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E-M:/ Urban Options Seeks Executive Director

Enviro-Mich message from Phil Shepard <shepard@acd.net>

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Since it was founded 25 years ago, Urban Options has established itself 
as a major voice in Mid Michigan for using energy and other resources 
efficiently, responsibly, and cost effectively. We have partnered with 
many groups to innovate, demonstrate, initiate, educate and motivate, 
but today the need is as great as ever. Our programs, past and present, 
and the energy and environmental demonstration house have prepared Urban 
Options to become an even more resourceful, skillful, and effective 
voice in the community. We want to help all members of our communities 
to be proficient practitioners of resource conservation, energy 
efficiency, and renewable energy. Right now, Urban Options is seeking a 
dynamic Executive Director to lead our organization to become an even 
more vibrant and formidable force for sustainable communities. All 
interested parties are encouraged to apply. Applications must be 
postmarked no later than January 6, 2004.
Urban Options is a non-profit educational organization, with 501(c)(3) 
status, founded in 1978, with headquarters at 405 Grove St, East Lansing 
MI 48823. Urban Options has an opening for the position of Executive 
Director, starting by February/March 2004. Urban Options is an equal 
opportunity employer.

Mission Statement
Urban Options helps people improve the environment and save money by 
using energy and other resources more efficiently. Major objectives 
presently include: (1) to maintain and increase Urban Optionsí financial 
security; (2) to be a major information source for and increase 
awareness of environmental sustainability; (3) to provide a model for 
sustainability; (4) to develop and maintain programs of high quality and 
integrity; (5) to attract, develop, and maintain sufficient, qualified 
staff to manage, operate, and implement the programs of Urban Options; 
and (6) to develop and maintain a high quality volunteer program.
General Summary of Function and Purpose of Position
The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer for Urban 
Options (UO), reports to the Board of Directors (BD), and takes primary 
responsibility for organizational design and management, strategic 
planning, project development and grant support, public and news media 
relations, and project coordination. The Executive Director will 
facilitate communications amongst staff, the board of directors, 
advisory board, general members, donors, clients, constituents, and 
customers. In addition, depending on the specific interests and 
abilities of the incumbent, the Executive Director may function as a 
project director or project assistant. Fundraising and strategic 
planning are shared responsibilities between the Executive Director and 
members of the BD.
This is a full-time, salaried position, which includes health insurance, 
paid vacation, and flexible hours. The expected base salary is in the 
range of $35,000 to $40,000 per year, commensurate with qualifications. 
An annual merit and performance bonus may be available, based on the 
success of fundraising efforts and the development and success of UO 

The ideal candidate is one who is self-motivated, self-directed, and 
creative, and possesses excellent skills, abilities, and experience in: 
(a) written and oral communications, interpersonal communications, and 
public and news media relations; (b) organizational design, development, 
and management, including financial planning and management, 
team-building and developing and nurturing partnerships; and (c) energy 
and environmental sustainability issues and education.


To Apply: Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, 
contact information for three references, and a writing sample of modest 
length. The writing sample can be any recent document produced by the 
candidate. Applications must be postmarked no later than January 6, 
2004. Please send applications to: Personnel Committee, Urban Options, 
405 Grove St, East Lansing MI 48823, fax (517) 337-0437. To learn more 
about Urban Options, please visit our Web site at 
http://www.urbanoptions.org. Questions may be addressed to the Chairman 
of the Search Committee, Thomas Stanton; mailto:tom@urbanoptions.org

Phil Shepard
Urban Options Board, Vice President

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