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The Executive Director (ED) of the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence is a full-time position reporting to the Board of Directors. The M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence is a non-profit organization located in Rochester, New York that equips people to use nonviolence to create a sustainable and just world for all. The Institute also fosters responses to systemic violence in the Rochester area, having a transformative impact through projects focused on urban agriculture, racial healing work, and restorative approaches to conflict. The Institute prioritizes programming for people between the ages of 12 and 24 as well as those who serve those age groups. The Institute’s local, national, and international impact has been growing with the continuous offering of group and individual trainings in skills such as Nonviolent Communication, meditation, cultural humility, and experiential interconnectedness.


External relations: The ED is responsible for managing and cultivating external relationships including partners and funders. This position represents the Institute by serving on boards and in other spaces, and through public speaking and presentations including media engagements.

Board responsibilities: The ED is responsible for cultivating and maintaining connections between board members and staff including reporting during board meetings and participating in board committees (marketing, finance, and fundraising).

Fiduciary responsibilities: Collaborating with the Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer, the ED annually establishes a board approved budget and is responsible, with the Chief Operating Officer, for balancing the Institute’s financial needs and achieving fundraising goals. The ED works with staff to identify, write, and oversee grants, including final reporting. 

Organizational planning: Working collaboratively with the board and staff, the ED helps to create the Institute’s strategic plan. Staying true to the framework of  the mission and strategic plan, the ED has discretion in relation to program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Organizational climate: The ED helps to ensure a healthy culture, balancing awareness of rank and privilege and especially attends to ongoing work to manifest/create racial justice. The ED seeks to embody and communicate staff commitments to ensure that staff are inspired by and know how to walk their talk in relation to those commitments.

Managerial and supervisory responsibility: Within the current operating structure, the ED has two direct reports, the Chief Operating Officer and the Director for Training and Education. Working with these two individuals the ED is responsible for creating an environment of close feedback loops and an appreciative inquiry orientation towards change management. In addition, the ED should help to retain a diverse, highly qualified staff and volunteers by providing mentorship, personal, and professional development opportunities.


We’re looking for someone who is collaborative, resourceful, and self-reflective. The ideal candidate demonstrates a learning mindset and thrives in a fast-paced, non-traditional environment. Lastly, this candidate is committed to creating equitable systems, more connected communities, and building relationships with people from various economic and geographic backgrounds.

Ideal candidates have:

  • A minimum of three to five years of organizational leadership experience in a multicultural organization
  • Budget management experience
  • An understanding of and passion for principled nonviolence
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal racial identity work and anti-racist practice
  • A deep working knowledge of systemic inequities and social change practices
  • Familiarity with the following methodologies: nonviolent communication, restorative practices, and cultural humility
  • An orientation toward creativity and innovation
  • Extremely strong spoken communication skills, both with large groups and interpersonally; knowledge of another language is a plus, including, but not limited to Spanish and/or American Sign Language due to the local population
  • Excellent written communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to provide and accept clear and direct feedback
  • Ability to work through conflict honestly and openly


This wonderful opportunity offers the ability to make a significant impact leading and growing this world renowned nonprofit. We offer a competitive salary, full medical and dental and a team-oriented atmosphere that is both positive and rewarding. 


Applications should consist of a cover letter, a resume/curriculum vitae, a personal statement outlining one’s philosophy on nonviolence and antiracism, and a list of a at least three professional references. Application review will begin on March 1, 2021 and the Executive Director position will remain open until filled.

Applications and nominations can be sent in confidence to:

Executive Director Search Committee: mkgiboard@gandhiinstitute.org

The M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity, equity, and racial justice in all facets of the Institute’s work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected class.