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● Organizational leadership and direction: - Spokesperson to all audiences. - Advisor to the Board of Directors. - Participates in strategic planning and visioning.
● Assures that TNM programs, events, and visitor experiences are of high quality, support the organization’s mission, and reach diverse audiences. - Consistently seeks to expand the impact of these activities, making maximum effective use of educational personnel and other resources. - Participates in planning, marketing, and implementing educational activities, as needed. - Establishes organizational performance metrics in consultation with Board.
●Management: - Oversight of daily operations. - Preparation and tracking of annual budget, including regular reports prepared in collaboration with the bookkeeper and the Board Treasurer. - Responsible for ensuring balance between expenses and revenues. - Oversight of payroll administration and purchasing, with bookkeeper. - Oversight of maintenance, security, and improvements for building and land. - Takes strong role in planning, marketing, and implementing TNM’s special events.
● Supervision: - Hires, coaches, supervises, and evaluates TNM’s small staff (full-time and part-time).- Develops and maintains a work environment that attracts excellent staff and motivates them to their best performance. - Guides and encourages the professional development/continuing education of staff. - Remains current in knowledge of human resources law and protocols. - Oversees and expands volunteer program.
● Fundraising: - Enthusiastically leads annual fundraising efforts, with assistance from Board of Directors. Includes appeal letters; the identification, cultivation,and solicitation of major donors; grant writing; and securing business and organizational sponsorships. - Provides Board and staff (as appropriate) with timely and accurate tracking and reporting of fundraising data. - Assists the Board of Directors in planning and implementing potential capital campaigns. Includes identification of needs and resultant plans; hiring and oversight of any required contractors and temporary staff; preparation of written and digital materials that explain and support the campaign; presentations to groups and individuals; grant writing; and participation in major gifts solicitation.
● Communications: - Maintains regular schedule of communication with Board President. - Attends all Board meetings as ex-officio member and provides briefings about current operations and issues. - Ensures positive and frequent communications between all staff and volunteers.
● Marketing and Promotional Outreach: - Proactively and effectively represents TNM to local communities, diverse regional audiences, and professional colleagues. - Oversees and actively participates in promotional and marketing outreach. - Oversees organizational use of social media outlets. - Oversees and ensures timeliness and accuracy of website. - Oversees the design and production of printed materials.
● Other tasks, as assigned.
● Passionate about sharing your love of nature and its preservation.
● Brings good sense of humor and a fun-loving approach to the job.
● Prior nonprofit experience in a significant leadership role, plus additional years of professional experience in a related field.
● Demonstrated fundraising success in all aspects of annual giving, including the cultivation and personal solicitation of donors.
● Strong interpersonal skills, team building abilities, and demonstrated success in hiring, supervising, and retaining high-quality staff.
● Previous successful experience in working with a board of directors through a mutually respectful and collaborative approach.
● Hands-on experience with the preparation, tracking, and management of annual budgets.
● Leadership-level knowledge and experience in environmental education, conservation, and/or related fields.
● Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
● Facile with standard technology platforms, e.g., Google Suite, Office, Quicken, various social media.
● Places high value on stakeholder and community relations.
● Self-starter, with high ambitions for his/her organization.
● Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a related field; Master’s degree preferred.
● Meets highest standards of personal and professional integrity.
● Willingness to work evening, weekend, and holiday hours when needed.
● Ability to obtain Vermont drivers license. Some local travel will be required using personal vehicle (with mileage reimbursement).
● Ability to traverse varied terrain on foot, in all weather conditions.
●Ability to lift and carry 30 pounds.
How to Apply:
Email thoughtful letter of application and detailed resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or materials may be sent to: Search Committee, The Nature Museum, P.O. Box 38, Grafton, VT 05146
Full job description available at https://nature-museum.org/executive-director-search
Questions may be sent to the above email.
Position open until filled.
Compensation and Benefits:
● Annual salary of $50,000 to $60,000, depending on qualifications.
● Paid annual leave starting at a minimum of 10 days per year, and adjusted on a graduated scale according to years of employment at TNM. Previous experience may be considered in this calculation, at discretion of the Board.
● Paid sick leave starting at 10 days per year, with one additional day per year at TNM.
● Paid holidays (six plus one floating)
● Paid opportunities for professional development.
● Health Reimbursement Account with TNM contribution (pre-tax; for paying health insurance premiums)
● Flexible Spending Account (employee contributions, pre-tax)
● Flex time, with Board approval.