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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Kentucky Resources Council (KRC) combines smart policy and legal advocacy to protect the Commonwealth's natural resources and ensure environmental justice for Kentucky's most vulnerable people and communities.  Since 1984, KRC has worked to ensure that individuals adversely affected by environmental decisions have a voice in the policy-making process. KRC represents a diversity of clients from individuals, to community organizations, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, and civic groups.

Position:
Executive Director

Description:
KRC seeks an attorney who has the experience and expertise to provide executive strategic leadership and pro-bono legal services in pursuit of environmental justice matters for KRC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The ideal candidate will be an experienced and licensed attorney, a self-starter, strategic thinker, and strong communicator. The applicant must have the ability to obtain a Kentucky law license within 6 months of the start of employment, if not currently licensed in Kentucky.
 
KRC’s cases include impact litigation, which may have statewide implications, as well as administrative matters, and cases in circuit court, federal district court, and in the appellate courts representing individuals in environmental and energy matters. More information about KRC’s cases and programs is available at www.kyrc.org.
 
The Executive Director will provide strategic leadership for the organization and serve as lead counsel. The Executive Director will supervise administrative and development employees, a part-time staff attorney, part-time office staff, volunteers, and a contract lobbyist.
 
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors.
 
Responsibilities: 
Legal Services - 70%
  • Focused representation of individuals, community groups, governmental organizations, and nonprofit organizations in a variety of environmental, energy, and land use matters. Provide strategic and legal assistance to community and neighborhood organizations and local governments.
  • Work with staff and volunteers to analyze and track bills during legislative sessions and provide testimony and other legislative advocacy as needed.
Development and Outreach - 20%
  • Create formal and informal presentations on environmental and energy-related issues and develop fact sheets and background papers on topics related to the KRC mission.
  • Build a compelling case for supporting KRC and its mission to protect Kentucky’s built and natural communities.
  • Proactively scout for and respond to issues and trends that affect environmental justice or threaten Kentucky’s built and natural environments.
  • Build relationships with individual donors and foundations to support KRC’s mission and develop partnerships in advocacy with other organizations.
  • Serve as KRC’s primary spokesperson.
  • Direct fundraising activities and work with staff to execute annual development activities.
Supervision of Staff, Contractors, Volunteers, and Interns; Coordination with Board of Directors - 10%
 
Qualifications:
Applicants must have a Juris Doctor (JD) degree or its equivalent and be licensed to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction. The candidate must have the ability to become licensed in Kentucky within six months of hire if not already licensed to practice in the Commonwealth.
 
The ideal candidate would have the following additional qualifications:
 
  • Enthusiasm for KRC’s mission, values, and goals.
  • Outstanding research and writing skills and excellent oral communication.
  • Experience litigating cases from start to finish in state and federal court and in administrative proceedings.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including ability, enthusiasm, and respect for working with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner with the press, community, staff, donors, and KRC members.
  • Computer literacy and technical proficiency including working knowledge of word processing software, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, Excel, Google Suite, and cloud-based case management systems, and ability to work in a paperless, remote office.
  • Good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent problem-solving and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities, to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team.
  • Management and leadership skills necessary to direct, supervise, and oversee a diverse group of staff, contractors, and volunteers working remotely.
Preferred:
  • Environmental and energy law experience
  • Development and/or fundraising experience
Compensation and Benefits:
$100,000/annual salary
 
Benefits include a remote office and necessary equipment, health insurance, and retirement benefits.
 
Twelve paid holidays (New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr., Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas;flexible religious holiday observation)
 
Ten days PTO.
 
Location: 
Must reside in Kentucky. Remote office. Physical presence required at development events, administrative meetings, board meetings, and as otherwise required by the job duties.
 

TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to careers@kyrc.org.
 

All questions, inquiries, and applications should be sent to careers@kyrc.org.  

careers@kyrc.org


The Kentucky Resources Council is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.


New KRC Director Search Is Underway
by Betsy Bennett, KRC Board of Directors

In March 2019 the Board of Directors held a gala celebrating KRC’s 35th year of protecting Kentucky’s built and natural environments. At that time, KRC Founder and Director Tom FitzGerald announced his future retirement on December 31, 2021. It is hard to believe, but 2021 is now upon us. 

We understand that Fitz’s stepping down as Director and assuming a more limited emeritus status is the largest change KRC has ever and most likely will ever experience. For over 37 years, Fitz has been quietly and humbly working around the clock, leading the Kentucky Resources Council in the endless quest to protect Kentucky’s water, land, and air, and natural and built communities. Without a doubt, Fitz has modeled what it means to altruistically serve others and it is his example that inspires KRC’s next chapter. The entire staff and board of KRC are fully committed to honoring Fitz’s legacy by launching KRC into another four decades of keeping Kentucky and its residents healthy and safe, with no slippage in the quality and volume of our work to further environmental justice and environmental health. The question, understandably, is how will we achieve this?

Since that announcement in March 2019, the Board has been hard at work implementing the key steps of KRC’s succession and strategic plans.

The Board has:

  • analyzed our strengths and weaknesses
  • expanded our staff
  • significantly expanded our board
  • expanded and better focused our program offerings
  • identified a dedicated Search Committee
  • partnered with expert HR professionals who will support the Search Committee during the hiring and onboarding of KRC’s second Director. 
Throughout 2021, the Search Committee will update you monthly on the status of our Director search in the KRC newsletter. Additionally, we will keep you informed through website and video updates and fall events as an opportunity to meet (whether that be virtual or, if safe to do so, in-person) the new Director. Of course, our staff and board are completely open to answering any questions and holding meetings for you or your group so that you may learn more about our search process or the current program focus of KRC. 

The Board is also pleased to announce that thanks to the generosity of hundreds of donors, we are able to fund a significant overlap of work for Fitz and our second Director. 

Lastly, starting January 1, 2022, Fitz will transition from KRC’s Director to Director Emeritus. In this role, he will serve as KRC’s chief lobbyist during the 2022 Kentucky General Assembly.

Now, we know that we are all better when we work together. This year there will be many ways you can be a part of the second chapter of KRC’s fight for environmental justice and environmental health. 
The official job description will be posted in the first quarter of 2021.
Get involved and help launch KRC into its next chapter!
  • Ask questions (contact our Office Manager, Amy Carpenter, at amy@kyrc.org)
  • Schedule a time to learn about KRC’s program focuses for you or your group (contact our Development Associate for Major Gifts, Donna Counts, at donna@kyrc.org)
  • Stay updated on KRC’s news
  • Share KRC’s news, including our official job announcement. 
  • Volunteer for one of the 2021 event planning teams
  • Volunteer for a KRC sub-committee (financial, development, litigation, or KELI)
  • Order a KRC shirt for yourself or gift one to another (proceeds help fund KRC operations).
  • Donate to help fund the transition. 
 
We are all stewards of our world, accountable to each other and to our children’s children, and all future generations, for the choices we make