• Paterson, NJ

Website Hamilton Partnership for Paterson


The Hamilton Partnership for Paterson, the Friends Group of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, is seeking an experienced, dynamic self-starter to work in partnership with the Board of Trustees, a small staff, and the Park Superintendent to lead the organization with vision, operational know-how, and fund-raising expertise. The Executive Director will take the reins from an Interim ED who has been in place following the retirement of the Founder in early 2023.



The mission of the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson (HPP) is to enhance the educational, social, and economic benefits of the Park for the City, the State, and the Nation. Currently, our priorities include the construction of the new Alexander Hamilton Visitor Center, with groundbreaking anticipated in 2025; and expanding and strengthening our partnership with National Park Service leadership and staff to increase educational and community programming in and related to the Park and Paterson.

This is an ideal position for a non-profit executive at the Director or VP level who is looking for their next challenge. We are seeking a collaborative leader with the ability to work with multiple partners and stakeholders to create and lead a vision for the organization’s next phase. They must be a non-profit generalist or have experience in a variety of non-profit functional areas, including fundraising, grant writing, and operations.

This is a hybrid position, with the expectation of working on site at least two days/week. Some evenings and weekends will be required to support park activities or events.



The Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park was established as the 397th unit of the National Park System in 2011. HPP works with Park leadership and staff to expand and enhance education and youth programs, community outreach, and public events in the Park. The Partnership also plays a pivotal role in the planning, design, and future construction of the Alexander Hamilton Center, a state-of-the-art visitor center that will tell the story of Paterson’s historical and geologic significance, and the successive waves of immigrants who have called the city home.

HPP is governed by an active 11-member Board of Trustees. Staff includes an Executive Director, a Partnership and Program Manager, a part-time Administrative Assistant, and part-time summer interns. The organization is most effective when working in seamless partnership with the Park Superintendent and staff.



Organizational Leadership

  • Effectively represent the organization with community leaders and stakeholders, National Park Service (NPS) leadership, government officials, funders, and donors.
  • Identify and implement priorities and directives in coordination with the Board Chair and the Board of Trustees.
  • Work in close collaboration with NPS leadership and maintain a strong working relationship with the staff of the Great Falls National Historical Park.
  • Create and maintain an inclusive and supportive work environment. Provide supervision and, when appropriate, mentorship to staff (currently one full-time and one part-time) and interns.


Board Relations

  • Work in partnership with the Board of Trustees, providing timely, accurate, and transparent reporting on finances, fundraising, operations, and programs.
  • Provide reports and logistical support for, and attend all Board meetings in person (currently meeting bi-monthly).
  • Provide or oversee staff support for Board committees as needed.
  • Ensure Board awareness and make recommendations regarding opportunities to enhance the organization’s growth, public profile, programs, funding, and partnerships.
  • Work in partnership with the Board Chair, Vice Chair, and committees as needed to strengthen and expand the Board, and to ensure compliance with both legal and organizational requirements.


Operations and Finance

  • Prepare and manage annual and project budgets, working with the bookkeeping consultancy, the accountant, and the Board Treasurer to ensure accuracy and transparency.
  • Manage and monitor expenditures in a fiscally prudent manner.
  • Oversee all areas of operations, including IT, HR, office management, etc. with support from the administrative assistant.


Program Development

  • Provide leadership, oversight and guidance to the Partnership and Program Manager to:
    • Expand and strengthen community partnerships.
    • Develop and implement educational and community programs.
    • Interface with other national park friends groups to create collaborative programs.


Fundraising and Public Relations

  • Lead and execute all fundraising efforts, including:
    • Government and foundation grant writing, including research.
    • Government and foundation grants management and reporting.
    • Donor acquisition and stewardship.
    • Mail and email appeals.
    • Event and/or program sponsorship.
  • Develop and implement outreach and communications efforts that:
    • Raise the organization’s public profile.
    • Increase awareness of programs and events.
    • Expand the donor base.
  • Serve as primary spokesperson for the Hamilton Partnership.
  • Utilize online and social media platforms for communications and outreach in coordination with the National Park staff.



  • Interest in and commitment to urban parks
  • At least 5 years of experience in a non-profit management or leadership role
  • Outstanding writing and communication skills
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience and success, including grant writing and individual donor relationship building
  • Demonstrated experience working in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders and community partners
  • Government grants management experience
  • Non-profit budgeting and financial management experience
  • Experience with Bloomerang or another donor management database
  • Supervisory/team building experience
  • Understanding of and experience in implementing policies and approaches regarding diversity, inclusion, and belonging



  • Experience working with the National Park Service or other park(s)
  • Knowledge of Paterson or Northern New Jersey
  • Interest or experience in history and historic preservation
  • Experience with capital projects or campaigns


Benefits: Health insurance or stipend; three weeks vacation in year one, four weeks beginning year two; retirement fund contribution beginning year two; flexible hybrid schedule

Compensation: $90,000 - $115,000
How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to: jobs@hamiltonpartnership.org.

Deadline: May 17, 2024