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Chief Executive Officer
Nathan Benderson Park Foundation in Sarasota, Florida
Date Posted 08/28/2020
Philanthropy-Senior/Executive Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Chief Executive Officer

Nathan Benderson Park Foundation

Sarasota, FL

Nathan Benderson Park (NBP) is a national destination in the rowing community and an iconic attraction for rowing enthusiasts of all ages. Named after Nathan Benderson, who envisioned a community-integrated park where residents could fish and unwind, the park has transformed from a borrow pit in the early 1990s into a realization of his vision. NBP now features a 600-acre public park, 2000-meter sprint course, aquatic sports site, and community programming.

Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc. (SANCA) is the 501(c)3 not-for-profit that manages NBP. SANCA’s ambitious vision is to expand its world-class rowing facilities and presence as a multipurpose event site. To complement its facilities, SANCA oversees community outreach and programming that promote the health and wellness of the Suncoast community.

SANCA seeks a visionary and entrepreneurial Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with a demonstrated success in implementing a vision and high-level management and development skills to lead and direct activities in support of NBP. The CEO will establish an appropriate balance between revenue and capacity-building initiatives in order to achieve mission-driven growth and transformation. The CEO will serve a critical role in fundraising for the organization and work closely with the Board of Directors and the Director of Development to secure resources for support of ongoing operations and new initiatives, capital, and programs.

The successful candidate will possess a demonstrated mastery of strategic planning and implementation. S/he will have extensive leadership experience in fundraising, marketing, branding, community relations, business partnerships and board development. The CEO will be an inspiring and pragmatic leader who can generate innovative ideas as well as empower, support and inspire accountability in the team achieving SANCA’s goals.

The Nathan Benderson Community Park Foundation has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to facilitate this executive recruitment. Please send confidential inquiries and applications directly to Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC via e-mail at

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