Executive Director Job Description

Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, Rhode Island Gun Violence Education Fund

Please send cover letter and resume to:  careers@ricagv.org; please write “Executive Director Search” in the subject line.

Position Title: Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors
Reporting to this position: Digital Communications Consultant, State House Lobbyist

Job Summary
The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence/Rhode Gun Violence Education Fund is an exciting, fast-paced leader in gun violence prevention advocacy in Rhode Island. We are a recognized and trusted resource for legislators, an advocacy group for victims and survivors, and a political force during elections. Working for RICAGV is more than a job, it means being part of a powerful movement. Together with our 100+ partner organizations, we take pride in reducing gun violence in Rhode Island.

The Executive Director is responsible for growing our movement and supporter base and for increasing engagement and the ability to bring grassroots support to the statehouse and executive branch by organizing campaigns and strategies that build power, leadership, and civic engagement while strengthening partnerships and representing communities most impacted by gun violence.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a results-driven self-starter and experienced people manager. They will have a strong commitment to building collaborative and effective teams with our partner organizations, board of directors, and volunteers. They will be familiar with the RI political landscape and with stakeholders in the community and in the general assembly.

Essential Job Functions:

Management and Administration

a) Provide general oversight of all the organization’s activities, manage day-to-day operations.

b) Legal and financial compliance: Oversee the fiscal activities of the organization including budgeting, reporting, and filing legal and regulatory documents.

c) Collaborate with and supervise Digital Communications Consultant to build our digital organizing campaign and advance organizing, policy, and electoral programs goals.

d) Collaborate with and supervise Lobbyist who leads the Campaign for Gun Violence Prevention RI.

Fund Development

a) Provide leadership in developing and implementing the organization’s fundraising plan and monitor the plan’s progress.

b) Research funding prospects and submit grants, proposals, and applications, and assure adherence with grant reporting requirements.

c) Identify, cultivate, and solicit donor prospects.

d) Manage relationships with donors, grantors, and corporate supporters.

e) Engage board members in fund development activities.

Policy and Advocacy

a) Engage with board to develop annual legislative agenda.

b) Advocate for prioritized gun safety bills at State House and with legislators.

c) Work with legislators, stakeholders, community leaders, volunteers, and representatives from the nonprofit sector to promote legislative and regulatory policies that encourage a healthy community and address the issues relevant to RICAGV constituencies.

Relationship Building

a) Identify the key relationships necessary to support our community work and assure proper planning and communications to develop and maintain these relationships.

b) Develop and implement strategies and tools for effectively communicating with the media, public officials, community groups, the general public, and supporters.

c) Support and grow authentic and meaningful partnerships with other community-based organizations, leaders, and stakeholders focused on social justice issues that intersect with gun violence prevention.

d) Coordinate monthly volunteer meetings and actively engage volunteers to further the goals of the two organizations.

e) Advocate within the public and private sectors for issues relevant to RICAGV/RIGVEF.

f) Serve as spokesperson for RICAGV and RIGVEF, assuring proper representation in the community.

Board Management and Governance

a) Help the board articulate its role and accountabilities and that of its committees and individual members, and help evaluate performance.

b) Actively engage board officers and committee chairs, stimulating each board member to give their best.

c) In partnership with the board, define the organization’s values, mission, vision, and monitor and evaluate the organization’s relevance to the community, and the organization’s impact.

d) Keep the board of directors fully informed on the state of the organization and on all the important factors influencing it.


A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred with ideally a minimum of 3 to 5 years’ experience in a non-profit setting. The Executive Director must demonstrate critical competencies in four broad categories: leading change, government relations savvy, commitment to results, and strong interpersonal skills to motivate volunteers and coalition partners. Relevant experience working with and organizing in diverse communities, specifically, youth, Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+ preferred.

Leading change: The Executive Director must possess the skills of a leader. They must share RICAGV/RIGVEF’s values and be committed to its mission, and vision. They consistently display integrity, model behavior, develop and build productive teams. This individual professionally handles demanding situations. They anticipate and solve problems and take advantage of opportunities, and are a self-starter and team player.

Government relations savvy: Has familiarity with the Rhode Island legislature and executive branches. Reviews and analyzes proposed legislation regarding firearms. Has a working knowledge of legislative procedures.

Commitment to results: The Executive Director is action-oriented and innovative. They translate broad goals into achievable steps. They anticipate and solve problems. Must have the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing, including writing press releases.

Strong Interpersonal Skills: The Executive Director manages continuity, change, and transition. They demonstrate well-developed interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with diverse groups and gain trust and spark interest.

Please note: This is not a 9-5, Monday – Friday job. Nights and weekends are required. If you are excited to go above and beyond to build power and advance the movement for reducing gun violence this might be the job for you!

Salary: This is a full-time position (negotiable) with a salary of $60,000-$85,000. RICAGV/RIGVEF has a lean budget with much of the fundraising dollars going directly towards the Executive Director’s salary. The long-term sustainability of this position relies heavily on the Executive Director’s ability to successfully raise funds for the organization through a variety of channels.

RICAGV/RIGVEF is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sex, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to building an inclusive workplace that values diversity and inclusion and reflects the diversity of our community. We strongly encourage people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community to apply.

To apply submit resume to: careers@ricagv.org. Please write “Executive Director Search” in the subject line.

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