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Executive Director – Gather New Haven


Job Description Summary:

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) has total administrative, strategic, and operational responsibility for Gather New Haven’s staff, programs, growth, and mission fulfillment. The ED provides the leadership and direction for the organization’s performance over time and has expertise in program operations, community engagement, and donor relations. The ED possesses a deep understanding of the intersectionality of the environment, food, agriculture, and health and will guide the organization in its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility. S/he will lead and grow Gather New Haven programs, refine operations, positively impact culture, and execute on strategic short and long-term goals. The ED is accountable for generating a diverse portfolio of financial, human, and in-kind resources, communications, and external partnerships; and serves as the main spokesperson for the organization.

Employment Details:

Start Date: Available immediately. Open until filled. Applications received by November 23, 2023 will receive priority consideration
Employment Type: Full-time. FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary Range: $100,000 – $125,000 annually
Generous benefits including farm food share

Essential Job Functions:

Management and Administrative Leadership

Provide oversight of all Gather New Haven activities; manage day-to-day operations; ensure ongoing organizational and programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and meticulous oversight of financial and administrative functions, fundraising goals, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.

Ensure that the strategic vision for growth of the organization can be achieved and is aligned with the capacity of the organization. Work with Board and staff to develop, implement, and achieve the vision and mission of Gather New Haven.

Ensure effective systems to measure organizational progress and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure performance that can be effectively communicated to Board, funders, and other constituents.

Design and maintain staffing and organizational structure that best serves organizational goals and objectives.

Oversee employee recruitment, hiring, compensation, and benefits administration. Conduct new employee orientation.

Lead, coach, develop, and retain Gather New Haven staff and volunteers. Ensure timely performance evaluations for staff and volunteers.

Develop and implement annual planning and budget processes. Oversee payroll processing, annual audit, and 990 preparations. Ensure monthly financial statements are prepared for the Board of Directors.

Attend regular Board meetings; work with Board to ensure their full engagement in policy-making, governance, and resource development while actively engaging allies, partnering organizations, and funders.

Development, Fundraising & Communications

Expand and diversify revenue-generating activities to support existing program operations while simultaneously building assets to create capacity for the long-term sustainability of Gather New Haven.

Secure new funds from diverse sources, including individuals, businesses, government, and private foundations.

Employ diverse fundraising strategies including Board campaigns, donor cultivation, and social media.

Develop and implement annual fund development plan according to approval of Gather New Haven Board of Directors. Oversee and actively participate in development functions including grant writing and reporting.

Work with Board, staff, volunteers, and consultants to achieve short and long-term fundraising goals.

Oversee all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of ensuring a strong brand and clear and consistent messaging regarding Gather New Haven’s mission, programs and fundraising goals.

Cultivate and steward strategic partnerships and alliances in order foster new opportunities.

Be an external local/national presence and spokesperson that communicates organizational results in order to reinforce, strengthen and positively represent Gather New Haven’s brand and mission.

Prepare and present reports to the Board, funders, donors and community stakeholders.

Program Development and Operations

Oversee and support the development, design, and delivery of program initiatives, assuring that the goals and objectives are aligned with Gather New Haven’s overall strategic plan and assuring alignment between day to day operations, budgeting, and the strategic plan to ensure performance and achievement of strategic program goals.

Oversee and support the administrative components of all program services, including contract negotiations, grant reporting, staff hiring, volunteer recruitment, and program delivery.

Provide for quality assurance monitoring of all Gather New Haven programs, correcting any deficiencies in program services.

Oversee risk management and legal activities: letters of agreement, contracts, leases, and other legal documents and agreements.

Provide guidance and leadership through management of the Gather New Haven performance metrics and measurement reporting process with grantors and external agencies.

Communications, Community Engagement & Advocacy

As Gather New Haven’s primary spokesperson, shape and expand awareness of Gather New Haven’s vision and mission through public presentations, participation and membership in community forums, civic organizations, and activities that are aligned with Gather New Haven’s mission and vision.

Develop and execute a strategic marketing plan that provides a clear and concise message telling the organization’s story.

Foster strong and trusting relationships with partner organizations.

Represent Gather New Haven in all media relations by participating in interviews, developing press releases, and all other media type engagements.

Develop and oversee programming that promotes community development within New Haven’s diverse neighborhoods.

Organize events for the public including but not limited to volunteer appreciation and forums for funders.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5-8 years of demonstrated experience (or its equivalent) in a non-profit organization managing its financial sustainability, supervising and developing multiple personnel, overseeing marketing and communications, managing programs, and working with diverse partners in the for profit, non-profit, and governmental sector.
  • Passion for and commitment to the mission, values, and aspirations of Gather New Haven.
  • Fundraising record that demonstrates ability to meet increasing goals and demonstrated experience securing funds from foundations, corporations, government sources, and individuals.
  • Experience working with or on a non-profit Board of Directors.
  • Proven oral and written communication skills and ability to adjust presentation styles for different audiences and environments; outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to organize, represent, and engage a diverse set of stakeholders including organizations and individuals in a way that builds community and consensus.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Spanish proficiency
  • Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use arms/hands/fingers, talk, hear and walk. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs.

Work Environment

Work is generally performed in an office setting with moderate noise levels. Evening and/or weekend work is frequently required. There is frequent interaction with donors, the general public, program participants and employees. Tight time constraints and multiple demands from several people are common.
Travel may be required to fundraising events, trainings, meetings, conferences, etc.

To Apply for This Position

This position is available immediately. Interested candidates should visit to for instructions to apply being sure to indicate the number of years of nonprofit executive leadership (or its equivalent).

Deadline: 02/29/24
Gather New Haven
New Haven, CT