WonderArts is dedicated to fostering an inclusive, supportive and employee-centered work environment where employees are valued, recognized and celebrated for their diverse talents and perspectives. Forgoing the traditional 9-5 framework in favor of a 3/4 time commitment for most employees, WonderArts staff are trusted and allowed the freedom to manage their own schedules with flexible in-office and remote work hours to maintain a real work/life balance. Instead of a top-down hierarchical structure, WonderArts takes a more progressive approach to leadership with a round-table style of discussion based decision-making and a checks-and-balances system of accountability and consultancy through collaboration. 

Our team is innovative, motivated and ambitious. Driven by a desire to support each other and our community, we take complex challenges head on and work together to build solutions and implement a collective vision.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

Current Open Positions

Executive Director

Development Manager

AmeriCorps School Program Assistant

Community Class Instructor

In- or After-School Instructor


Executive Director

Position Summary

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides continuing proactive leadership to ensure WonderArts’ vision, mission, and funding priorities respond to current community needs. The Executive Director manages programs and services through oversight of communication and marketing to ensure services reach targeted audiences. The Executive Director also serves as a leader at the local and state levels on behalf of our target clients, and expands awareness of WonderArts to grow private and public funding of programs and services. Lastly, the Executive Director provides the glue that holds WonderArts together by taking on responsibilities not covered by program staff, volunteers, and board members.

Employment

The Executive Director, is a full-time salaried exempt position that works primarily at our Greensboro facility with some evening and weekend responsibilities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide general oversight of business operations, programs and services, financial systems, marketing and communications

  • Partner with Board of Directors and staff to translate the strategic plan into action, including setting goals, and monitoring and evaluating progress toward goals and outcomes

  • Participate with the board, staff, and community stakeholders in developing and implementing proactive strategies consistent with WonderArts’ strategic plan

  • Support creation and collection of program impact metrics, key performance indicators; proactively monitor organizational impact and performance

  • Serve as board liaison; provide regular updates on all aspects of the organization, including program metrics, financial performance, outreach and development, and strategic execution

  • Approve financial, operational, and staffing transactions, and act as designated signer on financial and legal instruments, federal and state taxes

  • Create an organizational culture where all employees are empowered, recognized, developed, and supported, marked by engagement, accountability, and retention

  • Create / maintain staffing policies and ensure state and federal compliance

  • Uphold the mission and values of WonderArts

  • Maintain a high level of communication and positive relationships with fellow staff, school staff, parents/guardians, volunteers, board, and community members

  • Serve as the primary spokesperson for WonderArts to the community

  • Collaborate with other organizations and businesses to facilitate community services

  • Oversee website, marketing, and social media content and maintenance

  • Attend board committee meetings as an ex-officio member; support board functions such as the internal financial audit; generate a self-evaluation report every January as part of the annual ED review

  • Collaborate with staff and board to develop and implement ongoing evaluation to measure outcomes and impact, including new, innovative, mission-driven programs establishing WonderArts as a leader in its field

  • Oversee development, implementation, and evaluation of WonderArts programming

  • Provide support for all programs, as needed

  • Provide leadership for key community initiatives that focus on long-term community impact and promote sustainability in the programs and services we provide

  • Guide the publication, with input from staff and board, of WonderArts Annual Report

  • Comply with local, state, and federal regulations, and WonderArts policies and principles, ensuring the safe operation of programs and facilities

  • Work with the Finance Manager to develop and present the annual fiscal year budget and business plan for board approval.

  • Focus the program’s mission and operating procedures on the twin goals of short-term successful outcomes and long-term sustainability

  • Develop a reporting mechanism aligned with the strategic plan that clearly shows progress toward performance and provides the board with programmatic and financial information needed to make good decisions for the organization

  • Identify and pursue new sources of public and private funding

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience

  • Five years working in nonprofit management, education, or human services

  • Two years of management experience

  • Administrative experience including working knowledge of budgets, finances, and grant writing

  • Two years of related experience in grant management, including knowledge of budgeting and accounting procedures, regulations, policies, and procedures relevant to grants

Qualifications

  • Trustworthy, accountable, highly-organized people person

  • Effective communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Proven fundraising ability

  • Strong financial analysis skills and business acumen

  • Positive thinker and problem solver

  • Public speaking skills and experience

  • Leadership style that empowers and inspires staff, board, and community members

  • Cross-functional collaboration skills, and the ability to work well with a team

  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, flexible, mobile work environment

  • Experience with results-based accountability and data-driven evaluation

  • Experience with program documentation and assessment

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Passion for community with a focus on sustainability, diversity & inclusion

