COVE Seeks Executive Director
The Community of Vermont Elders (COVE) is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1981, whose mission is to promote and protect a higher quality of life for older Vermonters through education and advocacy. COVE is seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization in achieving its mission. The governing Board is looking for a dynamic individual who can maintain and build upon relationships with other organizations, improve the financial health of COVE and work effectively with State governmental agencies dealing with older Vermonters. The successful candidate will share our vision, be able to set strategic direction for the organization and have an understanding of what the necessities are for older Vermonters to maintain their dignity, security and well-being. For more information on COVE please visit our website www.vermontelders.org .
Primary Job Function
Serve as the chief executive officer of COVE advancing the agency’s mission of building a safe harbor for older Vermonters through advocacy and education on elder issues by collaboration with elder Vermonters, staff, members of the board of directors, volunteers, other agencies and organizations, and the media. Provide overall direction and support to staff and volunteers and motivate the board and staff to carry out the agency’s mission.
- Provide ongoing support to the board of directors including assistance and guidance in the recruitment, selection and orientation of new board and committee members;
- Maintain a culture of participatory management;
- Develop and maintain organizational policies and procedures governing human resources operations and financial; and,
- Ensure compliance with all relevant laws, rules, regulations, and contractual obligations.
- Recruit, train and supervise staff responsible for day-to-day operations;
- Develop, in conjunction with the board finance committee a diverse annual financial budget, and report regularly to the board on the financial health of the agency;
- Evaluate, through independent annual audits, the strength of existing financial record-keeping systems; and,
- Identify and respond to operational challenges or needs by developing resources, policies and systems.
- Oversight and management of website and Social Media to increase visibility, raising awareness of challenges to older Vermonters, either directly or by supervision of volunteers. Monitor and utilize web-based fundraising opportunities, such as Day of Giving, et al.
- Ensure structural integrity of programs including adequate and appropriately trained staff, secure and confidential record-keeping systems, regular and professional supervision, accurate documentation and reporting mechanisms, and periodic program evaluation
- Recruit, train, and supervise management staff responsible for day-to-day program operations, staff recruitment and supervision;
- Supervise and collaborate in the operation of significant national demonstration projects with multi-year funding;
- Develop and implement an agency strategic plan and annual legislative agenda in conjunction with staff, board members and other stakeholders;
- Identify programmatic trends, needs or gaps and develop effective responses;
- Represent the agency in local, state, regional and national forums.
- Participate in and support the development and dissemination of annual legislative agenda;
- Develop local/regional meetings and structures to ensure broad elder participation in public policy development;
- Coordinate with and assist policy consultant(s) ensuring that information flows effectively and efficiently between and among the parties;
- Work in collaboration with other organizations to advance public policy that improves quality of life for all Vermonters; and,
- Represent COVE in relationship with both legislative and executive branches on issues impacting elders or the organization.
- Prepare annual and three year financial development plans in conjunction with the finance committee of the board of directors to finance the agency’s programs;
- Develop, maintain and enhance relationships with individual members, sponsors, foundations, and public funders to ensure a diverse funding base;
- Diversify, expand and solicit nongovernmental financial support for the agency;
- Further develop organizations membership base and enhance communication/connection between the organization and its members.
The incumbent must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Strong leadership skills with of heath, human services or related executive-level management responsibility.
- A bachelor’s degree with strong experience in program administration and/or nonprofit agency operations.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability and desire to work collaboratively with elders, staff, volunteers, members of the board, other service and advocacy organizations, public policymakers, foundations, the media and the general public.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and delegate responsibilities in ways that encourage success.
- Ability to travel throughout the state throughout the year.
- Computer fluency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Experience in Website development and management a plus.
- Experience in Social Media platforms and Website management.
- Strong writing skills.
The following experience is desirable:
- A graduate degree in gerontology, human services, administration, public health, public policy, communications, business, law or a related field.
- Familiarity with non-profit grant writing.
- Familiarity with the legislative process, particularly the budget cycle.
- Familiarity with human service delivery in rural states.
- Knowledge of Vermont politics, geography and culture, and media .
Letter of interest and resume may be sent to:
Search Committee, Community of Vermont Elders, P.O. Box 1276 Berlin, VT 05602 or COVE@vermontelders.org .