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) Identify, cultivate, and solicit donor prospects.

c) Submit grants, proposals, and applications, and assure adherence with grant reporting requirements.

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, and volunteers to promote legislative and regulatory policies that encourages a public health approach to gun violence prevention.

Relationship Building

a) Identify the key relationships necessary to support our community work; assure proper planning and communications to develop and maintain these relationships, including with media, public officials, community groups, the general public, and supporters.

b) 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.

c) Coordinate monthly volunteer meetings and actively engage volunteers.

d) Serve as spokesperson, 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.


A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred with a minimum of 3 to 5 years’ experience in a non-profit setting. This is a full-time position (negotiable) with a salary of $60,000-$85,000.

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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