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Three Rivers Land Trust

Executive Director (part-time, 20-25 hours)

About Three Rivers Land Trust

Three Rivers Land Trust seeks to hire its first Executive Director to lead the organization in an organized, effective, and community based manner. The organization seeks a leader to steward the organization into the next phase of growth with a newly completed comprehensive plan.

3RLT’s mission is to build stronger and healthier communities through the conservation of wild and working landscapes, and our purpose is to maintain, support and enhance the working landscape of farms and forest and such valued natural resources as lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, historic sites, scenic places and wildlife habitat, in the inland municipalities of York County, Maine, by acquiring property in fee and conservation easements, and by garnering community support. 3RLT was founded in 2000 by a small group of citizens and since then has conserved around 3,000 acres of public and private land through conservation easements and fee.

What this means is that working farms and forests are protected from development so that they can continue to serve as an economic and ecological benefit to us, and the public has places for free outdoor recreation. Throughout the year, the trust holds public walks, kite flying days, and many other events. Our Open Farm Day breakfast celebrates our rural heritage, and raises awareness about such issues as local agriculture and working landscapes. We also work to help educate the public about the importance of keeping some land undeveloped for the well-being of all, by hosting speakers on subjects ranging from wildlife preservation to mushroom farming. For the last three summers, we have spent a morning with the Lebanon summer camp teaching kids about trees, wildlife, and aquatic macro-invertebrates. We have recently implemented an educational series for fifth graders that includes two classroom-programs on ecology and two field trips. We hope to replicate this in other schools.

3RLT is an accredited land trust and is currently primarily an all-volunteer organization. Many of the current board members founded the organization and continue to contribute tremendous time and effort to the organization. 3RLT’s service area encompasses the towns of Lebanon, Acton, Shapleigh, Alfred, and Sanford. For more information please visit www.3rlt.org.

Position Summary

The Executive Director provides leadership, strategy and inspiration to enable 3RLT to achieve its mission working closely with the Board of Directors. S/He manages the day-to-day operations of the organization, and is supported by 3RLT’s Board of Directors, seven standing committees, and an engaged group of volunteers. S/He manages 3RLT’s land acquisition activities, oversees stewardship responsibilities to monitor and maintain fee properties and easements. S/He oversees membership and outreach programs, and administrative operations of the organization. S/He is actively involved in fundraising and marketing activities and represents 3RLT at community events. S/He manages and complies with the annual operating budget and complies with LTA Standards and Practices. S/He reports directly to the Board President and works out of a 3RLT office in Alfred.

Job Description

Meetings

  • Attend monthly Executive Committee and Board meetings. Make monthly report to board.

Acquisition

  • Be the project manager for new projects; oversee grant writing, budget writing, budget management, communications with funders, communications with donors and sellers. Many of these tasks may be delegated to or done in partnership with board members or contractors, but ED should monitor all tasks and be able to keep efforts consistent and efficient.
  • Keep board updated on progress and challenges.

Development

  • Work in collaboration with Development Director to develop and direct fundraising efforts; manage appeals, fundraising events, and capital campaigns for major land acquisitions; identify donor prospects and cultivate donors at all levels.
  • Stay on top of Accreditation responsibilities and best practices.

 

Communications, Outreach, Events

  • Collaborate with Development Director on member and donor communications.
  • Lead strategic development of event calendar.
  • Work with DD and board to plan and execute events.
  • Oversee fundraising budget.
  • Report to funders after grants.
  • Oversee education activities in collaboration with board.

Financial

  • Oversee operating / overall budget in collaboration with EC and treasurer.

Human Resources

  • Supervise Development Director and any other staff

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Commitment to land conservation.
  • Work experience preferred in land conservation or in nonprofit management or executive position.
  • Ability to implement LTA Standards and Practices in all aspects of land trust operations.
  • Ability to manage conservation projects, including acquisition of fee properties and conservation easements, monitoring and stewarding lands, enforcing legal protections.
  • Experience fundraising or leading capital campaign a plus.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • A high level of motivation, excellent work ethic, and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently, and collaboratively to bring various volunteers/constituents together and to support and implement the vision of the Board.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and strong computer skills.

Salary

Salary will be commensurate with experience ranging between $25,000-$35,000.

How to Apply

Qualified individuals should send a cover letter and resume to conservationcollaborative@gmail.com. This posting will close on January 17, 2019. Please use 3RLT Executive Director Position as the email subject.

As an equal opportunity employer, 3RLT encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical ability or any other legally protected basis. 3RLT reserves the right to conduct background checks as a condition for employment.