Employment Opportunities


General Description:  The Executive Director is the chief executive officer responsible for all phases of management and operation of a nonprofit 501(c)(3) nature center. He/she reports to the agency’s volunteer Board of Directors. The Executive Director is supervised by the President of the Board of Directors and will participate in a performance review annually.

Working Hours and Environment: Part time, generally 20 hours per week with some schedule flexibility. The Executive Director works mainly in typical small office conditions, but may occasionally work on nature center property or other offsite locations.

To Apply: Email a cover letter and resume to director@pfeiffernaturecenter.org


Fund Development and Strategic Planning

  • Write, manage, and prepare reports for all agency grants
  • Research and pursue new grant opportunities that align with agency goals and mission
  • Represent agency at all grant meetings
  • Work with the Board, staff, and volunteers on the planning and implementation of all fundraising events and activities. These events include an annual Woods Walk, wreath sale, and Adopt-A-Tree campaigns.
  • Develop strategies and plans for new and innovative fundraising campaigns, in conjunction with the Board and staff
  • Maintain and grow membership and donor base, including direct mail, media campaigns, personal contacts, programming, and other means of introducing people to the Center
  • Work with the Board and staff to produce strategic and long range plans to ensure the continued success of the organization

Organizational Management

  • Develop the annual operating budget each year in conjunction with the Executive Committee.
  • Oversee all financial transactions within the organization, operating within the budget approved by the Board of Directors
  • Ensure that organization is operating with sound financial practices
  • Attend all regular Board meetings and provide written and verbal reports to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors to keep these bodies apprised of the Center’s activities
  • Supervise staff, including employee reviews and administration of personnel policies
  • Maintain a working environment that attracts, keeps, and motivates quality staff, board members, and volunteers
  • Responsible for recruitment, hiring, and dismissal of staff
  • Prepare and submit reports to appropriate agencies, including hunting reports, nature licenses, etc.
  • Maintain all required records and documents and ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations
  • Facilitate efficient office management and operations
  • Shared responsibility for office upkeep and cleaning, including bathrooms, vacuuming and other maintenance tasks

Public Relations

  • Oversee all agency public relations tasks, including writing news releases, working with area media representatives, and developing media plans for promoting the Center and its activities
  • Establish working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups, professional, civic, and private organizations
  • Speak to community organizations as needed
  • Oversee the development, writing, and editing of the quarterly newsletter
  • Coordinate the preparation of the Center’s annual report

Facilities and Land Management

  • Manage the pavilion rentals, including volunteer management, coverage during the event, and ensuring proper renter cleanup after the event
  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement plans for Pfeiffer Nature Center facilities
  • Implement policies related to all property assets of Pfeiffer Nature Center, including issuance of and collection of fees for hunting permits on the Eshelman property


  • Support and collaborate with the Nature Program Coordinator for the development and implementation of the Center’s programming and activities
  • Ensure that programming reflects the intersection of science, art, and nature; remains consistent with the Center’s mission, and reflects the diverse interests of our community and membership

Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 3-5 years of experience in nonprofit administration, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education
  • Proven experience with grant writing, grant management, and fund development
  • Knowledge of nonprofit fundraising strategies and donor relations
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate staff, board members, and volunteers
  • Ability to effectively convey a vision of Pfeiffer Nature Center’s mission and strategic future to staff, board, volunteers, and donors
  • Strong computer literacy, including proficiency with all Microsoft Office programs, QuickBooks, social media, and web-based tools
  • Working knowledge of natural science
  • Supervisory experience preferred
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