The Hitchcock Center for the Environment (Hitchcock Center) is a nationally recognized environmental education center known for its talented educators, progressive leadership, and innovative programming. The Hitchcock Center’s programs have an intentional focus on inclusion and accessibility. Participants are offered scholarships, reduced cost, and free programs, while educators work with school systems from across the region. They have inspired young learners and adults in indoor and outdoor classrooms for almost six decades, and in recent years, the Hitchcock Center has assumed a powerful new role in the face of climate change. At a time when our species faces the biggest environmental challenge we have ever seen, the Hitchcock Center recognizes that “effective learning must be transformative, directly inspiring engagement and action.”
Many of the Hitchcock Center’s highly valued staff members have been employed by the organization for a decade or more. They have devoted their careers to working with a diverse range of learners of all ages. As educators, they have continued to develop their own professional expertise, broadening their capacity to design new curriculum materials and complementary activities.
Through the vitality of its connections with schools, its professional development for educators, and its focus on engaging families throughout the region, the Hitchcock Center has become a respected leader in its field. Since 2017, the average number of program participants has exceeded 10,000 annually, excluding FY2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic impacted program participation. In the years ahead, the Hitchcock Center’s potential for initiating new programs, and making them accessible to a broader regional, statewide, and national population, is exciting to both the board and the staff.
The Hitchcock Center is located in Amherst, a culturally and educationally rich western Massachusetts area, home to the Five Colleges and in close proximity to numerous museums; near music, theater, and dance venues; and near a range of sports, camping, and outdoor recreation sites. The Hitchcock Center employs thirteen staff, in addition to seasonal camp staff, and has an operating budget of $850,000.
Strategically positioned to fulfill its mission “to educate and to inspire action for a healthy planet,” the Hitchcock Center opened the doors to its new home, a 9,000-square foot “living” environmental education center in the Fall of 2016. An award-winning structure, and the 23rd certified Living Building in the world, it was built in response to the Living Building Challenge. Its construction followed a highly successful capital campaign that has raised almost $7 million, and adheres to “holistic standards incorporating the most progressive thinking from architecture, engineering, planning, interiors, landscape design, and policy.”
The Living Building, with its focus on sustainability, responsibly sourced, nontoxic materials, and net-zero energy, is a unique teaching tool that promises to expand the reach of the Hitchcock Center, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
The Hitchcock Center’s programs throughout western Massachusetts and beyond, include:
PreK-12 School Programs
Developing critical thinkers equipped to meet the complex environmental challenges of the 21st Century.
Children, Youth and Family
Supporting children’s intellectual, social, emotional, and physical learning through hands-on science and outdoor education.
Building a base of environmentally curious, intelligent, and engaged individuals working to make our planet a better place to live.
Serving as a premier training site for educators in the best practices of environmental education and teaching excellence.
Since opening their doors to the Living Building, the Hitchcock Center has experienced a 50% increase in the number of participants and visitors to the Center, and in the geographic regions served. Program participants and visitors include those from communities throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as more than 20 states across the nation and 30 countries around the world. The potential for expanded programs and new collaborative partnerships marks a momentous turning point in the organization’s development.
Neurofibromatosis Northeast(NF Northeast) seeks a dynamic Executive Director who will take this beloved and vibrant nonprofit to its next level. The new leader will be replacing the founder of NF Northeast, who is retiring from the position.
About NF Northeast
NF Northeast brings hope to those affected by neurofibromatosis (NF) and allied disorders. It provides critical and lifelong support and understanding to families affected by NF, creates awareness about the disease, advocates for funding and policies, and promotes research and enhanced clinical care. Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder of the nervous system that causes tumors to form on the nerves anywhere in or on the body at any time. NF affects all races, all ethnic groups and both sexes equally, and affects approximately 130,000 people in the US, more people than cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy combined.
