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|Posted On:||Thursday, 27th December 2018|
New Haven, Connecititcut
358 Springside Ave, New Haven, Connecititcut 06515
About Common Ground:
From humble beginnings 20 years ago, Common Ground has grown into a nationally recognized center for environmental learning and leadership in New Haven, Connecticut, dedicated to growing a more just and sustainable community and world. Common Ground is uniquely positioned to do this work. Rooted in the City of New Haven, our 20-acre site includes an urban farm and abuts the 1,500- acre West Rock State Park, sharing hiking trails, wildlife, and diverse natural habitats with the surrounding forests.Common Ground weaves together three core programs to achieve its mission:
1. Common Ground’s Public Charter High School is the nation's longest-running environmental charter high school, growing a new, inclusive generation of active learners and powerful leaders.
2. The Environmental Education Center receives more than 12,000 community members each year who participate in festivals, field trips, after-school programs, and other educational opportunities on site. It runs a Schoolyards Program, helping New Haven public schools develop and maintain gardens and bird habitats as educational laboratories.
3. Our Urban Farm is a key resource for the high school and community programs, as well as for the New Haven community. It includes production and education gardens, honeybees, and livestock. The food we grow is served in our school cafeteria, sold at our farmstand and through a mobile market serving low income community members, distributed through a CSA for our high school students, and used in our programs for children and families.
Common Ground has a budget of approximately $5.5 million and employs approximately 50 full-time and 20 part-time staff. Common Ground has a commitment to examining the intersection of social, environmental, and food justice issues; how systems of oppression, including white privilege, impact the organization’s work;how resistance to those systems can position students to lead the change towards a more equitable and sustainable society. For more information on Common Ground, see www.commongroundct.org.
The Executive Director (ED) is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Haven Ecology Project, Inc., the parent agency to all Common Ground programs and activities. The ED reports to the Board ofDirectors and is responsible for the organization’sconsistent achievement of its mission, strategic priorities, and financial objectives. The ED of Common Ground directly supervises 6 Program Directors as well as the Site Manager.
Vision and Strategic Leadership
Organizational and Financial Management
Fundraising and External Communication
Culture and Staff Relations
Collaboration with the Board of Directors
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a full time position that reports to the Board of Directors. Competitive salary and benefits package including vacation, sick, and holiday time, medical, dental, and life insurance, and retirement plan. Homemade lunch from the farm is provided free to all employees!
Essential pre-application inquired may be directed to EDsearch@commongroundct.org. No phone calls please
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to EDsearch@commongroundct.org. In your cover letter, please describe why you are passionate about joining Common Ground community and how your qualifications and experience fit with the goal and responsibilities of this position
Common Ground is committed to the recruitment and retention of staff that is reflective of the communities we work with. We strongly encourage applicants from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.