The Esplanade Association seeks an experienced and charismatic Executive Director to lead the organization and build upon its track record of revitalizing and enhancing the Esplanade and building support for this unique public space.
The Esplanade Association is the only independent nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing and enhancing the Charles River Esplanade, one of Boston's most beautiful and iconic public parks. The Esplanade Association works to maintain, improve, and preserve the park and engage the community by providing educational, cultural and recreational programs for the millions of visitors each year who come to enjoy the riverside green space.
Formed in 2001 as a friends group to help restore and enhance the Esplanade, the Esplanade Association has been the catalyst for over $28 million in park improvements. Notable accomplishments include the restoration of the Hatch Shell Oval and the Lotta Fountain, the rebuilding of the community boating docks, and the renovation of youth sports fields. This work has been accomplished in collaboration with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), which stewards one of the largest state parks systems in the country and works to protect, promote and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural and recreational resources.
The Esplanade Association's work includes:
Projects to significantly improve the use, aesthetics, and safety of the park. Through capital projects and campaigns, the Esplanade Association restores and revitalizes structures and landscapes, reactivating underutilized and fragile parts of the Park.
Park Care to restore and enhance the park's landscape — making it greener, healthier, and more beautiful. The Esplanade Association's horticulture and stewardship staff utilize the best management practices in land care to improve soil health, manage invasive plants, expand native plantings, and care for our urban tree canopy. In 2015, the Esplanade became a certified wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation. In addition, the esplanade Association hosts over 3,000 volunteers each year to help with park maintenance.
Programs that enrich the enjoyment and health of visitors to the park, connect people from diverse backgrounds and communities, and promote park stewardship. Signature programs include:
The Executive Director will establish a clear strategic direction for deepening the organization's impact and reach. A natural relationship builder, the Executive Director will establish, cultivate, and maintain strong working partnerships with staff, key stakeholders, funders, and the DCR.
The Executive Director will be instrumental in ensuring organization's continued success by developing a strategy to increase the organization's fundraising potential and activities. S/he will strengthen and extend existing fundraising strategies while also creating new and innovative approaches to elevate the organization's visibility and financial resources. The Executive Director will be a compelling and articulate spokesperson for the Esplanade Association, motivating and inspiring others to support its mission and programs.
The Executive Director will be committed to supporting existing core programs and maintaining a cohesive, positive organizational culture within the Esplanade Association that emphasizes collaboration and accountability while supporting an open climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
The Executive Director's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Strategic Leadership and Governance
Fundraising and External Relations
Operational and People Management
The ideal candidate will bring the following skills, experiences, and characteristics:
Strategic organizational leader with at least 5 years of senior-level management experience, including prior success in managing a team, program, or initiative through growth
Demonstrated track record of effective fundraising and external relations, with success cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts and an ability and enthusiasm to build relationships and secure new sources of funding
Experience working with public park or horticulture-related organization a plus
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends for events as needed
Molly Brennan and Alena Guerra of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role, please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
The Esplanade Association is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.