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Listed below are current positions available at land trusts and associated entities.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Vice President of Finance & Administration
Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) announces an extraordinary opportunity for a proven financial professional and manager who shares our passion for conserving and stewarding Maine’s coastal lands and islands.
As the business partner to the President, the Vice President will serve as the key advisor to the senior leadership team for operational direction in support of the organization’s goals. S/he will ensure the highest operational standards, systems and controls are in place to support the continued growth and success of the organization. S/he will serve as a critical member of the leadership team, which is responsible for strategic and thoughtful decision making.
In this role, the Vice President will work closely with the team to strengthen and guide the overall infrastructure support of MCHT and to develop the metrics and analytics needed to track and measure progress toward departmental, project and overall organizational goals. S/he will coach and develop MCHT’s senior leadership team with an emphasis on developing capacity in operational planning and program budgeting.
Reporting to the President, this hands-on position oversees finance, administration/operations, information technology/information systems, risk management, human resources and facilities. S/he must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and deadline-oriented workplace. This position also serves as the financial point of contact for the MCHT Board on all financial matters of the Trust.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust is a non-profit organization that conserves and stewards Maine’s coastal lands and islands for their renowned scenic beauty, ecological values, outdoor recreation opportunities and contribution to community well-being. MCHT provides statewide conservation leadership through its work with land trusts, coastal communities and other partners.
Since its founding in 1970, Maine Coast Heritage Trust has been a conservation leader at the state and national level: pioneering the use of conservation easements; creating a model statewide service center for land trusts; and earning national accreditation for excellence in its standards and practices – all while maintaining steadfast commitment to protecting one of Americas’ iconic coastlines for public benefit. To date, Maine Coast Heritage Trust has worked with private landowners and partner organizations to conserve more than 140,000 acres in Maine, including 300 entire coastal islands.
In addition to direct land conservation work, MCHT is deeply engaged in effective land stewardship, community partnerships and outreach. The Trust is also active at the state and national level on issues that directly relate to its mission, such as seeking public funding for land conservation and defending and expanding tax incentives key to land protection work.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s organizational values include: a commitment to voluntary land conservation and responsible stewardship; embracing the highest ethical standards; working in a collaborative, pragmatic, and problem-solving fashion; instilling a conservation ethic by connecting people to the land; and a dedication to excellence in all of its work.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust is one of only 301 land trusts in the country that has received accreditation from The Land Trust Accreditation Commission. With headquarters in Topsham Maine, MCHT also has offices in Mount Desert, Rockport and East Machias. MCHT is governed by a 22-member Board of Directors. In addition, a 29-member Advisory Council, comprised of ex-Directors and experts in pertinent fields, who assist MCHT in various aspects of its work.
More information regarding MCHT is available at www.mcht.org.
Planning, Policy, & Funder Relations
Coordinate the development and monitoring of budgets with input from department heads.
Develop financial business plans and forecasts.
Engage the appropriate committees of the Board of Directors to develop short-, medium-, and long-term financial plans and projections.
Work closely with the investment committee and executive committee.
Working with the Department Heads, identify and define the measurable outcomes and metrics needed to track progress toward strategic goals.
Represent the Trust to financial partners, including financial institutions, investors, foundation executives, auditors, public officials, etc.
Remain up to date on nonprofit audit best practices and state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations.
Work closely with the Director of Finance throughout the budget lifecycle (building, tracking, reporting, analytics, etc.).
Finance, Accounting & Administration
Oversee cash flow planning.
Oversee cash, investment and asset management.
Oversee financing strategies and activities, as well as banking relationships.
Develop and utilize forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analysis to provide insight into the organization’s operations and business plans.
Ensure timeliness, accuracy and usefulness of financial and management reporting for funders, foundations, and board of directors.
Responsible for the execution and monitoring of the risk management plan including all aspects of insurance, leases, safety, etc.
In coordination with the Director of Finance, ensure coordination of audits and proper filing of tax returns.
Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions.
Oversee that MCHT Financial Reporting system and reporting is current and within the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) principles and procedures.
Managing facilities and property management functions inclusive of leases, preventive maintenance, etc.
Supervise staff, vendor and consulting relationships within finance and administration.
Information Technology/Information Services
Oversee the strategic direction of the information technology infrastructure for the organization.
Ensure that regular maintenance, upgrades and timelines are met.
Supervise staff and vendor relationships within IT/IS.
