Post Date: 05/30/2019
Close Date: 06/21/2019
Tualatin Hills Park Foundation (THPF) seeks an experienced, goal oriented, self-starter to act as Executive Director (ED) of the Park Foundation. This is a high profile position for an individual with a passion for parks and recreation. Ideal candidates possess proven leadership skills and the fundraising experience required to drive a renewed and energized organization. Successful candidates must be knowledgeable about fundraising and grantmaking, nonprofit administration, basic fiscal management, and possess strong verbal and written communication skills. The person in this leadership position must have the demonstrated ability to work with diverse interest groups, audiences, stakeholders, park staff, foundations, board members, elected officials, and other community leaders. The ED has no direct reports and receives some administrative support from THPRD. Coordination between the ED and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) is required and includes effective collaboration and relationship-building with key support staff and with various departments, in particular: community partnerships, finance and general manager.
THPF was founded in 1958 to complement THPRD, established three years earlier. THPRD has become a nationally accredited award-winning provider of park and recreation services that employs creative, innovative, and dedicated professionals. THPF’s mission is to develop resources to ensure access to recreation for all Park District residents. Today, THPRD and THPF serve over 250,000 people in the greater Beaverton, Oregon area. Activity at THPF over its sixty year history has ebbed and flowed. In 2013 THPRD launched a new commitment to increase the stature of THPF in the community. THPRD hired a nonprofit executive as its Director of Community Partnerships who has been charged with THPF growth. The Director and a consultant have worked with community leaders to build the Park Foundation over the last five years. Under strong board leadership from our community and in lockstep with THPRD, THPF is genuinely excited about having the resources in place that allow for the hiring of an ED to advance the Park Foundation’s development.
THPF embraced the Access for All initiative in 2014 to deliver projects and programs that expand unifying recreational activities for all members of our community. Since 2014 when an effective board and campaign council focused on fundraising, THPF has completed a $1.5 million capital campaign for the all abilities Mountain View Champions Park; has raised program funds to support new recreation offerings at THPRD serving people with disabilities; and has been successful at raising general operating funds. These successes allow THPF to seek an experienced executive to serve in a 0.6 FTE position to expand the Park Foundation’s reach and influence, and to work alongside THPRD. This is a true part-time position anticipated to work on average 24 hours a week.
• Reports to: Chair of the Board of Trustees; and tightly coordinates strategy with THPRD Director of Community Partnerships
• Classification: Exempt; 0.6 FTE; flexible schedule anticipated
• Supervises: No direct reports at this time; oversight of consultant services is a possibility
• Compensation: $45,000 – $55,000, based on experience
• Benefits: Vacation, holidays and sick time
• Start Date: September 2019 or sooner, if possible
• Workspace/Work Hours: Workspace choices include office space in the Tanasbourne area and near THPRD administration, or in downtown Portland; home office location is also an option. The position is 24 hours per week, and there is flexibility in establishing the work schedule.
• Develop and oversee fundraising strategies to achieve THPF goals in coordination with the Board of Trustees. The ED is expected to have direct involvement in fundraising, as well as mobilize Trustees to:
• Cultivate strong relationships with existing donors and corporate partners to retain and increase the number and size of financial contributions.
• Identify prospective major donors and corporate partners and develop relationships and mutually advantageous alliances.
• Plan and implement strategies to increase membership in the Legacy Circle (annual donors of a minimum $1,200 per year for operational support) throughout the Portland region in support of THPF general operations.
• Increase and maintain the size of the THPF Board of Trustees and the ranks of the campaign council, known as the Champions Council, by recruiting high energy and qualified prospects who value THPF’s fundraising role.
• Lead and collaborate with THPRD staff to refine all aspects of communications — from social media presence to external relationships with the goal of increasing a stronger brand for fundraising.
• Initiate and cultivate partnerships within the community and represent the Park Foundation at events.
• Build a strategic network of recognition and support of the Park Foundation to aid in the fundraising focus.
• Maintain professional working relationships with a diverse group of elected officials and governmental representatives with wide-ranging political views and objectives.
• Plan and execute meetings and events to meet goals and to maximize strategic community engagement.
• Effectively collaborate with THPRD staff, particularly the Director of Community Partnerships.
• Work with Board Chair to develop an effective annual self-evaluation procedure, quarterly performance standards, and to prepare annual goals and objectives for presentation to the Board.
• Coordinate capital and programmatic campaigns, including overseeing grant proposals; participate in meeting and event preparation.
• Prepare and submit to the Board an annual budget and forecasts for projects and programs and general operating expenses.
• Ensure THPF retains its IRS charitable status.
• Prepare agendas and supporting materials for Board, Executive Committee, Task Forces, and other meetings.
Qualifications and Relevant Experience
· Success and enjoyment in fundraising
· Strong relationship-building and stewarding background
· Skilled at working independently and communicating with others
· Effective use of time
· Results driven and detail-oriented
Successful candidates will possess a background in senior level management at a nonprofit organization. Ideal candidates will have a minimum of ten years in proven fundraising success, board development and stewardship, and executive management. Ideal experience will include designing and implementing programs, raising money from diverse sources, building stakeholder relations, managing cashflow and financial planning in a small nonprofit organization. Experience working with volunteer boards to build a strong organization is important; experience with donor data base management preferred. A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university is highly desirable. Compensation is commensurate with demonstrated experience.
The following information is required:
· A cover letter (2 page max), introducing yourself, sharing your interests in the position, and addressing this question:
What role does private philanthropy play in supporting parks and recreation when the public sector is charged with delivering parks and related services to the community?
· A resume or CV
Submit information as soon as possible for first consideration to Geoff Roach, THPRD Director of Community Partnerships, at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org (as a single pdf document with “Executive Director” in the subject line).
This posting remains active until filled with first review of applications in July 2019.
Tualatin Hills Park Foundation provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, handicap, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or criminal history in accordance with applicable federal laws.