Dumbarton Oaks Park Washington, District of Columbia
Deadline Mar 15, 2019
Job Type Paid permanent


Anticipated start date: July 1, 2019

Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy (DOPC) is a non-profit organization established in 2010 working to restore one of America’s great landscape designs, the 27-acre Dumbarton Oaks Park (the Park), formerly part of the Dumbarton Oaks estate in Georgetown, Washington, DC. The estate is exceptional in the history of American landscape architecture and a landmark in our social history, as it is considered the masterwork of Beatrix Farrand, America’s first professional female landscape architect.

As a “naturalistic,” but highly designed landscape of meadows, woodlands, paths and ponds, and constructed waterfalls, Dumbarton Oaks Park offers recreation as well as restorative quiet, beauty, and inspiration for Washington, DC residents and visitors. It also offers a broad set of programmatic opportunities for environmental education for school children throughout the Greater Washington Region.

The Park has deteriorated significantly during the last half century due to resource limitations faced by the National Park Service (NPS), which has managed it since the Park passed from private to public hands in 1941. The Conservancy is an official philanthropic partner to the National Park Service and works in public-private partnership with NPS to restore, promote, and maintain Dumbarton Oaks Park.  This partnership is actively working to restore the Park to a state of ecological balance and sustainable beauty. The Conservancy was selected as one of the best community-based charities by the Catalogue for Philanthropy of Greater Washington; honored with the NPS National Capital Region’s Hartzog Volunteer Award; and The Garden Club of America Zone Historic Preservation Commendation. Learn more at

Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy is seeking a full-time Executive Director who is inspired and dedicated to restoring an historic landscape masterwork while working with a fully engaged Board of Directors to meet this goal. DOPC has an extensive donor base and wide community support. The Executive Director will be the central driving force of the organization as it expands its external relationships, builds out the organization and maintains its important partnership with the National Park Service.

The ideal candidate for the Executive Director is:

  • A dynamic communicator able to promote the Park’s mission to current and prospective supporters and enrich relationships with area schools and community organizations.
  • An experienced administrator or professional with an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • A collaborative leader with experience in building a cohesive leadership team and an ability to develop an effective partnership with the Board of Directors.
  • A decisive manager able to advise and supervise staff and volunteers.
  • A skilled executive able to effectively manage operations, including budget articulation, while working with the board on a plan for long-term success.
  • A passionate and inspirational leader who embraces Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy’s commitment to restoring and improving the Park and its importance to the broader community.


Applications will be reviewed as received with ongoing interviews. Round 1 applicant pool closes February 18, 2019. Early applicants are encouraged. This schedule could be accelerated. Round 2 applicant pool closes March 15. Application materials should be emailed to: Dr. Jane R. Snider at and include the following: (1) a cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest in and qualifications for this position and interest in the Conservancy; (2) a current resume, including phone numbers and e-mail address; (3) the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of five professional references and one’s relationship to the candidate. All materials, inquiries, and nominations will be held in strict confidence at this time.

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Spring in Dumbarton Oaks Park. Uploaded by Dumbarton Oaks Park
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