Executive Director

Friends of Baxter State Park is seeking a full time Executive Director. We are searching for a dedicated and visionary leader who will provide needed support as we seek to grow our financial capacity, involve our membership, and fulfill our Mission.


Friends of Baxter State Park was founded in 2000 by a dedicated group of Park devotees for the purpose of enabling more effective advocacy, education, and support for the wilderness philosophy envisioned Governor Percival Baxter. Membership now stands at 750, and our annual budget is $180,000 funded by membership dues, contributions, and grants.

FBSP accomplishments include:

• Support for publication of Howard Whitcomb’s books: Percival P. Baxter’s Vision for Baxter State Park: An Annotated Compilation of Original Sources and Governor Baxter’s Magnificent Obsession: A Documentary History of Baxter State Park. These books represent an exhaustive collection of materials that provide evidence of Governor Baxter’s vision for the Park and the history of its creation;

• Unencumbered financial donations to the Park which provide support for work on trails, infrastructure, and other Park projects;

• Significant contributions and participation in the successful effort to include Katahdin Lake in the Park in accordance with Governor Baxter’s vision;

• Development of the successful Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program that provides 10 Maine high school students with an opportunity to explore and learn about the wilderness in Baxter State Park. Those students are expected to share their experiences with their peers and community.

This is but an introduction to the Friends. Please take the opportunity to explore the website for more information.

At this juncture, Friends is evolving from an organization where Board members and dedicated volunteers provided much of the labor behind Friends accomplishments with support from contracted accounting and administrative services. Our outgoing President Barbara Bentley has essentially served as a volunteer full time Executive Director for the past six years; and the Board, after due consideration, has elected to hire a professional to carry on her excellent work.

Salary and Other Details

This is an exempt position under the Fair Labor Standards Act that offers an annual salary that ranges from $36-­â€$42,000 depending on experience and qualifications. Benefits include a flexible work schedule; paid time for holidays, vacation, and illness; and a contribution toward health insurance.

The Executive Director must be able to work efficiently and independently from a home office with part time accounting and administrative support that are located in the vicinity of Union, Maine.

The position requires statewide travel in your personal vehicle with some night and weekend obligations.

Review of Applications will begin on March 1st, 2013, with interviews scheduled for candidates as soon as practicable thereafter. Friends anticipates introducing our new Executive Director at our Annual Meeting on April 27th.



The Executive Director (ED) will be a creative, motivated, self-starter who will have responsibility for Friends of Baxter State Park (FBSP) programs, partnerships, management, and fulfillment of the organization’s mission, goals and financial objectives. The Executive Director is selected and supervised by the Board of FBSP as communicated by the Board President. The ED reports to the full Board.


Leadership and Management

  • Act as an advisor and serve as staff support to the FBSP Board on all aspects of FBSP activities, and delegate to staff or consultants as appropriate;
  • Foster positive, open communication and strong working relationships with the Baxter State Park (BSP) Authority, BSP Director, FBSP Board, and other key stakeholders;
  • Engage and inspire FBSP Board, membership, consultants, staff, volunteers, and other essential partners in the work of the organization;
  • Raise the profile of FBSP, and create broader awareness of FBSP resources, needs and issues, and increase support for FBSP activities;
  • Partner with the Board to implement the current 3-year Strategic Plan, and recommend amendments and updates to the plan as needs evolve;
  • Ensure that effective systems and practices are in place for program delivery, identification and assessment of new opportunities, financial and non-profit management, fundraising and development, membership recruitment and retention, and regular evaluation of progress and identification of need for improvement;
  • Submit an annual budget for Board approval, and oversee an audit after advising the board when such audit is necessary;
  • Manage all expenditures in collaboration with the Treasurer and President.
  • Organize the Annual Meeting;
  • Work with Committee Chairs to compile an annual report that includes descriptions and evaluations of all FBSP activities;
  • Negotiate agreements with independent contractors, evaluate performance of individuals providing contract services to FBSP, and recommend renewal or reconsideration of such agreements; hire, supervise, evaluate and, if necessary, terminate any additional staff authorized by the FBSP Board;
  • Recommend policies and practices necessary to continue to grow FBSP organizational capacity and to comply with State and Federal law particularly in areas concerning nonprofits, charities and human resources;
  • Travel throughout Maine and serve as the public face and voice of FBSP; and
  • Carry out other Board directions.


  • Identify and cultivate relationships with existing and potential donors, foundations, businesses, partners and others;
  • Expand FBSP revenues through fundraising to meet the needs of the organization as outlined in the Friend’s strategic/action plan and other Board directives;
  • Support the Board, staff, consultants and volunteers in carrying out FBSP fundraising activities including ensuring that grant applications and reports are completed in a professional and timely manner;
  • Thank and appropriately acknowledge all donors and ensure contributions are used in accordance with donor intentions.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in an accredited program;
  • History of leadership in an organization including successful collaboration with a Board of Directors;
  • Experience with growing a multi-faceted organization;
  • Financial management, personnel development, and community outreach skills;
  • Record of successful fundraising;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills using a variety of media in multiple environments including the ability to manage technology to facilitate remote meeting opportunities, and the ability to manage a website and social media;
  • Knowledge and background in the conservation, forestry and recreation sphere;
  • Experience and knowledge of Maine’s natural environment and BSP including Park history and management;
  • Backcountry experience, plus willingness and capability to participate in backcountry activities in BSP;
  • Commitment to and understanding of the missions of FBSP and BSP;
  • Sense of humor.

To Apply for Position of Executive Director

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume including contact information for at least three references. Please include e-mail, telephone number, and relationship to references. Address to Friends Executive Director Search Committee. The cover letter should address the candidate’s qualifications and professional vision.

Materials should be submitted electronically in a single PDF, addressed to admin@friendsofbaxter.org Please include Candidates Name ; Friends ED Application in the subject line.

Application review will start March1st and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired.

Union, Maine
Friends of Baxter State Park
Human Resources