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Executive Director (Remote)

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Engineers for a Sustainable World

  • 2 people are interested

Reports to: Board of Directors
Time: Up to 10 hours per week
Salary: $0, but opportunities for a paid position are possible depending on fundraising
Location: Flexible within the United States or Canada
Travel: Occasional (5% of the time); paid by organization (travel currently suspended due to Coronavirus)

ESW is striving to have a measurable impact on 100 communities a year (and 500 a year by 2030) and your role is crucial in creating industry awareness, building relationships, and advancing our fundraising programs in support of our growth sustainability goals.

The Executive Director (ED) serves as Engineers for a Sustainable World’s (ESW) most significant fundraiser and prominent external spokesperson. The ideal candidate will be passionate about sustainability and dedicated to embedding it within engineering. Candidates should be able to articulate a vision for ESW’s role in a rapidly changing world to stakeholders including members, potential and current donors, corporations, and foundations. As an equal member of the Executive Committee, the Executive Director is responsible for helping to grow the organization’s resources to more effectively tackle large problems, supporting a large decentralized team of staff and mostly volunteers in the implementation of our strategic plan, and developing a stronger network of business, nonprofit, and academic partners. This position offers the opportunity to help put sustainability into the education and practice of the next generation of technical students and professionals.

This position is flexible, and can accommodate work and school schedules. To apply, please send your resumé/CV to apply@eswusa.org . Feel free to add a short "Why me" (up to 150 words), as we would love to know you better! Please contact us with any questions you may have as well.

About Engineers for a Sustainable World
Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is a non-profit dedicated to empowering engineers to tackle sustainability challenges. We believe that engineers, and anyone who loves to solve problems, are key to solving today's biggest sustainability challenges. Founded in 2002, ESW is an international network of over 1,750 members and more than 45 collegiate chapters working to build a more sustainable world through technical hands-on projects. Since its founding, ESW has supported over 300 chapter-led projects in 12 countries and 23 states and Canadian provinces.


The Executive Director will be responsible for:
Lead fundraising strategy and obtain dedicated and secure resources for successful operation and program management (60% of the time):

  • Work with the Development Team to collectively design and execute fundraising activities
  • Identify and help secure funding from corporations and philanthropists for programs and operating expenses
  • Guide the planning and implementation of individual fundraising campaigns
  • Assist with proposal writing to governmental agencies or foundations to fund programs
  • Develop partnerships for shared resources in the form of in-kind donations and professional expertise
Build the ESW brand in the form of public and organizational recognition and key partnerships (30%)
  • Provide representation for ESW at public events and in the media
  • Identify potential for collaboration and develop connections between ESW and: faculty and staff at institutions of higher education in order to build ESW’s presence on college campuses; engineering and or sustainability-related companies; and existing non-profit networks
  • Coordinate creation of an Annual Report for public distribution
Support the Organizational Effectiveness and the Achievement of our Strategic Plans (10%)
  • Act as a strategic partner to the Chief Operating Officer on all internal initiatives and operational improvements
  • Provide vision and perspective to the team, bringing new ideas for expansion and growth opportunities
  • Work with the Board of Directors and Leadership Team on strategic planning for both short and long term horizons

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience with nonprofit administration
  • Knowledge or experience in engineering or sustainability is a plus.
  • Superb verbal and excellent written communication skills and confidence communicating to a wide variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated experience meeting funding goals from government and foundation sources and individual fundraising
  • Experience dealing with a range of organizational stakeholders, including university faculty, non-profit leaders, and businesses
  • Demonstrated ability to help create, share, and act on a large-scale vision
  • Management experience a plus
  • Experience creating and/or managing multi-stakeholder projects and programs
  • Project management

ESW does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, religion, or economic background. Further, we strongly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented identities to apply, including identities not explicitly named above. If there are any considerations or qualifications not acknowledged in our job description that you feel are important and relevant to this position, we encourage you to bring them to light in your application

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About Engineers for a Sustainable World


424 Sapphire Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15224, US

Mission Statement

To forge innovative, lasting solutions to local and global sustainability challenges.


ESW stands for Engineers for a Sustainable World. We're a growing collection of technically-minded people looking to make the world a better place. Most of ESW's impact comes from projects done by its 50college-based chapters. In many ways, ESW-Headquarters's purpose is to connect those chapters, build a community for all members to interact, learn, and share project ideas, and bring in funding and other connections to help projects succeed.

ESW is run by a team of passionate volunteers who care deeply about building a better world. If this sounds like you, we welcome you to apply.



We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Strategic Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Public Speaking




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Up to 10 hours/week

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