Executive Director

April 1, 2024
  • Full Time
  • Long Beach
  • $75,000-$90,000 USD / Year

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Executive Director

Partners of Parks
Executive Director (Full-Time)

Partners of Parks (POP) was founded in 1985 as a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization by a group of Long Beach residents who were concerned that clean, open park space be kept available to all residents by raising funds to preserve, protect and maintain parks, and open spaces. Partners of Parks envisions a Long Beach community where everyone has access to welcoming local parks and high-quality affordable programs.

POP supports the Parks, Recreation and Marine Department at the City of Long Beach by working with donors to fund programming and infrastructure that benefits teens, seniors,  and families-in-need. The organization touches over 1,000,000 children and their families each year through the El Dorado Nature Center, sports programs, senior centers, Municipal Band concerts, various parks programs, and infrastructure projects.


We are currently seeking a high-energy professional to oversee the operation, public awareness, and fundraising activities for POP. This individual will become the “face” of POP and represent the organization within the Long Beach community.

The unique dual-function of the Executive Director and Chief Development Officer (Director) requires the candidate to maintain the relationship between POP and the Parks, Recreation and Marine (LBPRM) Department at the City of Long Beach while maintaining the independence of POP. While utilizing the resources made available through LBPRM, the Director is expected to leverage this relationship to not only run the day-to-day operations of POP, but also develop the relation ships necessary within the Long Beach Community.

The Director’s goal is to increase the number of annual donors and overall dollars raised. The position entails continuing and enhancing current programs, as well as creating and developing new fundraising campaigns and programs; donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship; solicitation of sponsorships in conjunction with PRM and event planning. Currently, POP hosts three annual fundraising events: “Sowing The Seeds” in spring at the El Dorado Nature Center, the Long Beach Charity ProAm golf tournament at El Dorado Golf Course in August, and Long Beach Gives (an online 24-hour citywide giving campaign).


● Lead all aspects of fundraising by focusing on personal cultivation and solicitation of gifts as well as donor stewardship and recognition
● Manage donation database to ensure records are up-to-date
● Interface with individual donors and potential donors
● Grant writing to help support LBPRM programs and projects
● Conduct research to identify and capture/input into donor database for major gift donor prospects and developing a marketing strategy designed to solicit and cultivate new donors for the POP Unrestricted Funds Program
● Establish a strategic (long-term), with the direction of the Board, and tactical (short-term) plan to secure major gifts from individuals and corporate partners within the Long Beach community

● The management of all aspects of the organization
● Monitor financial records, monthly reconciliations, sign check requests, and checks
● Work with Board to oversee POP investments
● Arrange financial audits and reviews
● Ensure that all policies and practices are within the scope of a non-profit 501(c)(3)
● Manage staffing including Manager of Operations, interns, and contract services
● Meet with PRM Director as needed to insure communication is maintained between POP and PRM
● Interface with all organizations that use POP as their fiscal sponsor, including Long Beach City Council members and staff
● Manage POP memorials including the Lone Sailor Memorial and the Memorial Bench program

Board Development:
● Recruiting, organizing and communicating with POP Board of Directors
● Assist with the preparation of Board meeting agendas
● Attend all Board meetings
● Maintain all necessary documents related to Board activities

● Minimum work experience of 5 years with demonstrated and proven track record of accomplishment in fundraising and nonprofit work
● Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation, negotiation and strong interpersonal skills
● Experience motivating and gaining the trust of Board members and other volunteers as well as donors and prospects
● Experience developing and maintaining long-term relationships
● Strong organizational skills and good attention to detail are essential as well as demonstrated tact and diplomacy in difficult or sensitive situations
● Experience working with a fundraising data management system(s)
● Must be a self starter and able to work independently.
● Familiarity with the Greater Long Beach area is beneficial.

  • Strong preference will be given to candidates who live within the Long Beach area,
    recognizing that the job location is headquartered in Long Beach.

Salary range $75,000 – $90,000 based on experience and background. Benefits are not included for this role.

Please provide your resume with a cover letter to info@partnersofparks.org. Include in the subject line, ED SEARCH: NAME

To apply for this job email your details to info@partnersofparks.org

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