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Executive Director
Newark, NJ
Full Time
Posted January 07, 2021
GlassRoots’ effort to implement its Strategic Plan for FY 20-21, including a move to a new location, has been slowed by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The next Executive Director has the opportunity to complete its implementation, including our move into the new facility and preparing us to expand our staffing and services for greater impact on the youth and young adults of Newark.

Duties and Responsibilities

Works closely with the GlassRoots Board of Trustees to develop and implement annual action plans to carry out the goals and objectives outlined in the GlassRoots Strategic Plan, Mission and Vision. The Executive Director will collaborate with the Board to ensure the Strategic Plan evolves to leverage the opportunities offered by the new expanded facilities.
Develops and directs the implementation of GlassRoots programs, marketing, communications, and fundraising strategies in consultation with the relevant staff and members of the Board of Trustees.
Manages, motivates and develops the GlassRoots team and hires key employees. The Executive Director Is responsible for developing and updating GlassRoots employment and human resources policies, procedures and handbook(s) in consultation with Trustees.
Fosters and expands effective, collaborative relationships among Trustees, staff, donors, sponsors and the community partners.
Oversees staff support of Board committees.

Community Relationships
Collaborates with the Newark community to develop and implement GlassRoots programs and events.
Identifies, cultivates and builds strong partnerships with external organizations in Newark and throughout New Jersey.
This includes education, youth and community organizations, corporations and health care institutions (building on the new trauma program with University Hospital).
Serve as a liaison and catalyst to connect and collaborate with glass organizations nationwide.

Serve as GlassRoots’ chief advocate and encourage the Board to advocate on behalf of GlassRoots. Advocacy efforts must position GlassRoots as:
Best-in-class arts, education and culture organization serving Newark and New Jersey.
Evidence-based youth organization helping students learn valuable STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and life skills.
A responsible nonprofit that funders and donors have supported for more than 20 years.
A highly respected arts studio that promotes the glass arts.

Fundraising, Financial Planning & Risk Management
Lead GlassRoots fundraising efforts to secure funding for the operation of the
This includes supervising development staff and consultants, meeting with donors, researching new funding sources and developing fundraising capacity of trustees.
Oversee the management of the financial planning and forecasting, budgeting, and
resource allocation; develop an annual budget and ensure that appropriate internal
controls are in place and operating as intended.

Program & Facilities Management
Supervise Program Director and oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the GlassRoots programs and services.

Launch and oversee the management of a full range of services in the new facility as outlined in the Strategic Plan.
This includes studios, classrooms, a gallery, gift shop and coffee shop.
Maintains a viable, safe, clean facility.


The Executive Director must be a proven leader and visionary with the competencies required to help the Board set Glass Roots’ strategic direction for the next several years. As the organization’s chief mobilizer, fundraiser and spokesperson, the ideal candidate will be passionate about the organization’s mission and a strong relationship builder who leverages the power of networks across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. A strong track record as a successful fundraiser is essential.

The primary keeper of the brand, the Executive Director will understand the need for vigilance in protecting the organization’s reputation while building upon the positive image, trust, and relevance Glass Roots enjoys today in the Newark community and the State of New Jersey.

Minimum requirements also include the following:
Strong leadership skills, including organizational and analytical skills; team leadership and coaching skills; and, both short and long-term strategic planning.
The proven ability to generate and manage financial, human, and other resources;
A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Outstanding written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
Ability to work collaboratively with all sectors of the community, the Board of Trustees and staff.
A demonstration of the highest standard of integrity ensuring that all activities are legal and ethical.
A Bachelor's Degree.

Applicants with the following qualities and skills are desired:
A clear passion for the Arts and an understanding of their role in enriching community life.
An understanding of and appreciation for the business of art.
A track record of unleashing creativity by bringing fun and enjoyment to the workplace.

How To Apply

Procedure for Applying: This position is open until filled. Qualified candidates should email a current resume, together with a cover letter indicating interest in the position and salary requirements to Charlene Moore Hayes, To ensure full consideration, resumes and letters of interest must be submitted by January 22, 2020. For more information about GlassRoots go to GlassRoots is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Black/Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: Jan 22, 2021