Executive Director

Executive Director

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
Environmental Works Community Design Center (EW)

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Full time
Experience Level: 
Salary Range: 
120,000 - 150,000
Job Category: 
Organizational Overview: 

Environmental Works Community Design Center (EW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based architectural firm that provides sustainable architectural, landscape architectural, and planning services to low-income and under-served communities to empower Washington’s most vulnerable people and communities to create the spaces they need to succeed. EW provides feasibility/pre-development studies and complete architectural services for human services agencies, community facilities, affordable housing providers, and public art projects.

Environmental Works was founded in 1970 as a community design center, and 50 years later retains a deep commitment to community design. Community design is a collaborative design process that engages the community in critical planning and design decisions about their project’s layout, materials, and appearance. Community design empowers end users and creates culturally responsive spaces. It builds community among neighbors and peers, strengthening relationships and building bridges– especially valuable during these divisive times.

Working in both the public and private sectors, the staff of Environmental Works understand the need for community involvement, the impacts of having multiple funding sources, and ways of working effectively with pre-established budgets.

Environmental Works is based in Seattle’s Capitol Hill, has a team of 28, and annual budget of $4.3M. EW is committed to creating quality architecture and landscape architecture and sustainable communities, while making effective use of capital funds and contributed grants and ensuring that the ultimate social purpose of the building is well-served in each architectural design. To learn more about EW, visit www.eworks.org.

Role Responsibilities: 

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for overall strategic and day-to-day management and operations of EW, ensuring that the organization succeeds in fulfilling its mission. The ED leads with an equity lens and continues to build the organization’s community design center with a commitment to social justice. In this, the ED is a team builder and demonstrates and models respectful interactions with all stakeholders internally and externally.

  • The ED oversees and manages all aspects of the organization including design and program delivery, finance and budget management, business development, fund development, administration, facilities, and staffing.
  • The ED fosters a culture of design excellence, integrity, and positive energy, and ensures that the organization follows all laws, rules, and regulations under which it operates and receives funds.
  • The ED partners with, reports to, and is accountable to the Board of Directors, currently at 11 members, and fosters the relationship between the Board and the staff of 28 architects, landscape architects, designers, and administrators.

EW is working through a thoughtful planned transition with the search consultants, ED Succession Committee and current 10-year ED who will be supportive in helping set up the next leader for success.

This position is an excellent opportunity for an experienced leader with a passion and commitment to empowering vulnerable groups through community design and advocating for those who do not have a say in their ecosystem. EW is unique as the only non-profit design firm in the area focused on only working with non-profit clients. This, along with 50 years of demonstrated impact on the lives of those most vulnerable, a mission-driven staff, dedicated and engaged board, and committed clients and partners, makes for an exciting and gratifying environment in which to lead and grow.

Candidate Qualifications: 

How to Apply

Application Contact: 
Liz Swanson
Application Deadline: 
Priority Deadline of June 19, 2020
Application Instructions: 
Please visit the Valtas website to submit your resume and cover letter.