Executive Director

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Grafton, VT
United States

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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.

Desired Qualifications:

● 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.


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How to Apply:

Email thoughtful letter of application and detailed resume to:  searchcommittee@nature-museum.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.


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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.

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