Chief Financial Officer - Trinity Park Conservancy

December 13, 2017

Trinity Park Conservancy

Dallas, Texas 75207


The Trinity Park Conservancy’s mission is to connect people and nature along the reimagined Trinity River with recreational spaces that inspire and unite the community.

For more than a decade, the Trinity Park Conservancy (formerly The Trinity Trust Foundation) has advocated for Dallas’ Trinity River Corridor Project and the Balanced Vision Plan by bringing awareness to the public, raising more than $115 million dollars in private funds and championing strong urban design for the city’s largest public green space. Projects to date have included the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Margaret McDermott Bridges and Ronald Kirk Bridge, the Dallas CityDesign Studio, and trails throughout the Great Trinity Forest.

In October 2016, the Conservancy received a $50 million gift from Annette Simmons for the Trinity River Park as part of Dallas’ Balanced Vision Plan. The Conservancy will be responsible for the fundraising, education, design, and development of the park and other areas within the Trinity Corridor.


The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will play a critical leadership role as the Trinity Park Conservancy continues to grow and deepen its impact. As a member of the executive leadership team, the CFO will be responsible for all aspects of the organization’s financial management and business operations systems, including strategic leadership and flawless execution for a complex nonprofit with multiple funding sources. The CFO will report to the CEO and work closely with the Board of Directors and the Board’s Finance Committee Chair.

This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced and strategic finance professional to play a key leadership role in advancing the largest civic project in Dallas’ history.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Strategic Organizational Leadership:

  • Act as a thought partner to the CEO and work closely with other members of the executive leadership team to craft an overall organizational strategy and goals, with specific ownership of financial objectives
  • Serve as a liaison to the Board of Directors and as the primary liaison to the Finance and Audit committees
  • Engage the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors to develop short, medium, and long-term financial plans and projections
  • Routinely represent the organization to financial partners, including financial institutions, investors, foundations, auditors, public officials and board members
  • Guide business planning processes with the goals of reducing costs and delivering quality services

Financial Management:

  • Ensure effective systems, policies, processes, and internal controls for all aspects of financial accounting, including cash flow planning, reporting, organizational and departmental budgeting, and forecasting; ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local regulatory laws as well as rules for financial and tax reporting
  • Oversee cash, investment, and asset management as well as financing strategies, activities, and banking relationships
  • Develop and utilize forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to provide insight into the organization’s business plans
  • Ensure timely and accurate internal/external reporting for federal, state and local funders, foundations, TPC’s executive leadership and Board of Directors, including ensuring compliance with generally accepted accounting practices (GAAP) and all applicable local, state, and federal laws
  • Develop tools and systems to provide critical financial and operational information to the executive leadership team, managers, and the Audit and Finance Committees of the Board
  • Assess and adjust/build new financial systems to support optimized workflows and reporting including: chart of accounts, invoicing and collectables system, and cash flow
  • Create and monitor all budgets in collaboration with CEO and the executive leadership team
  • Coordinate audits, ensure legal and regulatory compliance, and oversee proper filing of tax returns

Team and People Management:

  • Hire, train, and develop finance, operations and information technology staff in order to maintain a robust infrastructure across a growing organization
  • Inspire, motivate, and lead a cohesive finance team, including external partners, in the execution of all financial functions
  • Participate in interview processes, and make recommendations to the CEO on all staff hires
  • Manage overall team capacity, professional development, and performance management to ensure that ambitious goals are met
  • Partner with senior leadership and staff across the organization to foster a mission-centric, collaborative work culture


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • At least five years of senior financial leadership experience; nonprofit experience a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; master’s degree in business or related field preferred
  • Track record of leadership within an organization experiencing rapid growth and change
  • Experience working with and/or developing complex accounting systems with multiple funders, multiple cost centers, and complex allocation models; experience with public/private funding models preferred
  • Extensive experience overseeing financial operations including budget development and scenario planning
  • Demonstrated success building relationships with and engaging high-level board members, donors, and/or community leaders
  • Experience building different business models and relying on analysis to inform strategic decisions
  • Demonstrated ability to translate big picture strategy into workable finance systems for day-to-day operations
  • Strong management, communication, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build effective, high performance teams within a high-growth environment
  • Honed ability to effectively partner with people of diverse backgrounds to bring the Conservancy to its next level of excellence
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of the Conservancy


Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Trinity Park Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.