Position: Executive Director
Employer: Greenburgh Nature Center
Location: Scarsdale, NY
The Greenburgh Nature Center is a 33-acre woodland preserve with trails, pond, gardens, and outdoor animal exhibits, including a birds of prey aviary and barnyard. Our indoor exhibits, housed in an historic “Manor House” education center, include a live animal museum, exhibit areas focusing on nature and the environment, a greenhouse, and a gift shop. Since its inception in 1975, the Center has been dedicated to providing environmental education programs and cultural events for school groups and residents of Westchester County and beyond. The Center’s mission is to educate and to promote conservation, research, and appreciation of nature and the environment while preserving the natural and historic character of our property. In 2009, the Center conducted over 1,300 educational programs for schools and groups, presented over 50 weekend programs and events for the general public, was a leading organizer and facilitator of community environmental forums, and welcomed over 70,000 visitors. The Center’s annual operating budget is approximately $1 million.
The Greenburgh Nature Center is seeking a dynamic, proactive, collaborative Executive Director who will contribute to its growth and success. The Executive Director will provide administrative leadership and management for the Center’s approximately 14 staff. The Executive Director will initiate and oversee a fundraising development program to support a planned capital improvement initiative that will occur in stages over the next two year. The Executive Director position reports directly to the Board of Directors through the Board President.
Key responsibilities include fundraising and membership development including the solicitation of grant money and corporate sponsorships, capital improvement management, strategic planning, budgeting and financial management, interfacing with state and local government, marketing, communications, management of approximately 14 staff and community engagement. The salary has not yet been determined.
Candidates must have a passion for nature, a demonstrated ability in fundraising and membership development, leadership and financial management skills, ability to manage and motivate staff, and have excellent interpersonal communication skills along with strong marketing/public relations skills.
The ideal candidate should have extensive experience in natural sciences, animal behavior, environmental education, or land conservation/management as well as a strong understanding of the major issues confronting the environment today including ecosystem interaction and sustainability.
Success in this position requires an articulate, flexible, energetic, enthusiastic ambassador capable of managing the organization effectively; developing our fundraising capacity and expanding our audience.
Please email cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to the Board Search Committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please e mail a copy of your bio to email@example.com. Although the selection will be made by the Nature Center Board –members of the Town Board fund some of the nature center operations and also are responsible for the maintenance of the property.