Executive Director

Circle Program

Posted: 2/10/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Youth Development

City: Plymouth

Postal code: 03264

State: New Hampshire

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$0 - $1M



Mission statement:

Empower, transform, and enrich girls’ lives through community, connection, and mentorship.

Position Details:

Job Description:


In 2020, Circle Program entered its twenty-seventh year of  providing engaging summer camp experiences and long-rem mentoring for rural northern New Hampshire girls.  During this nearly three decade history, we have served more than 700 girls who have benefited from the dedicated mentoring relationships of more than 435 adult women mentors. We now seek an experienced executive director to build upon these accomplishments, direct the implementation of our new strategic plan, and to lead the organization into the next stage of our organizational development.

About Circle Program

 The Circle Program was founded in 1993 by the trustees and director of Camp Onaway, a camp for girls on Newfound Lake in Hebron, New Hampshire. The Onaway trustees wanted to create a summer camp program for disadvantaged New Hampshire girls, but recognized the fact that just a few weeks at camp might not be enough to make a sustainable difference in the lives of the girls. They modeled the Circle Program after the Mayhew Program for boys and combined residential summer camp with year-round, one-on-one mentoring.

Initially, Circle began as a "pilot program" with twenty-two girls. Currently, 70 girls and teens from twenty-three towns throughout the Lakes Region are enrolled and paired with 66 volunteer mentors. The Circle Program is the only program of its kind serving girls in New Hampshire. It is also one of the only programs in the country combining summer camp and mentoring and serving rural girls.

In the early years, the Circle Program borrowed space from Onaway and other local camps when they were not in session. Initially, the Circle Program offered girls (ages 9-11) a two-year Core Program of residential summer camp and year-round mentoring. As Circle began to grow in depth of service and retain more girls who were enjoying the relationships they had formed, Circle evolved from the original two-year program into a program which supports girls until they graduate from high school. Potentially, each girl we enroll may participate for up to eight years including the two-year Core Program, the Teen Program, and TAP (high school Teen Adventure Program). 

About Plymouth and the Lakes Region

According to the US Institute for Economics and Peace, New Hampshire ranks #3 in “Safest States to Live”, behind only Maine and Vermont. If you're looking for a comfortable, cozy place to settle down, New Hampshire is your best bet. 

Circle Program is near the Lakes Region and the foothills of the White Mountains. The area is well known for its beautiful nature, rich history, and wide range of activities.  If you love the outdoors and connecting with nature; opportunities for hiking, kayaking, skiing, fishing and snowmobiling are all in abundance. The office is conveniently located in downtown Plymouth just steps away from Plymouth State University, excellent public and private schools, The Flying Monkey theater, restaurants, banks, and a variety of small retail shops.  Looking for a change of pace: Boston, Montreal and the coasts of both Maine and New Hampshire are just a short drive away.   Come be a part of our vibrant community!

Strategic Directions

The essence of our organization’s beliefs and values are captured in our new Vision;  Self-reliant  young women confidently engaged in their community and living to their full potential.  Circle Program’s strategic goals during this leadership transition period are:

  • Establish and implement a program evaluation plan for an evidence based curriculum.
  • Create and begin to implement a comprehensive fiscal year development plan that clarifies revenue sustainability.
  • Define and implement a clear, effective, and sustainable organizational structure, which supports our mission.

Basic Function

The Executive Director is directly responsible for the overall management of the organization including organizational leadership, budgeting, financial planning and asset management, grant compliance, fund development, fiscal management, and program oversight.  The Executive Director reports to and works in partnership with the Board of Directors and supports, guides, and supervises the staff.


Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure ongoing service and programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, development and relationship-building, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic plan goals.
  • Actively engage and energize staff, Board members, volunteers (including mentors), partnering organizations, and funders in furthering the work of the organization and its strategic plan.
  • Lead, coach, develop, support, and regularly evaluate Circle Program’s high-performance staff team. Ensure effective systems are in place and in alignment with successful implementation of the strategic plan.
  • In collaboration with the Executive and Governance Committees, develop, maintain, and support a strong and engaged Board of Directors: serve as ex-officio member of assigned committees, seek and build board involvement with strategic plan implementation, relationship-building, and development.
  • Participate in an annual 360 review of own performance and ensure that the Board conducts its own annual self-evaluation.

Communications, Outreach, & Fund Development:

  • Expand relationship-building, grant-writing, and fund development activities to ensure successful implementation of the strategic plan goals.
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities for furthering the strategic plan.
  • Actively engage with other youth development organizations throughout the state, as a key organizational representative.
  • Engage and educate elected officials at the local and state levels, as to the importance ofCircle Program’s mission and its impact on their constituents.
  • Serve as the primary voice for the organization’s messaging.



  • Minimum of five years successful experience as nonprofit Executive Director/CEO, with a track record of producing results by building dynamic staff and Board teams, efficient and effective systems, fund development, and organizational capacity.
  • Visionary thinker.
  • Leads with integrity, transparency, and good humor.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Solid, hands-on fiscal management skills including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.
  • Demonstrated successful experience building and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, Board members and other volunteers, funders, elected officials, donors, and partner organizations.
  • Strong working knowledge of and successful experience working in partnership with Boards of Directors to strengthen governance practices and focus on the mission.
  • Participatory style of management; ability to facilitate effective group decision-making processes.
  • Effective communication skills - written and verbal; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business oversight and planning.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
  • Bachelor’s degree.


  • History of having led organizational growth, facilitating higher levels of mission achievement.
  • Experience working with and advocating for young people.
  • Advanced degree. 
  • Interest in and experience with nature education, outdoor recreational programs, mentoring models.



This is a full-time position, with a flexible work schedule.  Compensation package is negotiable and will include a competitive salary and benefits as well as professional development opportunities.


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Applicants should send their resume and cover letter describing their qualifications and interest in this position, as well as salary history, and five references (include a brief description about your relationship to each of these references), to [email protected] .

Please put “ATTN: Search Committee” in the subject line.  Deadline for applications is February 28, 2020.  The Search Committee will keep all applications confidential. 

Circle Program is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted By: Circle Program


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