Center for Whole Communities: Deputy Director

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Position opens November 25, 2008

How is it that those who care about people, and those who care about the land have often ended up divided from one another? Imagine what we could achieve if movements for the environment and human rights worked together?   Imagine what you could achieve if you were part of a thriving organization that is leading a new movement for change – building healthy, whole communities by reweaving the relationships among people, land and community.

Center for Whole Communities (Whole Communities) is a vibrant and rapidly growing organization transcending the environmental and social change arenas.  Our alumni are from 44 states and more than 400 different communities and organizations.   We support and encourage these leaders in their efforts to innovate and build deep collaborations across the divides of politics, specialization, race, class and privilege.

Whole Communities has gained renown as a safe harbor where different leaders can vision together, find shared values, and move forward in unconventional collaborations. Based on a working organic farm in the Mad River Valley of Vermont, Whole Communities is a national leader in advancing a new practice of community restoration. We purposefully take on many of the issues that have created divides: the necessity to think and act beyond narrow definitions of success, the lack of a shared story for change, and the corrosive effects of racism, class and privilege. The results of our work are a more inclusive, politically-agile, adaptive leadership for our communities and for all movements for change.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as our Deputy Director, responsible for supervising our staff, managing day to day operations and overseeing our programs. This is a new position.  Our Deputy Director will work closely with the Executive Director to provide leadership, creative vision and focus in implementing our theories of change and unique programs. The Deputy Director will be highly committed to our unique mission and personally embrace the values of whole communities work. Responsibilities include program management, financial management, organizational development and fundraising.

Staff Supervision and Coordination:

·   Supervise all staff. Evaluate their performance and develop and implement staff training and team building plans

·   Organize and lead regular staff and departmental meetings to maintain effective communication

·   Integrate all staff in successful completion of annual work plan

Operations Management:

·   Serve as primary liaison between staff and Executive Director

·   Work with Executive Director to translate CWC’s unique mission and vision into effective programs and public outreach

·   Work with program staff to implement and evaluate all programs

·   Develop clear annual plans that are both realistic and bold;

·   Develop and manage workable and realistic budgets; oversee accounting, reporting and tracking of restricted grants

·   Oversee personnel and benefits administration

·   Develop and maintain administrative systems and processes


·   Coordinate with Executive Director and Director of Development on setting long-term development objectives and short-term goals

·   Support development staff in preparation of all grant proposals and other fundraising solicitations

·   Strengthen and build on existing relationships and find new approaches to increase levels of support to the organization;

Ideal Experience
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • Expertise in one or more fields of conservation, community development, social justice, food security, organizing, facilitation, and/or communications
  • Significant experience in program development and evaluation
  • Significant experience developing and implementing effective annual and strategic plans
  • Proven record of managing $1,000,000+ organizational and departmental budgets with various revenue streams and funding restrictions.
  • Proven fundraising skills  and desire to raise revenue
  • Proven capability to develop administrative systems and processes to manage growth
  • Experience in growth-oriented organizations.
  • 5 years experience minimum overseeing budgets

Personal Characteristics

  • A facilitator and coordinator with outstanding leadership abilities and interpersonal skills; must have strong personal credibility, honesty, integrity and trust and motivate others in a similar vein
  • A team player who can skillfully coordinate individuals in order to accomplish program goals;
  • Committed to and enthusiastic about our mission and programs.
  • Outgoing, straightforward and self-possessed; one who shares information readily, listens as well as gives advice and respects the abilities of others;
  • A knack for anticipating problems and devising practical and lasting solutions
  • Leadership skills to keep staff focused and working toward common goals.
  • Assertive, determined and confident, balanced with diplomacy, humility, and a healthy sense of humor;
  • Creative, highly organized, and able to problem solve on the fly and juggle multiple projects;
  • Ability to think holistically, strategically, and collaboratively; and
  • Self-directed and deadline-oriented.

Please submit a cover letter, résumé and a brief sample of your writing to Helen Whybrow, co-founder at   Please put "Deputy Director" in the subject line. This is a full time position located in Waitsfield, Vermont, to be filled as soon as possible.   We will begin to review applications on January 4, 2009.

Compensation for the Deputy Director includes a competitive base salary and a package of health and other employee benefits.

Center for Whole Communities has adopted an organizational policy on race, power and privilege and is a multi-cultural organization committed to dismantling oppression. Individuals of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientation are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.  


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