Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Executive Director

Job Title: Executive Director
Status: Exempt Full Time Employee
Supervisor: Chair of the Board of Directors
Salary: $55,000-$75,000 commensurate with experience
Benefits: vacations, paid time off, health insurance/stipend provided.

The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks, the official philanthropic non-profit partner with the National Park Service Southeast Utah Group, is seeking an Executive Director. Qualified candidates must demonstrate non-profit experience in fundraising, program development, strong leadership and communication skills.

Please submit your CV or resume to EDhiring@balancedrockpower.com.

The Executive Director is responsible for fulfilling the mission of the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks (the Friends) according to the strategic plan set by the Board of Directors (the Board). The Executive Director actively manages the day-to-day operations and programs of the Friends. In addition, the Executive Director proactively seeks diversified sources of funding, community support and collaborative opportunities to grow, promote and sustain the programs of the Friends.

The Executive Director is an exempt, salaried employee.

The Executive Director reports to the Board Chair (or other designated Board member) and, as appropriate, works closely with the Board.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership, Vision and Strategy:

  • Work with the Board to develop clear and achievable objectives to advance the Friends’ mission, vision. and strategic plan.
  • Develop and implement an action plan that drives the goals and objectives of the strategic plan.
  • Identify, assess and inform the Board of internal and external activities, issues and progress on a regular basis.
  • Foster effective teamwork among the Board, Executive Director and staff.
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization.
  • Represent the Friends at community activities to enhance the organization's profile.
  • Lead the organization in a respectful and effective relationship with our primary partner, National Park Service (NPS), to accomplish the Friends’ goals.
  • Actively seek opportunities for the Friends to provide funding, implement new programs, and/or perform other activities to the mission and vision of the organization. Programs:
  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs, events, services, and special activities as per the strategic plan.
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain and improve quality and take advantage of opportunities for growth and expansion.
  • Work to support the management of national park lands through a combination of direct interaction with NPS, local organizing and mobilization, public outreach and strategic communications.

Fundraising and Communications:

  • Responsible for all fundraising efforts, leveraging board and staff as necessary.
  • With the assistance of the Board, develop and implement a diverse fundraising plan designed to sustain the annual budget.
  • Identify creative ways to build the Friends’ donor base; sustain and maintain relationships with current and future donors; acknowledge and provide regular feedback to donors and stakeholders; ensure that all donor information is secure.
  • Expand the donor base of the Friends by establishing relationships and strategically working with stakeholders in local and regional communities including, elected officials, business owners, ranchers, Tribal leaders, land managers and a wide range of conservation partners.
  • Maintain a regular and positive profile for the Friends and its issues in the local and regional media.
  • Create and maintain an effective online presence for the Friends, using all appropriate tools (website, social media).


  • Lead a cohesive team, providing appropriate direction, support, and accountability, so that they can do their best work.
  • Work with the Finance Committee and the Board to develop and manage the Friends’ annual budget.
  • Accurately maintain up-to-date financial statements and records of the Friends, including taxes, payroll, budget-to-actual comparisons, etc.
  • Coordinate and participate in quarterly Board meetings and Board committee meetings.
  •  Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and supervision of volunteers and paid staff; encourage staff and volunteer development and education.
  • Ensure that accurate job descriptions are developed and maintained; hold annual performance evaluations as outlined in the Employee Manual.
  • Maintain an organizational culture that attracts, keeps and motivates a diverse group of volunteers and staff of top-quality people.

Additional Job Responsibilities

  • Occasional travel and work on weekends and evenings is required for this position, including but not limited to undertaking outreach activities, conducting educational programs, organizing and managing fundraising events, gaining first-hand knowledge of landscapes, and developing strong working relationships with key stakeholders.


  • Must be a highly motivated self-starter who has strong analytical, problem solving, and decision-making skills, and who has proven an ability to manage multiple demands and deadlines.
  • Proven ability to set priorities, delegate, and keep the organization running smoothly.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a proven ability to communicate and work effectively with a wide variety of groups, people and interests and to persuasively build consensus among different opinions and stakeholders.
  • Excellent organizing, presentation and communication skills, ability to write/speak concisely and persuasively.
  • At least five years of relevant experience in managing an organization, including financial responsibility, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising for nonprofits and/or raising money for, and growing, a business or other organization.
  • Experience working successfully with a Board of Directors and other volunteers.
  • Ability to manage the annual budget.
  • Understanding of, and sensitivity to, the dynamics of rural Utah.
  • Knowledge of relevant national and regional environmental, conservation, political, and other issues.
  • Familiarity with NPS processes preferred.
  • Experience using common software applications and office equipment (Word/WordPerfect, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Strong commitment to professional development.