Interim Executive Director

About EarthCorps

EarthCorps is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington, that develops leaders to strengthen the community and restore the health of our environment. We believe in the power of people – acting through their collective responsibility to one another and our planet – to tackle the most pressing challenges facing our world, and we envision a world in which people and nature thrive together. 

EarthCorps brings together passionate and hardworking aspiring leaders from the US and across the globe for a year-long environmental leadership development program. Participants gain hands-on leadership experience, gain cross-cultural skills, and learn technical environmental restoration while building a close-knit community as they care for our natural world. Since its inception in 1993, EarthCorps has trained more than 1,000 environmental leaders from the US and nearly 80 countries around the world. 


EarthCorps strongly believes in the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. We work to ensure that everyone feels engaged and supported in all areas of our operations as we work to become a fully inclusive, multi-cultural, anti-racist organization. 

Position Summary

The interim executive director is a 60% position reporting to the board of directors. EarthCorps is seeking a seasoned leader with a solid track record as ED or CEO of a nonprofit. This role will help bridge from a 20+ year executive director to the next organizational leader. The interim executive director will be responsible for managing the organization, advising and supporting the director team, interfacing with the board, serving as the organization's spokesperson (in coordination with the Board President), and setting the overall tone for the organization. 

We anticipate that the EarthCorps office staff will return to some in-person office work during the summer after operating mostly virtually for the past 15 months.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Supervise, advise and support the director team to ensure continued organizational stability
  • Document and communicate organizational goals and plans 
  • Interface with the board of directors
  • Keep momentum on diversity, equity, and inclusion work
  • Keep momentum on mission, vision, values work
  • Ensure progress on key organizational priorities:
    • 2022 Budget
    • 2022 Programs
    • 2022 Volunteer and International Program planning
    • 2021 Fundraiser (Revive)
  • Supervise, onboard and help set direction for the new Sr. Partnerships Manager
  • Prepare to hand over to the new executive director in October

Desired Qualifications

  • Commitment to EarthCorps’ mission and racial equity and environmental justice principles
  • Prior experience as an interim executive director or executive director/CEO in a nonprofit organization
  • Experience partnering with consulting firms, community organizations, and government agencies
  • A collaborative and transparent leadership style that also succeeds in a virtual office 
  • Ability to think strategically and innovatively and bring sound solutions to the table
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with a wide range of people both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and adjust to changing and/or competing priorities 
  • Intellectual curiosity, creativity, willingness to try new approaches to organizational challenges
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Salesforce desirable  


Pro rated Sick and Vacation time.


$2500 per week for 60% time in the office. It is expected that the interim executive director will be available for communication outside of these hours when needed. 

To Apply

To Apply please submit your Cover Letter and Resume online at In your cover letter, please describe your qualifications, including your personal and/or professional experience with issues surrounding racial equity. Consultants and contractors may apply. 


This posting will remain active until the position is filled. All applications submitted by May 16 will be fully considered. The position will be located at our Magnuson Park office in Seattle. Remote work is generally anticipated until June 2021 with limited office time during the pandemic. Please direct questions regarding this position to Keith Cousins,, or 206.322.9296