Kettle Moraine Land Trust has launched a search for a new Executive Director. Do you have what it takes to lead our land trust into the future? Are you passionate about environmental conservation? Are you equipped to guide a nonprofit organization dedicated to the permanent preservation of natural areas and working lands? Are you a personable and competent manager and a visionary community leader? If you have what it takes, we’d like to get to know you. Please read the summary description below and share your qualifications with us.
The Kettle Moraine Land Trust (KMLT) Executive Director builds on the Trust’s accomplishments to date and expands its contributions to conservation in the county and beyond, leading the Trust to a high level of financial, programmatic, and organizational success. The Director provides organizational leadership and passionately communicates the Trust’s mission and achievements to internal and external stakeholders. Working in partnership with the Board, conservation leaders, and other critical community stakeholders, the KMLT Executive Director serves as a strategic leader advancing conservation by implementing the Trust’s strategic land conservation plan, other forward looking conservation programs and public activities on fee owned lands. The KMLT Executive Director interacts with public agencies on important conservation programs and other critical planning activities. S/he is a collaborative leader, an excellent manager, and an accomplished fundraiser. The KMLT Executive Director is adept at understanding and implementing land trust practices.
The KMLT Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and will lead and oversee all functions of the Trust in accordance with policies established by the Board.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The KMLT Executive Director will perform the following and other duties as assigned:
- Guide the Trust in achieving its mission, ensuring its programs build on accomplishments to date and further strengthen the quality, relevance, and profile of the organization.
- Recommend to and assist the Board in developing overall objectives, strategies, and programs to achieve the organizational goals of the Trust, including accreditation, and oversee the implementation of all adopted policies, programs, plans, and procedures.
- Ensure the preparation of annual plans and budgets for review and adoption by the Board of Directors and be responsible for overseeing staff and ensuring that the approved work program is carried out, pursuant to the adopted budget.
- Work with the Development staff and board to fundraise for conservation projects and education programs.
- Represent the organization externally, making public presentations as required and engaging in and overseeing communications with members of and contributors to the Trust, the general public, media, governmental agencies, and representatives of groups interested in environmental issues.
- Ensure easement and fee property management plans and inspections are carried out in a timely manner, revise and adapt management goals as conditions warrant using best available science to obtain land management objectives.
- Raise the profile of the Trust within the regional and state land trust and conservation communities, garnering recognition for its valuable and unique assets and programs.
- Ensure that the books, records, and files of the Trust are maintained in good order at all times, and that financial records are at all times in compliance with all nonprofit reporting and other legal requirements.
- Oversee real estate and land acquisition transactions in compliance with the highest standards of land trust practice.
- 10+ years of substantive and relevant work experience, land trust experience strongly preferred
- Strong leadership skills, including an engaging and energetic demeanor and the ability to inspire and motivate staff, donors, and potential partners
- Proven success securing funding for an organization or business/program function
- Experience engaging and fully utilizing a board
- Demonstrated ability to work collegially and constructively with colleagues and partners with disparate interests and backgrounds
- History of conservation work in working lands and high-quality natural areas, and experience with monitoring conservation easements
- Experience working with local, county, state public policy leaders and an understanding of the important role of regulatory agencies and other community planning bodies
- Experience working on land transactions and with title companies, appraisers, etc.
- Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree in natural resource science or management or equivalent experience strongly preferred
- Excellent communication skills, with proven ability to write and speak articulately and persuasively
- Ability to work collaboratively with various stakeholders to resolve issues in a win/win manner
- A personable, trustworthy, and diplomatic demeanor, and impeccable integrity
- Exceptional analytical, strategic, and tactical abilities.
Salary is negotiable, dependent upon qualifications.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to send resume and cover letter to KMLT Board President David DeAngelis: firstname.lastname@example.org