Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 6, 2014

Andover Coalition for Education eying first paid position

Part-time director will focus on grants


Most recently, the organization spent more than $20,000 for a weather station at Andover High — a heavy piece of roof-mounted hardware that’s currently being installed, Girdwood said.

Even with all of that support, financed purely by donations, there is “an awareness issue” between ACE and Andover, Girdwood said.

“We’ve been delighted with the community support for ACE, but we ought to do better,” she said. “There is still, as much as we try, plenty of people in Andover who don’t know about ACE.”

While specifics of the new job are limited at this time, the position could work somewhere between 10 and 20 hours a week. Benefits are unknown, and Girdwood declined to outline how much the organization pooled together to pay for the position’s first year.

Money donated to ACE up to this point will continue to go to the organization’s school-directed initiatives. Limited fundraising is possible, meanwhile, to target specifically the director role, according to Girdwood.

“We may need to go to some donors to help us for the second year, but that will be up-front,” she said. “If (someone) donated with the idea that it is going to the schools, that’s where it will go. We’re segregating the funds for this position.”

The ideal candidate for the job would be someone who lives in or around town “who might have done this type of work and is taking a break, having kids, small children, that type of thing, and maybe they want to get back into business,” Girdwood said.

The full job description, including requirements and responsibilities, can be found on the organization’s website at

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