CAV Director Search

January 2017

Director – Composting Association of Vermont
Position Description

The Composting Association of Vermont (CAV) is seeking a part-time Director (with opportunity to increase hours) to replace our current Director who is retiring.

 About the Organization

The Composting Association of Vermont (CAV) is an education and advocacy 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2002 with the support of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and the Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation (ANR/DEC) Waste Management Division. The organization is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors and ex-officio technical advisors. The annual budget is less than $200,000.

CAV promotes the production and use of compost as a vital link between soil health and sustainable agriculture and communities. CAV policy initiatives and education projects help Vermonters achieve environmental and economic benefits through change of practice to: improve soil and plant health; conserve water; improve water quality; reduce erosion; lessen landfill burden, and; decrease the use of fertilizers and pesticides. CAV works statewide and regionally with Solid Waste Management Entities; State and local regulators and elected officials; advocacy, conservation and food system groups; schools and researchers.

Position Responsibilities

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for CAV programs and execution of the organization’s mission. Specific responsibilities include:

Administration & Program Management:

  • Ensure ongoing coordination and program oversight of CAV led projects. Manage budgets, timelines and deliverables.
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative data collection, and program evaluation to ensure program effectiveness.
  • Recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve CAV strategic goals.
  • Maintain database listing of CAV members and membership renewals.
  • Initiate and provide support for all Board activities including meeting and agenda preparation, documenting Board actions and scheduling and coordinating an annual membership meeting.
  • Develop and implement procedures and policies that ensure compliance with state and federal regulations governing 501(c)(3) status.

Planning and Fundraising

  • Identify potential donors and partners, and pursue sources of funds to help advance CAV’s mission
  • Maintain strong relationships and accountability with current and potential foundation funders.
  • Maintain strong relationships with membership, Solid Waste Management Entities and individuals.
  • Research additional foundations for compatibility with CAV’s mission and potential funding.


  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for CAV and actively promote its mission to the greater community.
  • Prepare reports and presentations.
  • Conduct outreach to and communicate directly with media, stakeholder groups, donors and government officials.
  • Serve on statewide committees that have an impact on CAV activities and its mission.
  • Strengthen and refine all aspects of CAV’s communication such as website, social media, and traditional media outlets

The ideal candidate is a self-starter committed to advancing CAV’s mission, with an inclusive management style requiring minimal Board oversight. The selection committee seeks a candidate with the following experience and skills:


  • Ability to work independently and on own initiative with minimal Board oversight
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in organization/business management that includes project development, project management, staffing, budgeting, and non-profit board development
  • Grant writing
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Consensus building, facilitation, and organizing within coalitions, networks, and stakeholder groups
  • Basic computer literacy skills such as MS Word, Excel, or similar programs
  • Willingness/ability to travel periodically for meetings/events around Vermont


  • Familiarity with WordPress for website maintenance
  • Public relations
  • Familiarity with Vermont’s legislative process
  • Experience with membership management
  • State level policy development
  • Event management
  • Prior knowledge or experience in at least some of the areas that intersect with CAV’s mission. For example: Organics recycling including food rescue, food scraps and residuals to livestock, composting, anaerobic digestion, and thermal heat recovery from composting process; State level policy development; Vermont’s Farm to Plate Network; Water quality; Storm water management; Soil properties and function; Agriculture and/or Forest products sector; or, Regional, municipal or land use planning. 


This is a contracted, part-time position. Currently, hours vary between 15 – 30 hours per week, with most hours accruing November through April. Contracted hourly rate range ($25-$35 per hour) is commensurate with experience with up to a six-months transition overlapping with retiring Director (at negotiable wage not to exceed $20 per hour).  Director will also receive a monthly stipend to include home office rent, travel/mileage and IT expenses if working from home.  There is an opportunity to increase the number of hours worked, dependent on program needs and funding.

How to Apply

Please submit one (1) PDF file that includes: your resume/CV; a writing sample (5 pg limit); and a cover letter that includes but is not limited to: highlights of relevant experience, research, publications, demonstrated ability to initiate and manage projects, and a statement articulating why this position interests you.

Email your application file to:

Deadline for Application Submissions: Search is open until the position is filled. We expect in-person interviews to begin in late January 2017. We may contact applicants for additional information before then.

For additional information

Queries are welcome prior to your submission of resume at:, or phone 802-744-2345.

Thank you for your interest in the Composting Association of Vermont.

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