Career Opportunities

Executive Director

The Tri-Valley CAREs Executive Director (ED) leads with mission in mind. The ED heads up major initiatives that strengthen global security, promote peace, and restore a healthy environment by stopping the development of new nuclear weapons, promoting abolition of all such weapons, and ensuring cleanup of contaminated sites. The ED develops resources, implements strategy, manages staff and contractors, oversees public and media relations, and ensures the group’s financial health and 501(c)(3) nonprofit compliance.

About the Organization

Since 1983 Tri-Valley CAREs has strengthened local and global security by preventing the further development of U.S. nuclear weapons and working tirelessly for their elimination. The group was founded by concerned neighbors living around the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Northern California, one of only two locations where all U.S. nuclear weapons are designed.

Tri-Valley CAREs’ staff, board and 6,000 members watchdog the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, with a special focus on Livermore Lab. Our group’s composition represents a broad cross-section of the public, including scientists and engineers from Livermore Lab. Over the years, we have developed a unique and powerful voice on nuclear weapons policy and related issues locally, nationally, and internationally.

Tri-Valley CAREs utilizes an effective toolbox of methods to achieve its objectives: research, analysis, outreach, collaboration, advocacy and litigation. These tools serve to stop new nuclear weapons systems and production plants, compel the cleanup of contaminants in our communities, prevent future nuclear pollution, and enforce environmental and public right to know laws.

Mission & Values

Mission

Tri-Valley CAREs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission promotes peace, justice, and a healthy environment by pursuing five goals that integrate U.S. nuclear weapons policy with local, national and global security:

  1. Convert Livermore Lab from nuclear weapons to civilian science research;
  2. Clean up the radioactive and toxic pollution emanating from Livermore Lab;
  3. End further nuclear weapons development and testing in the U.S.;
  4. Abolish nuclear weapons worldwide; and
  5. Promote forthright communication and democratic decision-making in public policy on nuclear weapons and related environmental issues, locally, nationally, and globally.

Values

Tri-Valley CAREs was founded on the principle of inclusion. We believe that all people have a right to participate in decisions that affect their lives. Nearly forty years later this core value remains at the heart of our programs. Inclusion is present in our bilingual community organizing efforts. It guides us as we facilitate the direct involvement of fence line residents in local and national decisions regarding Livermore Lab Superfund cleanup levels, other Lab operations, and federal budgets and policy.

Tri-Valley CAREs values research that is carefully sourced and grounded in accuracy. We dive deeply into government documents and other records, including those obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

Tri-Valley CAREs turns its research into policy recommendations, and our senior staff have testified on them in Livermore, in the California legislature, before the US Congress, and at the United Nations, among other venues.

Tri-Valley CAREs cherishes collaboration, and lifts up the wisdom that results from bringing a variety of perspectives to bear on the most pressing nuclear issues of our time. We are a cofounding member of the California Environmental Justice Coalition and act to uphold EJ principles and hold state regulators and others accountable. We participate in the national Alliance for Nuclear Accountability and play a leadership role in its annual “DC Days” and other initiatives to influence the budget and underlying policy regarding nuclear weapons, waste and cleanup. We are a partner group in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and work with other groups in the U.S. to raise public awareness of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Tri-Valley CAREs undertakes internal initiatives that strengthen our sense of community and promote democracy within the organization. We conduct an annual strategic planning retreat. We host monthly meetings where folks can get the latest info, ask questions, and plan the next steps we will take together. Our board of directors meets quarterly. And, while interrupted by the pandemic, we are famous for our epic potlucks and other events.

meeting with senator feinstein

Speaking truth to power in Congress: Presenting recommendations to Sen. Feinstein

Speaking truth to power at Livermore Lab: Early morning at the West Gate

Speaking truth to power at Livermore Lab: Early morning at the West Gate

Current Programs

2022 Program Priorities

Each year, we review the past 12-months and look carefully at strategic opportunities and potential threats that we anticipate in the coming year while considering Tri-Valley CAREs’ current strengths and weaknesses. At the conclusion of the process we vote on which program areas should rise to the top for the coming 12 months.

