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Overview of Executive Director Position
FRP is seeking an Executive Director to work closely with an active Board of Directors, Community Engagement and Programs Manager, government officials, communities, and partners to advance FRP’s mission and to secure public support and financial resources that will enable FRP to lead the Rail Park’s design process and programmatic agenda.
Summary of Ideal Candidate
A dynamic and experienced professional with a history of accomplishment in the nonprofit or public sectors that combines fundraising, financial and operational management, board development and relations, community engagement, public advocacy, and external relationship advancement and/or government relations. Being adept at navigating the political and philanthropic landscape of Philadelphia is a must. Commitment to values of race, equity, and inclusion. Demonstrated interest and engagement in parks and public spaces. Must be entrepreneurial in nature and comfortable working in a start-up environment.
Summary of Key Deliverables
The Executive Director will lead and facilitate the board of directors and staff in pursuit of the following goals:
Reports to the Board of Directors through the Board Chair; supervises Community Engagement and Program Manager.
Salary will be in the $80,000-$100,000 range (commensurate with experience and qualifications), with benefits aligned with nonprofit industry standards.
Anticipated Start Date
February 1, 2020
FRP is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and practices inclusion.
This profile is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by the Executive Director. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of the Executive Director.
Friends of the Rail Park (FRP) is a 501(c)3 organization that drives the vision behind the transformation of historic rail lines that traverse Philadelphia into a 3.1 mile linear park that will connect 10 adjoining neighborhoods, cultural institutions, and Fairmount Park. The park has three distinct sections – the Viaduct, the Cut and Tunnel – which reflect the history of the city’s development and rail transportation’s role in it. Phase I of the park, an elevated quarter mile, opened in June 2018 as the only public greenspace in the Callowhill/Chinatown North neighborhood.
As the supporting nonprofit organization, FRP leads the conversation about the Rail Park through engaging Philadelphia communities, producing programming, advocacy work, and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the park. FRP works closely with Center City District and Parks & Recreation as the key partners stewarding the Rail Park.
Vision: The Rail Park will be a continuous three-mile linear park and recreation path that connects and enlivens the social, historical and environmental fabric of Philadelphia’s communities.
Mission: Friends of the Rail Park is the City’s and Center City District’s partner to create, activate and enhance the quality of the Rail Park in order to engage diverse residents, bridge communities, and promote inclusivity among Philadelphians and visitors.
FRP will pursue three goals over the next three years:
FRP recently developed a development strategy that outlines goals over the next 3 years and provides the strategies and approach for implementing these goals.
An institutional funder has generously committed $550,000 over three years to capitalize the organization; 2020 marks the third year of this grant period, and FRP is looking for an Executive Director with a proven track record of fundraising who can grow and diversify resources to ensure the financial health of the organization. FRP will continue to use this support to leverage other funders and donors to also contribute to the organization.
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