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The Executive Director, a newly created position, will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors in leading the transformation of the Los Angeles County Grand Park Foundation from its current stage to a more mature organization capable of delivering on its long term vision. Specifically, s/he will ensure that the Foundation's fiscal, operations, fundraising, marketing, human resource, technology, and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented successfully and thoroughly within the organization. The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors.

BACKGROUND AND GOALS:

The mission and purpose of the Los Angeles County Grand Park Foundation is to support, advise, and enhance the experience of Grand Park for the people of Los Angeles and all visitors for generations to come. The Foundation Board of Directors is guided by the principle of providing a level of stewardship that draws on partnerships with public foundations, private philanthropy, community partners and stakeholders to ensure that Grand Park and its purpose endure.
Grand Park has become a vibrant outdoor community gathering place for all which adds a new spirit and vitality to downtown. As one of the biggest parks in downtown, the 12-acre Grand Park stretches from The Music Center on the west to City Hall on the east. Having been open for 20 months, Grand Park's advisory body has been transitioned from the Grand Park Advisory Committee to the Grand Park Foundation with the support and advice of its established and growing Board of Directors.

Grand Park should draw people from all parts of diverse Los Angeles, and these people should all find themselves reflected in the park's varied uses and programs. The goals for Grand Park are:

  • Keep Grand Park safe and friendly
  • Ensure individual's rights in public spaces
  • Grand Park needs its own identity to truly thrive as environmentally sustainable safe haven
  • Responsibility to safeguard the Grand Park's assets

One of the Foundation's main goals is to develop the financial resources that would support immediate and long-term goals for the Park and Foundation--including fundraising and identifying long-term funding partners. Also, the Foundation Board will develop the Foundation's essential policies and management systems necessary for the non-profit to successfully support Grand Park.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Fund Development
1. Manages all fund development activities, including grant writing, cultivation and stewardship of donors, event planning, and identifying new resources. Actively seeks and maintains a diverse donor base of individual, business, foundation and government segments.
2. Leads organization's financial growth in order to maintain healthy cash flow, provide full services to our constituents and maintain adequate reserves to support board-approved investments and risk-taking.
3. Ensure that the flow of funds permits the foundation to make continuous progress towards the achievement of its mission and that those funds are allocated properly to reflect present needs and future potential.
4. Formulate and execute comprehensive marketing, branding and development strategies that will ensure consistency throughout the organization and enhance revenue from major donors, foundations, government agencies, and corporations.
5. Oversees preparation of the annual budget and other necessary financial documents. Provides information and justifications for Board of Directors in its budgetary review and approval process.

Program Development and Implementation
1. Oversees and supports the development, design and delivery of program initiatives, assuring that the goals and objectives are aligned with the Grand Park Foundation's overall strategic plan.
2. Oversees and supports the administrative components of all program services, including contract negotiations, contract and grant reporting and contracted work.
3. Provides for quality assurance monitoring of all the Grand Park Foundation programs and services, assuring correction of any deficiencies in the program.
4. Ensures compliance with all requirements of federal, state and local regulatory and governmental reporting

Organizational Management
1. Leads, motivates and develops staff and board so that they are passionate about what the Grand Park Foundation has achieved and are committed to working effectively toward continual improvement.
2. Ensures the organization has diverse staff with skills appropriate to the needs of the position through people management activities including hiring, separation of employment, ongoing staff development, performance management, compensation and benefits.
3. Ascertains that employment policies are adhered to in all employment practices and partners with the Board to implement changes.

QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Ability to create and manage budgets and to achieve additional revenues for the organization
2. Strong background in financial oversight of non-profits.
3. Solid leadership and interpersonal skills; ability to create and sustain strong collaborative working relationships with prospective partners, community members, board members and staff.
4. Stellar organizational and project management skills; strong writing skills.
5. Highly motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently, to participate and foster a team environment in a complex setting.
6. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
7. Impeccable follow-through and accountability.
8. Charismatic public speaking and presenting skills.
9. Ability to create and implement a comprehensive strategic plan.
10. Ability to lead and supervise personnel.
11. Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to work with members of the Board of Directors to engage their assistance with the various District committees.
12. Ability to communicate and work well with others in a professional office environment.
13. Proficient computer skills including MS Word, Excel, databases, Internet and Outlook.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

1. Must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, preferred degree in arts administration or nonprofit planning. Graduate degree a plus.
2. Prior working knowledge in a non-profit or corporate management organization including 2+ years of experience leading a multifaceted fundraising department.
3. Experience with a municipal government and visitor industry.
4. A solid track record of shaping, implementing and leading significant programs that have increased support from donors/members, partners, corporations and foundations.
5. Prior experience in resource development, sponsorship or fundraising.

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

  • Corporate Management: 2 years