Working in conjunction with the leadership team, advance our positive organizational culture that upholds MCHT’s values, including: collaboration, work/life balance, integrity, and mutual respect
Oversee the strategic direction of the human resources function for the organization including without limitation compensation policies, benefits, personnel evaluation processes, hiring and professional development.
Ensure that all systems, policies and procedures are within federal and state requirements (OSHA, Department of Labor, etc.).
Supervise staff and vendor relationships within human resources.
Minimum 12 years of broad finance experience. Additional experience overseeing operations/ administration inclusive of information technology, human resources and facilities preferred.
Strong preference for a candidate with a background leading/managing information technology/services for a multi-site organization.
Minimum of a BS in related field; MBA preferred.
Minimum 4 years of experience as the head of a finance department within a nonprofit organization.
Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies and guiding investment in people and systems.
Excellent analytical and presentation skills as well as highly developed organizational and time management skills.
Must be able to travel independently to negotiate contracts, maintain vendor relationships, visit programs and execute all position responsibilities.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and résumé to Starboard Leadership Consulting at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paper copies may be sent to Mary Pettegrow, Starboard Leadership Consulting, 84 Harlow St., Bangor, ME 04401, but electronic submissions of material are preferred. No phone inquiries, please.
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF MATERIALS IS AUGUST 23, 2015
Downeast Rivers Land Trust
Downeast Salmon Federation (DSF) is seeking a full-time Development Director to coordinate major gifts and strategic partnerships. The position reports to the Executive Director.
The mission of DSF is to conserve wild Atlantic salmon, other sea-run fish and their habitats, restore a viable recreational salmon fishery and protect other important river, scenic, recreational and ecological resources in eastern Maine. In 2015, DSF completed a comprehensive Strategic Plan intended to guide the organization for the next five years and establish a framework for continued success. The Development Director will join a growing but committed team focused on replenishing stocks, conserving habitat, and education and activism within the watersheds and communities of the five major Downeast rivers with remnant wild Atlantic salmon populations: Dennys, East Machias, Machias, Pleasant, and Narraguagus.
The principal responsibility of the position is to provide strategic direction and leadership for development to support the conservation mission of the DSF and its 2015–2020 Strategic Plan.
Specific duties include:
1. Establish a comprehensive structure for effective fundraising and create annual and long-range fundraising plans
2. Work collaboratively with Board and staff on all aspects of fundraising, including case statement development
3. Identify, cultivate, and solicit major and planned gifts from individuals and corporations
4. Develop new connections and strengthen existing relationships with major donors while expanding and diversifying the donor base
5. Maintain a comprehensive donor management database
6. Train and motivate Board and volunteers in fundraising practices
7. Increase Board, fundraising committee, and volunteer giving and evaluate performance by tracking requests and results
8. Attend monthly Board meetings and occasional fundraising committee meetings as well as special fundraising events
The ideal candidate will have a strong conservation ethic and a minimum of five years fundraising or related experience with an emphasis on major gifts.
Additional qualifications include:
1. Bachelor’s Degree in a pertinent field
2. Excellent interpersonal communication skills, with a proven track record of developing and maintaining significant donor relationships and securing major gifts
3. Experience working in a nonprofit environment, with demonstrated ability to collaborate with Board, staff, and volunteers in a fundraising-based culture
4. Comprehensive knowledge of fundraising techniques and donor database software
5. A high level of professional maturity, judgment, and decisiveness
6. Valid driver’s license
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references to Kurt Anderson, Associate Director, at email@example.com. Application materials will be accepted until September 14, 2015 or until the position is filled. For more information on DSF and the position, please visit www.mainesalmonrivers.org or call (207) 889–7016.
Island Heritage Trust
Island Heritage Trust (IHT), an organization dedicated to conserving the natural and cultural heritage of Deer Isle and surrounding islands, is seeking an individual who has land management experience, volunteer management knowledge, computer mapping ability, administrative and written communication skills, attention to detail, and people skills to work with us as our Stewardship Director. This is a half-time/year-around position. The ideal candidate would combine knowledge and love of the outdoors with successful work experience in conservation or a related field. For a detailed job description contact IHT at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-348-2455. To apply, send resume to Mike Little, Executive Director, Island Heritage Trust, PO Box 42, Deer Isle, ME 04627. Deadline for application is August 15, 2015. IHT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Maine Farmland Trust
Lands & Stewardship Project Assistant
Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) seeks a full-time Lands & Stewardship Project Assistant. Successful candidate will be a talented professional with ArcGIS mapping and project experience to join MFT’s land protection and stewardship staff, which develops and manages a wide variety of farmland protection and stewardship projects. The ideal candidate will have proven experience in ArcGIS mapping, development and stewardship of conservation easements, and an interest in farmland protection. (See Job Description at http://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/job-opportunities/ .)
