Executive Director, TreesCharlotte


Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, TreesCharlotte, is a public/private nonprofit collaboration to grow, diversify, and steward the city’s iconic urban forest. Trained volunteers and science-based programs teach residents about the value of trees and how to plant and care for them.

TreesCharlotte works to support the City of Charlotte’s tree canopy coverage goals, to encourage city-wide acceptance of responsibility to plant and care for trees, and to sustain funding to continue the mission generation to generation. Since its creation in 2012, TreesCharlotte has planted or given away almost 40,000 containerized trees, engaged more than 21,000 volunteers, stewarded thousands of trees already planted at previous events, educated thousands of local students and residents about tree care and tree benefits, and helped establish and expand partnerships with numerous corporate sponsors.

For more information, please visit treescharlotte.org.


The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors and lead a team of approximately five staff members.


The Executive Director will lead and manage all aspects of the organization. Specific duties include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Broaden community outreach, education, and engagement while building brand and mission awareness.
  • Develop a strong and engaged Board focused on strategy, access, and fundraising; clearly communicate opportunities for Board members to engage and provide support.
  • Build a diverse team that reflects the community while managing a lean, efficient, and well-regarded organization.
  • Using data and analysis, provide recommendations to the Board regarding strategies for increased impact for furthering the organization’s mission.
  • Serve as the lead fundraiser for the organization, maintaining the existing donor base and developing new and diverse sources of giving to include individual, corporate and foundation donors.
  • Cultivate relationships with key stakeholders at the City of Charlotte and across the community.
  • Aim to achieve top ratings from charity assessment services (e.g., Charity Watch, Charity Navigator).


  • Passion for the organization’s mission.
  • Minimum of five years of successful experience in a management role that includes operations, finance, human resources and a specific understanding of basic nonprofit financial accounting and budget management.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful fundraising and organizational growth preferred; comfortable “making the ask” and serving as the lead fundraiser.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and sensitivity to the needs of a diverse ethnic population; influencer and negotiator.
  • Outstanding communicator, both oral and written; active listener; able to connect with diverse stakeholders; effective public speaking skills.
  • Strong organizational skills; the ability to balance multiple tasks and priorities, and to navigate adversity with grace and kindness.
  • Physical and emotional stamina to function at a high level.
  • Undergraduate degree required, master’s degree in a related field preferred.


Compensation will be commensurate with experience.


Sam Fortenbery, Consultant