Executive Director Search

 Applications (cover letter, résumé, and a list of references) and nominations should be submitted electronically no later than July 15, 2017 to hiplsearch@gmail.com. To download this document as a PDF please click here

The Board of Directors of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light (H-IPL) announces the search for our next Executive Director. We seek the person who will lead H-IPL as we continue to lead Indiana faith communities in responding to the global climate crisis and expand our role in advocacy and as climate leaders in the state.

Since 2012, H-IPL has grown quickly in size and scope, moving from a volunteer-driven organization to one that has a large and active Board of Directors, three staff members, and an expanding reach beyond the Indianapolis metro area into the rest of Indiana. Over the past five years H-IPL has

• made national news numerous times;

• been awarded major grants for its energy conservation work;

• formed coalitions with other major environmental groups in Indiana to address specific environmental issues;

• created a clear pathway for faith communities to tackle their own energy use, including installing solar panels;

• become a strong voice in the statehouse advocating for environmentally sound legislation;

• been the major driver in shutting down the Harding Street Coal Plant;

• nurtured six regional affiliates statewide;

• grown our database from 500 to 3,000 contacts, 800 of them since the start of 2017;

• been named Sustainable Champion of the year in 2016 by the Hoosier Environmental Council and distinguished with the Partner for Clean Air Award by the Michigan Area Council of Governments (MACOG).

We do all of this to live out our mission of promoting renewable energy and energy conservation as a faith response to climate change.

 Our Strengths

• We are an affiliate of Interfaith Power and Light (IPL), a national network of 41 state chapters working to protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard the health of all creation, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for all. IPL provides guidance on processes and access to generous grants.

• We have a proven record of success: other environmental organizations are eager to partner with us; politicians are willing to meet with us; and faith communities trust us.

• We help congregations install solar panels and are the “go to” organization for solar energy in the faith community.

• We have an active board that “rolls up its sleeves,” chairing and forming committees from programming to advocacy to donor development.

• We are looked to by other national environmental groups to get work done in Indiana; for example, we are the lead organization in the fight against coal plants in Indiana, administered through the Sierra Club.

• We have strong, consistent communications with our affiliates and contacts in our database.

• We motivate and empower faith communities to be advocates through community organizing as well as to make practical changes in the buildings and practices of their own congregation and members.

 Challenges for the Next Executive Director

• As with any non-profit, H-IPL must always focus on finances and on raising sufficient funds to cover our work. Though we have been fortunate to receive a number of grants in the past, we need to ensure that more grants are awarded and fulfilled and to develop other sources of funding.

• We are still a relatively young organization and have had some growing pains as we attempt to staff up for the amount of work there is to do. We seek an ED who will support and grow staff.

• We strive to maintain balance among our focus areas: Education about climate change and the faith response to it; Programs to help congregations and individuals reduce their own energy consumption; and Advocacy to enact laws sympathetic to the environment.

• In a time of competing social justice needs, any environmental organization struggles to gain the attention and financial support of those who attend to a variety of immediate social justice concerns.

 Opportunities for the Next Executive Director

• We are one of the strongest state affiliates of national IPL and are poised to take the next step to becoming an organization with multiple full-time staff. H-IPL could become a nationally recognized, financially and politically strong affiliate that affects congregations and policy statewide.

• We have a strong track record in congregational rooftop solar; as the costs of solar come down, we have an opportunity to find new funding sources and models and to radically increase the number of congregations with solar panels.

• With a strong presence among mainline Protestants and in the Jewish community, we are poised to broaden our outreach to Roman Catholics, evangelical Protestants, Muslims, and other faith communities. 

 The Executive Director We Seek

The Executive Director of H-IPL is the CEO of our organization and has primary responsibility for coordinating and implementing strategy. The Executive Director bears ultimate responsibility for the daily management of H-IPL’s affairs and is responsible for leading H-IPL, in full partnership with the Board of Directors, into this next phase of the life of the organization. She or he will exhibit a collegial style and provide clear guidance and great support to staff, ensure that H-IPL has sufficient funds to carry out our plans, and clearly convey H-IPL’s message that climate change is an urgent moral question that calls on people of faith to respond.

We seek an Executive Director who is:

• A person of faith who thinks about and can articulate the connections between faith and the moral issues surrounding climate change;

• Conversant in interfaith dialogue and comfortable working with a wide variety of faith traditions and perspectives;

• Passionate about combating climate change;

• A skillful manager of programs, staff, and volunteers;

• A proven fundraiser who is able to pursue grants and institutional and individual donor gifts;

• A communicator who is comfortable speaking in public and using a variety of means and social media platforms;

• A collaborator who seeks to build up and work with the Board and other H-IPL leaders, especially volunteers;

• A networker who strengthens connections with national IPL and other environmental organizations and pursues fruitful connections with related organizations;

• A visionary who helps us dream about what’s next for H-IPL.

 The Details

The Search Committee is open to candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds, including faith backgrounds and job experience.

While H-IPL is a statewide organization, the Executive Director must be able to spend significant time in Indianapolis.

This is a half-time, salaried position. The Board hopes to grow this to a full-time position with the help of the Executive Director in fundraising.

If you are interested in applying, we look forward to hearing from you. Please include a cover letter, résumé, and a list of references.

If you would like to nominate someone for this position, please include some background information about this person and why you think they would be a good fit.

If you have questions, please contact the Search Committee at hiplsearch@gmail.com.

 Applications and nominations should be submitted electronically no later than July 5, 2017 to hiplsearch@gmail.com.