Employment Opportunities

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Please see below for current employment opportunities with the Snake River Alliance.
Executive Director – Summer 2014

The Organization:

The Snake River Alliance serves as Idaho’s nuclear watchdog and the state’s advocate for renewable and nuclear-free energy. We raise community awareness about the dangers of nuclear waste, weapons and power while working to identify and promote sustainable alternatives. We do our work through advocacy, collaboration, education and grassroots organizing. The organization marks its 35th year in 2014. The Alliance is a 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit corporation.

The Snake River Alliance conducts progressive policy work in a conservative environment. Our members come from a variety of cultural and political positions and from across a state with both rural and urban interests.

Position Summary:

The Snake River Alliance seeks a smart, creative, dedicated and compassionate leader who will support our staff, board and members as we face the challenges and opportunities of building a nuclear-free, clean energy future for Idaho. The position is based in Boise.

The executive director reports to the Snake River Alliance board of directors and is responsible for these key functions of the organization:

Fundraising: The ED is the lead fundraiser for the organization. This includes developing and leading member-based fundraising; major donor work, with an emphasis on acquiring new donors; foundation-based fundraising; and event-based fundraising.  Staff and board support all fundraising efforts, but the work is initiated and directed by the ED. The health and success of the Alliance depend on the ED’s prowess and perseverance in fundraising.

Fiscal Management: The ED holds primary responsibility for the fiscal management of the organization. This includes working with the board to develop a sustainable, responsible annual budget in excess of $250,000. The ED works with the bookkeeper to develop and input financial reports on a monthly basis into the organization’s cashflow record. The ED must have a strong understanding of the fiscal state of the organization and is able to manage revenue and expenses responsibly.

Personnel Management and Team Building: The Snake River Alliance has a small but accomplished staff in both Boise and Pocatello. The ED works with 3 full-time and one part-time staff members to maintain and grow staff cohesion and supports the professional growth and success of each staff member.  Human resources work related to health insurance, other benefits and personnel review and direction is the responsibility of the ED.

Board and Staff Relations: The ED works closely and regularly with a committed board of directors and reports on the overall state of the organization on a frequent basis. The ED ensures that the staff and board have open dialogue and that the relationship is supportive to help the Alliance achieve its mission.

Programmatic Strategy and Direction: The ED works with two program directors and other staff to develop annual workplans driven by a goal-oriented and strategic approach to the priority issues facing the organization. The ED must have or acquire an understanding of state and federal policy making and energy-related policy.  Reflection and review of annual goals is directed by the ED throughout the year.

Media Work and Public Relations: The ED is the public voice of the organization and must be comfortable speaking in public, to the media, and to regulators and policy makers. The ED is responsible for ensuring that the Alliance’s public face demonstrates credibility, respect and a positive vision for Idaho.

Administrative Functions: The ED is responsible for directing or managing all general administrative duties.


  1. Baccalaureate or graduate degree.
  2. A supportive and flexible attitude.
  3. Comfort in advocating for sometimes controversial policies.
  4. Background in personnel management.
  5. Background in program management.
  6. Proven success as an organizational fundraiser.
  7. Excellent communication skills including the ability to speak and write for a wide range of audiences.
  8. Ability to weigh political and strategic variables to achieve successful outcomes.
  9. Ability to master new skills and bodies of knowledge.
  10. Background in fiscal management and budgeting.
  11. Ability to lead productive meetings through scheduling, planning, and follow-up and facilitate group discussions and decisions.
  12. Willingness to travel statewide and nationally.
  13. Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word applications including Excel, PowerPoint and the ability to operate both Macintosh and PC computers and programs.

Desirable Qualities

  1. Previous experience as an executive director or assistant director.
  2. Familiarity with federal and state policy and regulatory frameworks.
  3. Previous exposure to leadership trainings.
  4. Experience developing and implementing annual workplans.
  5. Familiarity with nonprofit management.
  6. Sensitivity to social justice issues.
  7. Knowledge of and experience with clean energy policy, environmental contamination, and/or nuclear issues.
  8. Background in science, policy, or legal fields a plus.


Applications will be accepted immediately and the position will be open until filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to jobs@snakeriveralliance.org with the subject line: Snake River Alliance ED.

Salary commensurate with experience; health care and dental benefits.


The Snake River Alliance is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbians, gay men, and transgender people to apply.

We are always looking for great volunteers and interns. If you are interested in one of these opportunities please visit our volunteer and internship page.

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