Executive Director

Land Trust for Santa Barbara County

Opening posted: 05/08/2020 | Expires: 05/31/2020

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The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County (Land Trust) conserves natural resources, agricultural land, and open spaces for the benefit of future generations. Based in the city of Santa Barbara, the Land Trust is the leader in conservation efforts across the county. With the support of an engaged and experienced Board of Trustees, the Executive Director (ED) will oversee an annual budget of $1.3 million and a professional staff of 12 full and part time employees.

In the last five years the Land Trust has dramatically increased its visibility, relationship network and internal capacity. The future of the Land Trust is seeded with strong and growing support, healthy financial reserves and endowments, and unprecedented conservation opportunities. With tens of millions of dollars’ worth of conservation projects and associated funding in the pipeline, the Land Trust has never been in a stronger position to advance its mission.

The Executive Director (ED), reporting to the President of the Board and accountable to the Board of Trustees, will lead the execution of the Land Trust’s mission. Building upon a reputation as a trusted and reliable partner, the ED will engage the varied communities of the county to conserve land through fee-title acquisitions, easements, and other land conservation tools. The ED will have responsibility for all the Land Trust functions including fundraising, operations, transaction development, stewardship, public education and engagement programs. Of primary importance, the ED will be an important external face of the organization engaging landowners, agricultural leaders, partners, governmental agencies, donors, and volunteers, as well as the public in order to grow visibility and support for the Land Trust. As an enthusiastic mentor to a dynamic team of professionals, the ED will build upon an internal culture of trust and appreciation to achieve the tremendous growth and robust pipeline of conservation opportunities currently under development.

Please contact Nancy Painter should you be interested in learning more or submit your background for consideration at . To learn more about our organizations, please visit sblandtrust.org and painterexecutivesearch.