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Executive Director


CEED, one of the leading environmental justice non-profit organizations in the country, is looking for an Executive Director to lead and grow the organization in a time of great opportunity to advance the goals of securing a healthy and vibrant environment for all communities in current and future generations.

As CEED seeks to grow the organization, the Executive Director will be responsible for leveraging CEED’s strong financial position to lead this organizational growth and build a team to continue delivering on its environmental justice commitments through its own national and regional work, as well as by enhancing and amplifying the capacity and work of other EJ organizations around the country.

Towards this end, CEED seeks an experienced and inspirational leader who can motivate, build, and execute thoughtful and ambitious strategies while ensuring operational excellence.

This position is remote – relocation to the Twin Cities is not required.

Skills, background, and experience

  • A background and grounding in social justice work and ideally environmental justice work is critical to succeed in this role.
  • Demonstrated experience in change management, strategic planning, and organizational planning to grow CEED in this period. Relatedly, demonstrated management experience and team-building skills to lead the organization in this growth phase.
  • Inclusive leadership skills, and experience creating and maintaining an organizational culture that attracts, motivates, and retains a diverse, talented staff to blend skill sets, meet objectives, and provide efficient program execution.
  • Embraces a data-driven decision-making organization and ensures that the data necessary for strategic planning and decision-making are available as needed.
  • Strong public speaking skills and the ability to effectively represent CEED on various networks and alliances (the most prominent of them being the Equitable and Just National Climate Platform).
    This will require you to:
    • have excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills;
    • be a clear, consistent and empathetic communicator;
    • coordinate the shared interests of all parties, with excellent communications and problem-solving skills designed to meet the challenges that emerge.
  • You will also work with staff to forge, maintain and enhance relationships with funders. Demonstrated fundraising experience, especially with Foundations will be valuable.
  • CEED has begun to operate with staff in multiple locations. As remote work becomes more mainstream, we are looking to hire staff with requisite skills wherever they are available. Ability to navigate and manage a remote working environment is a critical skill in this role.
  • Understanding of the importance of research in service of the environmental justice community is a plus.

Leadership is gained in many ways and a college degree is not required. If you are committed to our mission and values and have most, but not all, of the qualifications please consider applying.

Qualities that are important to us

  • A deep commitment to the values of social justice in all its forms.
  • A collaborative spirit.
  • High standards for excellence.
  • Drive for accountability and transparency.

How to apply

Applications should include the cover letter as prescribed below and a resume as a single, combined PDF and submit to Please provide a thoughtful cover letter that lists each question with the response directly below the question that answers the following questions:

  1. Why is it important for you to work for an organization with CEED’s mission and values?
  2. What role has a mentor played in your life?
  3. What role have you played in the life of someone you have mentored?
  4. Who is your environmental justice hero?

Applicants will be reviewed to create a shortlist of those who will be contacted for a phone screen conducted by staff of The Griffin Partnership and be asked to complete a Questionnaire regarding their experience. The next round of interviews will involve a virtual interview (over Zoom) with members of the CEED Hiring Team. After that interview, finalists will be asked to complete a skills-based exercise. There will be another interview with other team members of CEED. Extensive reference and media checks as well as a background check will be conducted prior to presenting an offer to the successful candidate.

This hiring process is on a fast track and applications may only be accepted for a limited period of time. We hope to have an individual hired by mid-June, 2022.

If you require reasonable accommodations so that you may participate in the selection process, please email Sybil Griffin at or call her at (313) 549-5925.


The salary range for this position is $120,000 – $150,000 depending on location and experience.


We offer an excellent benefits package which includes 100% employer paid medical, dental, vision, short- and long- term disability and life insurance policies, a monthly contribution to a Health Savings Account and a 401(k) plan. We have generous paid time off to include one week in July and in December when the office is closed. Professional development is valued and all employees are encouraged to take advantage of this benefit for professional growth.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to economic and social justice and do not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, LGBTQIA people, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

About CEED

The Center for Earth Energy and Democracy (CEED) is a 501c3 non-profit with a mission grounded in the affirmation of the interconnectedness of the human and natural world and is committed to inspiring the change needed to create a healthy and vibrant environment for all communities in current and future generations.

CEED is grounded in the principle of self-determination of Indigenous, communities of color, and low-income and overlooked communities.

CEED works in collaboration with grassroots communities, policy makers, and researchers. It provides community education and capacity building on important energy, environment, and development issues so that all members of society may effectively participate in public decision-making. CEED works to ensure that communities and policy makers have the tools and information they need to create just, sustainable energy and environmental policy.

We strategically work to: 

  • Build a deeper body of environmental justice, climate and energy research/analysis that fundamentally addresses racial and class justice.
  • Provide environmental justice, energy, and climate policy technical assistance based on CEED research to support the environmental justice movement. 
  • Promote strategies for cross learning and sharing of information around environmental justice, energy and climate issues.

Over the years, CEED has grown its work to be active at a local (Minnesota), regional (Midwest), and national level.

One of CEED’s signature accomplishments in recent years has been its leadership role in bringing together an alliance of environmental justice organizations and national environmental organizations to build an equitable and just national climate platform (EJNCP). EJNCP aims to advance the goals of economic, racial, climate, and environmental justice to improve the public health and well-being of all communities, while tackling the climate crisis. Unlike other efforts, EJNCP is defined by its members’ execution of a set of commitments that ensure not only equitable and just outcomes, but also processes. CEED continues to play a key coordinating role in the EJNCP and seeks to enhance the capacity of other environmental justice organizations of the platform through focused staffing and work plans.

In recognition of CEED’s role, funders have been investing resources in CEED to improve its capacity to deliver on its mission and commitments. The budget of CEED has grown over the last year putting CEED in a strong financial position to realize its growth plans through 2023.

These developments make this a crucial time in CEED’s history and present an exceptional leadership opportunity for its next Executive Director.