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Located on the Charles River in the beautiful Harry Parker Boathouse, Community Rowing Inc. (CRI) is a dynamic nonprofit organization dedicated to the belief that the sport of rowing provides unique opportunities for personal and community growth through teamwork, discipline, and physical fitness. Since its founding in 1985 CRI has become one of the largest rowing programs in the United States, touching thousands of people each year through rowing both on and off the water. Committed to enriching the greater community with its mission of “Rowing for All”, CRI has built a large number of signature outreach and community programs. These include youth development and competitive teams, elite and recreational rowing for para-athletes, programs for military veterans, and adult classes that run the continuum for learn-to-row to competitive masters. CRI is also home to the Institute for Rowing Leadership coaching education institute (IRL), and the Row Boston program serving youth from the Boston public schools. A $6M organization with a full-time staff of over 30 and more than 70 part-time coaches, CRI prides itself on operational excellence and innovative thinking.

More information about CRI can be found at

The Position:

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director has overall strategic and organizational responsibility for CRI; developing and executing on a vision to guide us into the future, maintaining fiscally responsible practices, and fostering effective teamwork within this multi-layered organization. The Executive Director is also the chief ambassador for CRI, and as such is responsible for working closely with CRI membership and the broader community to tell our story effectively.


• Ensure that the programs and services that CRI offers advance its mission and values.

• Work with the Board and senior staff to prepare comprehensive budget and planning documents associated with short- and medium-term implementation of long-range vision.

• Lead strategic planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs and special projects.

• Work with the Director of Operations to manage program staff, monitor the day-to-day delivery of programs and services, and oversee management of equipment and facilities.

• Work closely with Development staff to create a robust fundraising plan, and participate actively in fundraising activities.

• Foster community-building, collaboration and communication within the boathouse and with the broader CRI community.

• Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve goals.

• Coach and mentor staff members in a positive manner to enable leadership from within.


Qualifications and Desired Skills:

• A passionate, open-minded and visionary leader with a dedication to personal growth through sport

• A consistent record of leadership resulting in a growing and dynamic organization

• Strong collaborative and team-building skills, with demonstrated ability to lead a complex organization covering multiple domains and levels of experience

• Proven ability as an effective communicator at all levels

• Demonstrated fundraising ability

• Demonstrated financial, operational and program design capabilities

• Commitment to reaching a broad audience; experience building participation from under-represented or disadvantaged communities

• Love for the sport of rowing
Dedication to the leadership and management principles of mission-driven nonprofit organizations

This is a full-time position with occasional travel required. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance and 403b.

Community Rowing, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

To Apply:

CRI has formed a dedicated search committee to lead this search. No phone calls, please.

You are invited to submit a resume with a cover letter that specifically addresses the reason for your interest and summarizes how your experience and qualifications would benefit Community Rowing. Materials can be sent in confidence to, no later than April 6, 2018.