Executive Director, Groundwork USA 

Groundwork USA is seeking a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and collaborative individual to be its next full-time Executive Director.  The full job posting is available here. 

The Position

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director of GWUSA is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. The Executive Director will be responsible for nurturing, expanding, and scaling the Groundwork network while building and expanding its national policy profile and brand. Supported by national foundations and federal partners, Groundwork USA has an annual budget of approximately $4.9M and a fully remote, national team of 12 FTEs.

The Executive Director will be expected to lead in the following ways:

Organizational Leadership and Program Stewardship

  • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising, and increasing the overall visibility of the organization.
  • Lead strategic planning to ensure that Groundwork USA and the network can successfully fulfill its mission into the future.
  • Execute the organization’s strategic and operational goals, including fiscal and program management.
  • Oversee program delivery to maintain the high quality and impact of national programming.
  • Lead, coach, and develop Groundwork USA’s management team.
  • Support and foster a culture that embraces teamwork, collaboration, equity, transparency, authenticity, growth, and innovation.
  • Serve as a Groundwork USA spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, and the general public alongside Groundwork USA’s program leads.


Resource Development and Financial Management

  • Employ a high level of business acumen including successful P&L management; the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; and problem-solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness.
  • Develop the annual budget and oversee the implementation of financial management best practices.
  • Expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and continued expansion of programming.


 Network Development

  • Develop and oversee the effective support and expansion of the Groundwork Trust network.
  • Develop programs to provide coaching, technical assistance, and training for leadership across the Groundwork Trust network.
  • Collaborate with federal partners to co-create and lead a network expansion strategy and develop partnerships with additional federal agencies to expand programmatic opportunities.


The Executive Director of GWUSA must be highly experienced, entrepreneurial, and collaborative to support and advance the development of this growing national network. They will report to the Board of Directors and work closely with the Trusts, NPS, EPA and key partners to lead this effort and continue growing the staff and Board to build a sustainable organization and network.  The ideal candidate will have experience developing and leading an organization working at a national scale or, at minimum, across multiple municipalities. They should have a strong background in major fund development, building partnerships, organizational and fiscal management, an understanding of affiliate relations and team management, and excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills.  Experience with environmental or social justice work is a priority.  Knowledge of local sustainable community development, public health, engaging youth and volunteers, environmental education and job training, and environmental work such as reclamation of brownfields and derelict land, park development, natural resource conservation, watershed protection, urban forestry, food security and similar areas are a plus.

The successful candidate will bring the following professional experience and personal qualities to the position:

  • Senior-level leadership experience with a proven track record of successfully building a vision for and leading, managing, and growing a department, organization, or enterprise, preferably within the environmental or social justice sector.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social and environmental justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion through continuous personal and professional development and modeling inclusive behaviors.
  • Experience and cultural proficiency working with politically underrepresented communities, including but not limited to, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities, justice-involved communities, and youth.
  • Anti-racist leader, with a track record of embedding anti-racism at the organizational and programmatic levels.
  • Experience building relationships and cultivating new partnerships among diverse groups, including non-profits, community organizations, businesses, philanthropic organizations, and government officials.
  • Experience leading, supporting, and/or overseeing the expansion of fundraising at all giving levels, inclusive of a successful track record of managing a team; ability to retain existing and cultivate new funding sources in varied economic climates.
  • Excellent strategic, analytical, and problem-solving skills with the ability to overcome challenges through the development of thoughtful and creative solutions.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication, networking, and public engagement skills.

Office Location

GWUSA is a fully remote organization headquartered in Yonkers, NY with a senior leadership team based in the New England area. The preferred location for this position is the greater New York City or greater Boston metropolitan area.  Other locations in communities with local Groundwork Trusts (see will be considered. This is a full-time position, but Groundwork USA is committed to flexibility in arranging work schedules to balance work and family responsibilities. Travel to Groundwork Trust cities will be required.


The expected salary range for this position is $150,000-$175,000, commensurate with qualifications.  Benefits include health insurance, dental and vision insurance, a retirement plan with employer match, generous vacation, sick and parental leave policies, and support for professional development.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to  Only those selected for interviews will be contacted – your understanding is appreciated.

Candidates with backgrounds and identities connected to Black, Indigenous, and people of color, LGBTQIA+, or other historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Urban Forestry Manager, Groundwork Richmond 
Groundwork Richmond is looking for an Urban Forestry Manager (UFM) who is passionate about environmental and social justice issues, understands why the urban canopy is critical to the health and well-being of the community, and is an experienced leader. The ideal candidate has experience within urban forestry, supervising multiple staff in a field work setting, strong writing and speaking skills, and a commitment to navigating challenges with a focus on positive change. This role entails administrative duties, supervision of a team, and time out in the community assisting with tree planting and operational management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

Urban Forestry

  • Manage the overall operations of the Urban Forestry Department including managing tree inventory through a data entry system, ordering and planting trees in a timely manner, and keeping clear records of purchases and planting, and coordinate plantings for the Adopt-a-Tree program
  • Supervise team of three to five Urban Forestry Technicians
  • Work with GWR to schedule tree planting training for workforce development participants and new volunteers as well as advanced training sessions

Grant/Data Management

  • Track and monitor all aspects of tree inventory
  • Serve as GWR’s primary Urban Forest Metrix specialist and train others in the software
  • Enter all required information into tables and spreadsheets for reporting purposes
  • Contribute to grant invoices and reports

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  • Three years supervisory experience
  • B.A. in environmental sciences related field (equal years of professional experience may be substituted)
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • ISA certified or willing to become certified within year of employment
  • Ability to use G-Suite for nonprofits platform
  • Covid-19 vaccinated (or willing to become vaccinated prior to employment)
  • Must possess a valid state driver’s license
  • Must be 21 years of age or older

Desired Qualifications

  • Public speaking and presentation experience
  • Ability to identify tree species name and information
  • Comfortable managing data collection and maintaining/updating records
  • Familiarity with Restorative Justice
  • Knowledge of budgeting and fiscal management practices
  • Proficiency in Spanish

To apply for this position please submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to 

You can review the full job posting here. 

Groundwork USA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to maintaining and growing a diverse team, and an anti-racist organization committed to doing business in keeping with core values of relevance, equity, diversity, and inclusion.