Executive Director

Atlanta, Georgia
Starting Salary Range $50,000-65,000 plus benefits and performance-based incentives
Dec 14, 2016
Jan 13, 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level

Groundwork Atlanta (GWATL) is seeking an Executive Director to lead the new non-profit organization, which is focused on revitalizing northwest Atlanta and beyond. Learn more about our parent organization, Groundwork USA, and its network of local trusts at: http://groundworkusa.org/

The Mission of Groundwork Atlanta is to achieve the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships, which empower people, businesses, and organizations to promote environmental, economic, and social well-being.

The Executive Director will serve collaboratively with and subject to strategic guidance from the GWATL Board of Directors and lead the organization in developing and implementing projects and programs in the following areas:

  • Places – planning and implementing improvement of underutilized and underserved sites with a focus on brownfields, sustainable community-oriented development, and expansion and enhancement of public space
  • People – engaging a diversity of community members, especially young people, in positively impacting their surroundings while working collaboratively with non-profit, business, and government organization representatives
  • Water – protecting and improving the health and quality of urban waters, including Proctor Creek and the Chattahoochee River, through improved access, amenities, and application of best management practices
  • Food – increasing local availability of affordable, healthy foods through expansion of more sustainable production, processing, and distribution systems
  • Connections – helping to establish safer and more complete networks for travel of all types, including walking, cycling, and public transit

Job Duties:

  • Fundraising, Administration, and Financial Management
    • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects and donors
    • Write and prepare required materials for grants submissions
    • Develop, track and manage budget
    • Manage the financials and reporting
  • Community Outreach and Public Relations
    • Develop relationships with community groups, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, businesses, and the philanthropic community
    • Promote Groundwork Atlanta and its programs and projects through appropriate media
    • Travel regularly within the Atlanta area to work on projects and programs and cultivate partners and donors
    • Collaborate with Groundwork USA and other Groundwork Trusts, including attendance at Groundwork USA annual and special meetings
  • Program and Project Development, Implementation, and Evaluation
    • Design, promote and manage programs and projects
    • Balance program and project identification with funding opportunities
    • Track and measure results, evaluate, and adjust
  • Organizational Development, Management, and Leadership
    • Recruit, select and train new staff members and volunteers
    • Provide development, support and leadership to direct reports and volunteers
    • Delegate responsibilities and manage performance

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education and Experience
    • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Five years of relevant work experience
  • Fundraising and Communication Skills
    • Demonstrated experience with fund-raising, including but not limited to government and foundation grants, major gifts, annual giving, special events, and donor stewardship and recognition
    • Excellent communication skills to listen, understand, and speak clearly in order to connect with, inspire, and persuade others
    • Superior writing, editing and research skills
    • Experience building relationships among diverse groups, including youth, community members, business community, government and elected officials
  • Administrative and Financial Management Skills
    • Ability to develop strong working relationships with the Board of Directors, Groundwork USA, other Groundwork Trusts, the National Park Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency
    • Demonstrated success in planning and implementing programs, projects, and events
    • Strong organizational skills, resourcefulness, entrepreneurial orientation, and the ability to manage a small office via administration, financial management, human resources, website management, and communications
    • Experience with short-term and long-term strategic planning

Application Submission: To be considered for this position, email a cover letter and resume to jobs@GroundworkAtlanta.org no later than January 15, 2017. 

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