Executive Director

Falmouth Land Trust

Opening posted: 04/15/2021 | Expires: 07/15/2021

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The mission of the Falmouth Land Trust (FLT) is to preserve and care for natural and agricultural lands in perpetuity, to enhance habitat for plants and wildlife, to advance the quality of life for all in our community, and to educate the public on the history and stewardship of protected lands. FLT was founded in 1981 and has 50 fee and easement properties under management totaling over 1400 acres of conserved land. These properties include publicly-accessible open space with an extensive trail system, privately eased conserved properties, and a working farm with a long-term tenant.

The last five years have seen unparalleled growth at FLT, expanding from one part-time administrative director to an executive director with multiple part-time staff to supervise. FLT has quadrupled its budget and recently completed a major capital campaign as part of its acquisition of Underwood Springs Forest, and has embarked upon accreditation with the nationally-recognized Land Trust Alliance. FLT seeks to capitalize on this growth in the coming years by executing the vision of its strategic plan, and seeks an experienced and dedicated executive director to help the Board and staff accomplish this mission.

Responsibilities

Leadership and Executive Responsibilities/Governance

  • Responsible, together with the Board President, for optimizing contributions of the Board, its committees, and individual members.
  • Work with the Board in determining and implementing FLT’s mission, vision, and strategic goals.
  • Lead the Board in monitoring and evaluating FLT’s effectiveness.
  • Manage the staff of the organization including evaluation of annual performance reports.

Management, Administration, and Execution of Objectives

  • Responsible for oversight of all FLT activities, interactions of Board and staff, and management of day-to-day operations.
  • Responsible for Hurricane Valley Farm as the primary contact for tenants and farm operators.
  • Assure the filing of all legal and regulatory State and Federal documents and monitor compliance with relevant laws and regulations.
  • Maintain relationships with local, regional, and national conservation organizations, and Town of Falmouth government officials.

Finance

  • Develop and manage the annual operating budget to meet fiscal and operational goals.
  • Assure the proper accounting procedures and control over the organization’s finances. Facilitate external review and audit as necessary.
  • Oversee the accounting and work with the Treasurer to prepare budget reports for Board review.
  • Work with a CPA to prepare the year-end required State and Federal tax forms.

Asset Protection and Stewardship

  • Review potential land conservation opportunities and prepare presentations for the Board to advance decision making for acquisitions. Ensure that any potential acquisitions are reviewed by FLT counsel and comport with LTA requirements.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of stewardship and management plans with appropriate budgets for all properties.
  • Manage the Stewardship Coordinator, ensuring they fulfill their duty to execute the annual monitoring needs of the organization, produce GIS materials necessary for ongoing operations, and manage the volunteer staff necessary for our stewardship mission.
  • Assist the Stewardship Coordinator in helping to address and resolve easement violations or potential violations with easement grantors or abuttors, including consulting with the Board and legal counsel as necessary to plan and implement response to violations.

Fund Development and Donor Cultivation

  • Responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s fundraising plan to identify, develop, and foster sources of funding for the organization’s programs and projects through presentations, letters, and meetings with donors and potential donors.
  • Participate actively in identifying, cultivating and soliciting donor prospects. Assure the availability of materials to support solicitation.
  • Identify potential sources of funding from public agencies or foundations and submit grant applications as appropriate.
  • Coordinate funding resources with federal, state, and local governments.

Education and Outreach/Community Relations

  • Facilitate the integration of FLT into the fabric of the community by using effective marketing and communications activities. Act as an advocate, within the public and private sectors, for issues relevant to FLT, its services and constituencies.
  • Serve as chief spokesperson for FLT, ensuring proper representation of FLT to the community and media. Generate written communications, including periodic newsletters and press releases.
  • Serve as a non-voting member of the Town’s Land Management and Acquisition Committee (LMAC) in order to coordinate FLT operations with the Town’s open-space activities and management.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other professional and conservation groups in the community.

Qualifications

Required

  • Held a leadership role at a conservation or related organization, managing staff and working with volunteers
  • Organizational vision with ambition and ability to lead an institutional growth process
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking on behalf of the organization to communicate its vision and mission
  • Successfully worked in fundraising and development with private donors, along with successful grant writing and fundraising at significant levels
  • Ability to forecast and manage budgets, and execute basic financial process
  • Experience with land transactions, conservation easements, and real estate procedures

Beneficial

  • Ability to construct and execute capital campaigns, including familiarity with donor management software
  • Facility with social media, marketing outreach and communications strategies
  • Ability to be strategic and work with board to leverage skills and abilities

Compensation

Status: Part-time, hourly, with an option to discuss a change to full-time based on performance.
Reports To: Board President.
Hours: 25-30 hours per week.
Compensation: $28.00 – $33.00 per hour contingent on experience. Retirement via a 403(b) plan and health insurance via a QSEHRA.

To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter with references to the FLT ED search committee via email to . The review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your materials when we have processed it. FLT is committed to a diverse and equitable workplace and encourages candidates from underserved and underrepresented communities to apply.