President & CEO

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Opening posted: 06/15/2021 | Expires: 09/01/2021

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MCHT is a Land Trust Alliance accredited land trust with more than 50 staff working from offices in Southern, Midcoast, and Downeast Maine. This local presence along the length of the coast fosters productive partnerships with landowners, town officials, schools, businesses, and other organizations. MCHT staff play a vital role in supporting the work of Maine’s statewide network of 80+ local land trusts. MCHT’s leadership and planning have built consensus around regional conservation priorities; the organization has the staff capacity, legal and transactional expertise, long-standing partnerships, and creativity to complete 30-40 land transactions annually and to manage almost 40,000 acres – including 148 preserves open to the public.

The Opportunity

Through partnerships and collaborations and by broadening the connections between the lands and people of Maine in a manner that is deep and lasting, MCHT strives to establish conserved and sustainable working lands as a vital piece of the ecological, social, cultural, and economic fabric of Maine now and in the future.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust seeks an innovative and dynamic leader to serve as its President and CEO and to help shape the future of land conservation in Maine. With the assistance of both a dedicated and experienced staff and a highly engaged board, the President and CEO will advance MCHT’s land conservation and stewardship work, aligning the organization’s expertise and resources to address Maine’s most critical conservation needs, to galvanize the state’s land conservation community, and, as a member of the Land Trust Alliance, to help strengthen land conservation across America.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust ’s reputation is based on trust, integrity and a history of effective collaboration. The new President and CEO will harness these strengths to drive forward-thinking and transformative solutions to keep the Maine coast open, healthy, working, and beautiful.

The President and CEO will report to the Board of Directors and oversee a staff of over 50 talented and committed team members. The President and CEO will:

  • Lead the organization and harness the strength of a highly energetic and engaged Board so that it may set and accomplish strategic goals, establish policy, and grow human and financial resources to assure continued success.
  • Champion and articulate MCHT’s mission with existing donors and new prospects, communicate regularly with funders and strategically build new relationships and revenue sources to enable MCHT to fulfill its mission.
  • Serve as the spokesperson and public face of MCHT–taking a “place at the table” with other major conservation and environmental organizations at the state and national level.
  • Inspire, supervise and hold accountable an experienced staff while maintaining an environment of collaboration and collegiality; ensure that organizational changes are implemented with participation, transparency and respect.
  • Maintain sound financial policies, practices, and procedures, including submission of annual operating and capital budgets to the Board for its approval. Seek opportunities to enhance productivity using technology.
  • Ensure that the systems, processes and structure of the organization support effective and efficient operations.
  • Recommend program directions and modifications based on the existing strategic plan with an eye to leading board, staff and stakeholders through the next strategic planning process.
  • Ensure that day to day operations and programs are effectively administered, follow best practices, and demonstrate leadership in the field.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate must possess a passion for the mission of land conservation and land stewardship that supports ecological health and the well-being of communities. They will bring experience and an authentic commitment to partnering with diverse stakeholders to drive solutions around land conservation, community engagement and coastal needs. A connection to Maine is desirable but is not a requirement. 

Strategic and Visionary Leadership

  • A pragmatic, results-oriented leader who is flexible and adaptable to change, who can nimbly and strategically respond to opportunities and challenges.
  • Experience envisioning and articulating an achievable and measurable path forward for staff, Board and partners.
  • A commitment to integrating a diversity and equity lens into the work of MCHT.
  • Tactfulness to inspire cross-collaboration with stakeholders, including but not limited to communities, businessowners, landowners, tribal leaders and donors.
  • Expertise in developing concrete plans, actionable goals and meaningful metrics and in being accountable to achieving milestones and timelines.

Authentic Spokesperson and Adept Relationship Builder

  • An authentic ambassador who can effectively convey MCHT’s mission and vision to motivate partners and inspire public support for land conservation.
  • Experience building effective coalitions with diverse partners and organizations.
  • A high level of emotional intelligence with a demonstrated ability to build trust and credibility with all partners.
  • A humble approach to relationship-building, particularly with landowners and residents, rooted in respect and grace.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

A Proven Fundraiser

  • Demonstrated success making large asks, individually and in partnership with volunteer ambassadors.
  • A track record of personal involvement in fundraising, ideally with knowledge of, and existing relationships with, relevant and aligned funders.
  • Public speaking experience and charisma to raise the profile of MCHT and Maine’s land conservation community locally, statewide, and nationally.
  • A love for and understanding of coastal landscapes to convey the importance of the organization’s work to existing and potential new funding partners.

Culture and People Leader

  • An effective communicator with experience building relationships with Board members and staff.
  • An ability to inspire, to foster trust, and to lead with integrity.
  • Experience leading a team of staff with values of listening, respect, growth, transparency and equity at the forefront.
  • A movement leader who can galvanize the Maine Land Trust Network and be a culture carrier for prominent issues and conversations facing the land trust community state-wide.

Operational and Financial Management Skills

  • A seasoned leader with a track record of success in managing complex organizations and knowledge of best practices in nonprofit management.
  • Expertise in partnering with a Board of Directors to facilitate and drive decision-making and goal setting.
  • A systems thinker with a process mindset and experience implementing best practices for a similarly sized organization.
  • Keen analytic, organizational and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision-making and empower others to contribute to the overall success of MCHT.

Compensation and Benefits
Maine Coast Heritage Trust offers a competitive annual salary and a generous benefits package commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Kara Teising, Naree Viner and Libby Cornelssen are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express interest in the role please visit this website or email . All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Position open until filled.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. We are an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating an inclusive culture where employees from diverse backgrounds can thrive and support our mission. MCHT is committed to working to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive land conservation community and we encourage candidates from historically marginalized communities or identities to apply.