Executive Director

Sacramento, California
Jul 07, 2021
Sep 05, 2021
Job Level
Senior level
Employment Type
Salary Type


Executive Director


The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a statewide nonprofit conservation organization (www.cnps.org) founded in 1965, with more than 10,000 members in 35 chapters across California and Baja California Mexico. The mission of CNPS is to increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats through scientific study, education, advocacy, horticulture, and land stewardship.

The CNPS organization structure consists of local chapters and their members, the Chapter Council, the Board of Directors, the Executive Director, staff, and Program Committees. The Chapter Council is composed of a delegate from each chapter and elects the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors and Chapter Council collaborate on important projects with joint committees comprised of representatives from both bodies.

Bringing together science, education, conservation, and gardening to power the native plant movement, the CNPS programs include: Conservation, Biodiversity, Rare Plant, Vegetation, and Public Affairs.

CNPS has exclusively retained Nonprofit HR to assist in recruitment efforts for its next Executive Director.  The position of Executive Director is a critical and visible position requiring strong financial, communications, operations, and development experience and the ability to act as a thought leader in nonprofit conservation in California.

The Executive Director collaborates with the Board of Directors, executive leadership, and stakeholders to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies; and participate in the development of a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization forward. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership and operational management for CNPS. The Executive Director provides inspiring direction on the Mission and Vision within the boundaries, prudence, and principles established by the Board.  The Executive Director has central responsibility to maintain a positive image for CNPS and to serve as an effective liaison with members and partner organizations. 

The Executive Director must have broad management experience in a nonprofit setting, including program and project development, implementation, and evaluation; short- and long-term strategic planning; and budgetary oversight.  The Executive Director must possess exceptional leadership presence and the required experience serving as a spokesperson for an organization. Also essential is an understanding of how to leverage organizational visibility, credibility and brand recognition through relationship building, the media, and other public relations sources to drive capacity.

The Executive Director must understand the process of visioning, planning, and organizing and the importance of relationship building with the 35 CNPS chapters. The Executive Director must have experience working collaboratively with diverse members of the community to include a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion focus. The ideal candidate will be an expert at financial management and oversight competencies and possess the ability to manage the public relations and business affairs of a nonprofit organization.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 10 years of management experience of which at least 3 years should include experience successfully managing a nonprofit organization at a strategic and leadership level, or leading a business that has demonstrated growth and profitability. The position requires someone with proven success in building relationships and working effectively with diverse groups. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential, with considerable experience in writing and presenting information, to a variety of audiences.  The position requires experience working remotely and managing a remote workforce.

For consideration, interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Your cover letter must address your experience and qualifications being sought. Send materials to: Jami Armstrong, lead Search Consultant at Nonprofit HR directly at jarmstrong@nonprofithr.com Please visit: https://www.cnps.org/ or more information about the organization and https://www.cnps.org/about/jobs for the full job description.

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