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Executive Director

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust

Opening posted: 07/29/2023 | Expires: 12/31/2023

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Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (btlt.org) 

179 Neptune Drive, Suite 200 / Brunswick, Maine 04011

 Located in Maine’s midcoast, the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) seeks an Executive Director to lead a vibrant, community-oriented organization that conserves and stewards vital natural areas, supports local farms and local foods, and offers a range of educational and recreational programs, most notably in partnership with local schools.    

An overview of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, its programs and operations, accompanies this position description.    

The Executive Director of BTLT provides leadership and vision, organizational capabilities, and relationship building to guide a growing organization that continues to be at the forefront of Maine’s conservation organizations. The land trust endeavors to cultivate care for the natural world, confront the challenge of climate change and habitat destruction, and make our community and the wider world more resilient for all living things.   

 The Executive Director is a full-time, year-round position responsible to BTLT’s Board of Directors. BTLT currently supports a staff of 12, some of whom are part-time, and has an annual operating budget of just over $1,000,000 (exclusive of income and expenditures for most lands projects). 

Responsibilities.  The Executive Director is responsible for furthering the mission of the organization, upholding its core values, overseeing staff and programs, and complying with legal responsibilities and exemplary expectations of a not-for-profit.  We expect the Executive Director to:  

  • Provide leadership for an organization that continues to learn and grow. 
  • Develop and implement Board-approved strategic plans. 
  • Oversee the day-to-day management of BTLT operations and staff. 
  • Ensure the organization’s activities align with its mission, vision, values, priorities, and capacity. 
  • Work with an engaged Board and committees for organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Maintain a culture of communication and collaboration among the staff, Board, volunteers, and partner organizations. 
  • Engage energetically in fundraising and other development work to support our activities. 
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including Board members, landowners, donors, governments, and strategic partners. 
  • Nurture a supportive work environment for staff.  

Expected Qualifications.  The ideal candidate will bring experience, vision, energy, management competencies, and relationship skills to ensure successful implementation of the merger with Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA) and to lead BTLT forward. Experience in conservation and stewardship is preferred. Qualifications include:  

  • Leadership capabilities that join vision with effective operations. 
  • Strong administrative and personnel management experience, supporting staff initiative in the execution of their jobs while ensuring that BTLT operates as efficiently and responsibly as possible. 
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated fundraising ability in the full range of sources available to conservation organizations, including grant-writing and relationship-building. 
  • Ability to forge and foster strong community connections to further our mission. 
  • Commitment to continuing BTLT’s support for a flexible, family-friendly workplace and governance grounded in consensus seeking. 

Strategic Objectives.  Among the key strategic objectives awaiting our next Executive Director are these: 

  • Continue the successful merger with CREA, building a stable, effective, and unified organization. 
  • Help BTLT realize the full potential of the merger by working to expand our educational offerings.  
  • Oversee implementation of the recently approved Strategic Plan. 
  • Maintain and strengthen BTLT’s longstanding focus on supporting local agriculture through our conservation efforts, farmers’ market, community garden, partnerships, and other programs.    
  • Help find ways to confront the unfolding challenges of climate change. 
  • Help us live into our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through internal organizational improvements and outward-facing programs and activities designed to serve all people in our community.  

Compensation.  BTLT offers a salary in the range of $75,000 – $90,000 depending on experience and qualifications, as well as benefits including health insurance, retirement, paid leave, flexible hours, and remote work options.  

To Apply.  Please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references in a single document by email to: . Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

For more information about BTLT, see our website at http://www.btlt.org. Please address questions to: .  

BTLT is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.   


Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust 

Overview

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT), located in midcoast Maine, is one of the state’s most vibrant and innovative local land trusts.  Founded in 1985, and now with a membership of over 1,100 families and individuals, BTLT: 

  • conserves and stewards vital natural areas,  
  • supports a vibrant local food system, and  
  • connects people with the natural world through inclusive education and recreation programs.  

Our goal is to protect natural resources, cultivate care for the natural world, inspire appreciation for the environment through educational programs, and in so doing, foster resilient, connected communities now and for generations to come.  

A 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, BTLT has been accredited by the Land Trust Alliance since 2012. 

Programs and Activities.  To date, BTLT has conserved 72 properties covering 3,200 acres with over 24 miles of trails and continues to explore further opportunities to conserve land in the towns of Brunswick, Topsham, and Bowdoin, Maine. We actively steward our conservation properties to fulfill our responsibility to care for them in perpetuity, including proactively managing for values ranging from habitat to recreation to climate mitigation. 

BTLT supports local farms and local food by: protecting farm and pastureland for agriculture, including ownership of a 321-acre working farm; operating a farmers’ market that provides a retail outlet for 40 local farmers and producers; leading the Merrymeeting Food Council; and providing three robust community gardens.  

Through a recent merger with the Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA), BTLT conducts highly successful youth educational programs in partnership with local schools and operates a popular nature immersion summer camp. It also sponsors a range of educational and recreational opportunities for adults. 

Concerns for climate change and for diversity and inclusion are manifest across this range of programs and activities.   

Finance and Development.  BTLT’s annual operating budget is just over $1,000,000, exclusive of income and expenses for most land conservation projects. Income for these operations come from a mix of charitable giving, grants, earned income, and draw from an endowment now valued at approximately $1.7 million.   

Our Annual Fund contributes nearly half of the operating income and includes significant support from local business organizations.   

Staff.  There are currently twelve permanent staff members, some of whom are part-time. Staff roles are described on BTLT’s website. In addition, BTLT employs contractors for specific services, seasonal staff for stewardship, agricultural programs, and summer camp, as well as volunteers for both operational and administrative support. 

Governance and Culture.  With completion of the recent merger with the Cathance River Education Alliance, the Board of Directors now numbers 22 and meets monthly. There are eight standing Committees, an Advisory Council, and several ad hoc working groups. A Strategic Plan 2023-27 was recently approved by the Board.  BTLT’s culture emphasizes excellence, integrity, cooperation and a welcome for all.