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Northeast Program Manager

The Land Trust Alliance is a national conservation organization whose mission is to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation throughout America. As the national leader of America’s land trusts, the Land Trust Alliance (the Alliance) works to dramatically increase the pace and improve the quality of private land conservation in America. Founded in 1982, the Alliance has mobilized the energy of more than a thousand land trusts and has created an unprecedented grassroots movement, one that has successfully saved more than thirty-four million acres of land and has the potential to save millions more. The Alliance is headquartered in Washington, DC and has program staff in the Southeast, Midwest, Northeast, and Western regions. The Land Trust Alliance Northeast Program supports approximately 460 Alliance land trust members in 11 Northeast States: ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, PA, NJ, MD and DE.

Summary of Position:

The Northeast program manager position offers an exciting opportunity to play a leadership role in the land conservation community. The successful candidate must have working knowledge or previous experience working with land trusts and the ability to build and sustain close, working relationships with diverse stakeholders in the context of complex northeast conservation and land use issues. Coordinating with state associations is an essential responsibility as the position focuses on enhancing their capacity to achieve their missions more effectively. The incumbent is primarily responsible for developing, managing and delivering Alliance programs and services to build strong land trusts in ME, NH, VT, MA, RI and NY. She/he will be responsible for the delivery and evaluation of a suite of tools and resources to land trusts, such as training and mentoring programs, one-on-one technical coaching and assistance, targeted capacity building or program development grants. She/he will strategically work with consultants to bring a high level of expertise in such areas as strategic planning, fundraising, climate change, community conservation and strategic conservation planning.

The Northeast program manager also plays an important role in building and maintaining effective partnerships with state and regional associations of land trusts and/or landscape level collaborations to advance our mutual goals. The position is approximately 40% focused on NY efforts and 40% on New England efforts. The remainder of the time is focused on grant administration, fundraising, and operations support. Occasionally this may including working closely with other Alliance staff on issue-specific project teams. The full-time position requires 37.5 hours per week with approximate travel of 35%, including some evenings and weekends.  


  • Organizational Development: Develops, implements, and evaluates organizational development programs, including training and technical assistance programs at various levels of organizational growth to help land trusts, especially small and all-volunteer land trusts, build stronger organizations. This includes providing direct services for land trust staff and boards of directors, and making recommendations about organizational development, collaboration and merger, risk management, climate change, community conservation and technical issues based on the Land Trust Standards and Practices
  • Program Management: Help set a strategic vision for the Alliance’s work with the land trust community in the six states identified and manage all elements of day-to-day implementation.
  • State Land Trust Associations & Landscape Scale Partnerships: Sustain and grow partnerships with state land trust associations and other regional conservation partnerships to collaboratively advance programs focused on land trust support and to identify and investigate key conservation issues.
  • Trainings/Webinars: Lead or assist with fellow Alliance staff and other experts’ on specific training programs. This includes participating in and leading trainings at state land trust conferences across the six-state area. Provide support with the planning and implementation of the annual NY Land Trust Symposium. Develop new trainings/webinars as needed that reflect known training needs in conjunction with Alliance staff and experienced practitioners, and assist with the design of new and efficient ways to deliver trainings/webinars to land trusts.  
  • Fundraising: Assist the Alliance in identifying and cultivating relationships with key foundations, corporations, individuals and public agencies, participating in writing development proposals and reports. Help foster a culture of philanthropy throughout the Alliance.
  • Communications: Assist in coordinating internal and external communications, including developing and submitting articles for Alliance publications and website and supporting the communication needs of the Alliance’s New York Program. 
  • Budget Management: Partnering with the Alliance Finance and Development Departments, assist the Regional Director in managing grants and budgets relevant to this position.
  • Ambassadorship: Represent the Alliance at select conferences, events, state land trust meetings, land trust gatherings and other venues as warranted.
  • Grant Administration: Lead established farmland protection grant program including managing application, review and award process in coordination with funding partner. 

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Send resume and cover letter via email to sends e-mail). If email is not an option, applications will be accepted by mail to Human Resources Manager, Land Trust Alliance, and 1250 H Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005.

The Land Trust Alliance’s mission is to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Land Trust Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or marital status. (posted 3/7)