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The Search Is On: The SFNPT seeks a new Executive Director

The South Florida National Parks Trust is searching for a new Executive Director to lead the organization. See the job announcement below for details, and help us spread the word. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to search@southfloridaparks.org. All applications will be reviewed and the most qualified applicants will be contacted by a member of the search committee. Thank you!

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Position Description MAY 2019

The South Florida National Parks Trust seeks a visionary leader with strong management skills, proven fundraising experience and a passion for national parks to serve as the next Executive Director of a dynamic and growing organization that supports four national parks in South Florida. The Executive Director serves as the chief executive of the Trust with primary responsibility for the organization’s strategic growth, financial health, fundraising success, external partnerships and administrative operations. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees and leads a staff of three.     

About the SFNPT

The Trust is the principal philanthropic partner of four national parks in South Florida – Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve.

Through fundraising and community engagement, the Trust seeks to promote, preserve and enhance South Florida’s national parks in ways that enrich the experience of park visitors, connect diverse communities to these parks, and build a legacy of stewardship.

The Trust succeeds by funding national park programs and projects in five critical areas: environmental education, resource protection, visitor services, volunteer activities and community outreach. The Trust’s annual operating budget is $1.2 million, with 80% of the total dedicated to national park programs. We are seeking to triple our revenues in the next 3 to 5 years. The executive director will create a roadmap for how we do that.     

The Trust is governed by a board of trustees and supported by a staff of three and a dedicated group of volunteers. The Trust operates in Greater Miami, Southwest Florida (Greater Naples) and the Florida Keys, with offices in Coral Gables, Florida.


The Executive Director is responsible for the overall operations of the Trust including all fundraising activities, board relations, grants and programs, financial accounting, communications, and staffing. The Executive Director divides his or her time among those responsibilities, using the following allocation as a guide.  

Fundraising – 60%

The Executive Director is responsible for the implementation and success of the Trust’s fundraising efforts. These efforts include major gifts, planned giving, foundation grants, corporate gifts, the annual fund, membership and events. The executive director oversees all fundraising activity and is responsible for the success of the Trust’s development efforts, including donor cultivation and stewardship. The Trust expects to launch a fundraising campaign in FY 2020 in support of a new visitor center in Everglades National Park. The Executive Director will lead this effort in close coordination with the campaign committee and its chair.

Board Development / Grant Management – 20%

The Executive Director is responsible for board development and board relations. The Executive Director works closely with board leadership, committees and individual board members to direct Trust operations and achieve specific goals, especially in the area of fundraising. The Executive Director works with park superintendents and staff to set goals and develop work plans. The Executive Director also manages the grant process by which the Trust funds park projects and evaluates the results of those investments.

Administration – 20%

The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization, including accounting and financial reporting, hiring and payroll, staff management, and marketing and communications, including the Trust website and social media.


Ideal candidates will have a genuine passion for South Florida’s national parks and the mission of the Trust, a bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience with a nonprofit organization. In addition, the Trust is seeking candidates with:

  • Strong leadership skills, management experience, and the ability to engage donors and board members, work effectively with others, and have fun.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills and the ability to connect with different constituencies in person and across platforms, including social media.
  • The ability to think strategically when setting priorities, allocating resources and evaluating results.
  • Respect for others and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Required Skills / Experience

  • Extensive fundraising experience working with major donors, individuals, foundations and corporations. 

Work Environment:The Executive Director will be expected to travel to meetings, presentations and events in South Florida’s national parks, in Greater Miami, Southwest Florida and the Florida Keys. Some weekend and/or evening hours will be required. 

Compensation:The Trust offers a competitive salary and benefits package for this exempt, full-time position.

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to search@southfloridaparks.org. No phone calls please. All applications will be reviewed and the most qualified applicants will be contacted. All applicants will be notified once a hiring decision has been made.

The Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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