Executive Director search

MVNC seeks a passionate, entrepreneurial, energetic Executive Director to manage our ongoing programs and lead us to the next stage in our growth and value to the Vineyard and its nonprofit community, by developing and implementing a 3-5 year strategic plan that further activates our vision.

We are looking for a candidate who brings a collaborative and community impact mindset, has experience creating a shared vision and bringing it to life, has a proven track record in engaging diverse community groups, and brings excellent communication and project management skills. The candidate must bring a passion for the value and importance of nonprofits, advocacy for them, and a deep desire to find new and innovative ways to strengthen the Vineyard nonprofit community.

The Executive Director has responsibility for leading MVNC in delivering on the promise we make to the Island. Detailed responsibilities and qualifications for the position are described below.

If interested, please send a letter of interest, resume and several writing samples that show both your business and advocacy writing skills including public/published material if possible (e.g. OP-ED’s, letters to editor, organization newsletters) by December 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm to Gerald Jones, Board Chair,  at gerald@mvnonprofits.org.

Learn more about MVNC, its Mission and History here.

The ROLE of the Executive Director includes, but is not limited to:

Strategy review, design and implementation:

  • Lead and manage the continuing review of MVNC’s strategy, in partnership with the Board, other professionals, and the nonprofit community;
  • Continue to conduct or support an analysis of Island nonprofit needs and how to adjust our programs to meet those needs;
  • Engage MVNC in a continuous learning process to evaluate its approach and make course corrections;
  • Identify lessons learned and insights from the work to share locally;
  • Draft a sustainability plan and work with the Board to plan for our work and value beyond three years.

Leading MVNC in designing and delivering programs and activities in the four strategic initiative areas from our Mission:

    1.    Offering capacity building workshops and other services and resources;
    2.    Advocating for the nonprofit community, its contributions and its needs;
    3.    Advocating for impact through collaboration and resource sharing;
    4.    Acting as a catalyst to create nonprofit and Island wide collaborations that leverage their ability to sustain the Vineyard.

    The Executive Director leads a group of professionals (including some Board members) in the design and delivery of these programs and activities. The person reports to the Board, and day to day support and guidance is provided by the Board Chair and Program Committees.

    Executive Director is responsible for:

    • Completing and submitting all Federal and State nonprofit reporting requirements/obligations. Working with the officers to ensure the organization meets all legal, fiduciary, ethical and moral responsibilities.
    • Developing an annual budget for Board approval, keeping the organization on budget and regularly informing the Board of the organization’s financial situation.
    • Working with the Chair to develop Board meeting agendas, run the meetings, assist with the governance of the organization; and supporting the various Board Committees and Task Forces


    Qualified candidates will have professional experience in the nonprofit environment and ideally have:

    • Substantial experience with nonprofit boards as staff or member
    • Exposure to a variety of donor groups and non-profit organizations
    • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
    • Solid acquaintance with the Martha’s Vineyard communities—local, seasonal and summer.

    Personal Characteristics. Candidates must have the ability to function effectively in the varied Island communities.  They will have a demonstrated collaborative attitude—a willingness to work with and through others combined with a real interest in the MVNC mission and aptitude for implementing it.

    The position is very hands-on, task oriented.  Qualified candidates will be expected to:

    • Know own strengths and weaknesses so that they know how to get done what they can’t handle on their own.  In other words, candidate must know how to discover and tap outside resources to accomplish tasks.
    • Possess excellent organization ability—able to handle multiple projects with myriad details.
    • Exhibit creative problem-solving skills.
    • Possess excellent diplomatic and interpersonal skills to work effectively with a broad range of potential donors, non-profit boards, community professionals, etc. to develop strong, collaborative working relationships with key nonprofit community members, including funders, community leaders and government officials. Leverage these relationships to build a deep understanding of and value for nonprofit priorities;
    • Exhibit a high work ethic and the ability to get things done.
    • Exhibit excellent collaborative skills in working closely with an active, involved and working Board.
    • Skilled at convening and leading events to create a strong network and sense of community among nonprofits, community organizations, providers, funders, and others;

    Candidate will display the following attributes:

    • Community focus—understand community and organization issues and concerns
    • Results Orientation—display a sense of urgency/caring
    • Organizational Savvy—able to use a network to get things done
    • Adaptability—responds effectively to change, actively pursues new ideas
    • Sound judgment—makes decisions in a timely manner
    • Accountability—takes ownership
    • External antenna: keeping abreast of trends, programs, and innovations happening nationally in the nonprofit world;

    Important qualifications

    • Master’s or bachelor’s with at least 5 years of work experience
    • Exposure to and understanding of nonprofit structures and effectiveness;
    • Experience developing a shared vision with diverse stakeholders and overseeing the successful implementation of that vision
    • Entrepreneurial, high-energy, self-directed, and able to work independently; brings a learning mindset
    • Ability to operate effectively at multiple levels, shifting seamlessly between high-level strategic planning and management of day-to-day details;
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent facilitation skills and ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people
    • Relevant knowledge and/or experience with capacity building 
    • Excellent organizational and project management skills
    • Strong network of relationships on Island


    The Executive Director is paid hourly as an independent contractor, and averages 15-20 hours a week. The contractor is paid a minimum monthly retainer and is paid for services above that level at the end of each month.  Should additional time or resources be required, the Executive Director will be expected to work with the Board to determine strategies for increased funding for additional services and support.



    The Executive Director is expected to work primarily on Martha’s Vineyard. MVNC currently has no office so the Executive Director is expected to provide his/her own workspace, telephone, computer and internet service.

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