President and Chief Executive Officer

President and Chief Executive Officer
Organization The Bay Park Conservancy, Inc.
Location Sarasot, Florida
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Jan 31, 2023

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The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC) in Sarasota, Florida, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that is implementing The Bay, a new 53-acre master-planned signature public park that will establish a cultural and economic legacy for the region while ensuring access to the bayfront by all – an open, free, and welcoming park for the full and rich diversity of the community. As an iconic destination, The Bay is also a fulcrum uniting visitors and citizens of the west coast of Florida with the arts, entertainment, nature, music and performing arts, athletics, and leisure.

The BPC is in its fourth year of transforming an underutilized 53-acre municipally owned bayfront site. Guided by the aspirations, vision, and heart of Sarasota’s citizens and designed by extraordinarily gifted professional design partners, The Bay publicly opened the first 14 acres of the park on October 14, 2022, during its “10 Days at the Bay” celebration of 94 free events and activities that welcomed over 50,000 guests. BPC has begun offering a robust suite of programs and initiatives and, in parallel, is preparing to launch Phase 2 of its capital improvement plan for anticipated completion in 2027.

The Bay has a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for its first full-time President and Chief Executive Officer of the Park Conservancy, who will deliver upon the community’s aspirations for The Bay by completing the Master Plan and growing a sustainable operation and organization. S/he will provide inspirational leadership and effective management to ensure the park and BPC are operationally successful and sustainable to the highest caliber. The successful candidate will possess the commitment and passion to build upon BPC’s significant momentum to complete the transformation of the 53-acre site while building The Bay’s management team and staff.

The candidate will succeed A.G. Lafley, who will be retiring at the end of 2022 after six years as volunteer Founding CEO of the BPC and, previously, as Chairman of the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization. Mr. Lafley will be continuing as a volunteer Strategic Adviser.

The Bay Park Conservancy has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to facilitate this executive recruitment. Please note that under Florida’s very broad “Public Records Law” from Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes, candidate resumes provided to FPS for The Bay Park Conservancy’s consideration are subject to public disclosure. Please send all applications and nominations directly to FPS via email at [email protected].

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