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The Trust for Public Land

State Director - Northern New England

“At the Trust for Public Land, we don’t just save land—we save land for people to enjoy, from neighborhood parks to national parks.”

The mission of the Trust for Public Land is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Every park, playground, and public space created is an open invitation to explore, wonder, discover, and play. The Trust for Public Land has been connecting communities to the outdoors and to each other since 1972. Today, millions of Americans live within a 10-minute walk of a park or natural area created by the organization, and countless more visit every year.


The Trust for Public Land was founded in 1972 with the goal of protecting land in and around cities and pioneering new land conservation techniques. Over the years, our work expanded to include projects from the inner city to the wilderness, and our broad experience has made us a national leader and innovator in city park creation, state and local conservation funding, and using GIS for conservation planning.

The Opportunity:

The Northern New England State Director is responsible for developing and managing The Trust for Public Land’s programmatic activities for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  The Trust for Public Land’s work in New England encompasses land protection from Coastal Maine to the Appalachian Trail. We engage communities in creating town forests and other open space assets of work. Beyond that, the Director will have responsibility for developing a 3- to 5-year strategic plan that identifies future opportunities, programs, and projects.

In all of this work, the State Director manages and mentors the operations staff and works in close collaboration with the State Director of Philanthropy to raise funding to support the office’s programs and operating costs. The State Director is also responsible for working with public/non-profit partners, major donors, the local Advisory Board, and others within the TPL organization to enhance opportunities for success of the office and its program. The individual must demonstrate a proven track record working with key individuals in the philanthropic community.

Key Responsibilities and Roles

Philanthropy (35%)
Program Development and Management (25%)
Management/Administration (15%)

External Relations (25%)

Factors Critical for Success

Within the first year, the successful candidate will have:

  • Mastered a learning curve of the Trust for Public Land to effectively assume management of the growth of the Northern New England office. This includes an understanding of our core practice areas (PLAN, FUND, PROTECT, and CREATE), as well as national programs, and embracing a role in fundraising.

  • Built external relationships with our partners, especially members of the Advisory Boards, civic organizations, and governmental entities.

  • Developed, in partnership with Directors of Philanthropy, a list of 10-20 major donors with a strong emphasis on individuals.  The State Director will be the natural partner for these donors.

  • Led the development of a 3-5 year strategic plan.

  • Become proficient in organizational financial systems to ensure a sustainable model for the Northern New England office.

  • Begun to identify new program and project opportunities for the Northern New England office.

  • Collaborated with philanthropy staff to recruit new members of the advisory board and volunteer leaders – providing them with all information necessary to function properly and to inspire their active engagement and support of local and national activities.

  • Succeeded in maintaining and enhancing our image by being active and visible in the community.


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The Trust for Public Land has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Liz Lombard and Turner Delano. Please submit a resume here or email Liz and Turner at the following:

Liz Lombard
Vice President, Executive Search

Turner Delano
Consultant, Executive Search