Executive Director

Executive Director

  • Full Time
  • Year Round Benefited
  • Tahoe City
  • $80,000 - $105,000 DOE USD / Year

The Executive Director reports directly to the Board President and works closely with the Board of Directors.
Specific Duties:

Strategic Leadership: The Executive Director, along with the Board President and Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, guides the periodic development and revision of SSPF’s overall strategic plan and annual work plans.

  • Provides leadership and vision to SSPF staff and the Board of Directors in order to carry out the strategic goals of the
  • Partners with State Parks leadership in alignment and execution of strategic goals for both California State Parks and
    Sierra State Parks Foundation
  • Represents Sierra State Parks Foundation in the Lake Tahoe-Donner Lake region, and the broader Northern
    California community, to maintain the Foundation’s excellent reputation as a state park cooperating association and partner

Board/Committees: The Executive Director is responsible for the effective functioning of the Board of Directors and the various committees of SSPF.

  • Establishes and maintains strong relationships with the Board of Directors
  • Collaborates with the Board of Directors to seek out and train new directors as needed
  • Coordinates with the President to create agendas for monthly board meetings
  • Provides Executive Director and Manager Reports to the Board of Directors as a part of the Board meeting packet
  • Provides support for board and committee meetings, as needed

Donor and Public Relations: The Executive Director ensures a positive relationship with all current and prospective donors and
members, and the community at large.

  • Serves as the primary fundraiser for the organization
  • Develops and oversee annual Fund-Raising Plan to include the production of fundraising and interpretive events
  • Maintains relationships with local, regional, and State organizations that impact the Sierra State Parks Foundation
  • Attends pertinent meetings with elected officials and other key stakeholders.
  • Represents SSPF as needed in the media and/or other community events.
  • Oversees the execution of the Sierra State Parks Foundation Annual Communications Plan
  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of the donor database

Financial Management: The Executive Director is responsible for the general management of the Foundation’s financial position. In association with the Finance Committee, Executive Committee, and Business Manager the Executive Director:

  • Ensures a healthy, diverse source of funding that sustains the SSPF infrastructure and supports commitments to State
  • Coordinates with staff and the Board of Directors to prepare and execute an annual fundraising plan that aligns with
    the budget, strategic plan, and annual work plans.
  • Prepares the annual budget and oversees monthly financial reports
  • Ensures the organization conducts appropriate annual audits and the timely submission of required financial
    documents as required by the State of California and federal government.

Management & Administration: The Executive Director is responsible for the daily operation of SSPF’s office and staff.

  • Develop and maintain appropriate files, records, and statistics that document SSPF functions including but not
    limited to board and committee minutes, correspondence, financial records, acquisition documents, special events,
    marketing projects, development projects, and records of individual and corporate donors
  • Oversees the park operations outlined in our agreement with State Parks including the management of the
    Vikingsholm and Hellman-Ehrman Estate tours and Visitor Center operations
  • Serves as Project Manager for the projects funded by Sierra State Parks Foundation
  • Recruits, hires, trains, and discharges paid employees and volunteers
  • Sets the employee duties, develops job descriptions, and evaluates employees not less than once per year

Park Relations:

  • Serves as local liaison to the Sierra District superintendent and other park staff
  • Keeps Park staff apprised of SSPF activities and programs
  • Manages and maintains financial books for restricted accounts. Sends monthly reports to park staff on the status
    restricted accounts
  • Oversees Sierra State Park Foundation volunteers and volunteer organizations as needed

Skills and Qualifications
o Excellent leadership skills in managing direct and indirect staff
o Employee recruiting skills
o Has an entrepreneurial mindset, is creative and visionary, and possesses high ethics and integrity. Strong capability
in goal setting and objectives management
o Proven successful track record with managing financial planning, project management, and operations
o Successful experience in fundraising, non-profit organizations preferred
o Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies, including key community leaders and organizations
o Outstanding communication skills set and demonstrated negotiation skills
o Facility with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) and working knowledge of QuickBooks
o Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3 years experience in a similar role.

Demonstrated the following capabilities:
o Commitment to the mission and work of the Foundation with the power of influence to secure support from others
o Management style leading by example exemplifying the values and ethics of the organization
o A leader committed to promoting equity and diversity opportunities
o Initiative-taker with confidence and ability to drive objectives/projects forward

Other duties as required


SSPF headquarters is in Tahoe City, CA. The Executive Director will lead a hybrid team of program managers and seasonal staff. Frequent travel to locations throughout the Lake Tahoe region, meeting with donors, local events and speaking engagements, onsite meetings, and partner meetings are expected.

Start Date

Spring 2024

To Apply

Submit a letter of interest and resume to jobs@sierrastateparks.org.