Network Weaver, New England

Grist, the environmental media organization, is seeking a leader to build a New England hub of its ambitious new program Fix. Serving as Grist’s solutions lab, Fix is one-half network-building and one-half storytelling. The program identifies and lifts up a diverse array of leaders working toward a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. It brings them together to break down silos, develop new partnerships, and accelerate solutions. And through storytelling, live events, and partnerships with culture-shaping institutions, it ushers in a whole new narrative of what’s possible to achieve a world that works for everyone.

The network weaver will partner with the Fix leadership team, including Grist’s founder, to develop and implement a regional strategy for the program, establishing its New England branch. Working across the six states, we aim over the next three years to build a network of hundreds of regional leaders that fosters new connections, collaborations, and learnings, and that represents a powerful and diverse wave of leaders in sustainability. And we plan to advance the world-changing work of such leaders, whom we call Fixers, using in-person convenings and the power of media to drive the public to action.

The network weaver will help to design and implement a one-year pilot involving ~50 New England Fixers from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, knitting together the network and connecting the regional network to program efforts across the country. The work will involve community-building, events, and a heckuva lot of partnering. In the role, we are looking for a creative, results-oriented leader who has led programs in the past. The successful candidate will come with a broad knowledge of the environmental and social-justice spaces, and relish connecting the dots and weaving together relationships. The role will be based in New England, and entail frequent travel across the region. It will begin as a one-year assignment, with the potential to transition into a longer-term position.

Responsibilities

Fix believes in a systems approach to problem-solving. The challenges we face as a society are too big, and too complicated, for any one person to address. Fixers are already leaders. Fix helps them take their work to the next level, equipping them with new relationships, resources, and ideas, and boosting their stories through our media platform.

In New England, the network weaver will:

  • Establish the regional Fixers network and serve as matchmaker and relationship-weaver for Fixers, connecting them to opportunities to expand their reach and deepen their work
  • Pilot a set of program offerings — from events to mentorship opportunities to storytelling about solutions — that build a Fixer community and connect them to the public
  • Serve as Fix’s liaison with a partner organization whose 400-acre retreat center and arts-performance space in New Hampshire will serve as homebase for the majority of our in-person convenings
  • Manage significant projects, including events, outreach, and general communications work
  • Build and nurture a growing community of Fixers, engaging with ~50 leaders in year one and laying the groundwork for the network to expand to hundreds in later years
  • Seed and build on unlikely partnerships to strengthen and bring new opportunities to the network
  • Help to create a culture within the national Fix network that values complex reciprocity, where information and resources are shared without expecting a return

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this position is a mission-driven, strategic professional with a creative spark, a passion for project management, and significant experience community-building. You must possess exceptionally strong leadership and interpersonal skills, and have demonstrated excellence in planning, priority-setting, tactical execution, and communications. You should be passionate about people — and about saving the planet and building a more just world (but not in a tree-hugging sort of way!).

These words and phrases make us think of you:

  • At least 3-5 years experience in building and nurturing networks, coalitions, or communities of practice that encompass a range of perspectives, cultures, and backgrounds
  • Comfortable working in a quick-paced environment to help develop a new program area that will involve experimentation, learning, and adjustments along the way; ability to push through ambiguity to deliver results
  • Deep passion for building and supporting relationships; skilled in lifting up the work of others, often in a behind-the-scenes way
  • Strong project-management skills and attention to detail
  • Team player with an entrepreneurial bent
  • Talent scout
  • Demonstrated knowledge of environmental and social-justice issues, and experience working with a range of sectors
  • Experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion work
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable flying in the cloud (Google Drive, Slack, Salesforce, Dropbox, etc.), and proficiency with Kumu or other network-mapping tools
  • A flexible schedule, including travel and occasional work on evenings and weekends; the first network event will take place during the last week of July 2019
  • Proudly based in New England with a sophisticated understanding of regional issues and the people involved
  • A wicked sense of humor

Compensation. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience. This is a one-year position that may extend to future years.

To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter to networkweaver@grist.org with “Network Weaver” in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style. No phone calls, please.

Grist’s commitment to a diverse, inclusive staff reflects our vision of a just, sustainable world. We do our best work when we embrace differences and thrive when we explore them. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with diverse colleagues of varied experiences. We are committed to equal-employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or veteran status.


Fix Program Director

Full-time Senior

Grist, the environmental media organization, is seeking a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader to help build an ambitious new program called Fix, which will serve as Grist’s solutions lab. Fix is one-half network-building and one-half storytelling. The program identifies and lifts up a diverse array of leaders working toward a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. It brings them together to break down silos, develop new partnerships, and accelerate solutions. And through storytelling, live events, and partnerships with culture-shaping institutions, it ushers in a whole new narrative of what’s possible to achieve a world that works for everyone.

