FNPS Seeks Executive Director

The Society is seeking an innovative dynamic individual, self motivated with strong leadership skills to fill the position of Executive Director (ED). The responsibilities of this position include: furthering the Society’s mission, goals and objectives; fundraising; and organizing and coordinating the FNPS annual conference. Applications will be accepted by the Society’s Vice President for Administration, via email to: vpadmin@fnps.org. Submit your resume and cover letter of no more than 7 total pages no later than October 5, 2011. Position starts January 2012.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS), is a 3,000+ member, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization founded in 1980. The mission of the FNPS is the preservation, conservation and restoration of native plants and native plant communities. The Society is seeking an innovative dynamic individual, who is self motivated with strong leadership skills to fill the position of Executive Director (ED). The responsibilities of this position include: furthering the Society’s mission, goals and objectives; fundraising; and organizing and coordinating the FNPS annual conference. Knowledge of environmental issues and/or environmental organizations is preferred. This individual must be able to work effectively in a team environment, have experience with event planning, event management, and contract negotiation, and have worked in, or with, an association or other non-profit or membership-based organization. Experience will include the preparation and writing of state, federal, and private foundation grant applications, with demonstrated success in procuring grant and sponsorship funding. Strong written/verbal communication skills and the ability to make presentations to groups of varying sizes and backgrounds groups are essential. Requisite skills include experience in MS Office suite, social media, and internet applications. Evening/weekend hours are required.

The Executive Director (ED) is accountable to the Executive Committee (ExComm) and the Board of Directors (BOD) but reports directly to the FNPS President. The ED provides guidance on the organization’s achievement of its mission and provides strategic and operational support of the Society.

Individuals, partnerships, or companies may submit applications to perform all three tasks: 1) Society Outreach, 2) Fundraising and Membership, and 3) Conference Planning. Applicants may apply solely for tasks 1 and 2, or solely for task 3, Conference Planning. Upon accepting the terms of the contract, the ED must reside in Florida within one month of date of signed contract. No relocation expenses are available. Applicant must also have a current driver’s license, a reliable vehicle for travel throughout the state, and be (or become) a member of the Florida Native Plant Society. Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree and five (5) years of relevant experience, preferably in the non-profit sector, or any equivalent combination of related education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential job functions. Applicant will perform as a contractor with compensation not to exceed $40,000 per year for all three responsibilities (exclusive of approved contract-related expenses). Applications will be accepted by the Society’s Vice President for Administration, via email to: vpadmin@fnps.org. Submit your resume and cover letter of no more than 7 total pages no later than 5 October 2011. Position to start January 2012, with possible December overlap.

DETAILED JOB DESCRIPTION

I. SOCIETY OUTREACH AND COORDINATION: The Executive Director (ED) executes outreach efforts of the FNPS to further its mission and goals, and serves as the contact for federal, state and local officials and other State and national level environmental organizations, and other duties.
Incumbent identifies actions, resources and timelines necessary to carry out the strategic plan and mission of the FNPS. Carries out actions and coordinates Society-level presence at key city, county and state conservation and public education events. Contacts and interacts with federal, state, and local officials for identification of relevant Society resources. With guidance from the President, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors, interprets the function and position of the FNPS to the community through direct involvement, public relations programs, personal contact, program literature, and interaction with the media. Attends official FNPS meetings and provides coordination or consultation on persons and materials to represent and promote the Society’s message. Maintains appropriate relations with other professional, environmental and social groups in the state and serves on relevant committees. ED maintains up-to-date information on key contacts including partner agencies and organizations for use by Committees and the Society.

II. FUNDRAISING AND MEMBERSHIP: The ED works with the Board of Directors and others to develop resources to achieve the FNPS mission, membership and fundraising goals. The ED provides leadership while facilitating resource development activities for the Society, to include grant writing and management, fundraising, and membership development.

1) Identifies and executes external funding opportunities, including partnerships, grants, sponsorships, etc., to promote the mission of the Society, and leverages the expertise of the Society to construct successful proposals. Incumbent serves as manager for Society’s fund raising initiatives, such as Earthshare, Good Shop/Good Search, endowments, charitable gift annuity plans, monthly donations, and periodic targeted campaigns, etc. This includes management responsibility for (a) fiscal management for externally funded initiatives; (b) maintaining required documentation as outlined in proposals; (c) ensuring timely completion/submission of deliverables; and (d) facilitating subsequent dissemination of products to Chapters and the public.

2) The ED implements strategies for the cultivation and solicitation of a portfolio of major gift prospects, including corporate, foundation, institutions, and /or individual donors. Develops and implements membership growth efforts through legacy, estate planning, corporate benefit programs. Coordinates fundraising activities through membership development, writing letters and proposals, making presentations and participating directly in requests for money and soliciting sponsorship of Society activities, and continual acknowledgement of donors.

III. CONFERENCE PLANNING: The ED will provide expert direction and consultation to the hosting chapter(s) on the management, planning, development, and execution of the annual, multi-day, multi-track conference held at a different hosting chapter(s) site in Florida. The ED ensures that the conference events and content reflects the mission and goals and objectives of the FNPS Board of Directors. These activities include but are not limited to coordinating execution of all conference events, timelines, deadlines, scripts, financials, administrative, volunteer staff, entertainment, audio visual and production, catering, hotel, guest rooms, sponsorship, promotion and could include all registration arrangements. In conjunction with Chapter Conference Committee members, develops a draft conference budget at least two years in advance and obtains FNPS Executive Committee approval of the draft budget. Coordinates final budget, obtains Board approval as part of that year’s FNPS budget. Holds hosting Chapter Conference Committee to approved budget. Maintains event support resource toolkit based on current best practices. Sponsorship registry has been maintained, updated and communicated to Executive Committee.

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