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Employment Opportunities at GASP

GASP Executive Director Position 

The Group Against Smog and Pollution, Inc. (GASP), one of Pittsburgh’s most venerable environmental education and advocacy organizations, is seeking a new executive director to lead the group.

Founded in 1969, GASP is a non-profit, membership organization working to improve southwestern Pennsylvania air quality to safeguard human, environmental, and economic health in the region. To achieve our environmental goals, GASP advocates, educates, serves as an environmental watchdog, mobilizes action, and litigates when necessary. Learn more about our work at

The Executive Director is a full-time position that reports to the board of directors and works closely with them and the staff.

The Executive Director is responsible for oversight of the entire organization and will be helping the organization implement its recently launched three-year strategic plan, a brief overview of which can be viewed here:

Primary Responsibilities include:

  • Working with the board in order to fulfill the organization’s mission
  • Overseeing and assisting in the development of all educational and advocacy programs of the organization
  • Writing testimony and delivering comments on a variety of air quality policy issues
  • Meeting with local, state, and federal governmental agencies to advance air quality improvement
  • Acting as the spokesperson for GASP at media and educational events
  • Assisting with the planning of fundraising events and educational workshops
  • Building and maintaining lasting, strategic, and productive partnerships with varied stakeholders including other non-profits, communities, governmental organizations, and academic institutions in the region
  • Working with the board to develop the yearly budget, strategic plans, and organizational policies
  • Reviewing and approving contracts for services
  • Performing grant writing and grant reporting, and periodically meeting with foundations to ensure continued funding and compliance with expectations
  • Conducting other fundraising activities to cover operating expenses
  • Tracking organizational progress in achieving short, medium, and long-term goals
  • In consultation with the board, establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit
  • Supervising and collaborating with organization staff, which is currently composed of three other full-time as well as three part-time employees
  • Performing other tasks or duties as assigned by the President, or by the board via resolution


  • The ideal candidate is passionate and knowledgeable about environmental issues, about protecting public health and the environment, and improving southwestern Pennsylvania’s air quality. It’s not necessary for the candidate to be a scientific expert on air quality issues.
  • Education and professional experience consistent with the expectations of the role. College degree is highly desirable and a minimum of three years of experience in non-profits, community-engagement, environmental advocacy, or similar enterprise.
  • Experience with nonprofit organizational structures, professionally or as a community volunteer.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills (written and oral) and comfort speaking in front of a group.
  • Ability to present a vision and ideas in a way that makes others passionate and supportive of them.
  • Ability to collaborate with myriad other organizations including other non-profits, community groups, academic institutions, businesses, and government.
  • Previous leadership experience managing staff and volunteers.
  • Commitment to working with diverse communities, elevating equitable and inclusive practices.
  • Strong work ethic that includes working flexible and non-traditional hours.
  • Demonstrated competence in managing nonprofit finances and budgets, including grant writing.
  • Nonprofit experience with program assessment, creation and evaluation.
  • Understanding of the governance model of nonprofit Boards and the relationship with the Executive Director.


The annual salary for this position is $45,000 – $50,000, determined by previous experience.  GASP provides medical insurance, paid holidays, generous and flexible benefit days, a hybrid remote/office work option and a pension plan (beginning after one year of employment).

How to Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume, and names and contact info for three references to:

Deadline to apply is Friday, July 30, 2021.

GASP is an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. Qualified individuals who bring a wide range of perspectives and represent marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply for the position.

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