Are you a thoughtful, experienced non-profit leader interested in promoting open-minded civil dialogue?
The Connecticut Forum seeks dynamic and accomplished leaders to be considered for the position of Executive Director.
The Connecticut Forum (The CT Forum) is a dynamic, one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization serving Connecticut and beyond with live, unscripted panel discussions highlighting renowned experts, thought leaders, and personalities since 1992. The CT Forum has presented topics ranging from politics to food, technology to music, global affairs to social justice featuring panelists like Michelle Obama, Yo-Yo Ma, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Ronan Farrow, Malcolm Gladwell, Justice Stephen Breyer, David Chang, Toni Morrison, Seth Meyers, Patti Smith, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Anita Hill, Fareed Zakaria, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Karl Rove, John Legend, Martina Navratilova, David McCullough and SO many more!
Strategic Plan Implementation
Provide overall leadership and management in accomplishing strategic mission-based goals, maximizing opportunities, and ensuring the organization has the appropriate resources to be successful. Implement the current 2023-2025 strategic plan priorities and initiatives aligned around funding, audience, programming, marketing, and staff development. Provide leadership and direction in successfully establishing organizational goals and objectives and maintaining excellence in service to The CT Forum’s mission.
Resource Development & Financial Management
Develop and implement a fund development plan aligned with The CT Forum’s strategic and operational plans. Set strategy and tactics for fund development. Develop revenue streams, including Forum Event Consulting services and activities, grants, major gifts, and endowment. Create new opportunities for fund development and advancement; drive new initiatives and cultivate clients. Review and manage CT Forum program and grant budgets, financial reporting, and cash flow management. Work with accountants and auditors for sound financial records and reports.
Fundraising, & Donor Relationships
Play an active and direct role in fundraising. Establish sponsor and subscriber communication strategies, maintain commitments and contacts.Oversee and support staff progress in securing funding from corporate sponsors, foundations, and individual donors, season subscribers, and ticket purchasers. Bring on new funders, make new important connections, and activate known networks.
Develop and manage external relationships with The CT Forum community and attendees. Be an authentic and active presence in the community, meeting with people to help engage and unite the Hartford Community. Represent The CT Forum and its interests as lead organizational spokesperson in the community, at community high profile events, promoting The CT Forum’s brand and reputation. Oversee outreach and engagement of high school students in Forum events and activities. Build and grow the audience through community engagement, marketing, branding, social media, programming, and technology. Oversee the design, promotion, and presentation of high-profile mission-based forums.
Organizational Management & Leadership
Supervise event planning and logistics for all CT Forum produced events. Hire and evaluate staff, oversee payroll, employee benefits, personnel issues, and reporting requirements. Establish policies, procedures, and practices to encourage staff retention, stability, and performance. Continue to develop an inclusive work environment that supports effective decision-making and collaboration. Utilize and implement technologies to streamline operations and increase social media presence and audience engagement. Serve as the key liaison with The CT Forum Board of Directors, work groups, Advisory Board, and others as determined. Oversee all contracts and agreements, including those with The Bushnell Performing Arts Center, speakers, consultants, insurance coverage, office leasing, equipment agreements, special events, program activities, etc.