Florida Trail Association

Executive Director

Posted: March 04, 2020
Location: Gainesville, FL
Time Commitment: Full-time


The Executive Director (ED) of the FTA is responsible for the supervision and oversight of the organization. The ED will plan, direct, administer and evaluate all components of FTA programs, as well as, regularly assess and communicate with all staff members and volunteers. The ED will work cooperatively with the USFS and other state and local government entities and partners to secure additional resources for the FTA.

Job Responsibilites

The Executive Director will develop and provide a clear vision and action plan for the Board, staff and all stakeholders. They will target organizational stability, long-term viability, financial growth and independence going forward.

  • Create and implement a strong development and membership program to promote mission achievement and financial sustainability. Move FTA to the forefront of donor and prospective donors’ minds and build a depth of donors.
  • Improve the FTA’s marketing, communications and social media presence with the goal of recruiting and engaging new and younger members.
  • Provide leadership, direction and cohesiveness to internal operations. Improve and enhance training and education for staff at the chapter and state levels, to include staff development and succession planning.
  • Establish strong working relationships with the USFS, the State of Florida and other government entities, and private partners to improve and enhance advocacy efforts on both the state and federal levels.
  • Lead and participate with the Board in developing a new strategic plan for the organization
  • Prepare and implement a new annual development plan; guide the board and drive comprehensive, targeted fundraising and development activities
  • Oversee the timely completion and compliance with the execution and reporting for all grant funding

Desired Qualifications

  • At least 5 to 8 years of experience in charge of the organizational leadership, staff supervision and fiscal responsibility for a relevant membership based, nonprofit organization
  • Knowledge of conservation and trail-related issues and an enjoyment of the outdoors
  • Knowledge of current trends and best practices of multiple donor solicitation and fundraising channels, with an emphasis on major gifts, planned/legacy giving and annual solicitations
  • Demonstrated experience in all areas of fund development including state, federal and private sector grants and sponsorships, and special event fundraising
  • Demonstrated success in community engagement at senior levels with the proven ability to impact corporate relationships and effective community partnerships
  • Bachelor's degree in a related discipline; graduate degree or professional certification (i.e. CFRE) preferred

Salary and Benefits

This position provides a competitive base salary, an annual bonus, generous benefits program and relocation assistance for out of market candidates.

Application Process

For immediate confidential consideration please contact:

Krickett Simonton | Senior Search Partner

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