Position Title: Executive Director
Organization: The Fund for People in Parks
Organization Overview: The Fund for People in Parks provides private funding and professional services to complete inspirational projects that enhance the visitor experience in western National Parks.
Position Overview: The Fund for People in Parks’ Executive Director provides overall leadership for the operation of the organization while executing the Advisory Committee’s vision and mission for the organization. The Fund is a continuously-developing fundraising, grant-making, and project facilitation organization, focused on enhancing the visitor experience in western National Parks.
- Provide informed visionary leadership for the organization, including the development and
execution of strategic plans to raise private funds and apply grants and other resources to
projects that accomplish the Fund’s mission.
- Exhibit business acumen, including enhancing the organization’s competitive edge by
understanding the niche in the National Park philanthropic community, securing major gifts,
accomplishing objectives, effectively analyzing complex problems and risks, and engaging the
Advisory Committee in making informed decisions about the direction of the Fund.
- Represent the organization to external partners, including developing and strengthening
productive relationships with National Park Service leaders, primary park partners, donors,
staff, and others critical to the organization’s success.
- Prepare and implement a goal-oriented annual plan and budget with a focus on financial
capacity and long-term security.
- Manage the organization’s resources within its approved budget.
- Oversee the quality of all programs and services.
- Guide project review, selection, grant-making, project facilitation and oversight.
- Set and maintain a high level of professionalism and accountability throughout the Fund,
including a commitment to, and demonstration of, diversity, equity, and inclusion principles.
- Manage and collaborate with a small team of staff to accomplish mission objectives.
A full list of responsibilities and duties can be found in the final position description.
- Experience working in or with the non-profit sector related to public lands.
- Experience developing and presenting compelling case for project support and articulating
- Passion for National Parks and personal commitment to the Fund’s mission.
- Excellent organizational and people management skills.
- High-level partnership and relationship building skills, including the ability to strengthen and
grow relationships with Fund leaders, contractors, National Park Service staff, local park
partners, and other key stakeholders.
- Collaborative team-builder and motivator.
- Ability to anticipate future consequences and trends, and assist the Advisory Committee in
positioning the organization favorably.
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
- Dedication to maintaining high standards for quality and professionalism in the Fund.
- Ability to adapt to changing priorities and circumstances with flexibility.
- Ability and discipline to work remotely and manage a remote team.
- Proficiency in cloud-based collaborative software.
Start Date: Negotiable, ideally between October – December 2023
Salary/Pay: The Fund for People in Parks is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives. The
position is 30 hours/week, exempt. It will include an annual salary of $75-90,000 and a benefits
package that includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 401K match, and generous leave
Application Deadline: July 15
How to Apply: Applicants should submit a letter expressing interest and a resume to