The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) seeks a dynamic, experienced Executive Director to join our rural economic development organization as we build prosperity across 14 counties located within and around New York’s Adirondack Park. ANCA’s work focuses on creating and sustaining local wealth and improving quality of life through three core program areas — Clean Energy, Food Systems and the Entrepreneurial Economy — as well as its close partnership with the Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI).
About the Position
ANCA’s Executive Director leads a staff of nearly 20 in implementing an innovative five-year strategic plan with ambitious, measurable goals across the organization. This position has responsibility in three key areas: leadership and management; fundraising and communications; and strategy and planning. The Executive Director works closely with the Adirondack Diversity Initiative to include equity throughout all aspects of ANCA’s engagement in the region. The Executive Director is a passionate advocate for North Country communities and economies with regional, state and federal bodies. ANCA is, fundamentally, a service organization that works in close partnership with other nonprofits; the Executive Director must see ANCA in that role as it serves a huge region in northern New York.
ANCA has a high-functioning, close-knit staff driven by our mission and values. We seek a creative individual with a collaborative leadership style who is committed to the principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
This position reports to ANCA’s Board of Directors and is based in ANCA’s main office in Saranac Lake, NY.
The ideal candidate has a deep knowledge of the challenges and
opportunities facing rural communities and economies in the context
of climate change and environmental sustainability. This person may
have an economic development background and experience and/or
creating systems-level change to achieve sustainable progress. The
candidate has experience with ANCA's core program areas: Food
Systems, Clean Energy and the Entrepreneurial Economy. They are
passionate about creating an economy that works for everyone — not
just the few. The candidate has substantive experience addressing
the economic challenges facing minoritized and underserved
populations, especially after the economic upheaval caused by the
COVID-19 pandemic. This person must be a persuasive and passionate
communicator and a good listener with excellent interpersonal and
multidisciplinary project skills.
Strong candidates have experience managing $1M+ budgets and engaging donors, foundations and federal agencies in funding program activities. They will appreciate how a lack of access to capital suppresses rural economic growth, especially for farmers, microenterprises, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs and Main Street businesses. The candidate is skilled in centering grass-roots community involvement and constituent participation in their work.