President, Olmsted Parks Conservancy – Louisville, KY

President, Olmsted Parks Conservancy (Louisville, Kentucky)

The Board of Trustees of Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy seeks candidates for the position of President. The Conservancy is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in Louisville, Kentucky in 1989 in order to preserve, restore and enhance the unique value and integrity of Louisville Metro’s Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Parks and Parkways and to extend that legacy to all 100-plus public parks throughout the Louisville area. Louisville is proud home to eighteen Olmsted parks and fifteen miles of Olmsted parkways that provide an escape from the city, within the city.

The Conservancy’s mission is to restore, enhance and forever protect these treasured parks and parkways, connecting nature and neighborhood while strengthening our community’s wellbeing. The Conservancy has a staff of 12 employees, an annual operating budget of $600,000 and over the next three years will invest $4 million in the city’s Olmsted Parks.

Since 1989, the Conservancy has raised more than $31 million toward improvements, restoration and maintenance of Louisville’s Olmsted parks and parkways. The Conservancy works closely with Louisville Parks and Recreation Department, which together form a public-private focused on achieving the common goal of advancing Olmsted principles and improving the user experience in the Olmsted system.

The President reports to a Board of volunteer Trustees and is responsible for supervision of the staff, execution of the strategic and master plans, and oversight of the operating and capital programs. The President will be a committed executive with experience managing a staff, setting goals and assuring accountability for results who can also provide passion, vision, accountability and relationship building with stakeholders and partners in public/government and private sectors.

The President will be: a mentor for staff; a persuasive communicator, engaging advocate for public parks; and an enthusiastic fundraiser. The President will take the lead to implement the goals and objectives adopted by the board in its recently approved strategic plan; helped to plan,. The successful candidate must have at least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.

The Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Resumés are requested until such time as the Search Committee determines satisfactory finalists are found. Interviews will commence in September and a new President will be hired before January 2018. PLEASE CONTACT our Search Counsel by mail or email only:
Mark W. Rountree, VP and Partner
Ashley|Rountree and Associates
2525 Nelson Miller Parkway, Suite 106
Louisville, KY 40223