Executive Director

Treeline Conservancy Executive Director

Position Description

The Treeline Conservancy is a 501 ( c ) (3) not-for-profit corporation dedicated to creating and maintaining an urban trail along the historic alignment of Ann Arbor’s Allen Creek from East Stadium Boulevard to the Huron River.

The Executive Director (ED) will set strategy and vision, build and maintain the organizational culture, lead the management team, and allocate capital appropriately. Working with the Treeline Conservancy (TLC) Board, the ED will establish goals for the organization and work systematically to meet them.

The current major goal is to design, engineer, fund, and build the planned Treeline Trail, and the long-term major goal is to maintain the Trail. The overall vision for the TLC is to make the Treeline Trail a vital component of the life and health of the Ann Arbor community.

The ED will help define the TLC priorities and direction. He or she will assess and evaluate strategies, hire staff and project teams, set budgets, forge alliances and build partnerships to further the mission of TLC. The ED will actively promote the TLC to build a strong, and financially sustainable organization. He or she will secure resources, budget and allocate resources appropriately and hold him or herself accountable for the financial health of the organization.

Core Responsibilities

The ED will:

  • Lead the mission and vision of the organization, along with the Board, so that the TLC can work with otherpartners to design, build, and operate/maintain the Treeline Trail;
  • Provide day-to-day management and oversight of TLC activities and provide reports to partners and stakeholders.
  • Maintain working knowledge of other trail projects and trends;
  • Manage TLC budget and the Treeline Trail project to ensure that it is a financially viable, sustainable organizationwith the resources to meet current project plans and projected long-term needs;
  • Ensure that TLC complies with relevant local, state and federal laws and regulations, and with standardaccounting procedures;
  • Participate in identifying and cultivating corporate, individual and foundation sponsors, and related grant-seekingand grant writing efforts;
  • Cultivate excellent relationships with local media; provide oversight for TLC’s presence in the social media;
  • Reach out to the community to present the Treeline Trail vision and planned benefits through public presentationsand by attending relevant community and business events, conferences and gatherings;
  • Sponsor and/or co-sponsor special events designed to promote TLC’s mission or other like-minded mission;
  • Enhance and work closely with the Board, ensuring that Board committees and tasks are well-organized, properlyfunded, and effectively supported by staff;
  • Inform the Board regularly of internal organization matters, including relevant staffing, funding and projectsuccess and priorities; and
  • Keep TLC current, relevant, and at the forefront of regional community service organizations.Key Credentials and Personal Qualities
  • Education and experience in senior leadership and management, working with municipal government and obtaining foundation, state or federal grant support for a community initiative.
  • Ability to build and sustain partnerships, and to resolve conflicts.
  • Preferred Master’s Degree in Project Management, Planning, Engineering, Nonprofit Management, BusinessAdministration, or a field related to the Treeline Conservancy’s vision, mission and goals
  • Commitment to results; “can-do” mindset with emphasis on accountability
  • Effective community leadership and project management skills
  • Strong motivational and staff leadership abilities
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated experience with fundraising
  • Financial management of and accountability for public and private funds.

As the TLC evolves and as funds permit, the TLC may hire and delegate some of the above responsibilities to additional staff including a Public Relations Director, Development Director and other roles. It will be important to align the Executive Director, staff and Board around a common strategy and identify capabilities and leadership positions to move the TLC forward. In addition, it will be critical for the TLC to establish performance metrics for accomplishing its goals.

The expected annual compensation and benefits package for the Executive Director will be commensurate with the responsibilities of this executive position, and the expertise and experience of candidates.

Please send letter of interest and resume’ to Mr. Joe O’Neal, 525 W. William Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or Email:

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