Los Angeles River State Park Partners (Partners) seeks a founding Executive Director to lead strategy, vision, fundraising, and advocacy efforts for the organization. This position reports directly to the Board of Directors and will be supported by the Chairperson and Board Members. The Partners was formed in 2017 for the support and advancement of the three State Parks along the Los Angeles River: Los Angeles Historic State Park, Rio de Los Angeles State Park, and the Bowtie Project. As the head of a relatively young organization, the Executive Director will have the opportunity to set vision, strategy, and priorities. In its short life, the Partners has already gained prominence and political attention in the environmental and open space movement in Northeast LA.
Duties and Responsibilities
Executive Management (40%)
- Work closely with Board Chair and Board in developing and implementing strategic plans, budgets and operating plans.
- Organize and implement programs utilizing partnerships, California State Parks staff, volunteers, subcontracted or consulting staff, and Board members.
- Develop and implement a communications strategy, including public relations and social media.
- Ensure consistency of quality, accountability, and high standards in all programs and services. This includes providing training for volunteers and developing procedures, models, and comprehensive frameworks of delivery.
- Maintain appropriate fiscal controls to ensure all programs are within the scope of budgets and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations with the support of a contract bookkeeper.
- Maintain accurate quantitative and qualitative records for programs and services. Ensure consistent and meaningful evaluation of programs and services to assess their impact and success, providing Board, partners and funders with meaningful information on programs offered. Assist the Board Chair to prepare Board meeting agendas, reports, and other documents for Board discussion.
- Engage in professional development and in-service training (as approved or advised by the Board Chair) to maintain and develop skills in management of environmental NGOs.
Programs and fundraising (40%)
- Creatively conceive of compelling programming to connect park visitors to their park lands and facilitate development of lifelong park visitation habits.
- Be responsible for all programming and service development and delivery, from proposal writing, through planning, budgeting, implementation, evaluation, and report writing.
- Cultivate relationships with potential funding partners.
- Ensure program grant requests strategically support our programming objectives and organizational mission
- Act as a strong, articulate voice for advocacy on behalf of our park lands and the surrounding communities on issues ranging from real estate development, gentrification, community health and well-being, to the defense and improvement of our park lands.
- Lead efforts to improve access and investment in new park amenities
- Reports to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors.
- Functional relationships with the following:
- Board of Directors
- California State Parks staff
- Sub-contracted staff resources as required
- Park visitors
Skill, knowledge, education and experience
- Advanced degree in affiliated field. Master’s degree a plus.
- Seven plus years of experience in organizational management, fundraising, public programming, advocacy, or related field required.
- Passion and experience in development of strategic plans to address our Mission is strongly preferred.
- Strong fundraising experience, including prospecting, grant writing, grant reporting, major donor stewardship, and/or corporate sponsorships required.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, preferably in English and Spanish; an effective public communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills, including social media is preferred.
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people required.
- Must be able to manage up to a dynamic group with confidence.
- Must be a “big picture” thinker.
- Must have a love for the outdoors and Los Angeles.
- Must be a strong team player.
- Knowledge of the public open space, environmental, LA River, or environmental justice landscape in Los Angeles is preferred.
The salary for this position is commensurate with the responsibility for the position and is negotiable based on skills and expertise.
- Three weeks of paid time off
- Ten paid holidays
- Additional paid sick, jury duty, and voting time
- Generous family leave and bereavement benefits
- Flexible work schedule and remote work options
- Ample opportunity to work outdoors in LA’s park locations
- Opportunity to form and grow with the organization while establishing a personal public profile alongside some of LA’s leaders and changemakers