FNLC Executive Director Job Description







Friends of 

Northern Lake Champlain

PO Box 58                                                                                                      

Swanton, VT  05488       



Executive Director of the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC) staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans.



Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals;
  • Actively engage and energize FNLC volunteers, board members, event committees, partnering organizations, and funders;
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations as well as for statewide alignment;
  • Oversee all staff, volunteers, and AmeriCorps positions. Ensure that personnel policies and procedures are followed and executed;
  • Oversee all financial activities for operations accounts and grants accounts, provide Board or directors with quarterly financial statements and reports, ensure that accounts balance, work with bookkeeper to track all financial activities of the organization.


Fundraising & Communications:

  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations;
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand;
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities;
  • Track and apply for all relevant grant opportunities that lead to the implementation of our mission;
  • Budget management, financial projections, and monthly budget review and implementation;
  • Event planning, development, and execution.


Regional and statewide Engagement

  • Begin to build new partnerships, establishing relationships with the funders, and political and community leaders statewide;
  • Be an external local, regional, and national presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional and national replication;
  • Actively partner and participate in regional collaborations and efforts that help to support our mission;
  • Actively work with government branches on statewide policies and funding proposals that support our mission;
  • Actively partner with other statewide organizations working to create relevant and significant changes in Vermont’s environmental policies.



The ED will be thoroughly committed to FNLC’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Advanced degree, ideally an Masters in public administration, leadership management, or other relevant degree, or 5 years of experience in a non-profit organization working in development or executive capacity; track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth;
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation;
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget;
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships;
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills;
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning;
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people;
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.


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