Director of Development and External Relations Posted Aug 24
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy , Boston, MA
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is seeking a highly motivated, creative and experienced leader to head its development and external relations team as its next Director of Development and External Relations.

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy (the Conservancy), founded in 1998, is a private, non-partisan, stewardship organization that maintains, protects and revitalizes the Emerald Necklace park system designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

The mission of the Conservancy is to restore and improve the Emerald Necklace (the Necklace) for the community. Boston's largest park system, the Emerald Necklace encompasses a seven-mile, 1,100-acre linear park stretching from Beacon Hill to Dorchester and includes parkways and six parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted—Back Bay Fens, the Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park. The Emerald Necklace is a world-renowned historic park landscape which provides significant environmental, health, educational and recreational benefits for park users, visitors and residents of greater Boston.

The Conservancy connects people and parks and conserves the Emerald Necklace through projects and programs that enrich the visitor experience and restore and renew the landscape. To do this, the Conservancy undertakes maintenance and capital restoration projects, provides education, youth and visitor programs, offers free cultural events, and advocates for increased park access. The Conservancy collaborates with park owners (City of Boston, Town of Brookline, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts) and is the only entity that brings together the Necklace's residential neighbors, community and business leaders, park advocates, and government officials to work for the renewal and rejuvenation of this beloved and historic park system.

The Conservancy benefits from new and long-term supporters and positive relationships with the many park groups, important cultural, academic and medical institutions and other stakeholders.

For more information on the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, please visit

About the Position

The Director will serve as an integral member of the senior leadership team. Reporting to President Karen Mauney-Brodek, and overseeing a team of 3 full-time staff and outside consultants, she/he will manage a comprehensive program including annual giving, major gifts, corporate and foundation giving, communications, events and marketing. The Director will also have his/her own portfolio and will be responsible for actively engaging in the cultivation and solicitation of major individual and institutional donors and creating a pipeline to help ensure ongoing support.

The successful Director will be an innovative leader, who brings vision, comprehensive development experience and creativity to this growing organization. Presence, passion and alignment with mission will be key attributes to work effectively with Board and staff leadership and to be able to serve as an effective ambassador and compelling spokesperson for The Conservancy.

Key Responsibilities


• Set goals aligned with the Conservancy's strategic priorities while maintaining accountability for achieving short and long-term targets and metrics
• As a member of the senior management team, participate in overall organizational planning and engage other senior leaders in the fundraising and external relations process as appropriate
• Manage a comprehensive program, ensuring that staffing, vendor relationships, systems, and budgeting yield impactful results


• Build and leverage key relationships and contacts within and outside of the Conservancy's network to increase the stakeholder base to meet or exceed the annual $2.4M budget
• Develop and manage the fundraising capacity of the Board in partnership with the President of the Conservancy and Board Chair
• Provide leadership for the annual Party in the Park event (the signature event for the Conservancy) in partnership with the event Chair and a high-performing volunteer committee along with support from an events staff member in order to ensure that ambitious fundraising targets are met
• Oversee the direct mail program, donor research and all Conservancy fundraising events in order to ensure the development of a robust and researched pipeline of donors and prospects who have both the inclination and potential to increase their support
• Manage the development team consisting of an Events Manager, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Development Coordinator and consultant Grant Writer

External Relations

• Strengthen, refine and coordinate all aspects of communication, including social media and web presence, print materials, donor stewardship and external relations efforts
• Promote the work of the Conservancy through press releases and engagement, print materials, and social media with the goal of increasing brand awareness and park usage
• Continually improve, manage and update the Conservancy web site, social media strategies, and other technology-based outreach

Key Qualifications

• 7+ years of diverse development experience
• Staff and volunteer management
• Strong communication, messaging strategy, marketing skills and detail orientation
• Demonstrated ability to think strategically and plan for short and long-term growth
• Proven track record of achieving ambitious revenue targets
• Success cultivating, soliciting and securing support from major donors and new prospects
• Strong partnership-building and event planning skills
• Experience setting strategy using data analytics and metrics
• Hands-on skills with technology and databases: Raiser's Edge experience a plus
• Positive attitude, flexibility, teamwork approach to management, and attention to detail
• High degree of initiative, creativity and integrity
• Genuine interest in parks, the environment, urban communities, and Boston and its future.

Interested applicants should submit resume and cover letter to

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer with an institutional commitment to employ a diverse workforce.


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