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Thrive Executive Director Job Posting

Position Summary:

Thrive Asheville is seeking a dynamic, innovative and experienced leader to guide our vital organization from rapid growth to maturity, ensuring that Thrive Asheville becomes a preferred partner for collaborative, cross-sector efforts that significantly improve our city and county. The Executive Director will lead a mission-driven organization while overseeing a small, accomplished staff of four and additional contracted experts, along with an engaged Board of Directors made up of 12 community leaders. The Executive Director will build on strong early results, and utilize a new strategic plan to establish Thrive’s agenda for action on issues that shape our community’s future, including housing, tourism and other challenges to be identified. Thrive’s Executive Director will be a key player in building a more equitable and resilient community, operationalizing the organizational values of equity, integrity, collaboration, innovation, and impact. We prefer executive director applicants with local knowledge but we also welcome transplants with civic leadership expertise who have experience with the challenges and opportunities that need addressing in Asheville.

About Thrive Asheville:
Mission –
We collaborate with local residents and leaders from diverse perspectives to understand our city’s challenges, forge new relationships, and act on the best solutions together. Vision – Asheville is a place where all thrive—we share in the beauty and prosperity of our city because we are equitable, sustainable, and connected.

Thrive Asheville brings together local community advocates, policymakers, and professionals from diverse fields and backgrounds to find equitable solutions to our city’s toughest challenges. Since our launch in 2019, we have worked with community members and leadership to spotlight core issues related to growth and change. We promote learning about these issues and surface effective and appropriate solutions. We advocate for implementation of solutions by bringing the right people to the table to get things done.

An independent nonprofit since 2021, Thrive Asheville is led by a diverse board of directors made up of people who reflect the range of perspectives that shape our city – business, nonprofit, and civic leaders, long-term residents and new arrivals. Thrive has a dedicated staff including three full-time and one part-time position. Even though Thrive is a new nonprofit, we have developed effective organizational structures, and are in a strong financial position. We are designing our first strategic framework that will guide Thrive decision-making and work for the next three-to-five years. See the Thrive Asheville Impact Report 2022 for more information about our accomplishments.

About the role:

As Executive Director, you will be responsible for ensuring the organization’s financial and operational health while overseeing partnership and community engagement, program operations, outcomes, strategic growth, and board management.

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The strongest candidates will have these skills and experience:

  • ●  Relationship-builder and constituent manager – Skill in developing deep and influential relationships with community leaders, board members, donors, and other key stakeholders and constituencies (including elected officials, tourism and business leaders, etc).
  • ●  Nonprofit leader – Experience as a nonprofit senior leader who has managed staff and navigated organizational complexity and evolution.
  • ●  Strategic communicator – Expertise as a strategic facilitator and communicator who distills complicated information into compelling messages across platforms that increase understanding and organization support. Experience in design of meetings and group facilitation processes that build agreement and action.
  • ●  Successful fundraiser – Proven track record in diversifying funding streams and donor portfolios to include both institutional and individual donors.
  • ●  Finance and human resource manager – Budgeting, investment and human resource allocation expertise.
  • ●  Equity leader – Deep knowledge of disparities and the role of history and systems in perpetuating inequities. Aptitude for leading and managing others through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • ●  Results-orientation – Past record of effective planning, tracking and achieving outstanding results.
  • ●  Bachelor’s degree required; MA or other advanced degree, and/or significant business, public or nonprofit sector experience strongly preferred. Education about and experience with the interconnections of public policy, business, and civic life is helpful. Primary Responsibilities Organizational Strategy and Leadership
  • ●  Maintain alignment between the overall vision, mission, and core values of the organization and our plan of education, implementation, and advocacy.
  • ●  Lead as a strategist to expand Thrive’s relationships, influence and impact on pressing challenges facing our community.
  • ●  Ensure effective systems are in place to track progress to goals, regularly evaluate program components, and communicate outcomes to the board, funders, and other constituents.
  • ●  Develop, maintain, and support a strong working relationship with the Board of Directors to define and implement governance best practices.
  • ●  Seek board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing operations. Communication and Advocacy
  • ●  Oversee the development and distribution of excellent communication materials – digital, print, website, social media, newsletters, etc. – that articulate the goals, challenges and accomplishments of Thrive.
  • ●  Be the lead spokesperson for Thrive Asheville via excellent verbal and written communication skills and experience.
  • ●  Lead the development of outreach to varied audiences (citizens, leaders, partners, etc) that promotes the learning and actions being pursued by Thrive. Thrive Asheville Executive Director Job Posting 2 June, 2023

Fundraising and Development

  • ●  Refine and enhance Thrive’s fundraising strategy, including short and long-term goals for individual donors, business support, and grants.
  • ●  Partner with staff and board in the achievement of fundraising goals.
  • ●  Manage, cultivate, and retain a solid donor base through quality relationships. Systems and Operations
  • ●  Ensure that standard and effective operating processes and procedures are in place for delivering on organizational goals and responsibilities.
  • ●  Manage Thrive’s annual operating budget of $450K+
  • ●  Manage Thrive’s systems and processes related to human resources, staff benefits, payroll, etc.
  • ●  Oversee compliance in collaboration with an external accounting firm and contracted legal counsel.
  • ●  Lead evaluation of impact to inform future planning and investment. People Development and Cultural Leadership
  • ●  Hire, manage, lead, retain, and empower a diverse and high-performing team enabled by a culture rooted in the mission and values of the organization. (A sample staff makeup would be three to four employees and two or three part-time contractors or consultants.)
  • ●  Create policies and practices that foster diversity, equity, and inclusiveness to ensure inclusive and equitable staff experiences.
  • ●  Invest in and support talent to build successors for key roles, contributing to the sustainability of the team and organization. Salary and Benefits: Salary range: $72,000 to $77,000 depending on experience
    Discretionary health and wellness stipend $7,200/annually
    Full-time flexible, hybrid work schedule and location
    10 established holidays and 18 discretionary paid-days off (more than 5 weeks paid time off annually) Five days sick leave annually; accrues up to 15 days To apply: Please submit your resume and responses to the following prompts to search@thriveasheville.org In your cover letter, please address the following:
    1. Why are you the right person to be Thrive Asheville’s next Executive Director?
    2. Describe a situation where you provided strategic leadership that led to community change. 3. Thrive Asheville believes that prioritizing and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is necessary for achieving our mission and vision. In what ways have you utilized a DEI
    lens in your previous work?
    4. What experience do you have working in fundraising? Please share your most significant related “win.” Thrive Asheville Executive Director Job Posting 3 June, 2023

The hiring process:

Review of applications will begin August 1 and continue until the position is filled.
After submitting a resume and cover letter responding to our questions, selected candidates will be invited to participate in the hiring process, which may include multiple interviews (and submission of past work samples and references) conducted on Zoom and in-person.
The ideal start date for the new Executive Director is October 1, 2023. While this is the preferred timeline, the start date will be somewhat negotiable.

Finalists will be required to complete a criminal background check.

Thrive Asheville is committed to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age. We strongly encourage candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply.

Thrive Asheville’s mission is to collaborate with local residents and leaders from diverse perspectives to understand our city’s challenges, forge new relationships, and act on the best solutions together. Learn about us and join our efforts via www.thriveavl.org.

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