Green Newton is hiring! See below for open positions.
Green Newton is seeking a dynamic, mission-driven professional to serve as our first-ever Executive Director. Working closely with our highly-engaged Board of Directors and a part-time Program Manager, the Executive Director will execute our new strategic plan in collaboration with our Board of Directors, to dramatically increase the impact of our evolving organization in combating the climate crisis through education, advocacy, collaboration and action. The Executive Director will be the public face of Green Newton with community, business, government and philanthropic stakeholders; working with all parties in a transparent, diplomatic fashion that promotes inclusiveness, equity and cooperation.
About Green Newton
Founded in 1990, Green Newton is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to create sustainable solutions to environmental problems facing our city and our world, often in collaboration with City government, schools, and other nonprofits across Massachusetts. Our programs and advocacy build awareness, provide opportunities for public dialogue, and empower citizens to take personal and civic action to protect our environment. Our members include people who live or work in Newton and neighboring communities, as well as representatives of community organizations, institutions and businesses. For over thirty years we have been powered almost exclusively by our Board of Directors and other volunteers. Due to the increasing urgency of the climate crisis, hiring our first-ever Executive Director is a major investment in Green Newton’s commitment to bring a sharpened focus to our work and to substantially scale our impact on a range of climate and environmental issues.
Duties and Responsibilities
Board of Directors & Governance: The Executive Director will report to an engaged and supportive Board of Directors, mindful of and flexible in dealing with the realities of the organization having been Board-driven for over thirty years. The Executive Director will work with the Board to prioritize how best to support Programs and Committees, whether with staff or by sourcing volunteers.
Programs & Public Education: The Executive Director will be entrepreneurial and practical in their approach to programming, including the ability to measure and articulate success. Historically, our work has been delivered through Committees of the Board of Directors. Striking a balance between what is handled by staff, Board of Directors and Advisory Board members, and other volunteers will be essential.
Resource Development: The Executive Director will possess the expertise and judgment needed to collaborate with the Board’s Resource Development Committee on fine-tuning and implementing a new fundraising plan that includes strategies for grant writing, individual giving, membership and special events to raise around $200,000. Additionally, the Executive Director will possess the skills needed to recruit, support and retain volunteers for a growing range of needs across the organization.
Policy & Advocacy: Green Newton functions as a collaborative organization, and central to our success is the ability to liaise, engage and partner with City staff, elected officials and leaders of other organizations and groups. The Executive Director will nurture existing or establish new relationships to further the mission of Green Newton; and will diplomatically represent Green Newton’s interests in relation to relevant public policy, legislation and resource allocation matters.
Communications: The Executive Director will work with the Board Marketing Committee on strategies to expand Green Newton’s visibility and amplify our credibility in order to grow membership, increase fundraising, build awareness of our initiatives and engage more individuals and entities in our work. This will include but not be limited to leveraging Green Newton’s website, social media, e-newsletter, traditional media and other communication tools.
Administration & Finance: The Executive Director will work with the Board Finance Committee to create an annual budget and provide financial reports to the Board. Oversee purchasing. Work with the bookkeeper and accountant to process and record income and expenditures. Submit the payroll, maintain accurate payroll records and ensure proper payroll tax deposits and filings. Hire staff and contractors for positions approved in the annual budget. Ensure compliance with legal, financial and grant requirements; including year-end federal and state returns and other government reports.
● Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
● 3-5 years senior level experience, ideally in a nonprofit.
● Self-starter with the ability to work effectively with limited supervision.
● Strong oral and written communication skills to be an effective champion for Green Newton.
● Can-do approach, with the ability to exercise excellent judgment.
● Experience working productively with boards, organizations and coalitions.
● Experience with community-engagement campaigns, public policy, or advocacy.
● Staff management and administration & finance experience, including budgets.
● Solid fundraising success with grants, individual giving and special events.
● Ability to develop and implement a plan to recruit, support and retain high-impact volunteers.
● Proficiency in or ability to self-teach web platforms and software such as Google Suite and apps, Mailchimp, etc.
● Current MA driver’s license.
● Some lifting and event set-up will be required.
● Experience working with climate-related and environmental issues.
● Familiarity with and active involvement in Newton.
● Knowledge of leveraging popular social media platforms to promote an organization or cause.
● Knowledge of web technologies, such as Google Ads, Canva or other graphic software, CRM systems, Fundraising software, WordPress.
Status: Fulltime, Exempt. Flexible work hours, with significant evening and weekend hours required.
Location: While Green Newton’s office is currently virtual the Executive Director is expected to be highly visible through in-person meetings and events in Newton and Greater Boston.
Reports To: Board of Directors
Supervises: Part-time Program Manager, some contractors and volunteers
Compensation: Up to $80K per year based on experience and qualifications, health care allowance and generous paid time off and holidays.
Start Date: Summer 2023
To Apply: Green Newton is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives are encouraged to apply by submitting a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please.
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