Executive Director

Park Foundation
Ithaca, NY

Since 1966, The Park Foundation has been transforming communities with initiatives that matter and have lasting impact. The foundation was established by the late Roy Hampton Park, Sr. — founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Park Communications, Inc. In 1949, Mr. Park launched a business relationship with famed restaurant expert Duncan Hines, which sparked a revolution in food preparation products. After the company was purchased by Proctor and Gamble, Mr. Park launched his second career in mass communications. Ultimately, what became Park Communications, Inc. owned 21 radio stations, 17 television stations, and 144 publications, including approximately 41 daily newspapers.

The Park Foundation originally focused on education and grant-making in communities where Park Communications had interests. When Roy H. Park, Sr. died in 1993, he bequeathed more than 70 percent of his holdings to the Foundation. With this endowment, the Foundation expanded its support to a wider range of priorities with public import.

The Park Foundation seeks an Executive Director to serve as a highly collaborative advisor and partner to its Board of Directors as the Foundation enhances its impact on some of the nation’s most pressing social challenges. The Executive Director is responsible for elevating strategic planning processes by closely working with the Board to develop a holistic vision of funding activities and by proactively creating a pipeline of approaches to funding partnerships. The Executive Director leads the Foundation’s staff in executing the strategy established by the Board. The ideal leader will be comfortable working closely with Board members and all levels of staff in a small office environment and fostering open communications and collaboration.

  • 8 to 12 years of leadership experience, with responsibility for staff, finances, and infrastructure; experience working with or within grant-making foundations.
  • Demonstrated record of creative strategic thinking that achieves both short- and long-term goals, with experience integrating multiple initiatives.
  • Experience managing organizational growth, with a focus on ensuring funding and services are uninterrupted while goals are achieved.
  • Ability to articulate the Foundation’s work through a social justice lens; experience in advocacy is useful.
  •  Ability to advocate persuasively, balancing competing priorities and points of view in order to achieve consensus and results.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required.

Development Resources, inc. is leading this search for the Park Foundation. All of DRi‘s searches can be viewed at http://driconsulting.com/available-positions/. Applications can also be submitted via email to [email protected]