Executive Director, Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS)

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is conducting a search for a new Executive Director. VINS seeks an articulate, mission-driven leader with a demonstrated passion for the natural world who can represent our renowned programs to constituents within our service area, the Upper Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont, as well as in the capitols of these two northern New England states. The position requires fundraising expertise and strong leadership and team-building skills. A profound respect for the unique and important role nonprofit organizations play in building strong communities and an authentic enthusiasm for public outreach are also essential attributes.

To view the complete job posting and instructions for applicants, please visit VINS website at: http://www.vinsweb.org/images/pdfs/vins-executive-director.pdf

Application deadline is October 1, 2013.

Brief Description of VINS:
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science entices and excites people to care for the natural world. VINS’ programs and services engage and instill in people of all backgrounds a desire to care for the wildlife and diverse natural habitats they encounter in their daily lives. We offer relevant environmental education programs for adults, families, and schoolchildren; operate New England’s premier nature center and avian wildlife rehabilitation clinic; and feature current natural science field research in our educational programs and materials.

VINS has been a leader in environmental education and wildlife conservation and care since 1972. We are known nationally for innovative natural science curricula and education programs for learners of all ages. Our environmental educators and wildlife rehabilitation specialists are among the best in the business. Each year, they deliver specialized education and training programs to hundreds of students and teachers in schools and communities throughout our region, as well as hands-on public education programs to more than 30,000 people at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont.

VINS is a member-supported nonprofit environmental education organization. Our headquarters is the VINS Nature Center, a beautiful 47-acre campus featuring state-of-the-art raptor enclosures and songbird display; a rehabilitation clinic that treats hundreds of injured wild birds each year; natural science exhibit and classroom spaces; and an interpretive nature trail that includes ADA-accessible sections. To learn more, go to www.vinsweb.org


The Executive Director (ED) is appointed by the Board of Trustees as the educational leader and operational manager of the organization and is directly responsible for implementing the policies set by the Trustees to achieve VINS’ mission.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES: The ED is responsible for keeping the Board fully informed as regards the implementation of policies established at the board level that are intended to further VINS’ mission. By supporting the Board’s standing committees, the ED will strengthen the Board as a whole, helping the Trustees to grow into their role.

STAFF: The ED is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and evaluating job performances, developing and implementing performance plans, and if necessary, terminating staff employment. A collaborative and friendly working atmosphere is important to foster the retention of qualified staff and encourage their continued professional development. To that end, the ED is expected to be a team-builder and a mentor ; an energizer ; as well as leader of the management team and the staff.

MARKETING and DEVELOPMENT: The ED works with the Vice President for Marketing and Development, the Development Director, the Nature Center Operations Director, and the Trustees to raise funds to support VINS’ operations. VINS’ philanthropic income sources include donations, grants, and other contributed resources. VINS’ earned income sources include membership fees, adopt-a-raptor sales, nature center admission fees, nature store retail sales, facility rents, and program fees. The ED will pursue opportunities to maximize the income-earning potential of the VINS Nature Center and its 47-acre campus through mission-compatible commercial development.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: The ED works closely with the Chief Financial Officer and the Board Finance Committee to develop budgets and set policies for the financial health of VINS. Working with the staff, the ED will submit an annual budget that is both rigorous and achievable.

PROGRAM and FACILITY MANAGEMENT: The ED works with the Nature Center Operations Director, the Vice President for Marketing and Development, the Adult and School Programs Manager, and the Board Program Committee to ensure VINS’ programs consistently achieve the highest standards of environmental education, environmental research, and wildlife rehabilitation. The ED works with the Nature Center Operations Director to ensure that the nature center’s physical facilities are safe and attractive, and that the care of the wildlife entrusted to us meets the highest professional standards. In this time of resource scarcity, the ED will work to promote program and facility sustainability through active collaboration with other nonprofit partners.

EXTERNAL RELATIONS: As the face and voice of VINS, and to promote public awareness, the ED will represent the organization to the public, including constituents located in both Vermont and New Hampshire and beyond such as: other natural science organizations and programs; municipal, state, and federal government officials; schools and colleges and universities; and other regional nonprofit organizations.


The annual salary for this position is $60,000 – $75,000, depending on experience. This is a full time position with benefits according to VINS’ Personnel Policy. Primary job location is the VINS’ Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont. Some travel is expected.
Salary history will be required upon request.

Application deadline: October 1, 2013

If you qualify for this position, please email a letter of interest explaining how your background, skills, and experience have prepared you for this position; a resume; and three professional references with contact numbers to chybels@sover.net with the subject line: VINS Executive Director Search. Email attachments should be delivered in PDF or Microsoft Word format only. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

For further information, contact Catherine Hybels at 802-233-7947 or by e-mail at chybels@sover.net

Quechee, Vermont
Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS)
Catherine Hybels
6565 Woodstock Rd, Route 4, PO Box 1281
Quechee, Vermont 05059
United State