Patients and families are at the heart of NF Northeast. The organization was incorporated in 1988 by a group of people who were in some way affected by the genetic disorder, and families continue to be the energy and person-power behind the organization’s advocacy, awareness raising, and fundraising at its marathons, organized golf tournaments, walks and 5K runs, bike rides and dining events.
NF Northeast connects families to each other, creating communities of support, provides scholarships to help students who have NF continue their education beyond high school, and sponsors children and teenagers who have NF to attend Camp New Friends, a welcoming and accepting safe haven.
Advocacy has become one of the most important ongoing programs of the organization, and since joining other NF organizations from around the country in 1996 to create the NF Advocacy Network, it has worked closely with members of the House and Senate to secure over $600 million for federally funded NF research.
NF Northeast’s office is in Burlington, MA and it employs two full-time staff members and two part-time staff members, one of which is based in New York. The Board of 12 members represent NF patients, family members/parents, and medical providers from the Northeast. It has an annual budget of $850,000 and is financially stable.
The Rhode Island Land Trust Council seeks a strategic and experienced leader to work with the Board to promote and grow the organization. The Executive Director will be a conservation advocate and champion able to partner with a strong grassroots network of land trust leaders, organizations, and community members across Rhode Island and New England.
Rhode Island stands at a pivotal moment in open space and natural land conservation. Prime farmland, important forestland, diverse habitat areas, and water resource protection areas are being lost to increasing sprawl development across the state. Land trusts and agencies are stretched thin and have limited resources to deal with perpetual stewardship of protected lands. Creative solutions are needed to inspire and bring together the leaders of our diverse local organizations, motivate them, and give them tools for informed conservation action. Inspired and informed legislation on these issues is needed to effect change at the state house. The next Executive Director of the Rhode Island Land Trust Council will play a key role in impacting positive change at a critical time in Rhode Island conservation.
About Rhode Island Land Trust Council
Rhode Island Land Trust Council (Council) is a statewide non-profit organization that works to permanently conserve open and natural land in Rhode Island by supporting land trusts, promoting responsible use and stewardship of conserved lands, and advocating for sound land conservation policy. As a statewide coalition for Rhode Island’s land trust community the Council is dedicated to helping the people and communities of Rhode Island protect their land and water resources.
The organization was founded in 1999 by land trust leaders and currently has a staff of 2.0 (Executive Director, half-time Program Coordinator, and half-time Philanthropy Associate), an annual operating budget of $200,000, and a 12-member Board of volunteer trustees. The Council’s 5-year strategic plan adopted in February 2020 envisions the Council’s growth to a staff of four and an annual operating budget of $500,000.
RI Land Trust Council goals are:
- Advocate for land conservation and land trust matters at the state level.
- Facilitate collaboration among land trusts.
- Position the RI Land Trust Council to lead in strengthening land trust’s capacity for governance, effective land conservation stewardship and community engagement.
- Provide direct support to land trusts to reduce the backlog of deferred documentation and improve stewardship practices.
- Ensure the long-term protection of municipal conservation properties.
- Increase public awareness of, and build public support and engagement for, land conservation.
- Strengthen the Council’s capacity to operate and implement programs and activities as well as address new opportunities and urgent problems.
- The RI Land Trust Council is a respected and effective voice for land trusts and the land conservation community in state policy discussions. Through multi-partner campaigns since 2004, the Council has helped secure over $63 million in Land Conservation Funding through State Open Space Bond Referendums. .Collectively, Rhode Island's land trusts conserve hundreds of properties including more than 26,500 acres of natural areas, farmland, forest, and wildlife habitat.
The RI Land Trust Council is a respected and effective voice for land trusts and the land conservation community in state policy discussions. Through multi-partner campaigns since 2004, the Council has helped secure over $63 million in Land Conservation Funding through State Open Space Bond Referendyms. Collectively, Rhode Island's land trusts conserve hundreds of properties including more than 26,500 acres of natural areas, farmland, forest, and wildlife habitat.