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Current Openings:

Executive Director

The International Dark-Sky Association seeks an experienced and accomplished professional to serve as its next Executive Director. The ideal candidate will be mission-focused, committed to excellence, and a staunch advocate of the values and policies of the International Dark-Sky Association. Three essential qualities that the successful candidate must demonstrate are:

Leading a Vision

The ability to define and lead a vision that supports IDA’s mission, “to preserve and protect our heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible lighting.”

This means:

  • Understanding the organization, its history, its position, and listening to stakeholders in developing and implementing a clear and inspiring vision for how we meet our mission.
  • Defining priorities and establishing focus in efforts across the organization (Board, staff, advocates, volunteers, members, media, and the general public).
  • Identifying and providing resources and strategies to support the organization in doing the most important things well.
  • Collaborating with the staff to build upon successes.

Proven Fundraising Ability and Demonstrated Success in Strong Management of Fiscal Resources

The organization cannot thrive without the fiscal resources necessary to meet its goals. Therefore, the next Executive Director must
maintain and improve IDA’s current fundraising goals, and apply sound financial practices that are aligned with organizational goals, including the Strategic Plan.

This means:

  • Demonstrated success in non-profit fund development and, in particular, the cultivation, stewardship, and long-term engagement of major donors.
  • Leading by example all of IDA’s fundraising efforts.
  • Administering and strengthening the IDA Development/Philanthropy Plan.
  • Providing strong financial oversight of IDA’s operations and building on the organization’s strong fiscal position.
  • Maintaining and expanding relationships with individuals, organizations, and foundations which currently or potentially can
    provide large financial gifts to the organization.

Issue Leadership

A leader who brings deep understanding of the issue of light pollution, mitigation efforts, and the dark sky advocacy network is required for IDA’s success.

This means:

  • Leading the movement to protect and preserve dark skies with strength and authority.
  • Taking initiative to become and remain conversant on advances in our understanding of light pollution and the evolving lighting industry.
  • Protecting and strengthening our status as the recognized worldwide authority on light pollution.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with potential and existing partner organizations who amplify our message.
  • Representing IDA with the highest degree of professionalism in public spaces.

This position is an exciting opportunity for an energetic, focused, caring and visionary leader who has successfully worked with domestic and international communities and who is well-versed in the issue of light pollution and its environmental impacts on diverse populations. The candidate will lead a highly committed, competent, creative, and engaged staff and partners who, along with the IDA Board of Directors, are poised to move the organization to new heights.

Located in Tucson, Arizona, the new Executive Director will have an amazing opportunity to create innovative partnerships globally, diversify and strengthen IDA’s revenue streams, manage to successful completion a $3 million endowment campaign to help ensure the organization’s long-term financial stability, and expand recognition of IDA as the global “go to” resource on light pollution.

For more information please view the prospectus.

Additional questions may be directed to Higher Talent by calling 301-320-9007.
Higher Talent, Inc.
PO Box 209 Glen Echo, MD 20812
Phone: 301-320-9007

Chapter Leadership Training RFP

Chapter Leadership Training
International Dark-Sky Association
3223 N 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719

Contact Person:
Bettymaya Foott


The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Tucson, Arizona. Its mission is to “preserve and protect the natural nighttime environment and our heritage of night skies through the promotion of environmentally friendly lighting.” The organization has Chapters on the ground working toward its mission in 28 U.S. states and 16 countries around the world, representing five continents.

2. Project Goals and Scope of Services

IDA seeks the services of a firm able to develop a community advocacy and leadership training module for our Chapter leaders. The goal of the training module is to promote self-management among Chapter leaders and provide the support they need to successfully recruit and lead others in pursuit of IDA’s mission.

The selected firm or individual will be responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive leadership training module for our Chapter leaders across the world.

Tasks include, but may not be limited to, the following criteria:

  • Define what is meant by Chapter leadership and why it matters
  • Arm Chapter leaders with practical skills, including visioning, strategic planning, and communications that align with IDA’s voice and key messages
  • Support IDA in the development of materials that communicate these issues to Chapter leaders via print, digital, and virtual tools

3. Anticipated Selection Schedule

The Request for Proposal timeline is as follows:

Send out RFP: January 10, 2019
Deadline for Bidders to Submit: January 14, 2019
IDA Responds to Bidder Questions: January 18, 2019
Selection of Top Bidders / Notification to Unsuccessful Bidders: January 23, 2019
Start of Negotiation: January 28, 2019
Contract Award / Notification to Unsuccessful Bidders: February 1, 2019

4. Time and Place of Submission of Proposals

The RFP will be posted on our website,, and can be downloaded from there directly.  Respondents to this RFP must submit one original copy of their proposal by January 14, 2019 to Bettymaya Foott via email at

5. Timeline

IDA needs the project completed within two months.

6. Elements of Proposal

A submission must, at a minimum, include the following elements:

  • Description of the firm that includes a general overview, names, and credentials of the team.
  • A one-page narrative outlining the firm’s strengths and distinguishing skills or capabilities as they might relate to Chapter Leadership training for the IDA.
  • A brief outline of how you would organize and lead a global Chapter Leadership training.
  • Examples of successful community leadership trainings, or similar work.

7. Evaluation Criteria

The successful respondent will:

  • Have a successful track record of training for community organizing and training leaders to be effective advocates in their communities.
  • Be evaluated on the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and qualifications of the firm and the individuals who will be available to provide these services.
  • Have a competitive cost of services.

9. Budget

  • IDA’s budget for the project is $3,000.00.
  • We will favor anyone who comes in with a lower bid.

IDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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