Washington's National Park Fund: Executive Director


A. Position Summary

The Executive Director of Washington's National Park Fund leads one of the Northwest's most important conservation organizations. WNPF is the leading private fund-raiser for the three National Parks of Washington - Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic. These parks are the crown jewels of the Northwest's great conservation and outdoor recreation areas. Many people first come to love nature and learn the importance of protecting our environment while experiencing our National Parks. These experiences shape families and communities far beyond their boundaries. To make sure our Parks continue to be protected and provide great visitor experiences, they need the support of the public. The Executive Director (ED) is the steward of WNPF, and has ultimate responsibility, with the board of directors, for enhancing the organization's ability to fund critical projects of inestimable benefit to the Parks and their millions of visitors.

B. Responsibilities

  • Fund Raising. The ED's primary operational duty is raising funds. The ED shall manage events, direct mail and web solicitations, grant writing, and other programs to raise funds. Special attention will be paid to cultivating existing donors and growing their relationship with the organization. The ED shall be the primary personal interface to major donors.
  • Strategic Direction. The ED will assist the Board in directing the efforts of WNPF to maintain its relevance to its donors, the Parks, and the community.
  • Legal Compliance. The ED shall see to it that WNPF is at all times operating within the law, and maintains its 501(c)3 status. The ED shall execute all instruments, contracts, and reports required for the operation of WNPF except for those reserved to the Board. The ED shall review and approve all contributions of property or that contain restrictions to ensure the propriety of accepting them.
  • Financial Management. The ED shall prepare an annual budget for approval by the Board. He/she will see to it that proper books of account are kept and that the assets of WNPF are properly safeguarded by a system of internal accounting controls. The ED is responsible for the financial operations of the organization including cash processing, payroll, and accounts payable. Monthly financial reports will be produced for the Board no later than the middle of the next month.
  • Public Relations. The ED is the primary public spokesperson for WNPF. He/she shall develop and execute a program to promote the organization through print and broadcast media, as well as speaking engagements.
  • External Affairs. The ED shall cultivate good relations with the Park Superintendents and other Park staff to coordinate WNPF's efforts with its beneficiaries. The ED shall also cultivate good relations with government, non-profit, and other organizations that help WNPF achieve its goals.
  • Staff Supervision. All employees of WNPF report to the ED. The ED is responsible for hiring and firing, setting annual goals, providing annual reviews and all other aspects of personnel administration. The ED will take care that WNPF conducts its personnel practices within the law.

C. Qualifications

  • Fund raising track record. The candidate must have a track record of fund raising for non-profit organizations. The ideal candidate would have a successful track record raising funds in the Puget Sound area for a conservation-oriented non-profit.
  • Administrative ability. The candidate must have demonstrated experience in managing projects, creating and monitoring budgets, and other administrative tasks. Some accounting and computer skills would be helpful.
  • Demonstrated track record building and sustaining successful collaborations among diverse organizational partners and personalities.
  • Community connection. The candidate should have a demonstrable connection to Washington State, the conservation community, or the National Parks. The ideal candidate would have all three.
  • Public Relations. The candidate should have a track record of public speaking. The candidate should have demonstrated ability to get media coverage for their causes.
  • Effective Communications. The candidate should be able to communicate persuasively using all media.

D. Reports To

The ED reports to the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

E. Target Salary

$70,000 per year