We’re Hiring an Executive Director!

  • Dec 3, 2018
  • ruthhardy

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 contact@emergevt.org 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

  • Recruit, train, and inspire Democratic women to run for office;
  • Execute the Signature 6-month and weekend bootcamp, and one-day training programs, including recruiting program members, managing all training logistics, scheduling, and preparing trainers;
  • Provide ongoing support, coaching, and continuing education to alumnae as they embark on running for office or advancing in politics;
  • Keep up-to-date on campaign laws, finance, strategy and logistics, especially as it relates to Vermont politics and women running for office;
  • Serve as spokesperson for the organization and manage all external communications & media relations;
  • Represent the organization at coalition meetings and with partner organizations and develop & maintain relationships with stakeholders.

Fundraising & Administration

  • Manage day-to-day operations for the organization;
  • Direct all fundraising efforts, with Board involvement, including: event management and donor solicitation in person or via phone, email, and mail;
  • Cultivate and maintain relations with donors;
  • Create and oversee the organization’s annual budget and finances;
  • Maintain the organization’s files, data, and information.

Organizational Development

  • Build and manage relationships with the Board of Directors and oversee all board governance, including scheduling and preparing for board meetings, participating in board recruitment, development, and training;
  • Support and engage Emerge Vermont program members and alumnae;
  • Maintain and grow a vibrant, inclusive network of diverse Emerge alumnae, women in office, male supporters, donors, trainers, mentors, recruits, & others to ensure meaningful connections for Democratic women in Vermont;
  • Ensure that Emerge Vermont is actively participating with the national Emerge America organization;
  • Identify opportunities to expand programmatic offerings.


  • Relevant educational and/or professional training & work experience of at least 8 years;
  • Demonstrated commitment to Democratic ideals;
  • Strong fundraising and organizational skills;
  • Passion for and knowledge of women’s political leadership issues and Vermont politics;
  • Comfort with public speaking and excellent written and oral communications;
  • Experience running for office or working on a political campaign;
  • Non-profit management experience in some of the following functions: boards of directors, staff, budgets, administrative functions, program development and fundraising;
  • Ability to develop trusted and effective working relationships with diverse constituencies, including board members, staff, donors, volunteers, supporters, and stakeholders.
  • Ability to handle confidential matters with a high degree of tact and discretion;
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task, and self-motivate, as well as work collaboratively with colleagues around the country;
  • A valid driver’s license and insured vehicle. In-state travel and limited out-of-state travel is required.

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.