[Oeva-list] Fwd: ED announcement

patrick0101 at gmail.com patrick0101 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 23 21:10:37 PDT 2008

Have you ever wanted a career with a plug-in car advocacy group?  If you are
an experienced leader with fundraising experience, here is an opportunity.

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From: Mike Kane <mikewkane at yahoo.com>
Date: Apr 23, 2008 5:59 PM
Subject: [S10-EV] Fwd: ED announcement
To: s10-ev at evchargernews.com, ev1-club at cco.caltech.edu

Hi All,

Following are some specifics regarding Plug In
America's efforts to hire a full time executive
director.  Please pass along to anyone you know who
might be a good candidate.


Mike Kane


Dear members of the EV community,

Plug In America is excited to announce that we are
seeking a full-time executive director to help manage
our phenomenal growth. This is an exceptional
opportunity for a qualified plug-in advocate to work
with founder Chelsea Sexton and the rest of our
experienced board of directors to take us to the next
level. To further expand our programs and influence,
the new executive director's role will combine
organizational management and fundraising, as well as
increased representation of Plug In America at
meetings and events across the country.

Please forward the job description below to qualified
candidates. Together, we will get plug-in vehicles
back in consumers' hands soon.

Plug In America Executive Director Job Description

Reports To: Board of Directors

Employment Status: Full time

Salary: Highly competitive salary based on experience.
Benefits package available. Possible bonuses.

FLSA Status: Exempt

Location: Negotiable in the Los Angeles region or San
Francisco Bay Area (work at home okay initially)

Deadline: Open until filled

About Plug In America:

Are you tired of being dependent on oil for
transportation? We are. Plug In America is a
non-profit organization advocating the use of plug-in
cars, trucks, and SUVs powered by cleaner, cheaper,
domestic electricity to reduce our nation's dependence
on petroleum and improve the global environment.
Dozens of studies show that driving on electricity,
even on today's electrical grid, is cleaner than
driving on gasoline. As the grid gets cleaner, so do
plug-in cars. We work to educate consumers,
regulators, legislators, and the auto industry about
the benefits of driving all-electric cars and plug-in
hybrid electric vehicles. Our supporters come from all
50 U.S. states and 10 other countries. Many of Plug In
America's founders were featured in the film Who
Killed the Electric Car? (Sony Pictures Classics). Our
strategies range from working inside the auto and
electrical industries to obtaining government grants
for educational programs to staging street
demonstrations and protests when needed. Most of our
funding so far comes from individuals and
philanthropic organizations, with some funds from
corporations and government grants.

Job summary:
Our next visionary leader will take the reins from our
first executive director, who will remain active on
the board of directors. The new executive director
will devote half-time to organizational management and
half-time to development and fundraising, helping our
young organization grow from a $200,000 annual budget
to $500,000/year over the next 3 years, with
additional staff. We're looking for a highly motivated
self-starter who will establish and execute programs
to grow the organization's base of supporters and
members, develop ongoing sources of funding, and
create tools and programs to ensure solid financial
growth. Join us and get in on the ground floor in our
"virtual" office – we have no physical office yet,
though that's part of the 3-year plan. With successful
growth, we plan to hire a dedicated development
director to assist the executive director. Much of the
day-to-day duties of the executive director will be
established on the candidate's own initiative, with
frequent contact with board members. It's an exciting
time in society's transition away from fossil-fuel
cars to plug-in vehicles. If you're a motivated
self-starter with experience in non-profit management
and fundraising, join our team and be part of the


·         Manage day-to-day operations of Plug In
America, including responsibilities for financial
tracking, public relations, and materials and supplies

·         Develop and coordinate volunteer programs

·         Build coalitions with environmental
organizations and other allies

·         Help develop and advance Plug In America's
strategic plan

·         Design, build, and implement a comprehensive
development program that incorporates a wide variety
of fundraising vehicles including large and small
gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations,
special events, sponsorships, grants, and online

·         Develop, manage, and grow our stable of
major donors

·         Research and secure foundation grants

·         Cultivate house parties, an annual benefit
event, or other fundraising events

·         Manage individual donor campaigns, including
membership renewals and special appeals

·         Manage organizational membership database –
create profiles and track donors and prospects; and,
in coordination with staff, issue e-mail announcements
as necessary

·         Prepare and submit letters, grant proposals
and other reports or materials needed for effective
cultivation and solicitation of prospects

·         Along with staff and the board, represent
Plug In America at public events, conferences,
workshops and media events, as requested


   * Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree
   * Minimum five years experience in management and
charitable fund development
   * Computer literacy and competency with electronic
tracking systems; online fundraising experience is a
   * Strong knowledge of principles, ethics and
practices of non-profit operation and fundraising
   * Demonstrated leadership
   * Experience delivering measurable outcomes
   * Experience managing organizational finances,
public relations, and coalition-building
   * Demonstrated success with a similar organization
in securing major and annual gifts from foundations,
corporations, and individuals
   * Demonstrated success in meeting annual fund
goals, development management, grant writing,
sponsorships and special events
   * Demonstrated success in working as a member of a
team and developing effective working relationships
with staff, volunteers, donors, and board members
   * Demonstrated passion for reducing global
warming, increasing use of renewable power, and
empowering consumer choice
   * Excellent written/oral communication skills
   * Ability to lead multiple long- and short-term
projects simultaneously; ability to plan, prioritize,
coordinate, and manage own work; ability to work
unsupervised and make decisions and solve problems
independently, effectively and creatively
   * Ability to work comfortably and effectively in a
dynamic and sometimes informal structure
   * Ability to present, inform and motivate
individuals and groups about Plug In America's mission
and goals

To Apply: E-mail a resume and cover letter to Sherry
Boschert at sherry [at] pluginamerica [dot] org. All
applicants will receive a response.

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