Point Lobos Foundation | Executive Director

Position Opening

Point Lobos Foundation
PO Box 221789, Carmel, CA 93922


The Point Lobos Foundation (PLF) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to protecting and nurturing Point Lobos State Natural Reserve (PLSNR), educating and inspiring visitors to preserve its unique natural and cultural resources, and strengthening the network of Carmel Area State Parks. The PLF’s work is driven by an Executive Director, three staff members and a Board of Directors supported by several active committees. As a State Parks Cooperating Association, the PLF works in a long, close and productive partnership with California State Parks, including the 240 highly trained and educated volunteer Docents at PLSNR. The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set jointly with the Board of Directors.


Salary range of $100,000—$112,000, plus benefits

Core competencies and responsibilities


  • Participate in the Board process to develop a vision and strategic plan.
  • Identify, assess and inform the Board of internal and external issues that affect the PLF.
  • Act as a professional advisor to the Board on all aspects of the PLF's activities.
  • Cultivate and build relationships with major donors.
  • Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risk to the PLF, and make clear and timely decisions in the best interests of the organization.
  • As appropriate, conduct official correspondence on behalf of or jointly with the Board.
  • Understand the implications of relevant public policy, legislation, and other developments among external stakeholders and help others in the organization to understand them as well.

Financial planning and management

  • Work with the Board to prepare a comprehensive budget each year.
  • Ensure adequate funding for the operation of the organization and maintain overall responsibility for fundraising (including sales of merchandise at PLSNR).
  • Develop and manage the budget and approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board, ensuring that funds are spent consistent with donor/funder requirements or restrictions.
  • Work with the Treasurer and Finance Committee of the Board to ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed and that the Board receives timely and accurate financial reports.
  • Ensure that the organization complies with all legislation covering taxation and withholding payments.

Operational planning and management

  • Develop and manage an annual operating plan to further the strategic direction of the PLF.
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the PLF.
  • Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement organizational policies; review existing policies and recommend changes to the Board.
  • Ensure that personnel, donor and volunteer files are securely stored and confidentiality is maintained.

Program planning and management

  • Ensure that the programs and services offered by the PLF contribute to the organization's mission and reflect the priorities of the Board.
  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the PLF's programs and services.
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the PLF’s programs and services to maintain or improve quality and effectiveness.

Human resources planning and management

  • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery.
  • Oversee the implementation of human resources policies, procedures and practices including the development of job descriptions for all staff.
  • Create an environment where staff thrive and do their best work.
  • Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations.
  • Recruit, interview and select staff who have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the PLF's mission.
  • Ensure that all staff receive an orientation to the organization and that appropriate training is provided.
  • Implement a performance management process for all staff that includes an annual performance review.
  • Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance.
  • Discipline staff when necessary using appropriate techniques; release staff when necessary using appropriate and legally defensible procedures.

Partner and Member Relations

  • Ensure ongoing and close coordination and communication with California State parks, including the Monterey District Superintendent, the State Parks Cooperating Association Liaison, and the State Parks Docent Coordinator, and with the PLSNR docent organization leadership as needed.
  • Maintain strong relations with the community of PLF members.

Board Relations

  • Keep the Board informed about the condition and activities of the organization and participate in and support activities of the Board’s committees.
  • Work collaboratively with the Board to ensure board members are engaged, have opportunities to connect with PLF’s mission, and become appropriately knowledgeable about PLF’s operations.
  • Work closely with the Board President ad Committee Chairs to develop meeting agenda and have materials/reports available for review at least five days prior to the meeting.

Communications and External Relations

  • Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the PLF and promote and advocate for PLF’s mission with stakeholders and the general community.
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with California State Parks, the CSP Docent Organization, community groups, funders, elected officials and other organizations to help achieve the PLF’s goals.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Three or more years’ experience as Executive Director of a non-profit organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster positive relationships and effective teamwork among staff, the Board of Directors, supporters, docents and other organizations.
  • Knowledge of, and demonstrated ability to apply, fund development and donor relationship best practices for successful fundraising.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop organizational budgets and monitor and meet budgeted income goals and expenditures.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage human resources, budgets and projects.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of current community challenges and opportunities relating to the PLF mission.
  • Professional demeanor and ability to positively represent the PLF in a variety of situations.
  • A strong understanding of, and adherence to, ethical behavior and business practices.

This position reports to the Board of Directors, and is supervised by the PLF President. It requires occasional outdoor work in variable weather conditions, hiking, sitting, standing, occasional evening and weekend work, and the ability to lift 25 lbs.

This is a full-time salaried position and as such is not eligible for the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

To apply for this position, email a resume and cover letter to Monta Potter, Interim Executive Director, Point Lobos Foundation, executivedirector@pointlobos.org.

The deadline for receiving applications is November 1, 2019.

Do not contact this organization in solicitation of any product or service.