Executive Director – Pipeline Safety Trust


About the Pipeline Safety Trust

Established in 2003, the Pipeline Safety Trust is a small nonprofit that promotes pipeline safety through education and advocacy. The Trust works to increase access to information and builds partnerships with residents, safety advocates, government, and industry that result in safer communities and a healthier environment.


The Executive Director (ED) serves as the chief executive officer for the Pipeline Safety Trust and reports to the Board of Directors. The ED 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. The ED is expected to advance the Trust’s mission, ensure the stability of the organization, maintain stakeholder relationships and confidence, and highlight the intersections between climate change and pipeline safety.


Salary Range & Benefits: Base salary in the range of $80-90k depending on qualifications. Full benefits including medical and dental insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and retirement plan.


Location: The preferred location for the position is the Pipeline Safety Trust’s headquarters in Bellingham, Washington. Candidates who believe they can perform the duties of the position from an alternative location should explain how and why in their cover letter.


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
  • A minimum of two years management/leadership experience, preferably in an executive level position
  • Willingness to travel throughout the U.S. and Canada
  • Aptitude and computer skills for data analysis

If you feel you do not meet some of the required qualifications, but have an excess of experience in others, please apply and let us know in your cover letter how one compensates for the other.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in an appropriate field
  • Supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of pipeline construction, operation, maintenance, testing and regulations
  • Knowledge of the energy industry
  • Familiarity with state and federal regulatory processes
  • Nonprofit management and advocacy experience
  • Experience in nonprofit fund development (e.g., fundraising, grant writing)
  • Previous experience preparing regulatory comments and/or testifying at hearings
  • Knowledge of environmental, land use, tribal and property rights issues that may affect pipeline safety
  • Sense of humor

Application requirements: To apply, please email the following application materials to by June 12, 2019:

  • a resume with cover letter,
  • a previous writing sample of modest length,
  • 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.

We anticipate initial telephone/video interviews in early July, with final candidate face-to-face interviews in Bellingham on August 6th or 7th.


Thanks for your interest!