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Leadership Upper Valley Manager

Vital Communities

Vital Communities' work is at the heart of a vibrant Upper Valley region.  We bring citizens, organizations, and municipalities together to take on issues where an independent voice and regional approach are essential. Our programs focus on local food, local economy, civic engagement, transportation, energy, and sense of place.  Working together, we make our region a better place to live, work, and play every day.  

Vital Communities, a regional nonprofit located in White River Junction, Vermont, seeks an outgoing, organized, community-oriented program manager to lead our Leadership Upper Valley program. The Leadership Upper Valley Manager will work with the Executive Director and the Board of Governors to oversee the 10-month Leadership Upper Valley program and related activities including recruitment, curriculum development, fundraising, alumni programming, events, and outreach.  Leadership Upper Valley inspires, educates, and engages leaders to better serve Upper Valley communities. Full job description at Email resume, cover letter, and three references to Staff will begin reviewing resumes Oct 1, 2017. Resumes and letters will be accepted until the position is filled.


Program Activities and Recruitment

  • Implement successful 10-month Leadership Upper Valley program as outlined in work plan:
    • Oversee the successful execution of all aspects of Leadership Upper Valley, its program days, and related activities (e.g. receptions, graduation, alumni programming, outreach)
    • Recruit and work with qualified volunteer Day Planners to design and implement the curriculum for the session days
    • Manage all logistics for the session days (food, space, materials, etc.)
    • Ensure consistent program improvement and renewal, using personally administered monthly feedback/evaluation loops and year-end survey from participants
    • Work with the Recruitment Committee to create and implement a strategy for Leadership Upper Valley class recruiting; with Committee, review and approve applications
    • Award scholarships as needed
  • Engage alumni through Leadership Upper Valley Learning Community events and activities throughout the year

Program Planning, Outcomes, and Measurement

  • Work with the Executive Director and Board of Governors to update work plan annually
  • Use SMART Goals to develop ambitious and achievable program benchmarks and outcomes; design a work plan to meet the goals of the program, including the regular 10-month program and LUV Learning Community
  • Plan for future projects to enhance the program (dependent on funding and staffing)
  • Report on progress made toward outcomes to the Vital Communities Board of Directors and the Leadership Upper Valley Board of Governors   

Board of Governors and Committee Administration

  • Administer Board of Governors and committee meetings: work with Board Chair to develop agenda; notice meeting with appropriate reminders and related materials; ensure that minutes are taken and distributed
  • Support other Leadership Upper Valley committees, including Recruitment, Development, and Alumni committees


  • Establish reasonable fundraising goals for Leadership Upper Valley, including  tuition, event sponsorship, corporate sponsorship, scholarships, and individual gifts         
  • In coordination with the Executive Director and Board of Governors, develop and implement fundraising plan, including direct solicitation
  • In coordination with the Events Coordinator and Leadership Upper Valley Development Committee, plan and execute LUV fundraising events, particularly the annual Heroes & Leaders celebration
  • Work with class volunteer and donors to raise funds for scholarships

Program Promotion

  • In coordination with Communications Manager, create and implement a program communication plan that makes strategic use of available communications
  • Regularly update Leadership Upper Valley website with program information
  • Work with Communications Manager and staff to ensure Leadership Upper Valley is appropriately represented in all Vital Communities communication channels.
How to Apply:

Email cover letter and resume (PDF format) and three references to Staff will begin reviewing resumes October 1, 2017. Resumes and letters will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Date Added: September 22, 2017

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