DESCRIPTION: The Executive Director (ED) will provide the leadership and management to implement the strategic goals and mission of VARD. The ED will be visible within the community and will positively represent VARD’s collaborative approach with members of the community, other non-profits, local/state government, and funding organizations/individuals.
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, or appropriate relevant experience; Master’s Degree or other graduate degree desirable.
- Familiarity and experience with non-profit operations, including working with a board. Experience, interest, and/or education in land-use issues and planning, responsible development, and Smart Growth principals, with dedication to community advocacy.
- Demonstrated success/experience in fundraising activities, such as major donor cultivation, foundation solicitation, and grant application.
- Ability to provide financial oversight and budget management of the organization in order to assure the sustainability of VARD.
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills. Experience in written communication skills, ability/willingness to speak in public meetings or gatherings, and ability/willingness to interact with local news media.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and deal appropriately with sensitive matters.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to work in a dynamic and energetic office environment.
- Leadership style that demonstrates flexibility, and engenders a sense of teamwork. Capable of adapting to changing priorities and challenges. Ability to support and use staff talents.
- Familiarity with a relevant suite of computer software.
- Ability to manage, supervise and evaluate staff.
- Ability to work in a small, collaborative environment.
Fundraising &Donor Relations
- Take a leadership role in developing and meeting annual fundraising goals to ensure the growth and sustainability of the organization, with assistance from the Board and staff.
- Continue to build and develop a major donor program, including leading organizational efforts in approaching, cultivating, and soliciting major donors.
- Develop and broaden sources of funding for general operations.
- Assist in the research, tracking, and writing of funding proposals to foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
- Direct the development and implementation of a balanced annual budget.
- Increase membership and expand donor base.
- Develop and implement innovative programs and activities to fulfill the mission, goals, and objectives of VARD.
1. Build a strong team by assisting Program staff in integrating current programs/projects
and developing new initiatives. Manage the organization to attract and retain strong staff
in key disciplines by acting as a leader, member, and partner of a team of professionals.
2. Keep abreast of major conservation/environmental issues, especially those affecting
3. Represent VARD in public meetings.
Communications and Outreach
- Guide the organization’s public relations, including media contacts, and communication with the public.
- Lead development of newsletters, social media, published materials, website, events, and the annual report.
- Serve as liaison with the conservation and environmental community, public officials, and related constituencies.
- Hire, support, and supervise staff, including regular and systematic review.
- Oversee the day-to- day operations of VARD.
- Support the Board and staff with staff/board retreats, strategic/development planning, etc.
- Make periodic reports to the Board regarding all important aspects of VARD’s functions and operations, highlighting both achievements and concerns.
- Communicate regularly with the Board president and cooperatively design Board meeting agendas.
- Act as a liaison between the staff and the Board. Attend Board meetings and prepare and distribute Board meeting materials in a timely manner.