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Executive Director

Vital Communities

About Vital Communities

Founded in 1993, Vital Communities cultivates the civic, environmental, and economic vitality of the Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. We bring people together, bridging boundaries and engaging our whole community to create positive change.  Climate change mitigation and adaptation are at the heart of our work. Vital Communities helped create and now coordinates the nation’s first rural Transportation Management Association to reduce vehicle miles traveled in our region. Our energy team has a 10-year track record of reducing energy use and expanding renewable energy generation across all sectors. In 2017 we stepped forward to coordinate the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup, seeking to expand our role as a regional and national leader in developing community-based climate solutions.


Vital Communities seeks an Executive Director with the skills and experience to lead and grow one of the most respected nonprofit organizations in the region. Vital Communities brings our whole community together to cultivate the civic, environmental, and economic vitality of the Upper Valley.

In partnership with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for Vital Communities’ success – ensuring the organization’s relevance to the region, the accomplishment of our mission and vision, and our accountability to diverse constituents. The Executive Director leads and develops the experienced and engaged staff in the shared mission and serves as the public face of the organization.

Qualifications include prior and long-standing excellence in staff leadership and organizational management; development and fundraising experience with individuals and organizations; financial administration and budgeting experience and confidence to manage a >$1,000,000 budget with multiple programs and cost centers; excellent facilitation skills; the ability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities effectively on deadline; the ability to set clear expectations for staff and build clear and actionable accountability; positive and professional communication skills with individuals and groups; and eagerness to regularly attend and engage at Vital Communities’ events and programs.

A complete job description is available at vitalcommunities.org/employment.  

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume in one document to hr@vitalcommunites.org. Review of resumes will begin March 25, 2020.

Job Location:

White River Junction, VT

Date Added: March 6, 2020

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