Emerge Vermont announces a search for a new Executive Director following a decision from current Executive Director, Ruth Hardy, to step down to serve in the Vermont State Senate. Hardy has been serving part-time as Executive Director since May when she announced her run for state senate in the Addison District, following the retirement of Senator Claire Ayer. Hardy was elected in November.
With a mission to recruit, train, and inspire Democratic women to run for office, Emerge Vermont is the premier candidate training organization in Vermont. On Election Day, Emerge Vermont alumnae and staff posted an 83% win-rate, with 14 of them now set to serve in the Vermont General Assembly, nearly a three-fold increase from the previous legislative session. Since its founding in 2013 by Governor Madeleine Kunin, Emerge Vermont has trained nearly 90 women to run for office, over 1/3 of whom now serve in public office. In addition to the state legislature, Emerge alumnae hold numerous local positions around the state. Emerge Vermont is part of a dynamic and growing national network of affiliates currently working in 25 states. Founded in 2002, Emerge America affiliates have trained more than 4,000 Democratic women across the nation.
Ruth Hardy has served as Executive Director since November 2015, working tirelessly to widen the scope and influence of Emerge Vermont. She expanded programming to include a more comprehensive Signature Training Program, a weekend bootcamp program, and various one-day workshops. Hardy broadened the diversity of program members, recruiting a 2018 class more than twice as racially diverse as the state population and providing training for the first transgender woman to be nominated for governor in the nation. During Hardy’s tenure, the organization established the Governor Madeleine Kunin Lifetime Achievement Award and expanded the Professor Cheryl Hanna Scholarship Fund.
“It’s been an honor to serve as the leader of an organization doing such important and timely work,” says Hardy. “Electing diverse, passionate, and skilled women to public office is crucial for restoring the health of our democracy. I am sad to leave this position, but look forward to serving in the state senate and remaining active in the Emerge network.”
Emerge Vermont Board Chair, former state representative Joan Lenes, states, “Ruth’s dedication and passion for this work will be greatly missed. She has been a terrific role model for women seeking public office, and we are excited to follow her work in Montpelier.” Lenes adds, “We’re now focusing on finding a new executive director who can continue the important work of Emerge Vermont, including recruiting and training our Class of 2019.”
Emerge Vermont is seeking a dedicated and skilled individual to serve as a full-time Executive Director. The Executive Director oversees all aspects of the training program and is responsible for maintaining the organizational infrastructure and network. Primary responsibilities include fundraising, program promotion and implementation, class recruitment, board management, public relations, information management, and support for program members and alumnae.
See below for the job description. For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references to Joan Lenes, Board Chair at email@example.com by December 20, 2018.
Emerge Vermont Executive Director Job Description
We are seeking a dedicated and skilled individual to serve as a full-time Executive Director. This position will report to the Chair of the Emerge Vermont Board of Directors and the Emerge America Affiliate Director. The primary responsibilities include but are not limited to: fundraising and development, training program promotion and implementation, class recruitment, board management, public relations, information management, and support for program members and alumnae.
The Executive Director oversees all aspects of the Emerge Vermont training program and is responsible for expanding and maintaining the organizational infrastructure and network. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Program & Communications
Fundraising & Administration
Workplace is flexible, from home office or shared workspace with ability to travel to Burlington and Montpelier fairly regularly, and other parts of the state as needed for meetings, trainings, and events. Starting salary range is $50,000 – $55,000 plus benefits.
Emerge America and its affiliates are equal opportunity employers committed to maintaining a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace.