Pipeline Safety Trust

Deputy Director (transitioning to Executive Director)


About the Pipeline Safety Trust

The Pipeline Safety Trust is a nationally known, widely respected non-profit organization that works to protect people and the environment from the hazards of pipelines transporting natural gas, oil, and other liquids. The Trust is devoted to increasing access to information and building partnerships with residents, safety advocates, government, and industry to create safer communities and a healthier environment.


Located in Bellingham, Washington, the Trust was established with four million dollars in criminal fines after a 1999 deadly gasoline pipeline explosion in the city of Bellingham. The organization has three employees and an annual budget of just over 400 thousand dollars, which is funded through a combination of interest on the original endowment, grants, and other fundraising.


Position Description

The Deputy Director will work collaboratively with the current Executive Director for a period of at least 6 months, with the expectation that the Deputy Director will transition to the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director oversees and participates in day-to-day organizational management and operations, fields media requests, engages with regulators and pipeline industry representatives, serves on pipeline safety rulemaking and technical standards committees, testifies at hearings, drafts contracts and grant applications, and performs communications outreach aimed at multiple stakeholder groups.


During the transition period, the Deputy Director will report directly to the Board of Directors and become familiar with the advocacy work of the organization as well as the above-described day-to-day management and operations. The successful applicant will work together with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to clarify responsibilities for the transition period. Along with the Executive Director, the Deputy Director is expected to advance the Trust’s mission, ensure the stability of the organization, and maintain stakeholder relationships and confidence.


Candidates who are committed to the mission of the organization but feel they would benefit from additional training in the subject matter and/or non-profit management are encouraged to apply.


Salary Range & Benefits: Base salary in the range of $70-90k depending on qualifications and experience. Full benefits including medical and dental insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and retirement plan.


Location: The location for this position is in Bellingham, Washington. Bellingham is 90 miles north of Seattle and just 50 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Situated on Bellingham Bay with beautiful mountain and island views, the city hosts many recreational, cultural, and educational activities and is the home of Western Washington University. Ranked as one of the best places to live by numerous publications, Bellingham offers both natural beauty and affordability for a West Coast city. More information on Bellingham, Washington is available here.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in an appropriate field
  • Commitment to improving pipeline safety
  • Experience in public speaking and traditional and social media communications
  • Ability to communicate technical information to diverse audiences
  • Ability to build networks across sometimes oppositional constituencies
  • Management and/or leadership experience
  • Willingness to travel throughout the U.S. and Canada
  • Aptitude and computer skills for data analysis

Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in an appropriate field
  • Experience in an executive level position, ideally in a non-profit organization
  • Knowledge of the pipeline and energy industries
  • Familiarity with state and federal regulatory processes
  • Experience in fund development (e.g., fundraising, grant writing)
  • Sense of humor

Application Requirements: To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter, a writing sample of modest length, and a written response of no more than two pages that describes your current understanding of the safety of pipelines in the U.S., why you think safety needs to be improved, and how your desires and qualifications will help make those improvements.


Please email applications to This position will remain open until the position is filled. We will begin our review of applications in mid-October. The anticipated start time for the position is between January – March 2020.


Additional Resources: For more information on the Trust and its work, we encourage applicants to visit the Trust’s website. Visit this link for the history of the Trust’s creation.

For queries, please contact Sara Gosman, Board President at


The Pipeline Safety Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law.





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