POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Executive Director serves as the lead fundraiser, recruits and manages staff (volunteer/contract and/or paid), assures fiscal responsibility in the implementation of the budget, implements business plans, acts as spokesperson for the organization, provides writing support for monthly newsletter, news releases, social media posts and other correspondence, and manages and creates events and outreach programs in accordance with the mission of the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens (JAG).
Reporting to the JAG Board of Directors, the executive director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for JAG’s staff (volunteer/contract/paid), programs and execution of its mission. This person will initially develop a deep knowledge of fundraising opportunities, core programs, operations and business plans.
Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising (including grant writing, donor relations and cultivation), communications and systems; and recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
• Actively engage and energize JAG volunteers, board members, event committees, partnering organizations and funders.
• Develop, maintain and support a strong board of directors; serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing operations/fundraising.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
• Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to fundraising and business planning.
• Support two existing annual fundraising events and develop additional event opportunities for the organization.
• Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
• Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven and self-directed.
Bachelor’s degree in marketing, fundraising or a related field
Minimum three years of successful fundraising experience for a nonprofit agency
Knowledge of Northeast Florida donor community a plus
Self-motivated and ability to work off-site from home office initially
Ability to work in a ‘start-up’ capacity, or experience with start-up
Base salary of $50,000 (based on experience) and provision of $400 monthly stipend for insurance (self-administered). Successful candidate will also receive a 10 percent bonus (based on final salary) at the end of 12 months if fundraising objectives are met.
Please email your cover letter and resume/CV to board member Patty Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.