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2 Apr 2023

Full-Time President

Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) – Posted by OHarkness Montpelier, Vermont, United States

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Job Description

Location: Montpelier, VT or Remote Work Location

Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) is an international, non-profit organization with a mission to support communities by creating, implementing and scaling equitable climate change mitigation and resilience solutions for those most profoundly impacted by the global climate crisis by forming collaborative, people-focused partnerships.

ISC’s approach ensures that solutions emerge from writhin the community, rather than being imposed from the outside. By sharing international best practices and experiences, providing technical expertise and training and building the capacity of local organizations, we are supporting innovative solutions and sustainable change.

With ISC’s firm commitment to equity and developing solutions in partnership with affected communities, ISC is an internationally respected and trusted organization built on the core value and model of community engagement. It is a leader and the pioneer in providing knowledge and technical assistance that leads to locally developed and scalable solutions to the existential effects of climate change. With more than 100 projects in the United States, China, Bangladesh, India and the Mekong, the President of ISC will have the opportunity to bring visibility and brand identity to ISC’s record, unite the internal team around a shared vision for success, crystallize the expression of ISC’s mission and continue to develop scalable programs to meet the needs of the communities it serves.

The new President will lead implementation of a new Strategic Plan, work closely with staff and increase resources. Within the strategic plan, the new President must focus on branding and awareness, fortifying the current programming and culture and building the pipeline of projects for climate equity at both the domestic and international levels.

Reporting to the Board of Directors and working with a passionate and committed staff of 57 individuals, the ISC President is responsible for the overall leadership and management of this $10 million Institute, including strategic direction, finances, fundraising, programs, staff and external relations with funders, community partners and others. The President is charged with achieving the mission and goals of ISC in a manner that is fiscally sound and reflects best practices in nonprofit management.

ISC seeks a proven, accomplished leader, with a deep passion for the mission. This person will bring a courageous and inspiring vision to ISC, as well as the ability to lead and execute bold strategic plans that produce effective and trusting international and domestic partnerships, dissemination and scaling of best practices, brand visibility and financial sustainability for the organization.

The candidate must demonstrate experience in organizational management and the ability to build and nurture a culture that is grounded in a shared vision, vibrant in teamwork, supported by mutual respect and unrelenting in its pursuit of quality solutions to the negative impacts of climate change.  An understanding of how to form collaborative, people-focused partnerships is essential, as is the proven ability to lead a staff that is diverse with respect to race, culture, nationality, gender and generational differences. The ideal candidate will have a strong focus on both climate impact and equity. This person must be ready to join with the Board and staff to lead ISC in pursuing new strategic goals in conservation and advocacy within a framework of racial equity and social justice.

A bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university is required; an advanced degree is strongly preferred. The candidate must have a minimum of five to ten years of senior managerial experience leading a nonprofit or private organization. Background in nonprofit education, working with minority, refugee or low-income communities is preferred. Fluency in more than one language is highly desirable. While ISC headquarters are located in Montpelier, Vermont, the organization is highly decentralized across multiple continents and remote applicants are welcome to apply.

The salary range for this position is between $250,000 to $275,000 and will be commensurable with experience. ISC offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to 13 paid holidays, generous Paid Time Off and group health and dental, as well as a retirement plan.

To apply, submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page). All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information about ISC, visit

How to Apply

To apply, submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page). All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Categories: Climate Change. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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