Charleston Parks Conservancy Launches National Search for Executive Director

The Charleston Parks Conservancy has launched a national search for an executive director to lead the 16-year-old nonprofit.

“Since its founding, the Conservancy has become an integral player in the City of Charleston. As a result, we need a leader who understands the critical role parks play in creating strong communities,” said Charley McLendon, board of directors chairperson. “We’re excited to launch this national search for candidates who are passionate about parks and the community surrounding them.”

Through public-private partnerships and a strong core of volunteers, the Conservancy has had a hand in renovating and beautifying more than 20 parks in the City of Charleston, including Colonial Lake, Moultrie Playground, St. Julian Devine Community Center, The Rose Pavilion at Hampton Park and three community gardens.

The Conservancy has hired PBR Executive Search, an executive search firm that specializes in national searches for nonprofits. The firm will be partnering closely with a search committee of board members to identify and place a leader this spring.

The executive director will be responsible for strategic leadership and vision-setting, stakeholder engagement, people leadership, fundraising, and brand awareness. Ideal candidates will have executive leadership experience, demonstrated fundraising success, and public-private partnership experience. For the full job description and to apply, visit

Until the position is filled, long-time Conservancy employee Leslie Wade is serving as the interim executive director.

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and create stunning public places and a strong community. For more than 15 years, the Conservancy -- through public-private partnerships -- has had a hand in renovating and beautifying more than 20 parks in the City of Charleston. Notable projects include the complete renovation of Colonial Lake, the renovation of the Rose Pavilion at Hampton Park, Moultrie Playground, St. Julian Devine Community Center & Park as well as Magnolia Park and Community Garden and Medway Park and Community Garden. For more information, visit

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