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The Executive Director of Save The Bay – Narragansett Bay (Rhode Island) will lead a strong, established and growing organization with a passion for the mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay. The new leader will serve as the fifth Executive Director to lead the 53-year-old environmental advocacy organization in its exciting new chapter. With recently expanded education programs, increased habitat restoration capacity, a strengthened board structure, a highly sustainable financial position, and an exceptionally strong leadership team, the Executive Director will take the reins of this highly functioning organization at a time of major expansion. This is a unique opportunity with a leading environmental organization offering a highly competitive compensation and benefits package.
Save The Bay is a member-supported, volunteer-powered nonprofit organization with a mission dedicated to protecting and improving Narragansett Bay and Little Narragansett Bay, and all of the waters that flow into them, from Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Save The Bay works to fulfill its mission and vision of a fully swimmable, fishable, healthy Narragansett Bay, accessible to all through activities that improve water quality, marine and aquatic ecosystems, and coastal habitat while training the next generation of Bay stewards. The organization focuses on three areas of work: advocacy and public policy, education and community outreach, and habitat restoration and adaptation.
Save The Bay is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island with additional locations in Newport and Westerly. The organization is led by a growing and professional staff of 40, supplemented by hourly staff, interns and volunteers, and with an annual operating budget of approximately $3.5M. Governed by a 20-member Board with guidance from a board of trustees, committee members, and a President’s Leadership Council, Save The Bay thrives on the community support from thousands of volunteers, members, and students.
The next Executive Director will champion the care and stewardship of Narragansett Bay to ensure that it is healthy, protected, and treated with respect for the benefit of all. Key priorities for the Executive Director include:
- Program Expansion: Expand Save The Bay’s presence and engagement with the opening of the new aquarium in the heart of Newport. Raise the visibility and impact of Save The Bay to reach communities that previously have not been involved with an environmental organization or issues.
- Funding and Resource Development: Increase focus and cultivation of donors for expanding the education program and Save The Bay’s reach in Southeast New England. Continue to build the endowment, the new aquarium and Newport County fundraising. Maintain and build upon the organization’s strong financial foundation.
- Staff Growth and Development: Explore opportunities for expanding operational areas; continue recruiting and building an exceptionally strong workforce.
- Implementing the DEI Goals Outlined in the Strategic Plan: Look across sector issues and diversity within the environmental sector to enact tangible ways to engage more diverse staff and Board leadership; cultivate the Board, staff and donor base to include a more diverse and representative population.
- Staying True to the Advocacy Centered Mission: Manage and grow the Education programs leveraging the new aquarium and related funding without diluting Save The Bay’s primary function as an advocacy organization; ensure the success and self-sustainability of the aquarium in a way that retains a focus on advocacy.
- Staff Retention: Support staff and the challenges associated with transition and growth. Retain and document the institutional knowledge of long-term staff.
The Common School’s mission is to engage students in a transformative, progressive education that cultivates a love of learning, critical thinking, compassion for others, and a deep commitment to social justice and the environment.
A progressive, independent elementary school for children ages 3 to 12, The Common School is known for its emphasis on social justice and creating globally aware citizens. Through its focus on social-emotional development, an encouragement of creative thinking, and experiential learning, The Common School instills a love of learning in children.
From its inception, the School has been dedicated to and motivated by a deep commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice, in its philosophy, professional development of staff, and in practice. Through in-depth studies, open discussion, and the introduction of guest speakers and place-based field experiences, these values are embedded in The Common School’s mission and in its curriculum.
The Common School creates a safe and stimulating environment that encourages children to trust in themselves and others. They learn to honor differences, question, take risks, collaborate, assume responsibility, and discover individual areas of strength and interest. Classes are taught by teams of teachers who are guided by the philosophy that meaningful education must cultivate the imagination and instill an appreciation for learning as an engaging, joyful pursuit. The Common School’s faculty members are committed to authenticity in the activities that shape children’s learning.
Currently, The Common School employs 22 faculty members and 11 staff, serves 108 students, and has an operating budget of approximately $2.4 million. A 13-member Board of Trustees includes current caregivers, alumni of The Common School, parents of alumni, and faculty members. The Board is intentionally diverse with regard to background, education, race, age, gender, and sexual orientation.
The Common School’s families come from Amherst and more than a dozen communities across the Connecticut River Valley. Children of color represent about 46% of the student body.
The Common School is located in Amherst, in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, a culturally and educationally rich area, home to the Five Colleges and in close proximity to numerous museums; music, theater, and dance venues; and a range of sports, camping, and outdoor recreation sites.
