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Common Ground is a center for environmental learning and leadership in New Haven, Connecticut where a diverse community of children, young people, and adults cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice. Farm meets forest meets city on Common Ground at the base of West Rock Ridge. The site abuts the 1500 acre West Rock State Park, sharing hiking trails, wildlife, and diverse natural habitats with the surrounding forests. Common Ground delivers mission impact through three tightly knit programs that it operates on site:
For more information on Common Ground, see www.commongroundct.org.
The Campaign for Common Ground
Common Ground recently completed a 10-year Master Site Plan and updated its strategic plan to set clear, measurable goals for the next three years. Through this planning process Common Ground identified a number of strategic investments we must make in our site and facilities to grow and strengthen the impact of our work. Common Ground is now planning to launch the Campaign for Common Ground to raise the funds necessary to make these investments. We have already been awarded a $1.5 million construction grant from the State Department of Education toward construction of a multipurpose facility and 3 additional classrooms for its high school. We have hired an outstanding architecture firm and the design process for these new facilities is well under way. We also plan to make over 30 additional improvements to our site and facilities that have been identified in the Master Plan. When completed, these improvements would allow us to safely accommodate thousands of additional program participants on our site each year.
In order to complete construction of the planned new facility and make the essential site improvements identified in the Master Plan, Common Ground will need to raise $2 million in individual donations on top of approximately $5 million from other sources (including the $1.5 million SDE construction grant already received). To this end, Common Ground will launch the Campaign for Common Ground, a three year campaign to raise the necessary funds. In addition to raising $2 million dollars in individual donations in the short term, this campaign will also be used to build the foundation of a robust major gifts program that will continue to provide significant funding for Common Ground programs in the years to come.
Working directly with the Executive Director, the Director of Development and Community Engagement and the Campaign Committee, the Campaign Manager will be responsible for running the Campaign for Common Ground, a campaign to raise approximately $2 million in individual donations over 3 years.
The Campaign Manager will:
Qualifications and Compensation
Minimum qualifications for this position are:
Additional skill areas (not required as minimum qualifications, but highly desired in a strong applicant):
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Position Type: Full time with benefits
Position Length: One year renewable basis
Application deadline: Open until filled
Email a resume and a cover letter describing your relevant experience to Joel Tolman email@example.com.