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Executive Director of the Women’s Committee

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Job Summary:

The Central Park Conservancy is seeking an Executive Director of the Women’s Committee, one of the most prestigious women’s volunteer groups in New York. He or she will report to the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Central Park Conservancy.

The Conservancy is entering a new era, one that acknowledges that the restoration of the Park is largely complete and that the future is about its sustainability. To that end, the Conservancy is writing a new Strategic Plan that will respond to these new parameters. The Executive Director for the Women’s Committee will design a fundraising strategy that will dovetail with this new Plan and reinvigorate and excite all its constituencies to complete key projects and design new ones around this refreshed narrative for the Park and the Conservancy.

The ideal candidate will have a deep knowledge of, and extensive experience in, strategic fundraising and not-for-profit philanthropy; Board of Trustees management; be a leader and selfstarter who understands the enormous value that the Women’s Committee provides both to the Conservancy and to individuals and to the City as a whole; and have the ability to come up with ideas, solutions and opportunities. This person will also be passionately committed to Central Park and to the missions of the Women’s Committee and Central Park Conservancy.

The Executive Director is responsible for the management, strategic planning, financial targets, daily operations, and growth of annual and long-term fundraising for the Women’s Committee. This includes several unique fundraising programs such as Adopt-a-Bench and Tree Trust as well as traditional programs such as membership, corporate support, and planned giving. He or she will also oversee four major Women’s Committee fundraisers including the Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon, the Fall Luncheon, The Playground Partners Winter Luncheon, and the Playground Partners Annual Family Party.

This position reports to the President & CEO but works closely with the Women’s Committee President, its Board of Trustees, senior management, and a part-time fundraising consultant. The position oversees a team of six staff and 100 Committee Volunteers.

Job Description:

Reports to: President & CEO of the Central Park Conservancy

Department: Women’s Committee

Status: Exempt

Please note: Central Park Conservancy has partnered with BSB Search to fill this position. For confidential consideration, kindly send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Barbara Brown at bbrown@bsbsearch.com 

About the Women’s Committee:

Behind some of the Central Park Conservancy’s most impactful work is a powerful team of fundraisers and Park ambassadors. The Women’s Committee raises $10 million of the Conservancy’s $86 million annual budget and has raised over $185 million to date. Notable successes have included raising funds for the reconstruction of the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, the renovation of Safari Playground (twice), the recreation of the Urns at Bow Bridge, and most recently, the future restoration of Conservatory Garden.

As previously mentioned, the Women's Committee is proud to host four of New York's premier charitable events: the Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon, the Women’s Committee Fall Luncheon, Playground Partners Winter Luncheon, and the Annual Family Party in Heckscher Playground. The Committee is responsible for the management of many Park-wide programs including Adopt-A-Bench, Tree Trust, Playground Partners, Daffodils and Tulips Donations, Perimeter Association, Conservancy Docents, and Olmsted Visionaries.

This dynamic collective was founded in 1983 by four women with a passion for preserving and beautifying Central Park and is governed by its own Board of Directors. Now with a membership of 1,000 women strong, Women’s Committee programs enable anyone to make a personal investment in the Park. For more information, please visit centralparknyc.org/womenscommittee. 

Summary of Essential Job Functions:  

·        Oversee all aspects of Women’s Committee Events and Programs

·        Work with the Finance Department to create yearly goals and budgets

·        Manage Board of Directors, Committees, and Volunteers

·        Create new ideas for fundraising events

·        Reach fundraising goal of each event/program and keep within the set budget

·        Recruit and support the Chairman/Co-Chairmen of events and Committees

·        Supervise four to five major fundraisers

·        Secure sponsors for events

·        Organize Annual Holiday Lighting

·        Plan multiple cultivation events throughout the year

·        Organize four Board Meetings and six Executive Committee meetings per year

·        Oversee the Nominating Committee and President’s Council

·        Work closely with Women’s Committee President and Board on identifying Board prospects and strategies to cultivate their interest in the Park and the Conservancy

·        Cultivate and solicit gifts from individual and corporate prospects

·        Supervise a robust docent program

·        Plan day trips and travel excursions for high-end donors

·        Work with Public Relations firm on promoting the Women’s Committee

·        Supervise six staff members

·        Oversee 100 plus Committee Volunteers

·        Work cooperatively with internal and external contacts such as Women’s Committe President, Board members, donors, senior staff, Vice President of Development and development staff, fundraising consultant, finance, IT, operations staff, and vendors

·        Performs other duties as required

Minimum Requirements

·        Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree preferred

·        Ten plus years of senior level special events/fundraising and volunteer management experience for an organization raising multi-millions

·        Results-oriented: a track record of building, managing and mentoring high-performing teams that produce timely, cost-effective and high-quality results

·        Strong leadership and administrative skills

·        Must be able to work effectively with high-profile volunteers

·        Ability to handle sensitive and difficult situations with Board Members and Committee Volunteers

·        Ability to work independently and as a team member: energetic, enthusiastic and personable who can build relationships with stakeholders, including Board Members and Conservancy Trustees, external partners, and donors

·        Demonstrated ability to prioritize and multi-task

·        Familiar with the New York philanthropic community

·        Superior verbal and writing skills

·        Excellent technical skills:

·        Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.)

·        Experience with Raiser’s Edge

·        Comfortable with Social Media platforms

·        The ability to work evenings and weekends

·        Valid driver’s license required and comfortable driving within the Park and New York City

·        Familiarity with Central Park

Abilities Required

  •  Ability to move or transport small boxes and supplies, weighing up to 30 pounds, within the
  • Park for events needs
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions


  •  Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurable with abilities and experience

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CPC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in its work and on its staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply.

Safety Requirements
Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations.  Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities.  Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways).  If an employee discovers a potential dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed