Executive Director Job Description

Job Summary

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for the successful leadership and management of Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve to fulfill the organization’s mission. The ideal candidate will have a love for the environment and familiarity with conservation easements.

Duties of the Executive Director include:


  1. Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization;
  2. Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization and provide all information necessary for the Board and its subcommittees to function properly and make informed decisions;
  3. Foster effective teamwork between the Board, the Executive Director and staff;
  4. In addition to the Chair of the Board, act as a spokesperson for the organization;
  5. Develop a deep knowledge of the Ranch, forest, core programs, operations and business plans;
  6. Act as a liaison between the Board of FFRP and the CCSD on all matters pertaining to the Ranch;
  7. Represent FFRP at conferences and workshops to establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations;
  8. Provide assistance to the Chairperson of the Board in agenda development and present Executive Director’s report at monthly Board of Director meetings.

Financial Performance and Viability

  1. Collaborate with the Board to create and implement a Fund Development Plan for the organization. This will include:
    • Researching funding sources, managing fundraising activities and events, and writing funding proposals for grants;
    • Developing a long-term donor stewardship program to increase engagement with current donors and engage new donors;
    • Driving fundraising activities as appropriate;
    • Working with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization;
  2. Work with the Finance Committee and Treasurer to prepare an annual budget to be presented to the Board of Directors for approval;
  3. Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board.

Operational Planning and Management

  1. Oversee the day-to-day operation of the organization including office administration and supervision of staff and volunteers;
  2. Oversee the publication of the FFRP Newsletter, website and quarterly articles for the Cambrian;
  3. Develop organizational policies with the Board and prepare procedures to implement them; review existing policies with the Board on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate;
  4. Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization’s people (clients, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks;
  5. Maintain FFRP records and documents, library and lists of volunteers and ensure the files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained;
  6. Ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations;
  7. Oversee planning and completion of annual Ranch environmental monitoring report in compliance with the requirements of the Conservation Easement of the FRP Master Plan.

Program Planning and Management

  1. Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs, services and special projects, including recommended timelines and resource requirements;
  2. Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of FFRP to maintain or improve the quality and ensure that they contribute to the fulfillment of the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board. Human Resources planning and management

Human Resources planning and management

  1. Create and implement training programs for staff, volunteers and Board members when needed and encourage personnel development and education;
  2. Recruit, interview and assist in selecting staff in consultation with the Board;
  3. Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held and that sound human resource practices are in place;
  4. Discipline staff when necessary using appropriate techniques; in consultation with the Board release staff when necessary, using appropriate and legally defensible procedures.


The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to FFRP’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.

  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Nonprofit management experience preferred
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector preferred
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
  • Strong written and oral communication skills along with strong public speaking ability
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee a team
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with external partners and stakeholders
  • Proficiency and experience with Microsoft Office, Mailchimp, and NeonCRM preferred

Salary Range

Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. This is a full-time position however; consideration will be given to qualified candidates seeking part-time work.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter outlining how skills, education, and experience with environmental causes meet the qualifications of the position.

Email resume, cover letter and three references to jobs@ffrpcambria.org. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by August 9th, 2019. Search Committee will begin assessment of applications on this date and the position will remain open until filled.

Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.