These are the strategic program priorities that garnered the most votes for the current year:

STOP NEW NUCLEAR BOMBS AND BOMB PLANTS

This is about preventing the development of new and modified nuclear weapons – and the new facilities that would produce them. Under this priority, Tri-Valley CAREs will address Livermore Lab’s warhead development programs, with a particular focus on the novel-design W87-1 and other new warheads. This priority involves a parallel focus on expanded plutonium bomb core production, including Livermore Lab’s role. Through this priority, Tri-Valley CAREs will influence national nuclear policy and the federal budget process.

REMEDY AND PREVENT ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE; INVOLVE FENCELINE COMMUNITIES

This is about achieving a publicly accepted, comprehensive cleanup under the Superfund law of toxic and radioactive contamination from past activities at the Livermore Lab Main Site and Site 300. This priority also seeks to proactively prevent pollution from Livermore Lab’s current and proposed programs, such as addressing open-air bomb blasts at Site 300 and Livermore Lab Main Site’s hazardous waste permit revisions. This priority also addresses projects that may be revealed in Livermore Lab’s upcoming Site Wide Environmental Impact Statement, expected later in 2022. Through this priority, Tri-Valley CAREs will increase public involvement in environmental decision-making.

INVESTIGATE LIVERMORE LAB FACILITIES AND PUBLICIZE FINDINGS

This is about scrutinizing key nuclear facilities at Livermore Lab. With this priority, Tri-Valley CAREs will use the Freedom of Information Act and other community right to know laws alongside other means to monitor Livermore Lab activities. Through this priority, Tri-Valley CAREs will exercise its watchdog capabilities and increase public knowledge of the connection between weapons activities and environmental contamination.

PROMOTE GLOBAL NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, NON-PROLIFERATION AND RULE OF LAW

This is about contributing to the global abolition of nuclear weapons. Under this priority, Tri-Valley CAREs will focus on the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This priority also addresses our participation as a non-governmental organization (NGO) at the UN in proceedings such as the Review Conference on the Non-Proliferation Treaty and other similar instruments of international and humanitarian law.

SAFEGUARD WORKER HEALTH AND SAFETY

This is about justice for local Livermore Lab and Sandia workers exposed to toxic and radioactive materials. Through this priority, Tri-Valley CAREs will assist nuclear workers, and families of deceased workers, obtain compensation under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA). With this priority, we will also act to preserve and enhance worker health and safety measures, including by interacting with the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and other oversight institutions.

About the Executive Director Position

Key Responsibilities and Compensation

The Tri-Valley CAREs Executive Director (ED) leads with mission in mind. The ED heads up major initiatives that strengthen global security, promote peace, and restore a healthy environment by stopping the development of new nuclear weapons, promoting abolition of all such weapons, and ensuring cleanup of contaminated sites. The ED develops resources, implements strategy, manages staff and contractors, oversees public and media relations, and ensures the group’s financial health and 501(c)(3) nonprofit compliance.

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain and expand organizational and issue-specific visibility with multiple stakeholders, including elected officials, other decision-makers, colleague groups, media, and the public at large.
  • Effectively manage, lead, and supervise staff, contractors, and interns, currently including a staff attorney, bilingual community organizer and bookkeeper.
  • Full charge of hiring, evaluating and terminating staff, contractors and interns. Within 3-4 months of start date, it is anticipated the ED will hire one additional director level position (for which funding has already been acquired).
  • Report to Board of Directors. Assist the President in preparing meeting agendas or other materials on request, facilitate timely receipt of financial reports for the Treasurer; prepare fundraising, personnel and program reports for the board in advance of its quarterly meetings, and prepare special reports when warranted by events or requested by the board. Draft prospective annual organizational budget for board approval and provide the board with compliance materials.
  • Ensure compliance with non-profit laws and regulations. Oversee preparation and timely submittal of reports for IRS and State of California; circulate 990s and other key reports to the board. Maintain all records.
  • Oversee all finances. Track revenue generation and manage organizational risk, maintain and operate funding reserve. Ensure proper fund distribution and record keeping.
  • Implement the annual strategic plan. Ensure each strategic priority has a “point person.” Set up key performance indicators for program work, monitor progress, and revise plans as necessary in consultation with the designated point person. Draft or ensure appropriate review for technical reports, briefing papers, fact sheets, blogs, and other written materials.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of political, social, technical, and economic aspects of nuclear weapons, federal nuclear weapons budgets, international security initiatives, and the environmental and health impacts of nuclear activities. Be prepared to testify at a variety of venues, including public hearings, City Council meetings, State legislative hearings, and hearings and/or less formal meetings on Capitol Hill or at the UN.
  • Oversee the group’s public communications, including media events, op-eds and letters to the editor. Make public appearances on organizations’ behalf. Ensure all organizational meetings and special events are well executed.
  • Represent the organization in formal and informal coalitions, networks and planning groups to achieve consensus and action on policy. Organize and/or play a leadership role in conducting conferences and events with allies.

Compensation

The Executive Director is a full-time salaried position to be paid at the rate of $65,000 to $75,000/year depending on experience. Per the organization’s standing policies, compensation includes individual health insurance of the ED’s choice with the organization contributing up to the first $500/mo.

Compensation also includes:

  • Ten paid holidays;
  • Paid vacation (two weeks can be taken the first year with one week added annually up to a total of four weeks at four years); and
  • A retirement benefit of $1,500 annually beginning at the completion of the first full year.

The ED position can accommodate a hybrid schedule with some days required in the office (pandemic permitting) and others designated as work from home days.

Characteristics & Qualifications

The ideal ED candidate is passionate about Tri-Valley CAREs’ mission, values, priority programs and organizational vitality. Additionally, this person will possess superior communication skill with the written and spoken word and a proven ability to attract and maintain foundation funders, individual donors, and other sources of revenue. The ideal candidate need not currently reside in the Bay Area or San Joaquin County, but should be willing to relocate within 4 months of the employment start date.

Experience and Education: This role requires someone with at least 5 years of nonprofit experience, including (a) at least 3 years’ experience as the executive director for a nonprofit organization, or (b) at least 3 years’ experience as a program director at a nonprofit where the position involved direct responsibility for fundraising, personnel management and financial management for that program within the parent organization, or (c) at least 3 years’ experience as a deputy director at a nonprofit where the position involved direct responsibility for a substantial portion of the organization’s fundraising, personnel management and financial management. A Bachelor or Masters in nonprofit management or a related field, such as journalism, is highly desired.

Management and Leadership: This role requires inspirational, collaborative leadership that will attract and maintain quality staff, contractors, interns and volunteers. The ability to prioritize one’s own time and tasks is also integral to the position, as multiple projects with varying deadlines are the norm. Writing skills, and basic editing capability, are central to the ED role as is the ability to represent the organization in diverse fora, including before legislative bodies, conferences, public hearings, and rallies.

Fundraising and Relationships: This role requires experience in securing foundation grants and individual gifts. Experience acquiring government or corporate donations is a plus. The ability to cultivate and maintain relationships is a necessary component of this role. Relationship building includes funders, community and political leaders, nongovernmental leaders, and other allies and stakeholders.

Nuclear Weapons and Policy Knowledge: This role requires an understanding of U.S. nuclear weapons, the weapons complex that designs and creates them, the federal budget that enables them, and the nuclear policies that provide their justification. A candidate with commensurate experience in another field who is motivated to climb the learning curve re: this specific knowledge base will be considered for this position. This role also involves the ability to connect the human impacts of nuclear weapons and policy to broader societal issues, from climate to environmental and racial justice to empire/dominance/gender/and class.

