Friends of Acadia Seeking Applicants for President and CEO Position

Friends of Acadia is currently accepting applications for the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Please see information and links below for questions and application details.

The President is the chief executive officer of Friends of Acadia and responsible for successful implementation and oversight of all aspects of running the organization, including conservation, stewardship, development, external relations, governance, and general management. This person reports to the 26-member Board of Directors (half are seasonal members, and half are year-round Maine residents) through the Board Chair and is a voting member of the Board. In consultation with the Board, the President sets the direction and tone of Friends of Acadia, manages a staff of 20, implements strategic plan initiatives, and represents the organization to the public. They work closely with the Acadia National Park superintendent, as well as with other partners and the National Park Service, Washington officials, U.S. Congress, the Maine Legislature, and local governments to advance Friends of Acadia’s mission.

Friends of Acadia is one of the most highly regarded and respected “Friends” organizations in the national park system. The new President will have the opportunity to continue to build on this well-deserved reputation in carrying out the mutual goals of Friends of Acadia and Acadia National Park, while playing a highly visible role in the community. The successful candidate must have excellent public speaking and writing skills as well as be able to speak comfortably with diverse audiences about the issues facing Acadia National Park. They will display leadership attributes of integrity, vision, excellent communication skills, solid judgment, and passion for the mission. They will promote and sustain a consistent vision of the future for the organization.

See the Job Description for more information about this position. Please send questions about the position and inquiries to the recruitment firm (Amy Smith at Kittleman at