1000 Friends of Connecticut Seeks Executive Director


Position: Executive Director
Reports to: 1000 Friends of CT’s Executive Committee with regular liaison through President

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of 1000 Friends of Connecticut, a statewide citizens’ organization working to promote Smart Growth land use policies and practices.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage all day-to-day business activities of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, working closely with the Board President as necessary.
  • Recruit, hire and supervise staff, interns, volunteers, contractors and consultants.
  • Serve as primary spokesperson for the organization. Manage media and public relations.
  • Work in coalitions with a wide array of organizations, municipalities and business associations.
  • Develop and sustain a statewide grassroots organizing program.
  • Prepare and implement annual budgets.
  • Manage and develop annual fundraising plan and work with the Executive Committee, Fundraising Committee and others to implement the plan.
  • Coordinate ongoing strategic planning and organizational development.
  • Supervise legislative and lobbying activities, including development of a 501(c)(4) organizational arm.


  • Degree in public policy, land use planning, or related field. Comparable work experience in lieu of a degree will be given consideration.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: public policy, lobbying, or grassroots organizing.
  • 3-5 years experience in an executive director or comparable position.
  • Demonstrated staff management experience
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience in major donor cultivation, grant writing, and/or direct mail solicitations.
  • Exceptional communications skills, both written and oral.
  • Political savvy and the ability to build and maintain coalitions.
  • Computer literate.
  • Ability to travel to events and meetings statewide.

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