Summary: The Lincoln Park Conservancy is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to lead our important organization. LPC is dedicated to providing leadership in conservation, ecological restoration, and park programing for a highly used, centrally located park with historic buildings and abundant natural beauty. LPC operates under a formal agreement with the Chicago Park District to restore and improve Lincoln Park.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, this position requires high level skills in strategy development and implementation, Board and staff leadership, financial acumen and fundraising, and donor/community engagement, in addition to an affinity for the role of parks and conservation in our city. The next Executive Director of the LPC will also possess excellent communication skills, a commitment to integrity and a sense of resiliency.
Located in Lincoln Park, LPC has 5 full time staff members; docents and many additional volunteer workers provide their expertise and commitment to the park through programs, tours, and events.
Work closely with Board of Directors to develop and implement LPC’s strategic plan for the future.
Lead initiatives to strengthen and support work of the Board of Directors.
Ensure consistent, continuous communications between Board, staff, community partners and donors.
Evaluate the activities and infrastructure of LPC in support of growth.
Provide uncompromising stewardship in leading the preservation and enhancement of the natural, cultural and historical assets of Lincoln Park by involving community, donors, other park organizations and the city of Chicago, to enrich the lives of all who enjoy the park.
Financial Management and Fund Development
Assure financial health of LPC through fiscal accounting, controls, and budget preparation to maintain fiscal solvency on both a short and long-term basis.
Plan, develop and implement funding strategies to assure resources for all projects and potential growth.
Actively seek new funding sources from foundations, corporations and donors to meet goals.
Nurture and expand the organization donor base through development and implementation of annual marketing and development plans.
Maintain relationships with current funders and lead the building of new funding relationships through Board and staff.
Cultivate and maintain strong working relationships with local organizations, including community institutions, businesses and corporations, to strengthen LPC’s visibility.
Develop new partnership opportunities for LPC in the community by increasing LPC’s public prominence and promotion of achievements.
Serve as spokesperson for LPC and collaborate with community partners and neighborhood organizations.
Work closely with the Chicago Park District and City of Chicago to ensure appropriate support and recognition; including outreach to the Mayor’s office and public officials.
Staff and Volunteer Management
Hire, coach and develop staff members to ensure their talents and abilities are fully engaged for organizational effectiveness.
Maintain a climate which attracts, retains and motivates a strong staff.
Establish effective office management and promote a collaborative environment.
Lead delivery of services through staff and volunteers.
Ensure continuous flow of information between Board and staff.
Develop and implement human resources policies consistent with best practices in nonprofit organizations.
Programs/Services and Projects
Ensure programs and activities are consistent with the mission of LPC.
Develop, communicate and implement plans for the pending Playscape project, and restoration of North Pond and LP Conservancy.
Support innovative and sustainable design for projects and services.
Ensure processes and procedures are in place for timely execution of projects.
Qualifications: The next Executive Director of Lincoln Park Conservancy will bring the following professional and personal qualifications to the position:
Passionate commitment to LPC's mission and desire to improve the park experience through LPC's services and projects.
Proven experience as a leader with ability to implement goals and actions to drive results through Board, staff and volunteers.
Expertise in fundraising and development of strong donor relationships.
Background in nonprofit financial management, including budgeting and use of accounting software.
Collaborative and inspirational leadership style; ability to develop relationships with Board, staff, volunteers, funders, donors and community partners.
Prior supervisory/management experience.
Understanding of the nonprofit sector through prior work or nonprofit Board experience.
Excellent verbal, presentation and written communication skills.
Resiliency and flexibility.
Integrity in all operations and relationships.
Proficiency in technology and social media, including Microsoft Office, Quick Books, Google Docs, Twitter, etc.
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.