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The Conservancy currently has two openings: for a full-time Executive Director and for a part-time Visitor Services Coordinator.

Executive Director

Overton Park is a beloved, historic, 342-acre park in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee. It is home to the Memphis Zoo, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Overton Park Shell, and the Overton Park 9 golf course, and will soon be the location of the Metal Museum. In addition to the above institutions, the park boasts several amenities, including a 126-acre old growth forest with several miles of walking trails.

Established in 2011, Overton Park Conservancy is contracted by the City of Memphis to manage all of the free and open park land within Overton Park. The Conservancy’s vision is to foster a beautiful, safe, and welcoming park that draws our diverse community together. After raising funds and executing several park improvement projects in its first ten years of operation, the Conservancy turned its attention to developing a comprehensive plan to guide the next phase of the park’s improvement and growth.

To support this next phase of growth, the Conservancy seeks a visionary and people-centric leader to move the comprehensive plan from concept to capital campaign to construction, while continuing to build a strong, well-performing organization that delivers high-quality park experiences and programming to the people of Memphis.

Position Summary

The Executive Director (ED) brings the board, staff, community leaders, and partners who manage other institutions within the park’s boundaries together to carry out a shared vision for Overton Park. By nurturing a culture of inclusivity, the ED embraces and expands the park’s role as a community gathering place for our diverse population, and an important cultural asset for the region.

The ED serves as an energetic and visible leader who attracts collaborators, funders, and supporters of all kinds to the Conservancy’s mission. The ED elevates the Conservancy’s position with elected officials and the philanthropic community and generates support for and investment into the park.

The ED provides direction and resources to the Conservancy staff as they strive to meet, exceed, and contribute to best practices in urban park management, nature-based programming, research, conservation, and education.

The ED will ensure that the Overton Park Comprehensive Plan is funded and executed in accordance with the direction of the board, and in partnership with the City of Memphis.

Candidate Profile

The Conservancy board seeks a visionary leader who will inspire confidence and broad support for the park and the Conservancy’s work. This person will have a demonstrated ability to maintain stability in day-to-day operations while also advancing an ambitious comprehensive plan through to completion.

The ideal candidate will possess exceptional communication skills that allow them to articulate a vision, achieve alignment, and inspire support. They will have demonstrated the ability to expand connections across diverse groups of stakeholders, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, visitors, collaborators, and elected officials.

The Conservancy seeks a leader with a proven track record in securing support from foundations, corporations, and individual donors; someone who communicates passionately and persuasively when inviting prospective supporters to join in the organization’s work. Experience leading a capital campaign is a plus.

Experience managing a public place or facility is essential, preferably in an urban setting. The candidate should have a working knowledge of concepts related to operations, maintenance, and project management.

The ideal candidate must have experience in hiring, cultivating, evaluating, and coaching a high-performing team of professional, passionate, mission-driven staff members. Organizational leadership skills related to administration, finance, and business management are expected. Experience in nonprofit management and governance is preferred.

To apply for the Executive Director job, click here.

Visitor Services Coordinator

Position Summary
Overton Park Conservancy seeks a Visitor Services Coordinator to support the Conservancy’s mission to foster a beautiful, safe, and welcoming park. By providing extensive customer service to park visitors and supporters, the Visitor Services Coordinator will support the needs of park visitors wishing to host or participate in events and activities at Overton Park. This is a part-time position with mandatory weekends and occasional evening special events, with the possibility of expanding to full-time, and reports to the Deputy Executive Director.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Act as ambassador to Overton Park by promoting park programs, amenities, and events
  • Coordinate the permit process for special events and facility rentals, from responding to calendar and rate inquiries to managing payments, including management via Checkfront booking software
  • Work with food truck operators, fitness instructors, and park vendors to ensure proper permitting
  • Assist with event planning and execution for Conservancy-related activities
  • Research and recommend policy changes designed to improve the visitor experience and increase efficiency associated with the Conservancy’s programs and business operations
  • Conduct outreach to and establish and maintain positive working relationships with a range of park partners, area businesses, residents, rental customers, visitors, and supporters
  • Follow through on customer inquiries in a timely and dependable manner

Qualification Requirements

  • Experience in a related field preferred, including customer service, sales, and/or hospitality
  • Strong interpersonal competencies, including navigating interactions with respect, empathy, integrity, and compassion
  • Excellent communication skills interacting with diverse groups of people
  • Takes initiative to identify and address issues
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing information by using critical thinking and leadership skills
  • Experience in Microsoft Office; ability to master new software (i.e. Checkfront)
  • Must be at least 18 years old. Work is largely performed in an office environment. However, it will sometimes be necessary for the employee to tour the park and attend events. This requires walking, standing, and carrying materials weighing up to 25 pounds.

Compensation & Benefits Compensation range for this position is $16-20 per hour, based on experience and qualifications. Employees who are fluent in both English and Spanish will qualify for additional compensation. Benefits include accrued paid time off, holidays, and a health insurance stipend.

Overton Park Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, including age, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, etc.

How to Apply: No phone calls, please. Send a cover letter and résumé to [email protected].