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Friends of City Park
Job Vacancy Notice:

Executive Director

Friends of City Park is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to serve as the daily operations manager of Friends of City Park who reports to the President and the Executive Committee.  The ED supervises the staff, adhering to all procedures and policies set forth by the organization.  The ED is ultimately responsible and accountable for all actions of Friends of City Park and for its growth through membership, programs, fundraisers and special events. In addition, the ED acts as the liaison with City Park staff ensuring beneficial partnerships and vision.

Friends of City Park is a regional, non-profit organization whose mission is to maintain and increase the value and importance of City Park as a place of natural beauty, culture, recreation, and education for the public. All monies raised by Friends of City Park are used for the capital needs of City Park at the discretion of the FOCP Executive Board. Friends of City Park sustains its efforts from its robust membership program that offers benefits to Friends’ members. The three major fundraisers are Lark in the Park, our premier fundraiser; Martini Madness, our wildly popular martini tasting; and Ghosts in the Oaks, our spooktacular family bizarre! The efforts of Friends of City Park sparked a catalyst for change and improvement and started a rebirth of City Park.


  • Serves as the liaison between the Friends’ President and Board of Directors and City Park Management; the ED attends City Park staff meetings and CPIA board meetings.
  • Implements and oversees the Strategic Plan under the guidance of the FOCP Board, with quarterly reviews.
  • Collaborates with the Special Events and Membership Coordinators and committees to strengthen, financially grow, and maintain the fundraising events.
  • Oversees development and implementation of new programming in conjunction with current staff.
  • Works with the Development Committee and City Park Development, on identifying new programming, grant opportunities, donor cultivation, financial growth, and increased sponsorship commitments.
  • Collaborates with the President and Board Treasurers to create a working budget for the organization operations and events; responsible for keeping all office, event, and program budgets in line.
  • Prepares and submits for timely payment all check requests received by Friends to be processed by the Staff Accountant. Reviews all invoices submitted from City Park to Friends to ensure accuracy and proper accounting procedures.
  • Prepares all deposits in a timely manner and either transmits through Remote Deposit or deposits them at the local bank.
  • Works with the City Park grant writer to manage grants, write grants and brainstorm new possibilities.
  • Works with Director of P.R. with story creation, social media strategy, and media relations.
  • Works with City Park CEO, CFO, COO, and CDO on capital project and financial requests and ensures all proper documentation is obtained and disseminated.
  • Serves as the chief spokesperson for FOCP and represents the organization in the media and at community events.
  • Compiles all fiscal information with the Staff Accountant for the annual audit.
  • Responsible for all information disseminated from the Friends of City Park: press releases, brochures, quarterly newsletters, and website, advertising and event promotions.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the hiring, managing and evaluating the Membership Coordinator, Marketing/Special Events Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, and Staff Accountant, and any programmatic staff.
  • Administers payroll, health insurance, and benefits programs for employees.


  • 4-6 years’ experience in the non-profit sector or related field.
  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum) or advanced degree (preferred) in a related field required.
  • Working knowledge of non-profit organization administration, operations, procedures and practices.
  • Strong experience achieving successes in partnership with the Board, with the ability to empower Board members to successfully engage with and support the organization.
  • Excellent ability to define problems, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Excellent communication and people skills, including creative problem solving.
  • Utilizes the following computer skills: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), QuickBooks, and Raiser’s Edge
  • Prior experience in office management and supervising at least two employees

*To apply email your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to No phone calls.