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Executive Director

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  • Company / Organization:

    Cambridge Local First

  • Location:

    Cambridge, MA

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  • Opportunity Description




    Cambridge Local First is a non-profit network of locally owned and independent businesses formed in October 2005 to build a strong local economy and a vibrant community. We do this by educating the public and government about the significant environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of a strong local economy; providing resources and technical support to local independent businesses; advocating on behalf of independent businesses on the local and state level; and, providing networking opportunities for local business owners. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic, financial, and operational responsibility for Cambridge Local First’s programs, member recruitment and retention, achievement of Board-specified goals, and execution of its mission and program implementation. This person will possess or develop deep knowledge of the Buy Local movement, core programs, operations, and business plans. We are looking for a full-time (35 hours) or part-time Executive Director, with a salary of $50,000.





    Leadership and Management:


    • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals
    • Actively engage and energize business members, volunteers, board members, advisory board members, community leaders, partnering organizations, and funders
    • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement.
    • Develop, maintain, and make effective use of the organization’s Advisory Board.
    • Develop and coach CLF’s interns.
    • Ensure effective systems to track progress, and regularly evaluate programs to measure and communicate successes.
    • Other responsibilities as directed by the Cambridge Local First Board.


    Fundraising and Communications:


    • Manage all aspects of communications including the monthly newsletter, online calendar, CLF website, and social media to strengthen and expand the reach of CLF.
    • Expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support and expand existing programming.
    • Cultivate partnerships with strategic partners, government, and community leaders in Cambridge to broaden awareness of the local movement and enhance CLF’s ability to represent locally owned independent businesses as stakeholders in the community.




    • Manage all aspects of CLF’s three-pronged programming: (1) technical assistance, (2) education to the public, and (3) advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. 
      • 1.Technical assistance: CLF provides technical assistance in the form of workshops, community conversations, and programs focused on women and BIPOC-owned businesses
      • 2. Education: Lead CLF’s educational initiatives aimed at students, the community, and a variety of stakeholders in the small business ecosystem. These include CLF’s recurring annual educational campaigns including Move Your Money, online membership directory, social media posts, and Cambridge Day articles.
      • 3. Advocacy: Research and advocate for policies and programs that make it possible for locally-owned and independent businesses to start, grow, and thrive. This may include policies that improve the ability of locally owned independent businesses to overcome challenges such as rising rents and commercial displacement, online competition, and regulatory complexity.
    • Engage membership to develop programming that brings together independent businesses for mutual benefit, education, and networking opportunities.
    • Publish and communicate program results emphasizing the successes of local programs.
    • Manage large programmatic grants and should have some expertise working in the specific areas of these grants.




    The ED will be thoroughly committed to CLF’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership skills and experience, preferably in nonprofit management. Demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

    • A track record of effectively leading a performance- and outcomes- based organization; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and executed strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
    • Experience with program development, implementation, and ensuring long-term program sustainability. 
    • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to manage volunteers, develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
    • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate board member relationships and meaningful board engagement
    • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience including new media, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
    • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning. 
    • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, drive and energy.
    • Experience with policy advocacy, research, and/or the small business ecosystem is preferred. 


    To apply, please fill out this form. Any questions can be directed to Theodora Skeadas ( Thank you!