MFT is a highly respected and fast growing statewide non-profit organization that protects farmland and supports farmers. MFT currently employs 30 persons. This position is based at MFT’s main office in downtown Belfast.
To apply, please submit a detailed cover letter, resume, list of references with contact information, and any salary requirements by July 22 to:
Mail (three copies):
Maine Farmland Trust
ATTN: Rachel Taker
97 Main Street
Belfast, ME 04915
If you have any questions, contact Rachel at 338-6575 or email@example.com.
Androscoggin Land Trust
Executive Director - Full or Part-Time
The Androscoggin Land Trust (ALT) is seeking a dynamic leader to work with a broad spectrum of people and organizations to conserve land in the Androscoggin River watershed across the 19 communities it serves. ALT protects important natural areas and traditional landscapes, and fosters opportunities for outdoor experiences within the Androscoggin River Watershed through conservation, promoting stewardship, and supporting a network of public and privately-held conservation land. ALT is fully accredited by the National Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission, and conserves approximately 5000 acres of land from Jay, Maine, downstream to Lisbon Falls.
The Executive Director (ED) is the Chief Executive Officer of the organization. The chosen candidate will employ his or her knowledge and skills to manage all programs of the organization either directly or by overseeing and directing others. The ED works to implement the mission, strategic plan, policies, budgets, goals and objectives, and other decisions made by the Board of Directors. The ED keeps abreast of developments, issues, and opportunities that relate to land trusts and land conservation, and informs, advises, and makes recommendations to the Board and its committees. The ED is responsible for supervising and managing operations, staff positions, budget, fundraising, communications and outreach, land acquisition, land conservation, and stewardship. The ED reports to the President of the Board of Directors and is accountable to the Board of Directors. This is a full-time, salaried position, although if the right candidate is seeking part-time employment only, a part-time position will be considered.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities include: manage and oversee all administrative aspects of the organization; oversee and manage development activities regarding foundations, and corporate and individual donor networks; ensure ongoing maintenance and enhancement of membership/donor recordkeeping system; manage acquisitions of new fee lands, conservation easements, leases, and other land projects; oversee the stewardship of conserved lands in a manner that meets the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices; serve as an enthusiastic spokesperson for the organization; work effectively with other organizations including private, governmental, and non-governmental organizations; promote public awareness of ALT’s mission through public events and activities; support ALT’s compliance with the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices and dutifully maintain fully accredited status.
The winning candidate should possess the following skills and attributes: commitment to conservation, acquisition, and stewardship of land; capabilities in development, marketing, outreach; capabilities in business, financial, and personnel management of non-profit organizations; effective and engaging written and verbal communication skills and negotiation skills; ability to manage complex projects and systems involving collaborations with multiple entities; familiarity with recreation planning, community development, and land-use planning; must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and experience commensurate with the needs of the position; and an ability to effectively write and manage grants.
ALT offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The first round of candidate review will begin on July 20, 2015, but the position will remain open until filled. Please submit your cover letter, resume, and any salary requirements to: Jim Pross, Tarbell & Brodich, P.A., 86 Main Street, Suite 203, Auburn, ME 04210; or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portland Trails is on the move! We are Maine’s pre-eminent trails organization, and we are coming up on our 25th anniversary in 2016. We have just completed a new five-year Strategic Plan that sets an ambitious goal to significantly increase fundraising from private sources. The Advancement Manager will be critical to achieving that goal. This is a new position for Portland Trails. We envision an initial 18-month contract, but hopefully we can transition to a permanent position based on the results achieved.
This position is responsible for all Donor Relations and Communications strategy with a focus on developing and building relationships between Portland Trails and its constituencies, especially major donors and businesses. This role is relationship-based and strategic in nature, with an emphasis on increasing private support of Portland Trails, in line with our Strategic Plan. It coordinates and facilitates development, donor stewardship, stakeholder relations, research and messaging to increase private donations to Portland Trails. The ideal candidate will have well-established relationships in Greater Portland.
More information at http://trails.org/about-us/jobs.
Great Works Regional Land Trust
Great Works Regional Land Trust seeks an experienced professional for the position of Development Director. The Land Trust has conserved more than 5,740 acres of woods and farmland in Eliot, South Berwick, Berwick, North Berwick, Wells and Ogunquit since its founding in 1986. GWRLT has nearly 1,000 members, a staff of four and an active Board of Directors.
The Development Director (25 hours) works to increase the financial and organizational capacity of GWRLT. This position reports to the Executive Director and would work at beautiful Beach Plum Farm in Ogunquit. Flexible schedule, with paid holidays and vacation, salary commensurate with experience.
Send resume and cover letter to Great Works Regional Land Trust, email@example.com, no later than August 1, 2015.
Fundraising & Donor Cultivation
• Works with staff, Development Committee and the Board of Directors to identify new donor prospects
• Cultivates new and existing donors, businesses and individuals
• Participates in the development of major donor materials, i.e. case statements, videos, etc.
• Solicits major gifts individually and as part of a team
• Establishes fundraising plan with input and approval of GWRLT Development Committee. Updates GWRLT’s fundraising plan annually to include goals and objectives for fundraising and membership, for approval by GWRLT Development Committee
• Implements and oversees membership and annual fund and works with development assistant on execution
• Oversees organization of special events
• Supports volunteer committee in planning and executing major fundraising events
• Attends and supports events as appropriate
• Prepares and distributes Development Committee agenda.
• Co-chairs Development Committee meetings with Board chair for Development.
• Provide follow up details for Development Committee actions.
• Strong interpersonal and public communication abilities, including excellent writing and computer skills.
• Experience in conducting a comprehensive development program that includes membership development, event planning, community building, donor program, cultivating major donors and soliciting major gifts.
• Experience managing multiple projects, identifying priorities, meeting deadlines and flexibility to work independently, as part of a team, and with volunteers.
• A Bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience.
• An interest in and knowledge of land conservation desirable.
Mahoosuc Land Trust
Associate Executive Director
The Mahoosuc Land Trust is a community based land conservation organization, established in 1989, working in central Oxford County, Maine, and eastern Coos County, New Hampshire. Its mission is to “Conserve land to benefit the natural areas and communities of the Mahoosuc Region.” To date, the organization has protected 7,750 acres of land by fee acquisition, conservation easement and collaboration. The Land Trust became accredited by the land Trust Accreditation Commission in 2013 and is governed by an active thirteen member Board of Directors.
Mahoosuc Land Trust has grown significantly over the last ten years with its conservation holdings increasing by more than 6,500 acres. It annually hosts a series of public programs of local interest and a series of summer and winter hikes to conserved land. This growth and anticipated future growth has created an opportunity for us to expand our staff. We are seeking an Associate Executive Director who will, together with the current staff, promote the organization’s conservation and stewardship goals and provide assistance to its outreach and communication programs.
The Associate Executive Director will be responsible for working with the Executive Director in generating, overseeing and implementing conservation activities of the Land Trust. The activities are in the areas of potential and current land projects and stewardship of existing conservation easements and fee properties. The Mahoosuc Land Trust operates under the Land Trust Alliance standards and practices. The Land Trust has a Lands Committee and Stewardship Committee, comprised of Board Members and other volunteers. Guiding and overseeing the work of these two committees will be a major component of the work.
The Land Trust’s development and outreach programs are an integral part of its organizational success and ability to carry out conservation activities. The Associate
Executive Director will be involved in these activities as part of the planning and accomplishment of the conservation activities. Communication and fundraising responsibilities for the organization are shared among all staff members.
The Associate Executive Director's position will be ¾ time during the last quarter of 2015, increasing to full time on Jan. 1, 2016.
Helpful Experience and Knowledge:
Relevant college degree or experience with land conservation, natural resource management, and conservation practices.
Understanding of natural ecosystem dynamics and impacts of wildlife and forest management.
Familiarity with various aspects of land conservation, including conservation easements, baseline documentation, monitoring responsibilities, writing and implementation of management plans.
Project management experience, including development and implementation of project budgets.
Familiarity with development and fundraising programs.
Knowledge of grant resources and grant writing; or willingness to become knowledgeable of public and private grant opportunities and work on grant applications.
Strong personal initiative, good organizational and communication skills.
Ability to work as part of a team and with a variety of stakeholders, including other staff, volunteers and the public.
Is widely trusted; is seen as a direct, truthful individual; can present facts in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn't misrepresent him/herself for personal gain.
Application Instructions: Please send a cover letter and resume, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The position will remain open until filled. Compensation commensurate with experience.
The Mahoosuc Land Trust is an EEO employer.