The Fix director will work closely with Grist’s founder to develop the program’s strategy and fundraise for it, and will be responsible for the program’s execution. Under the director’s leadership, Fix will grow quickly (and smartly), with a significant budget. The program will knit together hundreds of leaders around the country and help show the way forward with a new story of positive change. The Fix team of staffers and consultants will include network-weavers, event planners, group facilitators, internal-systems whizzes, a range of storytellers and story producers (from writers to videographers to live-performance creators), and more.

We are looking for a creative, results-oriented leader who has developed programs and led the implementation of strategies in the past, and also built distributed teams from scratch. The successful candidate will come with a broad knowledge of the environmental and social-justice spaces; relish connecting the dots and weaving together relationships; and have experience harnessing the power of storytelling to spur change.

The director will partner with Grist’s founder, report to Grist’s CEO, and serve as a senior member of Grist’s management team. The role may be based anywhere within the United States, with a preference for Seattle, and will entail up to 20% travel time.

Responsibilities

  • Program direction
    • Partner with Grist’s founder to hone the overall strategy for Fix, raise revenue to support the program, guide its growth, and evaluate and act on future opportunities
  • Program leadership and management
    • Lead Fix’s scale-up, in both a creative and clear-eyed way
    • Recruit and retain a talented, growing, mission-driven team
    • Lead operations of Fix, providing clear direction toward meeting Fix’s purpose and strategy, setting priorities, developing plans with the team, and establishing and tracking benchmarks to gauge progress
    • Manage Fix budget, planning for stability and growth
    • Motivate and mentor staff
    • Lead feedback and evaluation of staff
  • Program strategy and impact
    • Lead the team in developing performance metrics and in ensuring that the program achieves a high impact
    • Communicate and integrate Fix strategy and metrics within Grist and the organization’s long-term vision for impact
    • Report on metrics and impact
    • Adjust and adapt Fix’s strategy as we learn and grow
  • Program revenue
    • Work closely with Grist’s founder and other senior Grist leaders to steward existing Fix donors
    • Help build a diverse range of new funding sources, including donations and sponsorships
    • Engage the Grist Board as supporters and advisors
  • Program partnerships
    • Work with Grist’s founder to develop and enact a partnerships plan, and hatch an advisory board to support the program’s work
    • Guide the Fix team in fulfilling and making the most of its partnerships
    • Represent Fix in external settings and with key partners
  • Organizational leadership
    • Serve as a senior member of Grist’s management team, and one of two program directors (along with Grist’s executive editor)
    • Collaborate with management team colleagues
    • Participate in organizational decision-making on issues ranging from organizational strategy and culture, to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and program implementation
    • Represent Fix activities to Grist as a whole

Qualifications

The ideal candidate for this position is a mission-driven, strategic professional with a creative spark, a passion for management, and a track record of program expansion and building teams of 10+. You must possess exceptionally strong leadership and interpersonal skills, and have demonstrated excellence in planning, problem-solving, priority-setting, tactical execution, and analysis. You should be passionate about people and stories — and about saving the planet (but not in a tree-hugging way) and building a more just world.

These words and phrases make us think of you:

  • At least 7-10 years of leadership experience with progressively increasing responsibilities, ideally in more than one organization
  • Hunger to build something transformative
  • Team player with an entrepreneurial bent
  • A focus on creativity and impact rather than on ego and hierarchy
  • Ability to set direction, drive buy-in around competing priorities, and ensure that people are accountable for moving ahead once decisions are made
  • Experience in establishing a high-performance work ethic and culture committed to growth, creativity, innovation, collaboration, change, and consistent achievement of clear and challenging objectives
  • Broad knowledge of the environmental and social-justice spaces
  • Experience in building external networks or coalitions that encompass a range of perspectives and backgrounds
  • Experience in overseeing the development of digital or other forms of storytelling to spur change and shift culture
  • Organizational maven with a bit of Gumby flexibility
  • Great listener with a keen ability to synthesize, make connections, and then act
  • Fundraising experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector, with a track record of cultivating new financial support
  • Experience in managing substantial budgets
  • Experience in organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion work
  • A flexible schedule, including travel and occasional work on evenings and weekends
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable flying in the cloud (Google Drive, Slack, Salesforce, Dropbox, etc.)

Compensation

  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience

To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter to fixdirector@grist.org with “Fix Director” in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style. No phone calls, please.

Grist’s commitment to a diverse, inclusive staff reflects our vision of a just, sustainable world. We do our best work when we embrace differences and thrive when we explore them. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with diverse colleagues of varied experiences. We are committed to equal-employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or veteran status.