Executive Director

August 21st, 2017 Posted by Careers 0 thoughts on “Executive Director”

The Gainesville Area Innovation Network (GAIN) is looking for an Executive Director. The ideal candidate will be passionate about helping entrepreneurs achieve their goals, be a self-starter and not be afraid of a challenge. The Executive Director represents GAIN in several activities where he or she will interact with founders, investors, government officials, and professionals.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization
  • Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Director on all aspects of the organization’s activities
  • Foster effective teamwork between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff
  • In addition to the Chair of the Board, act as a spokesperson for the organization
  • Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board when appropriate
  • Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization’s community profile

Operational planning and management

  • Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization
  • Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its stakeholders , Board and sponsors, following  the three year strategic plan
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization
  • Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate
  • Ensure that personnel, client, stakeholders and  sponsors  files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained
  • Provide support to the Board by preparing meeting agenda and supporting materials

Program planning and management

  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services
  • Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board according to the strategic plan
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of special projects

Human resources planning and management

  • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery
  • Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices including the development of job description for all staff and interns
  • Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations
  • Recruit, interview and select staff/interns that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the organization’s mission
  • Ensure that all staff/intern receives an orientation to the organization and that appropriate training is provided
  • Implement a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring the performance of staff on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review
  • Coach and mentor staff/interns as appropriate to improve performance
  • Discipline staff/interns when necessary using appropriate techniques; release staff/interns when necessary using appropriate and legally defensible procedures

Financial planning and management

  • Work with staff and the Board executive committee to prepare a comprehensive budget
  • Work with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization
  • Research funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization
  • Participate in fundraising activities as appropriate
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board
  • Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed
  • Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization
  • Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization
  • Ensure that the organization complies with all relevant legislation

Community relations/advocacy

  • Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community served by the organization
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization

Risk management

  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization’s people (stakeholders, staff, board members,  volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks
  • Ensure that the Board of Directors and the organization carries appropriate and adequate insurance coverage
  • Ensure that the Board and staff understand the terms, conditions and limitations of the insurance coverage
  • Two years of management/supervisory experience (proven ability to manage a remote team a plus)


  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit/ voluntary organizations
  • Knowledge of all state and  federal legislation applicable to non-profit  organizations including: employment occupational health and safety, taxation,, etc…
  • Knowledge of current community challenges and opportunities relating to the local and state startup ecosystem
  • Knowledge of human resources management
  • Knowledge of financial management
  • Knowledge of project management
  • Ability to create successful partnerships with community and business leaders
  • Ability to delegate effectively
  • Ability to obtain monetary sponsorships
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills
  • Demonstrated passion for and knowledge of entrepreneurship
  • Non-profit fundraising experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required, masters preferred
  • Previous experience planning events a plus
  • Previous experience working with startups
  • Knowledge of startup community
  • Proven ability to organize fundraising events and raise money

Technology skills

  • Ability to manage a remote team
  • Familiarity using marketing platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Mailchimp
  • Ability to manage and organize documentation in the cloud (such as using Google Drive, GMail, and Google Suite)
  • Comfortable using Outlook or other web clients to access email and draft communications
  • Knowledge of WordPress to maintain blog posts and edit content a plus


This is a salaried position with a starting pay range of $30,000 – $40,000

Additional $12,000 to be used by the new hire in his/her discretion in furtherance of the board-defined objectives (e.g., administrative, marketing, event planning support, etc.)


  • Sept 1, 2017 – Start advertising, interviewing
  • Oct 1-15, 2017 – Make selection and offer
  • Jan 1, 2018 – Start date

About GAIN

GAIN is a catalyst. It drives the local innovation economy. It connects entrepreneurs in the tech, life sciences, and manufacturing/niche sectors with investors, mentors, and resources.

Gain offers programs and events that inspire, connect, and educate entrepreneurs who want to change the world.

Companies that have been involved in GAIN have been accepted into world-renowned accelerators such Y-Combinator, 500 Startups, and many others. They have also raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture money from local and Valley investors looking for the next big tech company.

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GAIN's mission is to inspire, connect, and educate entrepreneurs who want to change the world.

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