Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive salary, depending on experience.



Start Date


Application Deadline



1033 Fort Cronkhite
United States



NatureBridge’s Golden Gate campus will soon increase its reach from 10,000 to 13,000 students annually while enhancing curriculum with a state-of-the-art Climate Science Lab. In addition to the major areas of responsibilities listed below, the Golden Gate director will provide vision and leadership for the implementation of a $3 million capital campaign, which has raised over $2 million in its first twelve months. Working with the National Park Service, staff and board, the director will oversee renovation of four historic structures and creation of an operating plan for 30 percent program growth. The director will partner with the Golden Gate board to build upon a successful capital campaign to grow annual giving for scholarships to support an additional 1,000 students each year.

Located at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate campus has served over a quarter million students since 1977 and has an annual operating budget of $4.3 million. The Golden Gate director provides strategic leadership and support for a team of 60 staff members at NatureBridge’s Golden Gate campus and partners with a regional advisory board to raise visibility and financial support for the campus.

NatureBridge’s strategic plan focuses on three key pillars: strengthening NatureBridge’s position as a national leader in hands-on environmental science programs (through authentic science investigations, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and best practices in social and emotional learning); completing capital campaigns to expand campuses in Yosemite and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area; and bringing all campuses to capacity.


Program Operations

Oversees sustainable program operations at Golden Gate including environmental science programs for schools, a summer day camp, and a year-long teen mentorship program. Cultivates and maintains strong relationships with the National Park Service, local school districts, key program partners and other stakeholders. Directs program expansion through the completion of a capital project, which will add a renovated student dormitory, renovate the existing kitchen to allow greater capacity and add a renovated staff dormitory. Motivates, inspires and leads Golden Gate staff so they are informed and passionate team members working effectively toward continual process improvement.


Our previous director was promoted to Chief Development Officer and will work closely with the new director and the CEO to set vision, strategy, development/fundraising goals and engagement plan for the Golden Gate program. Engages regional and national board members to expand corporate, foundation and major donor support.

Board Recruitment & Management

Identifies and recruits new board members who complement existing board skills. Leads board philanthropy, fundraising and outreach efforts. Partners with the GOGA board chair to ensure board meetings have relevant and timely agendas, and board members’ talents and resources are appropriately leveraged.

Strategic Partnerships

Identifies, establishes and maintains relationships/communications with agency partners. Represents NatureBridge at relevant events, forums and meetings.

Member of Senior Leadership Team

Provides strategic thought leadership as part of the senior leadership team with NatureBridge colleagues from national and regional leadership, finance, development and operations.


Skills and Experience

• Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred in a related field such as education, business or public administration. • Strong leader and builder of partnerships, with at least ten years of related experience. • Expertise in building coalitions across multiple and diverse constituencies. • Proven leadership ability. • A passion for teaching children and adults about the natural environment. • Demonstrated ability to fundraise. • Strong financial management experience with a record of meeting budgets. • Be an independent, self-directed individual with a can-do attitude; experience with successful start-up programs a plus. • Ability to focus on the needs of all constituencies to create especially strong partnerships. • Ability to engage an external audience to promote the role of NatureBridge. • Bilingual capability a plus. • Demonstrated expertise in managing people, budgets, and operations. • Working knowledge of educational institutions, including K-12 schools, and environmental or outdoor education. • Connections to Northern California constituents desired. • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. • Experience with board recruitment, board building and development. • A strong commitment to the mission of NatureBridge.


Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

In order to further its mission, NatureBridge is committed to supporting diversity. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. Applications are being received directly by NatureBridge. Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a letter outlining qualifications, evidence of proven success in similar work and a resume as separate Word or PDF documents to with “GOGA Director Search” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as received, and the job is open until filled. No calls or faxes. No staffing or recruiting agencies. For more information, please visit