Executive Director, Groundwork Somerville 

Groundwork Somerville seeks a dynamic, passionate, entrepreneurial, and mission-driven leader to bring GWS into its third decade. While the Executive Director will play a key external role in promoting the organization’s work and cultivating relationships, they are primarily responsible for the administrative duties of the organization including finances (budgeting, contracts, accounting),  personnel management, fundraising, and organizational development. The Executive Director requires a variety of skills and a passion for approaching environmental challenges through a community-driven lens. GWS believes in the power of collaboration and achieves results by building partnerships. This new staff person benefits from the strength of our history, a motivated team, and innovative programming. They also find ample opportunities to develop creative solutions to the community’s needs. This is a 25-hour a week position for 2021, with the intention of moving to full time in 2022.

Key Responsibilities: 

Organizational Leadership  

  • Oversee all budgeting efforts, including financial management and reporting, budget preparation, and contract negotiation, in collaboration with the Board Finance Committee
  • Manage all legal,  fiscal, and administrative processes, including billing & contracts, HR compliance & payroll, financial management, annual review, funder reports, and compliance with state and federal laws
  • Uphold the values and culture of the organization by fostering a positive, team-oriented, environment, while putting a premium on racial and social justice, both internally and externally
  • Work closely with the Board Executive Committee to recruit and train board, and host monthly meetings

Staff Management

  • Manage and develop staff, including hiring, delegation of responsibility, team building and evaluation, and building organizational diversity on staff, intern program, and volunteer base
  • Support staff and volunteers to organize and implement projects in Somerville and the Mystic River region
  • Hold monthly staff meetings to ensure quality project management
  • Hold annual reviews for each staff member, with the Board Programs Committee

Fundraising, Communication, and Collaboration

  • Develop and implement strategies to build and invigorate an active base of volunteers and donors
  • Identify, pursue and secure funding, including grants, gifts, fee-for-service, in-kind donations, non-traditional funding, online marketing, and business sponsorship, in partnership with staff and the Board Development Committee, with a focus on building a robust unrestricted major gifts program
  • Work to improve awareness of Groundwork and our efforts among Somerville residents and region-wide through increased communications, partnerships, and marketing
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with community members, organizations, city agencies, elected officials, charitable foundations, and other funders
  • Utilize the Groundwork USA network via active participation in the Executive Director monthly meetings, annual Assembly, and annual report, among other opportunities
  • Serve as a spokesperson and representative of Groundwork Somerville

Salary and Benefits

Groundwork Somerville offers a competitive salary and benefits package, with a pay range between $45K-$52K (for 25 hours/week; commensurate with experience), 50% coverage of health insurance, paid holidays, vacation, sick, and personal time, and more

To learn more and to apply, view the full job posting and send a resume and cover letter to by February 5, 2021.




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.