Executive Director

Cape Elizabeth Land Trust

Opening posted: 04/26/2023 | Expires: 05/29/2023

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The Cape Elizabeth Land Trust (CELT) seeks a passionate, effective, experienced and inspiring
conservationist to lead our flourishing organization into the future. The Executive Director stands at the helm of CELT: leading and steering it, managing its operations, and carrying out its mission according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.

The incoming Executive Director will be only the third person to serve in the role since 2003. He or she will inherit a well-respected, high-performing organization, with four additional staff members, an engaged Board of Directors, and a dedicated and growing group of volunteers.

For this critical role, we seek an exceptional leader who is passionate about CELT’s mission, committed to its standards of excellence, and visionary about its future potential. The Executive Director will provide strategic and operational oversight of CELT’s land protection, stewardship, and educational programs to advance our mission. He or she will also lead CELT’s fundraising efforts and have primary responsibility for financial management.

While no single candidate is likely to have all of the qualifications and characteristics listed below, the successful candidate will possess many of them:

  • An understanding of, and commitment to, the environmental field, coupled with
    knowledge of and experience with best practices in conservation, stewardship of
    conserved lands and environmental education.
  • A track record of outstanding nonprofit organizational and operational management, including: building, supporting and developing a staff team; developing and delivering on balanced annual budgets; and working successfully with a committed board of directors.
  • Demonstrated success working with landowners and local government bodies to permanently conserve strategic lands.
    Demonstrated success leading a nonprofit’s fundraising efforts (including soliciting new and existing donors, grant-writing, and event management) and meeting or exceeding its development goals.
  • An understanding of the complexities of nonprofit finance and accounting.
    The vision to anticipate changing needs and develop programs and services to meet them.
  • A gifted and effective communicator (both verbally and in writing) in diverse settings,
    ranging from large groups to one-on-one conversations, who can inspire, build strong relationships, and maintain open, accessible lines of communication with CELT’s diverse stakeholders.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, demonstrated by real experience and

This is a full time, exempt position with an annual salary range of $75,000 to $90,000,
depending on experience. Some meetings and events take place in the evening and on
weekends. Comprehensive benefits include employer-paid health insurance premiums, a
generous vacation and holiday package, and retirement benefits.