Executive Director


Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA) is the oldest non-profit conservation organization in Idaho. Our mission is to conserve, protect and restore the environment with particular emphasis on the Idaho Panhandle and the Coeur d’Alene Basin.


KEA’s Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of all aspects of the organization’s development including: annual and strategic planning; Board, staff and volunteer training; program accreditation; fundraising and financial management; education and outreach. The Executive Director reports to the KEA Board of Directors, is full-time, and based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Core Responsibilities

  • Support KEA’s Board of Directors, attend appropriate Board-related meetings and activities, and prepare monthly Board reports, financial statements and other reports as requested.
  • Provide strategic leadership for all areas of the organization and collaborate with the Board of Directors to assess progress toward fulfilling KEA’s mission and priorities (as defined in KEA’s Strategic Plan).
  • Serve as office manager: maintain a clean work environment; respond to voicemail communications and mail correspondence; pay utilities and stocking supplies.
  • Manage the KEA website and provide current and accurate content.
  • Represent the organization and its programs in the community through presentations, appearances and media releases.
  • Respond to regional and local environmental issues.
  • Other duties as needed or required by the Board.


  • Ensure the appropriate and effective use of KEA’s financial resources.
  • Guide development of an annual budget and manage organizational resources to meet budget targets.
  • Collaborate with KEA’s Board Treasurer to review and evaluate financial performance and to provide accurate and timely financial reports to the Board of Directors.
  • Ensure compliance with laws, regulations and best practices for annual filings, financial accounts, internal controls, and organizational insurance(s).
  • Serve as primary signer on all KEA fiscal accounts.
  • Administer payroll.

Human Resources, Organizational Development, and Culture

  • Lead, coach, motivate, develop and evaluate KEA’s volunteers and staff.
  • Model and uphold a positive, engaged, and sustainable work style and an ethical, respectful, and friendly organizational culture.
  • Implement KEA’s personnel policies, in compliance with employment laws and regulations, including hiring, staff structure, compensation, and terminations.

Fundraising and Visibility

  • Lead the organization’s fundraising efforts to secure KEA’s long-term sustainability.
  • Recruit volunteers to serve on event and program committees and to provide guidance and support to staff.
  • Develop and implement a successful strategy to expand the base of support from new members, foundations, corporations, community organizations and law firms.
  • Prepare and submit grant applications to support program initiatives.
  • Cultivate and maintain strategic relationships with high-level donors and prospects.
  • Represent the organization to funders, the media, and the general public.


  • Ensure the success of KEA’s programs by managing the annual accreditation process and supporting volunteers.
  • Develop and oversee new initiatives to expand KEA’s visibility, programmatic impact, and financial support.
  • Cultivate strategic relationships with regional and local entities working on watershed issues related to Water Quality, Water Conservation, Wildlife Habitat, Forest Health, Land Use and Community Sustainability.
  • Develop credibility and visibility among stakeholder communities, media representatives and the general public.
  • Ensure successful strategies to reduce pollution and protect and restore watershed habitats by monitoring and investigating pollution sources, pursuing environmental enforcement litigation, when appropriate and advocating for policies that help to conserve, protect and restore the environment

Email Cover Letter and Resume to: kea@kealliance.org