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.


Executive Director, Groundwork Erie

Groundwork Erie is seeking a dedicated, passionate, inspirational, and experienced leader to serve as
the organization’s inaugural Executive Director.  The full job posting is available here. 

The Organization 

Groundwork Erie will lead and support a variety of partnership-driven efforts that bring together the public, private and non-profit sectors to address complex environmental, social and economic challenges and sustain a long-term vision for neighborhood transformation. The vision for these activities should reflect the community’s four priority objectives to:

  1. Return vacant and underutilized land to productive, active, and inclusive use
  2. Build the community’s collective capacity for growing food and increasing food access for all
  3. Provide active learning opportunities for youth and adults that are focused on climate resilience and address environmental justice challenges
  4. Create physical, social and heritage-based greenways to deepen community connectivity


The Position 

The Executive Director (ED), with oversight from the Board of Directors, is responsible for the administration, programming, and strategic planning of the organization. The primary responsibilities of the role include:

Organizational Management and Development

  • Manage all administrative tasks, including organizational insurance, office space and systems, and timekeeping systems.
  • Establish and manage all financial management systems and tools, including budgeting, reporting and creation of internal financial controls.
  • Create and activate a strategic fundraising plan.
  • Manage reporting and other compliance requirements for grants and other revenue sources.
  • Engage with the Board of Directors on a regular basis for organizational updates and financial reporting.

Collaboration and Partnership

  • Support the recruitment of new board members and engage in ongoing board development to ensure a strong partnership with the Board of Directors.
  • Contract and manage professional partnerships and other services as necessary to support the work of the organization.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with public, private, and nonprofit entities, such as neighborhood revitalization organizations, that are necessary to support the work of Groundwork Erie
  • Actively participate in the Groundwork Network, including participation in peer-to-peer learning exchanges and national programs coordinated by Groundwork USA.

Leadership and Staff Development

  • Create a staffing plan for the organization that reflects the goals, vision, mission, and values of the organization.
  • Plan, organize, and implement projects, programs, and event
  • Direct hiring, retention, support, and management of passionate and qualified staff


Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, master’s degree preferred
  • Five years minimum relevant experience, including work in nonprofit management, local government, and/or community development
  • Demonstrated experience in partnership development, including working alongside residents and engaging them as leaders in their community
  • Demonstrated experience in sound financial management, including accounting, developing, and monitoring budgets and financial reporting
  • Demonstrated success in grant seeking, proposal writing, fundraising, and development
  • Demonstrated human resource management experience, including staff supervision, and hiring and growing new staff members.
  • Proven ability to work in a culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse environment
  • Project and program management experience
  • Volunteer management experience


Values, Skills and Qualities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and public relations skills
  • Comfort with speaking in community forums and facilitating relationships among various sectors
  • Highly organized with the ability to delegate and manage time effectively and work independently
  • Ability to prioritize, plan and manage multiple tasks and agendas
  • Strong interest and passion for neighborhood transformation, urban planning, and workforce development, and environmental justice.
  • Familiarity with nonprofit governance and the ability to work with a Board of Directors
  • Strong leadership skills that include the ability to attract, build and guide new staff.
  • Skill in developing programs that respond to community needs


Salary and benefits will range from $60,000- $75,000, commensurate with experience. Email your résumé, and cover letter to . Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received by August 22, 2022 at 5pm EDT

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.