Executive Director of North Branch Nature Center

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Deadline to Apply:

Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 11:00pm



Montpelier, VT
United States

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NBNC seeks a new, full-time Executive Director (ED) to guide and support our growing, high-impact organization located in beautiful Montpelier, Vermont.

Reports to: NBNC Board of Directors.
Supervises: NBNC Staff.
Compensation and Benefits: $59,000 - $63,000 (commensurate with experience), including health insurance, holidays, and earned time off.
Posted: July 1, 2021.

We are looking for an ED to provide inspiring leadership, sound financial oversight, successful fundraising, creative program development, and effective personnel management. Through guidance and approval from the Board of Directors (Board), and the Executive Committee (EC), the ED leads and represents the organization in a manner that helps NBNC fulfill the goals of our Strategic Plan, furthers NBNC’s commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI), and advances our mission: Connecting People with the Natural World.

The ED’s key responsibilities include

  • Developing and implementing the organization’s strategic vision, direction, and operations. Using effective communication and management strategies, the ED helps create an inclusive, reflective, sustainable, supportive, and ethical workplace which is welcoming of new ideas and methods to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization. The ED will expand NBNC’s local, regional, and national profile through public, professional, and personal contacts.
  • Managing finances. Operating the organization consistent with and in adherence to the Board-approved annual budget, the ED oversees NBNC’s finances in collaboration with the Finance Director, and ensures that appropriate accounting methods and financial controls/processes adopted by the organization are followed.
  • Overseeing fundraising programs and activities. The ED works with the Board, the EC, the Development Director, committees, and staff on all development activities, including the preparation of grants and the creation and implementation of major fundraising campaigns. The ED works with the Board, staff, and volunteers to grow the NBNC audience and membership. 
  • Supporting Program Directors in the design, implementation, expansion, and assessment of new and existing programs, ensuring alignment with NBNC’s strategic goals, and that programs operate in compliance with applicable local, state, and federal law and regulations as well as organizational policies.
  • Prioritizing the needs and challenges of underserved, marginalized, and diverse populations. The ED will center NBNC’s commitment to upholding JEDI to further our goal of closing the Nature Equity Gap.
  • Overseeing the physical maintenance, safety, inclusivity, and professional appearance of the organization’s property and buildings, in accordance with NBNC’s Property Management Plan.
  • Recognizing the wide scope of responsibility for this position, we acknowledge that no candidate will be equally strong in every area. The successful candidate will adeptly recognize their own strengths, the strengths within the organization, and the opportunity to fill gaps within the organization.


  • Minimum of five years professional experience in nonprofit leadership and fiscal management.
  • Significant relevant experience or Master’s degree (or equivalent academic training) in  organizational management, ecology, education, environmental studies, or related fields. Additional experience working with nature centers, science museums, field studies programs, or related organizations.
  • Involvement in outdoor learning, nature-based education, community science programs, natural history programs, or similar endeavors that demonstrate a passion for the mission of NBNC.
  • Experience in staff management, including hiring, supervising, mentoring, and resolving conflicts.
  • Experience (and demonstrated success) in fundraising through individual giving, corporate giving, and grant writing.
  • Experience and comfort interacting with the public, the media, and stakeholder groups. 
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning or organizational growth management.
  • Experience with or training in anti-bias leadership or education.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to utilize computers and technology efficiently. 

About NBNC: North Branch Nature Center is a non-profit organization offering year-round place-based nature education programs for people of all ages.  We actively seek to strengthen our organization by diversifying our staff and cultivating an equitable and inclusive workplace free from discrimination and rich with diverse perspectives. North Branch Nature Center is committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, pregnancy, place of birth, crime victim status, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal/state/local laws.

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How to Apply:

Please send a letter of interest and resume to DirectorSearch@NorthBranchNatureCenter.org by August 31, 2021.

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Compensation and Benefits: $59,000 - $63,000 (commensurate with experience), including health insurance, holidays, and earned time off.

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