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Friends of the Fells Seeking New Executive Director

Friends of the Fells Seeking New Executive Director

After 2 years of exemplary work with the Friends, Executive Director Ron Morin has decided to return to retired life.  We are therefore accepting applications for a new Executive Director to replace him.

Our deepest gratitude to Ron for his leadership, stewardship, and activism.  We wish him a relaxing and much deserved re-retirement!

Job:  Executive Director, Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation

Mission Statement: The Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation is dedicated to the protection and harmonious use of the Fells; promoting awareness, policies and programs to honor and preserve the ecological, historical and recreational resources of this urban forest reservation.

Who We Are:  We are a small, intimate, passionate, and committed organization. Our people are diverse in interests and many opinions, but our discussions are civil. We seek an Executive Director who is diplomatic, organized, a good communicator, and a person of action. Our organizational culture is also kind, and we have many volunteers that we deeply appreciate and respect. A successful Executive Director will recognize the value and best attributes in each board member, employee, and volunteer and will help each individual contribute from a position of strength, finding their best talents. We are professional, but are not corporate.

Job Description:  A passionate, determined self-starter who can help shape the next chapter for the Friend of the Fells, in partnership with the Board.

Key themes of the position are:

  • Maintain and manage current mission;
  • Retain and grow membership and generate a reliable funding stream;
  • Develop volunteer leaders; and
  • Create a strategic plan with the Board and have the ability to carry it out.

We expect the Executive Director to conduct business with a high degree of professionalism, integrity, and heart. Essential job functions include:

  • Supervise staff in our Melrose, MA office;
  • Maintain a budget and fundraise for a sustainable future;
  • Work with the board;
  • Create/maintain connections with external partners, collaborators, communities, members, and friends;
  • Oral and written communication, including public speaking; and
  • Working with modern computer tools, such as word processing, spreadsheets, Google Docs, membership databases, website management, and an understanding of how to leverage social media.

Previous leadership with a non-profit is a plus, as is a demonstrated commitment to conservation causes.

Details:  20 hours, flexible and asynchronous, with some availability for night and weekend meetings or events. Ideal candidates will plan on a 3+ year commitment, subject to successful review after 6 months, and annually thereafter. Potential for full time commitment is contingent on fundraising success. Salary commensurate with experience.

Position is open until filled.

Respond to jobs@fells.org with a one-page cover letter and resume.

 

Friends of the Fells

The Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation is dedicated to the protection and harmonious use of the Fells; promoting awareness, policies and programs to honor and preserve the ecological, historical and recreational resources of this urban forest reservation.
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