Employment Opportunities

Executive Director

Experienced Administrator -- Effective Communicator -- Dedicated Conservationist

Employer Info
The Tenafly Nature Center (TNC), established in 1961, is a private, non-profit organization offering programs to promote appreciation and understanding of the natural environment for students and the general public. With over 600 members, an annual operating budget of approximately $400,000, and a staff of 10, TNC is responsible for maintaining and programming a 380 acre town property consisting of woodlands, wetlands, a pond, walking trails, an outdoor animal exhibit, and a headquarters building. Located in New Jersey’s Northern Valley a few miles from the George Washington Bridge, the Center has a long history of service to the town and surrounding communities. TNC has a current capital campaign to raise $7 million for a new state of the art education and discovery center; the project is subject to final government approvals and a public referendum.

Executive Director’s role
The Executive Director supervises all aspects of the Center's operations, including personnel, programs, facilities & financial management, membership, special events, public relations, and development efforts. The successful candidate will have management experience, a fund raising track record, and a passion for nature conservation and related environmental issues. The ED has broad authority to lead the Nature Center and reports directly to the Board of Trustees.


  • Supervise program and administrative staff.
  • Evaluate current education programs; work with TNC’s Education Director to develop new programs as appropriate.
  • Implement procedures for staff recruitment, development, and evaluation.

Communication and Public Relations:
  • Day to day interaction with visitors, staff, and volunteers.
  • Interact with Board of Trustees, including presentations at Board meetings.
  • Communicate with Town officials, regulatory bodies, and Board of Education.
  • Serve as source for local media on local environmental and wildlife issues.
  • Develop relationships with prospective donors and funding sources.
  • Market programs to schools, civic groups, and the general membership.
  • Oversee communications in print and on-line (e-mail, website, social media, etc.)

Development and Fundraising:
  • Develop and enhance funding sources supported by Board of Trustees.
  • Prepare grant applications/renewal requests for projects and programs.
  • Plan and execute fundraising events working with Trustees and Volunteers.

Facilities Management:
  • Oversee maintenance of building and grounds.
  • Evaluate and recommend maintenance and capital improvement projects.

  • Set and meet objectives for revenue from all sources – programs, membership, grants, fund-raising – and control annual expenses.
  • Develop annual budget with Board’s finance committee.
  • Oversee financial books.
  • Assure creation of monthly financial reports.

  • Annual fund raising experience including demonstrated ability to research and prepare grant proposals, and to sustain and attract membership.
  • Management experience, preferably including the not-for-profit sector.
  • Knowledge of natural sciences, environmental issues, land conservation and management.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Motivated, self directed, and able to work collaboratively with diverse groups.

Competitive package of salary and benefits, possibly including single-family,3 bedroom home on-site in desirable Tenafly, NJ school district.

Application process
Email cover letter stating reasons for applying, with resume & salary expectations. To assure full consideration, apply by April 22, 2014, and include a daytime phone number.

Upcoming events

Saturday, March 15, 2014 • TNC Trails
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 3:45 PM • TNC Visitor Center
Saturday, April 26, 2014 3:00 PM • Tenafly Nature Center


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