1000 Friends of Wisconsin is a 20 year old statewide nonprofit (501 C-3) organization that focuses on land use issues.  We focus on sustainable strategies to create healthier communities and natural landscapes. Currently we have 4 major programs:

  • Great Neighborhoods – focusing on empowering low income neighborhoods to create better public spaces
  • Green Infrastructure – Working with over 28 communities in southeastern Wisconsin to implement green infrastructure to address storm water runoff pollution.
  • Transportation – Working at the state and local level to achieve a better match between state transportation spending and local government needs including transit, pedestrian and bicycling needs.
  • Green Tier Legacy Communities – working with the Department of Natural Resources, 12 cities and 5 partner non-profit organization to promote sustainable strategies that address environmental protection, local economy and issues of equity.

We also work with communities across the state to help them address issues associated with implementing locally developed comprehensive land use plans.

We are seeking a dynamic leader to motivate a small staff (6) and grow our programs. The ideal candidate will have experience running a nonprofit organization, has excellent verbal and writing skills, is a good manager and has a solid understanding of budgeting and finances.  The Executive Director represents the organization in many different settings: public forums, the legislature and with local elected leaders and activists.  The Executive Director is responsible for fundraising to meet annual budget needs.

Read the full Executive Director Position Description


This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits, including paid vacation, holiday and sick leave, and retirement. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Please send applications in the form of a cover letter, including salary requirements, and resume by December 1, 2015 via e-mail to robin@1kfriends.org.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF document. You will receive a confirmation email when we have received your information. Questions about the search can be directed to Robin Wagner at robin@1kfriends.org.