Administrators, staff, and faculty at The Common School have forged fruitful, supportive relationships with the University of Massachusetts, local colleges, community leaders, the business community, and the area’s nonprofit organizations. For students, meaningful connections with the local Survival Center have helped underscore The Common School’s focus on social justice. The Common School has also partnered with Embrace Race to pilot lessons in P1, E1, and E2 based on Embrace Race Curriculum, Drawing Differences.
The Common School’s students are grouped in 6 mixed-age classes:
- Two Nurseries (age 3-5)
- Primary 1 (age 5-7)
- Primary 2 (age 6-8)
- Elementary 1 (age 8-10)
- Elementary 2 (age 10-12)
Students typically spend two years with the same team teachers in a class of 18 to 22 students.
An afterschool program and a summer program offer expanded learning and play opportunities for students and for the wider community.
Are you a thoughtful, experienced non-profit leader interested in promoting open-mindedcivil 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!
The next Executive Director of The CT Forum will have the unique opportunity to lead and be part of a provocative organization full of potential and energy. The Executive Director will grow and advance programs that inspire community and individual participation, attract corporate and foundation partnerships, and build strong board and volunteer support. The Executive Director will foster an organization that provides thoughtful and entertaining programs, dynamic forum discussions, and unique opportunities to learn and experience open dialogue with high-profile speakers. The Executive Director will engage the community and be committed to promoting the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Executive Director will cultivate an organization that promotes open, honest, civil dialogue - the free and active exchange of ideas that allows us to question our assumptions, consider new points of view, entertain our souls and connect with each other.
The CT Forum is a nationally recognized, one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization serving Connecticut and beyond. Co-founded in 1992 by Doris and Richard Sugarman, The CT Forum’s mission is to encourage the free and active exchange of ideas in forums that inform, challenge, entertain, inspire, and build bridges among all people and organizations in our community.
The CT Forum fulfills its mission by presenting large scale, high profile, issue-focused in-person panel discussions and events among renowned experts and celebrities, and through outreach programs serving youth and the community. In addition to its core programming, The CT Forum shares its expertise with the community by providing leadership, resources, and consultation services to community organizations, nonprofits, corporations, schools, and others. The 2023-2024 season has been announced and will feature: An Evening with Ken Burns in Conversation with Audie Cornish;Liz Cheney & Ezra Klein: On Defending Democracy and a Path Forward; Being Human in an Age of AI: Debating Advances and Ethics Featuring Kate Crawford; and Chefs! Top Chefs Dish on Food, Flavor and Culture Featuring Marcus Samuelsson.
The CT Forum is led by an effective Board of Directors of 25 and staff of seven, and with an annual operating budget of approximately $1.4M. The CT Forum has a current strategic plan, working succession plan, clean annual audits, a formal Board DE&I Work Group, and a history of successful partnerships and programs. During this leadership transition, The CT Forum has retained the support of an interim executive and formed a Transition Work Group led by the current and incoming Chairs.
The CT Forum engages a wide range of people and organizations as sponsors, donors, subscribers, and volunteers in support of its programming and initiatives. The CT Forum enjoys a strong brand presence and positive reputation from its 30-year history of presenting unique and powerful programming that connects the community and adds to the cultural and economic vitality of Connecticut’s capital city.
For more information about The Connecticut Forum, please visit www.ctforum.org.
The Executive Director provides leadership and direction in successfully establishing and implementing organizational goals and objectives and maintaining excellence in advancing The CT Forum’s mission. Working with The CT Forum Board of Directors, staff, and others, the Executive Director is responsible for fulfilling the organization’s mission and vision, managing the budget, financial reporting, staff development, and overall organization health. Key organizational priorities for the Executive Director include:
- Strategy and Vision: Continue to advance a sustainable model that engages large and diverse audiences and attracts highly popular speakers. Explore strategies to migrate programs to the next generation, create experiences that people talk about, hone measurements for impact and direction, create operational efficiencies, and build upon the vision of the founders.
- Finances and Funding: Assess the current revenue model and funding sources, including corporate and grant funding; explore and realize alternate funding models, broadened geographic support, and cost efficiencies. Build upon current funding streams, think creatively on how to secure more funders/donors, and engage organizations to work collaboratively with the CT Forum on new initiatives and funding. Achieve financial sustainability through expansion of supporters, new programs and fee for service offerings.
- Audience Growth and Community Engagement: Expand community access to CT Forum content. Increase community outreach to target broader audience participation and reach untapped audiences. With the board and staff, define community and audience, develop more community partnerships, and identify new and different ways to reach audiences. Develop and manage external relationships to connect to the community, corporations and CT Forum attendees.