The Friends of the Conservatory (FOC) is Seattle Parks and Recreation's nonprofit partner for the Volunteer Park Conservatory. Founded in 1980, the FOC has a rich history of advocating for the Conservatory and facilitating public participation and education.
The Interim Executive Director will work closely with the board and staff, as well as Seattle Parks and Recreation, to help guide the FOC and identify opportunities for growth and expansion for the Conservatory and its outreach programming. The Interim Executive Director will be responsible for addressing and mitigating impacts of the Covid-19 closure in preparation for reopening of the Conservatory to the public.
The Interim Executive Director is a liaison between the organization and Seattle Parks and Recreation and should exhibit a passion for public institutions as well as a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The Interim Executive Director is an hourly position for 32 hours per week. The starting hourly pay rate for this position is $25. The Interim Executive Director position is funded for 3 months, with opportunity for continuation.
• Fundraising and Development: Increase FOC revenue through dynamic fundraising activities, grant writing, and expanding the membership base. Work with the board to develop short- and long-term development goals and strategies.
• Fiscal Management: In partnership with the board, provide and improve ongoing financial management planning and oversight.
• Equitable Leadership: Provide equity-focused and strategic leadership that adheres to core organizational values. Collaborate with the board to keep accessibility at the helm of decision-making regarding development, resources, and programming.
• Programming: Prioritize partnerships with BIPOC led organizations, artists, and plant experts to generate programming, in the form of educational programs and fundraising, that amplifies inclusivity within the FOC’s core values of education, advocacy, horticulture, sustainability, and legacy.
• Community Liaison: Be the public face of FOC. Present all programs, press releases, and communication in a positive and timely manner. Serve as the point of contact for media inquiries. Increase FOC e-marketing opportunities. Present and market FOC's direction to the community, city government, and stakeholders.
• Oversee Day-to-Day Operations: Manage personnel logistics and serve as liaison between staff and the board. Provide direction and support to staff and volunteers. Work with the Administrative Executive to schedule docent tours as well as gift shop and event volunteers. Keep the board informed and report monthly at board meetings.
• Coordinate with Seattle Parks and Recreation: Attend monthly meetings with Seattle Parks Department staff. Communicate and coordinate FOC programming with gardeners and Parks staff.
• Proven fundraising experience for non-profits
• Strong financial management experience
• Grant writing experience
• Community engagement experience and ability to work with diverse populations • Experience managing and utilizing volunteer resources
• Experience working with a wide range of people with conflicting demands • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office
• Proficiency in donor management tools, such as Little Green Light
• Strong communication skills: oral, written, electronic, and effective networking skills • Experience working in an environment with limited supervision and effectively meeting expectations
• Ability to work some evenings and weekends
• A passion for plants and horticulture is a plus
The FOC is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and encourage individuals who are queer, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, parents, are/have been system-impacted, have different abilities, and/or are immigrants to apply.
Priority application deadline is June 14, 2021
June 3, 2021