  • Empathy with the social and emotional needs of children, teens, and adults

  • Understanding of rural communities and the issues of poverty

  • Highly organized people person who enjoys long-lasting, positive relationships

  • Life-long learner, committed to professional development; an active and creative mind

  • Working knowledge of child development, family dynamics, and non-violent communication

  • Sense of wonder, humor, and wisdom

  • Proficiency with Google Suite (Mail, Drive, Docs, Sheets)

  • QuickBooks Online and Full Service Payroll (preferred)

  • Little Green Light or similar CRM/donor management system (preferred)

  • CPR/First Aid certification (may be obtained post-hire)

  • Background check

To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to monique@wonderartsvt.org


Development Manager

Job Description

Reporting to and working with the Executive Director, the Development Manager is responsible for managing and implementing the fundraising plan, soliciting individual donations, managing a corporate sponsorship system, planning and implementing fundraising events, developing and maintaining positive donor relationships, and outwardly representing the organization. This position supports the financial and operational growth of the organization. This position also serves as a leader at the local and state levels on behalf of our target clients and expands awareness of WonderArts to grow private and public funding of programs and services. Additionally, the Development Manager provides accurate fundraising information to the Executive Director, staff, and Board of Directors for making educated economic and program decisions. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage fundraising efforts to diversify public and private funding, and cultivate and grow a strong donor base

  • Work one on one with the Executive Director on fundraising

  • Meet annual fundraising budget goals set by Executive Director and Board of Directors

  • Develop and implement a process to collect input and information on client and community needs that will help WonderArts determine its goals and priorities

  • Seek, investigate, and initiate proactive initiatives (i.e. objectives) that address and support the implementation of strategic goals and service priorities

  • Implement an annual resource development plan, the annual fund campaign, to diversify contributions, especially to increase ongoing donations from individuals and foundations

  • Oversee the Little Green Light donor database; coordinate fundraising mailings, acknowledgment letters, and personal note writing on appeal letters

  • Develop campaigns as necessary including but not limited to: planned giving, capital, endowment, annual appeal, and others

  • Inform, schedule, and attend donor meetings, events, and asks with the Executive Director

  • Work with the Executive Director and Finance Manager to develop and present fundraising goals to the board and finance committee

  • Work with staff to research, schedule, write, implement, and report on grants

  • Oversee and create 2-4 fundraising events each year

  • Oversee, manage, and Identify potential corporate donors and initiate a regular communication and development strategy

  • Identify and pursue new sources of public and private funding

  • Meet quarterly fundraising goals set by the board and Executive Director

Skills and Qualifications

  • 3+ years development, sales, and/or non-profit experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience

  • Background check and credit report required

  • Strong financial analysis skills and business acumen

  • Grant writing & management skills

  • CRM systems & donor management (preferred, but will train)

  • Proficiency with Google Suite (Mail, Drive, Docs, Sheets) and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)

  • Ability to work independently in a flexible, mobile work environment

  • Function-based accountability and leadership capabilities 

  • Cross-functional collaboration skills, and the ability to work well with a team

  • Enthusiastic, open, and willingness to meet and talk to new people

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Passion for community with a focus on sustainability, diversity & inclusion

To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to monique@wonderartsvt.org


AmeriCorps School Programs Assistant

This position is part of the Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps Program (LEAP). LEAP is a national service program that places AmeriCorps members with non-profit organizations throughout the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) of Vermont to support those organizations in expanding their services that many communities rely on. LEAP members deliver direct service to local youth in the form of PreK-12 STEM educational programming. LEAP supports members in their path to educational and career attainment through direct service, on-going trainings, and professional development opportunities offered during the service year.

Position Description

  • Develop STEAM-based curriculum and have the ability to teach programs founded in STEAM to children/youth through schools and community partners

  • Examples of activities and sessions will include design & build, tools and technology, fiber arts, sculpture arts, poetry, music, and more (I added this whole bullet point but took the wording directly from the sponsorship application)

  • Help to expand WonderArts’ offerings to schools throughout the Craftsbury, Greensboro, Hardwick area (I added this whole bullet point but took the wording directly from the sponsorship application)

  • Be a positive role model for students

  • Recruit volunteers to help with LEAP STEAM programming activities

  • Document and evaluate programs and activities

  • Meet with school sites and partner organizations to plan and implement programming

Marginal functions

  • Designing marketing materials related to programming

  • Organizing program materials

  • Serve alongside Vermont Youth Tomorrow VISTA AmeriCorps member

Desired Qualifications

  • Understanding of childhood development

  • Experience working with at-risk and/or vulnerable populations

  • Have a working vehicle to travel to schools

  • Experience working with ages 3-15 

LEAP Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be a US citizen (or have permanent resident status; call with questions about this);

