Executive Director



The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for leading and managing the Foundation. The ED serves as a trusted and engaging leader, fostering and developing deep relationships across the Foundation and with our donors, partners, advocates, Trustees and Incorporators. The Board of Directors seeks an individual who is fully committed to Cathedral of the Pines’ mission and values. The Executive Director will report to the Executive Committee.


The Board of Directors seeks an individual who understands and has a passion for 1) the importance of honoring the values of, and sacrifices made, by veterans and their families, 2) the essential role that preserving and respecting our environment plays in everyone’s life, and 3) the value that a peaceful venue can contribute to our solace and refresh our spirit.




Vision and Leadership

  • Identifies areas for operational improvement and use of best practices to set strategic goals for programs.
  • Acts as an active and visible spokesperson in the community, spreading the mission of Cathedral of the Pines.
  • Oversees systems, structures, and internal policies to support the highest level of quality and effectiveness.
  • Works with the Board of Directors, to set a vision for organizational and programmatic development that brings together the different programs into a holistic narrative about the Foundation and its offerings of programs.
  • Directs the effective implementation of these strategic plans ensuring that the internal capacity, systems, and policies are strong and directed at addressing the priorities of the Foundation as set by the Trustees.
  • Able to convey the Foundation’s strategic plan to staff, Board of Directors, volunteers and donors.


Finance and Administration

  • Oversees the budget and its growth, as well as its endowment [in consultation with the Treasurer and Finance Committee] and will act in a fiscally astute, disciplined and conservative manner to maintain the organization’s commitment to financial stability through sound fiscal controls and leadership, while identifying additional ways to broaden revenue streams and enhance quality of programs.
  • Works actively with the Board and staff to lead a budgeting process that ensures accountability and program sustainability while actively encouraging creativity, entrepreneurship, and the exploration of new best practices.
  • Oversees maintenance of the grounds, gardens, cemetery, sanctuary, statues, and Podunk cabin.
  • Hires and manages qualified staff and upholds employment and administrative policies. Performs annual performance reviews

Facilitate Collaboration and Communication Across Teams

  • Identifies and helps to implement systems that ensure coordination, collaboration, and effective communication between and amongst staff, Trustees, Incorporators and volunteers.
  • Promotes, facilitates, and documents strategic conversations across program areas aimed at strengthening information sharing, organizational learning, and continuous improvement.
  • Leads the development and implementation of structural as well as technological improvements for the Foundation to ensure best practices in communication and collaboration are institutionally supported.
  • Attends all Board meetings and other committee meetings when necessary.

Community Relations and External Partnerships

  • Serves as a compelling spokesperson, promoting the Foundation’s mission, programs and services throughout the immediate community and the broader region
  • Navigates, negotiates and maintains mutually beneficial relationships that provide long term benefits for the Foundation.
  • Develops opportunities to expand the Foundation’s profile through broad and diverse engagement with professional associations, advocacy organizations, prospective partners, corporate and nonprofit partners, public officials, policymakers, the media and the public-at-large.
  • Leads all the Foundation’s fundraising efforts as supported by the Director of Development and the Board of Trustees.


Work Hours: This is a full-time, salaried position. Evening and weekend hours expected when necessary. The need for evening and weekend hours is most likely during the busy season from April through October.  




The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial and effective leader who possesses both the vision to inspire and the skills to lead an organization into its next phase of development.


  • Will be a confident, transparent and accessible leader with a demonstrated commitment to the Foundation’s priorities, legacy and mission.
  • Will demonstrate the ability to protect, secure and expand Foundation funding, while operating with integrity and sound judgment.
  • Will demonstrate sophisticated and seasoned leadership skills developed through significant executive level experience.
  • Will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of sound board governance, gained from direct experience working with professional boards or personally through active board involvement.
  • A leadership style that supports staff and volunteers of different cultural and educational backgrounds.
  • A management style that embodies respect, transparency, teamwork and accountability. Flexibility, humility and sense of humor; ability to share credit and spotlight others’ contributions.


Education and Experience

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree required. A Master’s degree in business, nonprofit management, human services, education or a related field is preferred.
  • Five to seven years of previous experience in an Executive Director position preferred.