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Nashville Tree Foundation

Executive Director

Nashville Tree Foundation


Job Summary

Nashville Tree Foundation (NTF) is a fast-growing non-profit with a strong foundation and loads of potential. NTF is seeking a full-time, entrepreneurial, mission-driven Executive Director to take the organization to the next level. NTF is dedicated to planting and preserving Nashville’s urban tree canopy. The Executive Director, in partnership with the Board, will be responsible for fulfilling the organization’s mission with a special focus on the current priorities to:

  • Increase awareness of the organization in the community,
  • Ensure a sustainable future for the organization through diverse funding streams, and
  • Cultivate partnerships that advance NTF’s mission and mutually benefit our partners and community.

Successful candidates must have demonstrated abilities across a broad range of managerial functions including fundraising, fiscal management, program planning and development, marketing, and public relations. The ideal candidate can manage multiple priorities and work effectively with diverse constituencies (staff, volunteers, donors, media, Metro partners, other nonprofits, and funding resources). This person should be passionate about our mission and able to effectively develop and articulate the work of Nashville Tree Foundation to the community, resulting in increased partnerships and funds raised.

Job Responsibilities

  • Leadership: Provides leadership in the implementation of strategic plans and short-term goals. Demonstrates initiative, adaptability, and a proactive, solutions-oriented approach to opportunities and challenges.
  • Financial Management: Works with the executive committee to develop the annual budget for board approval, and also works with the accountant and external auditors to ensure the organization’s finances are in good order.
  • Fundraising/Development: Works with the development and communications committees to plan and execute all fundraising and development activities. Will also be responsible for meeting with individuals, corporations, and foundations to build ongoing financial support and mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Partnership: Works with metro and state governments as well as other nonprofits and community groups to facilitate programs and projects.
  • Program Management: Works with the program coordinator to design, implement, and assess planting, preservation, and educational programs.
  • Human Resource Management: Responsible for hiring and management of staff as needed to support the organization.  The Executive Director will occasionally need to step in to fulfill responsibilities of staff, such as leading tree plantings, and educational programs, answering questions, or attending community events.
  • Board Liaison/Management: Serves as an ex officio, non-voting member of the board and all board committees and delivers reports at each board meeting and at other times as requested by the board.
  • Communication/Advocacy: Effectively conveys Nashville Tree Foundation’s vision to staff, board, volunteers, donors, and stakeholders. Develops and implements an advocacy/awareness/engagement campaign through multi-channel strategies.
  • Culture: Creates a positive learning culture that encourages the introduction of new ideas, approaches, and methods from staff and volunteers to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and operations


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent skills and 5+ years of relevant professional work experience
  • Experience in fundraising and community development
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Solutions-oriented, entrepreneurial spirit
  • Passionate about TNF’s mission
  • Demonstrated experience working with Boards to achieve strategic objectives
  • Ability to present complex information in an impactful and succinct manner through presentations, written reports, grant narratives, social media, and other interactions
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse and disparate constituencies
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, both independently and as the leader of a team
  • Positive attitude, strong work ethic, creativity and flexibility
  • Candidate must be available to occasionally work on weekends and nights
  • Candidate must be physically able to participate in tree planting activities and other programming initiatives
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector, especially in the operation of a conservation, friends, or similar organization, is strongly preferred
  • Experience hiring, managing, and supervising staff
  • Experience with advocacy, marketing/PR, and government relations
  • Experience developing and executing mission-oriented programming
  • Experience with community outreach, volunteers, and partnerships
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with local and state governments, philanthropies, and community stakeholders
  • Communications experience including social media, press, and newsletters
  • Experience with contact management systems

Additional Information


Competitive salary commensurate with experience.  

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a current resume by Friday, May 24, to:

Nashville Tree Foundation Search Committee

E-mail: Board@nashvilletreefoundation.org

Nashville Tree Foundation is an equal-opportunity employer.


  • Date Posted: May 3, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Communications / Marketing / PR
  • Service Area: Environment
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk