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Executive Director, Franklin Park Coalition

Job Title and Job Description

Executive Director, Franklin Park Coalition

I run a small non-profit that advocates for Franklin Park. This involves everything from high-powered meetings with the Mayor to basic office work to hiking in the park‘s woods. That‘s why I love it - no day is exactly the same.

What are some related career opportunities and job titles in your company or in your career area?

Park Manager, Grant Writer, Community Relations, Organizer, Environmental Educator

What new technology will be important?

Everything will be on a small phone-size machine and we‘ll be able to track problems and issues in the park with that.

What education or training did you have to prepare for this career?

B.A. from a liberal arts college, then a master‘s in community organizing in social work.

What education or training do you recommend for students today who want to enter this field?

My training was good, but on-the-job training was even better. For park work, a landscape design degree, a forestry degree, or a horticulture degree would be helpful. For non-profit administration a business degree might be good.

When you were in high school, did you know that you would enter this field?

NO!

Skills Profile

Skills UsedRating (5=Most Important thru
1=Not Important)
Comments

Artistic 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Athletic / Physical 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Bilingual 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Computer Technology 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Coordination / Using Hands, Tools, and Equipment 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Creative Thinking 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Interpersonal 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
Investigative / Fact Finding 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
leadership and Supervising 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Logical Thinking 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Math 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Mechanical Understanding 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Sales and Negotiation 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
Scientific and Experimental 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Social Service / Helping Skills 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Teaching / Instructing 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Verbal Communication 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Understanding Nature, Plants, Animals 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Understanding Yourself 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Writing 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
 

Interview By: Christine Poff