The Village Common
About The Village Common of Rhode Island
Nationwide, the Village Movement is inspiring older adults who want to remain – and live a full life – in their homes and communities. Over the span of nearly 20 years, older adults have created more than 220 Villages. A Village is a self-governing and self-supporting local community of mutual support, where neighbors help neighbors to thrive. In a Village, comprehensive support and social engagement helps people to enjoy lives that are both independent and connected.
The promise of the Village model for our own community led a group of neighbors in Providence, RI, to form The Providence Village in 2015. Its success led the board to restructure itself in 2019 as The Village Common of Rhode Island (TVC), a statewide network of villages. Two additional villages have formed, and local volunteers are organizing others. TVC is a hub, serving members and volunteers across Rhode Island.
In Villages in Providence, Edgewood, and Barrington, TVC today serves more than 190 members in practical ways such as providing transportation and helping with errands and home repairs. We also offer many social activities and opportunities to make a difference by volunteering. Indeed, volunteers make our member experience possible. Acommitted corps of over 140 volunteers, more than half of whom are also members, is involved in every aspect of Village operations, management and governance. Our culture is practical and aspirational, rooted in core values of mutuality, generosity and inclusivity, and it drives our vision and commitment to being a hub committed to service to all, especially lower-income, under-served and under-represented communities.
In the next several years TVC anticipates addressing, among others, the following critical issues:
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The Executive Director
The Village Common of Rhode Island is a growing non-profit working to change the experience of aging for all Rhode Islanders by fostering and sustaining ‘Villages’; communities of mutual support where neighbors help neighbors. TVC seeks a dynamic and experienced Executive Director (“ED”) to lead the growth and continued momentum of our organization. The ED will be a strategic thinker, have an entrepreneurial spirit, excellent interpersonal skills, and a collaborative work style, and will have expertise in leading volunteers, building welcoming and inclusive communities, and fund development.
Responsibilities and Expectations of the Executive Director
Board Engagement and Collaboration The ED is responsible to and works collaboratively with the Board to implement strategic priorities, lead external outreach and program development, and support fund development.
Community Building and Outreach The ED will expand our strong and diverse network of like-minded individuals and aligned organizations across the state, effectively raising the profile of TVC and advancing our strategic priorities. By fostering these connections, the ED will help create opportunities for growing (adding new Villages, members and volunteers) and fulfilling our commitment to an inclusive membership, and engaging more lower-income, under-servedand under-represented communities.
Communications The ED will be TVC’s primary spokesperson for various audiences, and is an active liaison to representatives of local, state, and federal governments that support our mission. The ED is responsible for overseeing communications with members, volunteers and the public, both online and through traditional and social media, with the goal of effectively presenting TVC to all our audiences. The ED will have the support of an engaged Board-level Communication Committee to assist with this facet of the role.
Grants and Fund Development Effective fund development through grants and fundraising is critical to the mission of TVC. Increased funding will support TVC’s priorities of providing affordable membership options and fostering villages in lower-income communities. The ED will be instrumental in finding the resources needed to support the mission. The ED will partner with a committed Board and Fund Development Committee to ensure that TVC is fiscally sound and sustainable.
Operational Leadership The ED is responsible for the day to day operations of TVC. The ED will accomplish this by supervising, directing and working collaboratively with and through paid part-time staff and a corps of dedicated volunteers. The scope of operational leadership includes:
The Village Common of Rhode Island is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that our organization must reflect our goals for diversity in our Villages and that a diverse organization where everyone feels comfortable being themselves will be a long-term advantage. We welcome all candidates and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, country of ancestral origin, or veteran status.
The ideal candidate for the ED role will be an entrepreneurial leader passionate about the mission, vision and values of The Village Common. They will lead with integrity, excellent interpersonal skills and a growth mind-set, and will be skilled in leading through and with others and able to manage staff (both paid and volunteer) to get things done.
The strongest candidates for the role will embody a significant number of the following traits and experiences:
Benefits include paid time off (vacation and sick leave) and a contribution to health insurance.
Applications received by June 14 will be considered. Please send a resume and a cover letter that explains your interest in this position to email@example.com. Please put‘Executive Director Search’ in the subject line.