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President and Chief Executive Officer

Dallas, TX, USA | Non Profit Organization

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    15-20 years
Job Description:
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The President/CEO will be at the helm of this exciting and impactful organization. In partnership with the Board of Directors, the President/CEO is responsible for translating and executing the vision of the Trinity Park Conservancy through the Trinity River Corridor and the Harold Simmons Park. Reporting directly to the Board, the President and Chief Executive Officer is the strategic leader of the Trinity Park Conservancy. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced and inspiring leader with adept relationship building skills and deep expertise in civic building projects to play an instrumental role in creating an equitable park that brings the city together within its largest public green space.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Strategic Planning and Development of Civic Projects

In conjunction with the Board of Directors, develop, refine and implement the long range vision and strategic plan for Trinity Park Conservancy

Facilitate the development of departmental goals and project plans tied to the long term vision and plan 

Play a lead role in navigating the complex design and development process for Trinity Park, helping to resolve issues as they arise

Drive the various stages of urban planning and development, with an eye towards moving projects forward with meaningful community engagement and investment 

External Relations and Community Engagement

Serve as a principal spokesperson for the Trinity Park Conservancy; inspiring others to contribute ideas, engagement and/or resources 

Build and maintain strong relationships and open communication with the Board of Directors; cultivate and maintain existing relationships with key public, private and governmental stakeholders

In conjunction with the Board, identify priority public policy issues; ensure effective representation before relevant government bodies to achieve desired outcomes

Work closely with a wide range of constituencies in both the public and private sector, to build and support coalitions consistent with the Conservancy's overall mission and priorities

Serve as a leader, a visionary, and alliance builder within the City of Dallas and Dallas County insofar as the Trinity River Balanced Vision Plan impacts the community

Deepen partnerships with City and County officials, funders, community organizations, and other stakeholders

Organizational Leadership

Attract, develop, and retain a strong staff; manage a highly effective and efficient organization as measured by achievement of priority goals 

In partnership with the Chief Financial Officer, develop and manage annual budgets that are aligned to the strategic goals of the Conservancy; ensure financial soundness, transparency and a balanced budget annually

Foster a results-oriented, collaborative and high-achieving culture with accountability across all departments so that organizational objectives and defined goals are accomplished and celebrated

Together with the Chief Advancement Officer and the Board, diversify and strengthen financial investments through ongoing philanthropy, capital campaign(s), and earned income opportunities


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

15+ years of work experience, with a deep track record of leading complex civic building projects, ideally in the environmental space

Extensive experience leading diverse, cross sector stakeholder groups in development and/or construction projects 

Agile and skilled negotiating abilities, as well as the ability to inspire trust and buy in

Outstanding organizational leadership skills; articulates a clear and inspiring vision for the Trinity Park Conservancy while managing and mentoring staff 

Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop strong relationships across a diverse spectrum of stakeholders, and to influence leaders in the private, public, and non-profit sectors

Excellent public speaking and communication skills; can serve as a strong external voice for the Conservancy and its work

Experience overseeing budgets, with the capacity to allocate resources strategically and manage spending effectively 

Superb strategic planning skills and the ability to prioritize multiple projects at once; strong planning and execution skills with a track record of setting goals and solving problems in the context of ambiguity 

A commitment to transparency in all dealings, exacting ethical standards at all times, and a sensitivity to the level of scrutiny to which the Conservancy and its projects are subject 

A self-aware leadership style with respect for all members of The Conservancy's community and its partners

Commitment to and passion for The Conservancy's mission and vision around equitable and inclusive public spaces that reflect the priorities, interests and culture of the community 

Desire to work in a dynamic, results-oriented, and entrepreneurial environment

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