Communications Knowledge: Excellent oral and written communication, including the ability to turn dry facts into compelling, yet accurate, narratives. Comfort and experience with social media campaigns. Ability to oversee the website and online presence.

General Qualities: Our ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal attributes and experiences: sound judgment, analytical thinking, emotional intelligence, cultural competence, curiosity, empathy, honesty, flexibility, a sense of humor, and accountability.

Bonus (not required):  Familiar with Northern California’s Tri-Valley area and Livermore (where the Livermore Lab main site is located) and/or the Tracy area (where the Lab’s Site 300 high explosives testing range is located), familiar with Tri-Valley CAREs through one of our programs or one of the coalitions in which we participate.

Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership
  • Re-envision organizational growth. As part of the transition planning process for our soon-to-be retired ED, and in anticipation of our incoming ED, we chose to fundraise for, but leave open, a subordinate director level position so that the new ED could craft that position’s scope of work and hire the individual to fulfill it. After being in the position for a few months, it is expected that the ED will determine if the new-hire will be a deputy director, program director, or other position.
  • Champion organizational diversity and inclusion. Our staff and board have historically and into the present promoted organizational leadership from members of historically disenfranchised groups. We reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. The incoming ED will have the opportunity to build on that foundation. It is expected that the ED will create opportunities in our internal operations and external collaborations to increase equity, justice, inclusiveness, and diversity in the field and throughout our organization.
  • Lead and conduct outreach and policy advocacy. The incoming ED will represent Tri-Valley CAREs in a variety of venues, including at press briefings, Livermore Lab meetings and on Capitol Hill and at the United Nations. The ED will bring expertise on nuclear weapons topics of high importance to Tri-Valley CAREs (and/or prioritize developing mission-specific expertise utilizing source materials and our the decades of experience). It is expected that the ED will write, speak and testify on issues involving nuclear policy, its environmental and humanitarian impacts, and the federal nuclear weapons budget including programs at Livermore Lab. This position offers the ED a continuing opportunity to engage in high-level research and analysis as well as in preparing and implementing recommendations stemming therefrom.
  • Supervise staff while also actively participating in portions the work. One of the invigorating qualities of being ED at Tri-Valley CAREs is the opportunity to bring your full toolbox of talents to the job – and to know that the same holds true for other staff, the board and core volunteers. It is expected that the ED will lead in a collaborative manner that makes good use of everyone’s skills, for we are better together – and vastly more successful too. A lot of things are true about Tri-Valley CAREs and none more so than to say that the work we do every day is consequential and never, ever boring.

Next Steps

How to Apply

Application Timeline, Requirements and Process

The application period for the Executive Director position at Tri-Valley CAREs will open on June 21, 2022 and will close on August 21, 2022. The executive search/hiring committee will evaluate applications weekly as they come in and may commence or complete the hiring process on or before August 21, 2022.

All applicants can expect a timely communication from the committee that will include any next steps. We take our responsibility to you seriously.

We ask you to please read the information provided on this page before applying.

The application requirements are as follows:

  • A one-page cover letter specific to the Tri-Valley CAREs Executive Director position and your interest.
  • Your resume.
  • An original writing sample (any topic, no co-authors, and any length from two to five pages). An excerpt from a longer piece is fine. Please send something you have already written, there is no need to craft something new or unique for us.
  • Two professional references we may contact with coordinates (including their relationship to you and their email and phone).
  • Two personal references we may contact with coordinates (including their relationship to you and their email and phone).

Please send application materials in PDF by email to the executive search committee via marylia@trivalleycares.org and use your last name in titling all parts of your submittal.

Building a diverse and inclusive workforce is key to our mission and values as we work to create systemic change and enable equity for all of the communities we serve. To that end, we provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age (adult), disability, or religious preference (if any).