and local issues.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and oversee the IE PAC’s efforts to elect environment champions to state and local government
  • Create and maintain a yearly IE PAC budget allocating resources strategically, in collaboration with the President and Executive Director
  • Support fundraising efforts for the IE PAC and cultivate and maintain donor relationships, in partnership with ELM’s development team
  • Drive and implement IE PAC election activities, including digital, mail, canvassing and get out the vote activities
  • Manage all aspects of the Green Voter Guide; evaluate performance and work to reach a larger and broader audience
  • Build and maintain relationships with other partner Independent Expenditure organizations
  • Collect and interpret data to inform future decisions
  • Collaborate with ELM Policy Team to cultivate relationships with key government officials and advise on strategic decisions
  • Support the organization-wide work on racial justice and equity
  • Support and drive other ELM Action Fund strategic priorities as needed

Requirements:

  • At least 5 years of campaign management experience, coordinating various aspects of a campaign including direct mail, digital, and organizing
  • Commitment to the mission, purpose, and unique role that ELM, the ELM Action Fund, and the ELM Action Fund IE PAC play in advancing environmental policy in Massachusetts
  • Self-motivated worker with ability to devise a plan, set a timeline, and independently manage execution with limited oversight
  • Desire to build and cultivate relationships with elected officials, donors, and key community leaders
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Data gathering and analysis
  • Experience working with databases such as VAN, ThruText and WordPress
  • Social media savvy
  • Proficiency in a non-English language, particularly Spanish, Portuguese, and/or Mandarin
  • Intern/fellow management
  • Federal advocacy/relationships

Salary $75,000 – $85,000

The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund is an equal opportunity employer. The ELM Action Fund is committed to a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming work environment. We develop our strategies and programs through a justice and equity lens and work to ensure the demographics of our staff, board, and supporters reflect the full diversity of the population of the Commonwealth. This process requires determination and willingness to engage from every member of the staff.

The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund understands the connection between environmental policy, public health, and racial justice. We have embarked on a racial justice and equity curriculum as a team and assess progress on our racial justice and equity goals as a full staff each year.

When applying for this position, please fill out this optionaDemographic Survey.

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to the ELM Action Fund’s Executive Director Clare Kelly at jobs@elmaction.org.

 


ELM Action Fund Campaign and Advocacy Fellows

The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund is looking for college students, high school seniors, and recent graduates to be part of our Campaign and Advocacy Fellows program. Join us and help elect environmental champions, advance strong environmental policy, and build the power of the environmental community in Massachusetts.

Our fellowship program consists of the three sessions described below. Applicants may apply for multiple sessions. A minimum 10 week commitment of 15-20 hours per week is required but exact start and end dates are flexible. Fellows that do exemplary work will have preference over new applicants if they wish to stay or return for a later session.

ELM and the ELM Action Fund are following public health guidance as COVID-19 continues to evolve. The in-person components of our Fellowships will depend on that guidance.

SESSION 1 – February through May

  • Location: 90% ELM’s Boston office, 10% campaign work across MA
  • Duties: 80% campaign research and advocacy, 10% in-office campaign work, 10% in-district campaign work (door knocking, phone banking, etc)
  • Some nights and weekends encouraged
  • 15 – 20 hours/ week, $15/ hour or academic credit

SESSION 2 – June through August

  • Location: 75% ELM’s Boston office, 25% campaign work across MA
  • Duties: 75% advocacy, data management, research, and in-office campaign work, 25% in-district campaign work (door knocking, phone banking, etc)
  • Some nights and weekends required
  • 15 – 20 hours/ week, $15/ hour

SESSION 3 – September through November

  • Location: 50% ELM’s Boston office, 50% campaign work across MA
  • Duties: 50% advocacy, data management, research, and in-office campaign work, 50% in-district
    campaign work (door knocking, phone banking, etc)
  • Some nights and weekends required
  • 15 – 20 hours/ week, $15/ hour or academic credit

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfortable talking to voters on the phone and in person
  • Strong research, data management, and note taking skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Commitment to environmental advocacy Self-starter with the ability to work
  • collaboratively
  • Commitment to understanding racial justice and equity’s vitality to addressing
  • climate change
  • Community outreach or political campaign experience a plus
  • Customer service or similar experience a plus

HOW TO APPLY

Submit a cover letter and resume as a PDF to jobs@elmaction.org. Please address your cover letter to Maliha Khan. Indicate that you are applying for the fellowship program and which session(s) you are applying for in the subject line.

ELM is an equal-opportunity employer and we strongly encourage applications from all interested candidates. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, heritage, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, ability, sex, gender, or sexual orientation.