National Recycling Coalition seeks executive director

Nonprofit proposes a six-month contract initially.

June 29, 2017
Recycling Today Staff
Municipal / IC&I Personnel

The Washington-based National Recycling Coalition (NRC) board of directors has announced that it is seeking candidates to serve as the nonprofit’s executive director, saying that as it nears its 40th anniversary, it seeks “a strong individual that conveys the voice of the NRC membership,” which includes more than 6,000 members through 23 affiliated recycling organizations.

The NRC says it is focused on the promotion and enhancement of recycling in the United States and works to maintain a recycling system that is committed to the conservation of natural resources and to accelerate sustainable approaches to the management of discarded materials.

During the 2016 Resource Recycling Conference in New Orleans, the NRC board adopted and presented the organization’s strategic plan to its membership, helping to guide the NRC in accomplishing four major goals:

to be seen as the primary forum where stakeholders come together to share information and address issue of mutual concern;

to build stronger recycling organization affiliate partnerships;

to be seen as the reasoned voice on policy issues; and

to build a sustainable/expanding membership and diverse funding to ensure its health and vitality.

To accomplish these strategic goals, the board wants to hire an executive director to represent the organization, address national recycling issues, raise the funds necessary to accomplish its mission, expand NRC membership and build a stronger voice through its partners.

Although initially proposed as a six-month contract, the NRC says it expects that the right candidate will enable the organization to continue and expand upon this level of commitment. Applicants are asked to indicate in their cover letters whether they are willing to proceed if funds are not immediately available, what amount of financial risk they can take and how and when they recommend NRC should proceed with hiring for this position.

The terms of the contract include $25,000 for six months plus up to $10,000 for travel/expenses (subject to availability of funds, with potential for renewal/extension thereafter). There is no closing date for applications, as the search will continue until the position is filled, the NRC says.  

The NRC says it seeks a highly effective communicator and strategic thinker with dynamic leadership skills who demonstrates a strong analytical, multitasking and organizational ability to oversee multiple programs and events within the NRC while providing strong management skills with the ability to offer vision, plan and problem solve creatively.

The NRC says cover letters, resumes, references and inquiries are accepted electronically only. Correspondence should be directed to Mark Lichtenstein, NRC executive director search committee chair, at Those with questions should call 202-618-2107.