Executive Director, Freedom Park Conservancy

Atlanta, Georgia
Up to $80.000 + health benefits
Jan 03, 2018
Feb 02, 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

The Freedom Park Conservancy, a 501C3 nonprofit organization, is charged with promoting the improvement and preservation of Freedom Park for the benefit of a diverse public. The vision of Freedom Park is to become an Arts Park that preserves the legacy of civic activism from which it emerged, while nurturing lives through art and nature, connecting neighborhoods and celebrating the many paths to freedom.

The Conservancy seeks an experienced, energetic, and engaged community leader to work with the board of directors to fulfill our vision. The Executive Director will also partner with the City of Atlanta, surrounding communities, and other key stakeholders such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and the Carter Center.

The Conservancy’s first Executive Director will be the chief executive and public ambassador, responsible for realizing the goals outlined in FPC’s recently-approved strategic plan. Initial goals include fundraising, development of a Master Plan, prioritization and implementation of Plan recommendations, organizing an Arts program and managing relationships with external stakeholders.

Job Purpose

The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization in according with the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.

Application Process

Qualified candidates will provide: 1) a cover letter that includes salary requirements and a brief synopsis of what strategies you would pursue in the first 90 days of employment in this position, and 2) résumé / CV. Send both documents in a single PDF attachment by email to recruitment@freedompark.org — include your name in the subject line. The Freedom Park Conservancy Nominating Committee will not respond to applications that do not adhere to this process. We ask that applicants use this email channel for all communications and refrain from making direct inquiries to the organization about the status.  

Minimum Requirements for Applicants

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Five years (minimum) of experience in the nonprofit sector, occupying and/or working directly with executive positions
  • Material experience working in partnership with a board of directors
  • Demonstrated career record of increased responsibility and dynamic leadership 
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking


Leadership, Strategic Planning and Execution

  • Understand, support and champion the organization’s vision as laid out in the 2017 strategic plan
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization
  • Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Director on all aspects of the organization's activities
  • Foster effective team work between the Board and the Executive Director
  • Work with committees, volunteers and external organizations to implement goals
  • Participate in an annual evaluation and update of the strategic plan

Development and Fundraising

  • Lead fundraising based on annual target set by Board (minimum $500k year one)
  • Research funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization 
  • Work with board committees to plan and execute events or other fundraising projects
  • Present Case for Giving to external stakeholders
  • Identify and complete grant applications with the assistance of volunteers and Board
  • Participate in fundraising activities as appropriate

Financial Control and Reporting

  • Work with the Board (Treasurer and Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive annual budget
  • Work with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization
  • Responsible for fiscal integrity, operating within the approved budget and monitoring basic cash flow
  • Manage and maintain the organization’s receipts and expenses
  • Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board
  • Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization 
  • Ensure that the organization complies with all legislation covering taxation and withholding payments

Project Management

  • Identify and advocate for planning and execution of projects that contribute to the organization's mission and reflect the priorities of the Board
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of such projects
  • Develop project briefs, requests for proposals, and similar artifacts for park planning and improvements
  • Work with vendors to receive quotes and proposals
  • Coordinate approval of designs and contracts with the board
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality


  • Assist the board in aligning committees with strategic priorities
  • Operate as primary spokesperson for the organization
  • Act as lead liaison with the City, Park Pride and other external organizations
  • Provide oversight responsibility for interns and other staff

Marketing, Communications and Special Events

  • Responsible for all communications with donors
  • Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board when appropriate
  • Speak to other organizations about the goals and work of the Conservancy
  • Represent Freedom Park Conservancy at appropriate public, private and trade functions
  • Work with committees to develop and implement marketing plans and programs

General Administration

  • Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization 
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization, providing administrative support as necessary for the organization to run smoothly
  • Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate
  • Ensure that personnel, donor and volunteer files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained 
  • Provide support to the Board by preparing meeting agenda and supporting materials
  • Coordinate calendars for the Board
  • Maintain the organizational donor list
  • Coordinate intern and volunteer efforts with associated committees 

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