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Are you passionate about the need to protect Michigan’s scenic qualities? Do you have strong nonprofit management experience/and or professional urban planning background? Are you looking for a position that allows you creative freedom and a  good work/life balance? If so, you may be interested in applying to serve as our next Executive Director. 

See our job description below

TITLE Executive Director

CLASSIFICATION Part-time, contract employment; exempt from overtime

REPORTS TO Board of Directors

SUMMARY Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) is the sole staff person for Scenic Michigan (SM) and will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for programs and execution of its mission. S/he/they will initially develop deep knowledge of the organization’s history, mission, and operations.


  • Manage membership program and expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support programs and operations
  • Develop communication materials, manage social media accounts, and maintain and enhance organizational website (WordPress)
  • Serve as the public face of SM, representing the organization in front of a wide variety of external audiences including the State Legislature and local governmental bodies
  • Monitor and help direct mission-focused legal and legislative policy
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with both public and private organizations to further SM’s goals of implementing good signage and lighting practices in Michigan, among other scenic goals.
  • Develop annual work plans and budgets to achieve SM’s strategic goals and systems to track progress that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong board of directors, serve as ex-officio of each board committee, and seek and build board involvement with strategic direction
  • Work with the board treasurer to ensure consistent quality of finance and fundraising
  • Travel occasionally within Michigan to represent SM and realize strategic goals
  • Arrange quarterly Board meetings
  • Maintain SM office in Ann Arbor, including records and files. Board would consider transitioning this position to a remote workplace anywhere in Michigan.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors


  • A bachelor’s degree in relevant field, a master’s degree is preferred
  • A minimum of five years of relevant work experience– nonprofit senior management, fundraising, legislative, community development/planning, and/or local government experience is preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong competency using Microsoft Office suite, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Proficiency with Quickbooks and WordPress preferred.
  • Knowledge of and passion for protecting Michigan’s scenic beauty through sign regulation and other means


Work is primarily performed in an indoor, environmentally controlled office setting with extended periods at a computer and on the telephone. The nature of the work includes contact with the public  and requires strong communication skills and an ease with multitasking in a self-directed environment. Work hours are generally flexible. Board of Directors is supportive and forward-thinking. This position is a dream job for an individual seeking creative-freedom and motivated by a compelling mission, in a relaxed work environment.


  • Compensation $28,000 to $32,000 annually, commensurate with education and experience. 
  • Reimbursed travel and related expenses
  • No benefits
  • Office and free parking (car and bike) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Board would consider transitioning this position to remote work, though the Board would prefer a candidate who can work partially out of the Ann Arbor office. If your preference is to work remotely, please indicate this in your cover letter.


Submit a cover letter including salary requirements and resume to [email protected]. Please note “Executive Director Applicant” in the subject line. All materials must be submitted as PDF documents. Applications due November 1st.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  


Scenic Michigan is an affiliate of the national non-profit organization Scenic America. We are currently headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and work to enhance the scenic beauty of Michigan’s communities and roadsides. Scenic Michigan promotes and sponsors programs to encourage natural beauty in the environment, enhance landscapes, protect historical and cultural resources, and improve community appearance.

Candidates are selected based on ability or assessed potential to meet the needs of SM and the specific job requirements as stated in the job description.

Scenic Michigan aims to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, SM will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Measie Ryan

Photo courtesy of: Measie Ryan, Fowlerville, Michigan