Website Groundwork

Location: Traverse City, MI


The next Executive Director of Groundwork will lead an organization that has established a 30-year legacy of innovation and success in conceiving and piloting sustainable solutions and moving them forward. Our new leader will have the opportunity to guide a team of 20 talented, engaged, and passionate individuals who are determined to help create a better world. Operating in three program areas, Groundwork brings an equity-centered systems-change approach to growing the local food economy, promoting an equitable transition to clean energy, and advocating for walkable, livable towns and sustainable transportation. The candidate has the opportunity to implement the right mix of 21st-century vision, practical day-to-day management, and strong community instincts to shape a world in which sustainable solutions are guiding our culture’s most important decisions locally and statewide. Groundwork Center for Resilient communities is seeking a visionary and dynamic Executive Director to lead the organization into its next phase of growth and impact. The Executive Director will serve as the primary spokesperson for Groundwork and will provide strategic leadership to advance the organization’s mission and programs. This individual will oversee all aspects of the organization, while working closely with the Board of Directors, staff, and community partners to ensure the success and sustainability of Groundwork. The ideal candidate will be ready to play an integral role in the organization’s fundraising and will have experience in securing funding from foundations, businesses, and individual donors.


  • Act as the lead public spokesperson for the organization while building and maintaining relationships with supporters, donors, partner organizations, and the general public
  • Provide strategic leadership on program and organizational vision, guiding the development and implementation of programs and projects that align with Groundwork’s mission and values
  • Oversee and support staff, finances, and week-to-week systems of the organization, ensuring efficient organizational systems and processes
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors by providing regular updates on organizational activities, financial status, and strategic priorities
  • Play a key role in fundraising efforts, working to secure financial support from foundations, corporations, and individual donors to sustain and expand Groundwork’s impact
  • Execute other duties as requested by the Board of Directors to support the overall success of the organization


  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills with experience managing a diverse team and fostering a culture of collaboration and trust
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising for nonprofit organizations
  • Ability to build and maintain effective communication and working relationships with partners, community leaders, donors, and supporters
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to guide the development of organizational vision, programs, and priorities
  • Passionate advocate for the organization’s mission, with the ability to inspire others to action
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all aspects of organizational leadership and decision-making

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