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Program Director for Place-Based Learning

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, a regional nonprofit located in White River Junction, VT, seeks a full-time Program Director with experience in and passion for Place-Based Learning (PBL) to lead our signature Leadership Upper Valley program and to direct the Place-Based Learning team.

This position will be the leader of the PBL team and report to the Executive Director of Vital Communities. The PBL team includes the following programs: Leadership Upper Valley, Upper Valley Farm To School, Valley Quest, the Upper Valley Teaching Place Collaborative, and the Upper Valley Equity Exchange. The Place-Based Learning team runs projects in which community members become more skillful and confident about their capacity to shape their lives in ways that will benefit themselves, their neighbors, the environment, and future generations. This learning is specifically situated in the context of the community and geography of the Upper Valley.


Successful candidates will have a passion for place-based learning; an advanced degree or lived experience that is an equivalent; significant management experience including mentoring and coaching; excellent, proven facilitation skills with larger groups; and strong networks in the Upper Valley.  Full job description at Email resume and cover letter to Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.


Desired Competencies and Qualifications • The equivalent of an advanced degree, ten years’ related experience, including management experience • Preference given to candidates living in the Upper Valley with a well-established working knowledge of the region – including active networks in multiple sectors of the economy and education • Facilitation (confidence and experience facilitating meetings and collaborative processes with diverse participants for the purpose of relationship building, information sharing, goal setting, and action planning) • Building collaborative relationships, fostering diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, including the proven ability to work with diverse populations with an intersectional approach. • Experience coaching and mentoring staff – both direct reports and peer-to-peer • Project management skills, including delegation, organization, attention to detail, and prioritization across multiple projects • Communication (clear oral, written, and visual communication skills) • Community Engagement (experience in community engagement/organizing, including experience engaging those who are traditionally marginalized or excluded) • Research (identify, seek, and synthesize needed information) • Desire to learn by doing and continually improve one’s knowledge and skills • Ability to work on individual projects with a great deal of personal autonomy, yet also ready and willing to collaborate on team projects • Proficiency in PC computing and aptitude for quick and self-directed learning of new software programs. The team currently uses Microsoft Office, Sharepoint, WordPress, Google Suite, Alchemer, Exceed Beyond, and Toggl • Access to personal transportation and willingness to work occasional nights and weekends (when required for public engagement, stakeholder meetings, etc.)


Project Management: The Director of Place-Based Learning will directly manage/implement three projects, ensuring continued strategic alignment through continued innovation and key performance metrics: • Leadership Upper Valley – a 10-month leadership development program, and • Upper Valley Equity Exchange – a cohort-based initiative to drive structural and institutional change in the non-profit sector • CC DEI Community of Practice Staff Oversight and Mentoring: • Supervise and Support PBL Project Managers, Coordinators, and Interns and evaluate their performance. Serve as a mentor for staff by maintaining regular meetings, identifying, and supporting professional development goals. Track project performance and impact. Fundraising and Finance: • Develop and execute yearly budgets and fundraising plans in collaboration with PBL team, the Development Director, Grant Writer, and Director of Finance & Administration • Monitor project budgets using monthly reports provided by the Director of Finance and Administration • Solicitation and Reporting: o Businesses: work with Development Director to tend existing relationships and cultivate new relationships o Grant and foundation funding: work with Development Director and Grant Writer to generate funding proposals and oversee reporting requirements and deliverables o Identify opportunities to collaborate with other nonprofits Outcomes, Communication, Building Networks • Annually review and update project goals and work plan • Lead outcomes reporting to the Vital Communities Board of Directors, advisory committees, donors, and others • Represent Vital Communities in Vermont and New Hampshire networks • Actively engage with CRM (Constituent Relationship Management) systems to track activities and engagement strategies with individuals, businesses, and organizations that interact with Vital Communities initiatives • Cultivate relationships with local, regional, and state leaders working on Place-based education and place making issues • Serve as an ambassador for Vital Communities, promoting Vital Communities’ role in placemaking for the Upper Valley Region: inspiring people to collectively reimagine and reinvent the public and civic spaces at the heart of our community.

How to Apply:

Email resume and cover letter to Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Salary Type: Yearly
Salary Minimum: 53500.00
Salary Maximum 79750.00
Job Location:

White River Junction, VT

Date Added: June 8, 2022

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