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NELCWIT’s mission is to work within the community to build safety, justice, and dignity for all. Working in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region, we offer shelter referrals, crisis intervention, counseling, education/prevention, advocacy, a children’s visitation program and economic empowerment initiatives to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse of all genders. As an antiracist, multicultural organization, NELCWIT joins with and mobilizes other groups and individuals working to end domestic violence and sexual abuse, ensure human rights, and create social change. NELCWIT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Direct service employees are members of the local SEIU.
OVERARCHING ROLE AND BACKGROUND
NELCWIT has a shared leadership structure which requires trust, equal voice, and compromise. Together two Co-Executive Directors (Co-EDs) will make decisions regarding the overall operations, finance, resource development and program management. Additionally, you will serve a more specialized role as Co-ED of Operations, Finance & Administration. The Co-Executive Directors’ roles are:
● Co-Executive Director of Programs
● Co-Executive Director of Operations, Finance & Administration
Aligned with this collaborative leadership approach, there are shared responsibilities within both Co- Executive Director roles. This leadership model is designed as a supportive and accountable partnership. The other Co-Executive Director and the NELCWIT Board of Directors will provide a high level of support.
The majority of this role’s time is dedicated to operations, finance, and administration. There are key responsibilities, high goals, and expectations within this role, specifically in financial management and administrative oversight. This position is responsible for the organization’s financial strength and ability to serve Franklin County and the North Quabbin region.
SCOPE OF WORK: Under the general supervision of the NELCWIT Board of Directors, the Co-Executive Directors are responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organization. Your leadership includes overseeing planning, oversight and supervisory duties related to the following NELCWIT operations: Financial Management, Administration, Grants & Contract Management, Human Resources, Development, Communications, Community Relations, Outreach, Collaborations, and Facilities.
Together the Co-EDs will lead, coach, and develop a high performance team, ensure programmatic excellence, and foster a collaborative and professional work environment. Additionally, they plan, organize, and direct the day-to-day programmatic and fiscal functioning, working with staff, contractors, the Board and volunteers to implement the strategic goals of the organization. The Co-EDs will also lead the ongoing anti-racism process for the organization.
The Co-EDs will provide the Board of Directors with monthly updates on key issues affecting the organization and will attend regularly scheduled Board and staff meetings.
Reports to: The NELCWIT Board of Directors
Supervises: Paid staff, contractors, consultants, and volunteers as appropriate
The Massachusetts 4-H Foundation (Foundation) seeks a dynamic and creative Executive Director to grow and drive the Foundation’s evolving fundraising efforts at an exciting time in the Foundation’s history and 4-H in Massachusetts.
About the Foundation
The sole mission of the Foundation is to generate and provide financial resources to help expand, enrich, and advance 4-H youth development programs across the Commonwealth. The Foundation was formed in 1955 as an independent 501(c)(3) organization with its own Board of Trustees, and works in close cooperation with the University of Massachusetts Extension Program (UMass Extension). UMass Extension is solely responsible for developing and delivering 4-H programming in Massachusetts. The Foundation raises funds for the use of UMass Extension and assists in shaping programs in order to maximize fundraising opportunities. 4-H serves nearly 27,000 Massachusetts youth aged 5-18 years old and has a growing emphasis on outreach to under-resourced urban and rural communities in the state as part of a nationwide initiative to close learning and opportunity gaps for all children.
With offices located in Framingham, MA, the Foundation employs a full time Executive Director and three part-time staff members, and is led by an engaged Board of 19 members. The Foundation has an annual budget in excess of $400,000 and is financially stable with an endowment of $8.3M that covers a variety of program costs as well as its annual administration and operating expenses. In recent years, the Foundation has raised over $200,000 annually and has donated over $1.5 million to 4-H programming in the last five years.
4‑H is a positive youth development and mentoring program that creates confident, curious and resilient young adults through engaged programming around a pledge of one’s Head to clearer thinking, Heart to greater loyalty, Hands to larger service, and Health to better living. Founded in 1908, 4-H is delivered via a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provide experiences where young people learn by doing – and is the largest youth development organization in the United States serving over six million young people annually. The 4-H program in Massachusetts is provided via UMass Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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.