The Roger Williams Park Conservancy is seeking an Executive Director.

Roger Williams Park, created in 1871, is known as the People’s Park. People of different backgrounds and cultures enjoy the Park as a gathering place where they can appreciate the beauty of the outdoors, be physically active, have fun, be quiet, feel safe, and explore and discover new things. The Roger Williams Park Conservancy works with the City of Providence to steward the Park, offer programs, raise resources, coordinate marketing efforts, and plan for the long-term sustainability of the Park.

The Conservancy is an independent nonprofit organization created in 2015 as part of the Rhode Island Foundation’s $10 million Campaign for Roger Williams Park. The Foundation has provided staff, funding, and administrative support to start up the Conservancy’s programming and outreach. Half of the money raised by the Campaign created an endowment that will provide annual operating funds (approximately $160,000 in year one) for the Conservancy. The Executive Director will be the first staff person. For more information about the Park and Conservancy, visit www.rwpconservancy.org.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for launching the Conservancy as a fully independent organization and ensuring that the organization achieves its mission and goals. He/she must be a strong leader, excellent communicator, team and relationship builder, and passionate advocate for the Park. The Executive Director is expected to:

• Foster Board development
• Create and manage a strategic plan
• Build strong community relationships
• Develop appropriate programming.
• Develop and implement a financial sustainability plan for the Conservancy by raising funds, seeking grants, and identifying other revenue sources.
• Oversee financial management.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years experience in a related field. He/she will have passion for parks and the willingness to work off hours if necessary. Candidates should demonstrate experience and skills with the responsibilities described above and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. He/she will have experience working with a board of directors, developing community relationships, and launching initiatives and building systems. We seek a resourceful and innovative self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit.

The Conservancy offers competitive compensation, commensurate with experience, and benefits. To apply, please submit your resume, a cover letter describing your interest in the position and how your experience makes you uniquely suited for the role, and your salary requirements to jdavid@rifoundation.org by October 3, 2017.

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