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Posted: 03/17/2012

National Association for Olmsted Parks

The National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Washington, DC. NAOPís mission is to advance Olmsted principles and the legacy of irreplaceable parks and landscapes that revitalize communities and enrich peopleís lives. Established in 1980, NAOP is a coalition of design and preservation professionals, historic property and park managers, scholars, municipal officials, citizen activists and representatives of Olmsted organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Its concern is the legacy of landscape work left by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. and the firm continued by his sons. NAOP encourages scholarship, publishes key reference materials, supports local park restoration, and provides technical assistance to preservation efforts. It is the only national organization solely dedicated to preserving the Olmsted legacy by providing the advocacy, research and education needed to protect, restore and maintain these exemplary parks and landscapes.

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
Washington, DC


Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director manages the operation and development of the organization to ensure NAOP achieves its strategic goals and advances its mission.S/he provides leadership in fundraising and financial management; delivery of programs and services; long-range planning; outreach; human resources; and board administration.Primary functions include:


  • Oversee the operation and maintenance of the NAOP office.
  • Develop and implement the strategic framework and annual business plan to (a) provide relevant programs and services and (b) develop revenue sources to support operations and ensure the overall financial health of the organization.
  • Hire, supervise and evaluate staff, including the Director of Development and Office Administrator.Manage contractors and the affiliated Olmsted Papers Project.
  • Consult regularly with Co-Chairs, Executive Committee and Board on matters requiring action and providing them with sufficient information to make informed decisions.
  • In collaboration with the Board, Committee Chairs and local planning groups, organize and conduct two board meetings per year.


  • Beresponsibleforallfinancialmattersoftheassociation.Lead fundraising and development efforts to achieve NAOPs fundraising targets and strategic vision.This includes raising NAOPs annual operating budget as well as funds for special projects and The Olmsted Papers Project.††
  • Assure fiscal integrity.With the guidance of the treasurer and Audit Committee, manage appropriate fiscal controls, procedures and reporting (internal and external).
  • Develop and manage the annual total operating budget of approximately $500,000.

Outreach, Programming and Development

  • Serve as NAOPs primary spokesperson, fostering relationships that support NAOPs mission, programs and core values.
  • Lead development activities, cultivating current and potential donors, supporters, members and affiliated organizations.Continue to build NAOPs national network to raise awareness, mobilize resources and facilitate collaboration on relevant issues. Actively participate with board development.††
  • Ensure NAOPs regular and effective communication with its constituencies. Be available to respond to requests for information and assistance.
  • Working in close collaboration with the Board and NAOP partner organizations, plan, promote and execute NAOP-sponsored events, programs and projects.
  • Develop and provide information and tools to effectively support relevant advocacy requests and initiatives nationwide.


  • Demonstrated success in nonprofit leadership positions.Commitment to the mission, programs and goals of the National Association for Olmsted Parks.Relevant experience in and knowledge of historic landscape preservation, landscape architecture and history.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising, effective relationship management, and membership development.Direct experience working with boards, advisors, and donors, and working with audiences served by NAOP.
  • Proven knowledge of program management, marketing, publications and communications, including relevant technologies.
  • Established record of administrative, financial management and strategic planning experience.
  • Direct experience hiring and supervising staff.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, organizational and administrative skills.
  • Bachelors degree and at least 5 years progressively responsible management experience in the preservation, landscape design/history, or related field.Advanced degree preferred.

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Until Filled

How to apply
The deadline for applications is April 9, 2012. Please submit applications to the Search Committee, including a letter of interest, resume and compensation expectations, to: info@naop.org. No phone calls please. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package. Full posting at: http://www.olmsted.org/storage/images/06_News_and_Publications/News/NAOP_Executive_Director_Posting__3-15-2012.pdf
1111 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

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