Established in 1992, The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) is a dynamic partnership of federal, state, local, nonprofit, and private partners. VCRD is uniquely positioned to sponsor and coordinate collaborative efforts across governmental and organizational categories concerned with policy questions of rural import to help Vermont citizens build prosperous and resilient communities through democratic engagement, marshalling resources, and collective action.
VCRD envisions a future for Vermont where communities are healthy and resilient; the economy is innovative and vibrant; citizens are engaged in community-building and governance; communities attract youth, entrepreneurs, and healthy diversity; young citizens are fully prepared to contribute to their communities and participate successfully in a changing economy; the rural character and open lands are conserved and managed productively and profitably; communities, businesses, and citizens prosper by designing and building economic solutions to climate change; and Vermont communities serve as models for other communities throughout rural America.
Since its inception, VCRD has built a reputation for integrity as a neutral, non-partisan mediator of public processes, setting the framework for decisions by communities and by policy leaders, that lead to direct and practical results in addressing fundamental challenges at the local and state level. As a result, the collective success of VCRD’s Programs have included:
Most recently, VCRD has taken the lead in developing the Vermont Proposition, a set of ideas to drive common action and advance a successful and resilient future for the state. The Proposition was built based on statements VCRD heard from personal interviews, survey submissions, partners, policy councils and statewide coordinating efforts − including the Council on the Future of Vermont initiative of 10 years ago − and the tens of thousands of people who have been engaged through the years in setting and advancing action to improve life in their communities.
Based in Montpelier, but working throughout Vermont, VCRD has an annual operating budget of approximately $900,000 and a staff of seven. Established as one of 37 State Rural Development Councils nationwide, VCRD is overseen by a 22-member Board of Directors comprised of federal, state, local, nonprofit, and private representatives. Since 2000, VCRD has been extremely well-led by its stalwart Executive Director, Paul Costello, who will step down from leadership of VCRD on September 30 to pursue other professional and personal opportunities.
Opportunity Going Forward
The Executive Director will have the opportunity to lead this unique, highly respected, collaborative, and mission-driven nonprofit which has partnered with state, federal, nonprofit, and private sector leaders to design and implement highly effective programming to identify and address key issues that impact rural life in Vermont. In addition to effectively and efficiently managing ongoing operations, high priorities for the Executive Director include:
Desired Credentials/Profile of the Ideal Candidate
Skills and Experience
Visionary and Strategic Leader
Consummate Networker and Trusted Facilitator
Skilled Administrator and Empowering Team Leader
Experienced and Effective Fundraiser
Established in 1992, The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) is a dynamic partnership of federal, state, local, nonprofit, and private partners. VCRD is uniquely positioned to sponsor and coordinate collaborative efforts…
This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications and within the framework of the organization’s annual budget. Candidates must include a resume and a cover letter that describes how their qualifications and experience match the needs and mission of VCRD. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Submit required documents at: https://eostransitions.applicantpool.com/jobs/
VCRD is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer which encourages applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds and cultures, particularly candidates of color and/or candidates who know and/or represent the communities VCRD serves.
This executive search is being conducted by Eos Transition Partners consultant John Tarvin. All submissions will be acknowledged and are confidential, and any questions must be submitted to John at: email@example.com.
This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications and within the framework of the organization’s annual…