  • Be at least 18 years of age upon entering the Pre-Service Orientation (there is no upper age limit), or 17 years of age with written parental permission that has been verified by phone;

  • Be a high school graduate or have a GED certificate, or be willing to work towards their GED as part of their service-year successful completion requirement.  A member cannot have dropped out of high school to join AmeriCorps. If a member has a documented medical reason/professional opinion why they cannot finish high school, they might be eligible; call in this case;

  • Has not been convicted of murder or sexual assault and is willing to undergo a Fieldprint FBI fingerprinting background check, a Truescreen Criminal History Check, and Agency of Human Services Child and Adult abuse registry checks;

  • Be committed to the Lyndon Economic opportunity AmeriCorps program, and its ethic of service and personal and professional development of its participants;

  • Be committed to participating in the data collection process;

  • Have the ability and enthusiasm to drive to, attend, and participate in required trainings and events.

Service Conditions

Service will be accomplished during the academic year at preschool and after-school sites.

The member and School Coordinator will identify a schedule to best fit service hours.

Normally, the member would serve from 1 - 5pm Monday through Thursdays.

Member has access to winter CSA and subsidized housing.

This position is half time. Requires 900 hours for an average of 20 hours per week for one year. Member will receive a living allowance of $6,000 (pre-tax), and an education award of $3,047.50 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service.  Other benefits include federal school loan forbearance and various training opportunities.

This position does have recurring access to vulnerable populations (youth, persons over 60, individuals with disabilities).

To Apply

For questions about this position or to send additional materials, contact:

Carol Fairbank, 802-533-9370, carol@wonderartsvt.org

Additional information on AmeriCorps is available at www.americorps.org.

Position begins: September 3rd, 2019 Position ends: August 31, 2020


Community Class Instructor

Do you have a skill or two and a desire to share your knowledge with others?

WonderArts facilitates a variety of adult and family-friendly community classes throughout Craftsbury, Greensboro and the greater Hardwick area. These classes emphasize whole-body wellness by providing opportunities for creative expression and experiential learning. Community Class Instructors are responsible for planning and implementing their own curriculum.

Some previous examples of Community Classes include:

  • painting and drawing

  • basketry

  • ceramics

  • indigo-dyeing

  • printmaking

  • book making

  • mosaics

  • clothes mending

  • making mozzarella

  • DIY firecider

  • oil infusions and salve making

Interested?

Please contact Skye Livingston at skye@wonderartsvt.org


In- or After- School Instructor

Do you have a passion for teaching kids through experiential education and the arts? 

WonderArts reaches kids in pre-k classes and after-school programs at multiple elementary schools in the greater Hardwick area. These fun and engaging classes emphasize whole-body wellness by providing necessary creative, healthy, or outdoor enrichment. Students are introduced to new materials, skills and ideas while developing their abilities to problem solve, make things or get active!

Position

Reporting to the Executive Director and Program Coordinator, Instructors are responsible for planning and implementing their own curriculum, including teaching lessons, facilitating activities, and bringing their own materials for classes.  

Employment

Instructor positions are contract-specific positions available at a part time level. Instructors are independent contractors who submit an invoice for services and receive a 1099 at the end of the year. Instructors run off-site activities at schools and community venues. Instructors are eligible for mileage reimbursement. This position is for 1.5 - 5 hours a week, depending upon availability and schedule. Multiple contracted positions are available. Current schools include Lakeview Elementary, Hardwick Elementary, Craftsbury Academy, Wolcott Elementary, Woodbury Elementary and Albany Community School. Current pre-k sites include Albany Headstart, Hardwick Headstart, Craftsbury Pre-K, Saplings Community Care Center and 4 Seasons of Early Learning.

Qualifications

Experience working with kids in education, human services, private and/or after-school and/or summer camp instruction

BA/BS preferred (but not required)

Background check and fingerprinting required

How to Apply

Have an idea for a class you'd like to teach? We are always accepting proposals for future classes! Please reach out to Skye Livingston with your proposal and a resume. 


Americorps VISTA

The Spark Education & Outreach Coordinator VISTA has a significant role in developing, coordinating, and building youth programming, mentorship opportunities, and volunteer systems. The VISTA builds relationships within the community and supports staff and Spark Crew members in collecting data, identifying community needs, and building systems to address these needs. There are 3 major activities that this role supports: entrepreneurship opportunities for students, technical assistance and tutoring for students outside of schools, and collaborating with schools and community partners to create opportunities for students to engage in expanded learning opportunities that connect with their personalized learning plans. In addition, the VISTA has the opportunity to develop programs and events, evaluate systems, and engage 1-on-1 with students and adults.

This position has been filled for 2019 - 2020.