← Jobs

Company Description

The California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) is seeking candidates to serve as the association’s Executive Director. This opening is an outstanding opportunity for a dynamic individual to take the helm of California's state recycling association, and build on organizational progress achieved in the past three years. CRRA has successfully transitioned from reliance on contract conference and membership management services supported by board member volunteers, to recruitment of and investment in dedicated staff supported by a governance board. 

CRRA's 2016 Annual Conference and Tradeshow, produced for the first time by staff, was the most successful ever.  Conferences in 2017 (San Diego) and 2018 (Oakland) are positioned for similar success.  The launch of the Zero Waste Principles and Practices professional certification course, a partnership with the Solid Waste Association of North America, will mark the start of the nation’s first professional certification program on zero waste and sustainable materials management available through an established national platform.  The Zero Waste and sustainable materials management movement has emerged as one of the most cost-effective and readily available climate protection opportunities, elevating “recycling” from a niche issue to an essential global strategy.  Zero Waste now encompasses a broad and diverse environmental portfolio including the massive effort to replace landfilling of organic materials with an unprecedented scale of composting infrastructure in California, the movement to replace systemic food waste with food rescue, the global campaign to stem plastic pollution of the oceans, product stewardship and product bans.  Sustainable materials management

CRRA members are mission-driven, enthusiastic recycling, composting and sustainable materials professionals who work for a variety of California public agencies and private companies. A significant number of CRRA members are mid-level managers and directors, many whom are poised to become senior agency decisionmakers and private sector leaders over the next decade. Members of CRRA draw significant value from the networking and professional development opportunities CRRA provides, particularly though the content-rich annual conference.

Recent landmark legislation in Sacramento promises an escalation of large-scale systemic change in the ways California municipalities and businesses manage discards, setting the table for CRRA's growth.  The CRRA board of directors looks forward to placing a new leader at the center of this dynamic environment.

Job Description

The Executive Director is primarily responsible for the effective and accountable functioning of CRRA consistent with Board-adopted strategic plan. The plan requires the Executive Director to coordinate and apply CRRA staff, volunteer and financial resources to meet Board- adopted  goals in 1) membership development and services, 2) public policy advocacy, 3) strategic partnerships and, 4) organizational excellence.


Overall Executive Management

  • Maintain CRRA’s position as a recognized leader in the resource recovery arena in California
  • Work in strategic partnership with the Board of Directors and volunteer leaders
  • Oversee and support CRRA employees, contractors and outside vendors
  • Provide organizational and administrative leadership including financial management and operations
  • Execute policy priorities, develop key initiatives and implement strategic plan
  • Develop partnerships and diversified revenue streams
  • Closely monitor membership recruitment, retention and dues structure

Fundraising and Development

Develop, recommend and execute a Revenue Development Plan to increase and diversify revenues, including but not limited to sponsorships, donors, grant and business opportunities.

Professional Certification Program

Administer ongoing contract with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) for the Zero Waste Principles and Practices Course and Certification Program

Legislative and Regulatory Affairs and External Relations

Oversee our legislative and regulatory affairs in state, regional and occasionally local settings within California. Cultivate and maintain external relationships with public and private organizations.

Annual Conference and Trade Show

Oversee the successful operation of our Annual Conference and Trade Show.



No specific educational requirements. Professional certification such as CAE, IOM or other designation is a plus. Digital literacy required.

Professional Skills

  • Organizational Leadership - Minimum of three years of experience leading a non-profit corporation, professional association or other comparable organization -- and working knowledge of principles of organizational, staff and volunteer board management.
  • Revenue Enhancement - Demonstrated record of success in fundraising, revenue development and account management.
  • Membership Development and Communications – Minimum of three years working to build membership, develop member and manage member programs. 
  • Environmental Policy Management and/or Education- Knowledge of or experience in zero waste and sustainable materials management or related environmental programs.
  • Certification Programs – Experience in developing and/or managing professional state or national certification programs.
  • Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy – Demonstrated participation and leadership in State Capitol and agency environmental issue advocacy.
  • External Relations – Ability to interact with outside organizations, represent CRRA in public forums in a compelling fashion and to develop and nurture effective alliances with similar organizations.

Please visit our website at www.crra.com for more information about our organization. Please click here http://www.crra.com/open-positions to review full job description.

Submit your cover letter and resume by COB, Tuesday, May 2, 2017 via email to [email protected] or via mail to:

CRRA Executive Search Committee

c/o Alcorn Associates Management Consulting

1000 Q Street, Suite 120

Sacramento, CA 95811

Apply Now