Emerald Necklace Conservancy Seeking New President

Emerald Necklace Conservancy – President

Incorporated in 1998, the mission of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy is to restore and improve the Emerald Necklace for all. The Emerald Necklace is Boston’s largest park system. It encompasses a 7-mile, 1100-acre linear park stretching from Beacon Hill to Dorchester featuring parkways and 6 parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The Conservancy connects people and parks and conserves the Emerald Necklace through projects and programs to enrich the visitor experience and restore and renew the landscape. To do this, the Conservancy undertakes maintenance and capital restoration projects; education; visitor services; free cultural events, advocacy and park access.

The Conservancy collaborates with the owners of its parks (the City of Boston, Town of Brookline, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts) and is the only organization that brings together the Necklace’s residential neighbors, community and business leaders, park advocates, and government officials to work for the renewal of this historic park system.

For more information, please visit www.emeraldnecklace.org

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Conservancy’s budgets, fund raising, programs, and execution of its mission. The President is responsible for the effective leadership, daily operation, and overall performance of the Conservancy for its public and private community stakeholders. The President is responsible for the development and nurturing of the Conservancy’s diverse staff and volunteers and with the Board of Directors, for setting the strategic direction and policy of the Conservancy. Finally, the President serves as the public face of the organization participating in key public meetings as well as communicating and collaborating with our public and private partners.


  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.
  • Obtain funding and/or resources from a broad range of private and public resources and maintain an active major donor portfolio.
  • Lead fund raising efforts including supporting the Board’s involvement in fund raising, personally cultivating and supporting donors and the implementation of fund raising plans and policies approved by the Board.
  • Create and sustain an inclusive workplace culture that fosters creativity and collaboration among the Conservancy’s staff.
  • Lead, coach, develop, manage and retain top talent, providing consistent opportunities for learning and professional development.
  • Facilitate optimum interaction between and among stakeholder groups of the organization, including Board of Directors and associated committees, Park Overseers, the Party in the Park Committee as well as our public partners.
  • Actively engage and energize volunteers, members, donors, friends, media, policymakers and others in the Conservancy’s mission, serving as the primary liaison with public partners and chief spokesperson for the Conservancy.
  • Formulate operational budgets and maintain an accounting system that meets all compliance standards.
  • Report regularly to the Executive Committee and Board on the financial status of the Conservancy.
  • Represent the organization by participating in associations and organizations, serving on committees and advisory groups, and speaking at public settings.
  • Maintain voting membership on Muddy River Management and Oversight Committee (MMOC).

The President must be a dynamic and accessible leader with a proven track record of success in building, sustaining, and collaborating with diverse teams and who is thoroughly committed to the Conservancy’s mission. All candidates should have significant experience in leadership, coaching, managing, fund raising and relationship management. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Advanced degree with at least 10 years of senior management experience.
  • Track record of effectively leading and scaling an outcomes-based organization and staff with an ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to inspire and coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
  • Demonstrated success in planning and negotiation with a range of stakeholders.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Action-oriented, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
  • Knowledge of and passion for historic landscapes and their preservation.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Jeff Cook, Chair of ENC Presidential Search Committee at [email protected]