Executive Director

Whatcom Land Trust

Posted: 9/11/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Administration/Operations

Primary domain: Environment

City: Bellingham

Postal code: 98225

State: Washington

Country: United States

Organization Information:

Budget:

$0 - $1M

Website:

www.whatcomlandtrust.org

Mission statement:

The Mission of the Whatcom Land Trust is to preserve and protect wildlife habitat, scenic, agricultural and open space lands in Whatcom County for future generations by securing interests in lands and promoting land stewardship. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

Whatcom Land Trust is a highly successful land trust located in Bellingham in the northwest corner of Washington State between the salt water and the Cascade Mountains. In 35 years, Whatcom Land Trust has protected more than 25,000 acres and has been instrumental in acquiring land for more than a dozen county parks. We hold more than 90 conservation easements and 90 properties in fee ownership. We have 6 full time and 5 part time staff (9 FTEs), plus various interns and approximately 400 volunteers. After a very successful tenure our current Executive Director is retiring in early 2020. To ensure the Trust's continued success in conservation, stewardship work and building the strength of the organization we are seeking a new Executive Director. For additional information and a detailed job description see link

Salary Range: annual $65,000 to $84,000 depending on qualifications, plus benefits.


The Executive Director works with the staff and Board to facilitate accomplishment of the Land Trust’s

Mission. Primary responsibilities include:

• Provide vision and leadership for the Trust

• Carry out the broad directives and policies of the Board of Directors

• Direct fundraising efforts to accomplish the mission and provide financial support for the Trust’s

operations

• Be the face and voice of the organization in the community

• Manage the staff to ensure an effective, creative, efficient and cohesive organization

• Advance the Trust’s exposure to the community and maintain and increase its support base

• Oversee the general operations of the Trust

 

 

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

The Executive Director works with the staff and Board to facilitate accomplishment of the Land Trust’s

Mission. Primary responsibilities include:

• Provide vision and leadership for the Trust

• Carry out the broad directives and policies of the Board of Directors

• Direct fundraising efforts to accomplish the mission and provide financial support for the Trust’s

operations

• Be the face and voice of the organization in the community

• Manage the staff to ensure an effective, creative, efficient and cohesive organization

• Advance the Trust’s exposure to the community and maintain and increase its support base

• Oversee the general operations of the Trust

 

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

VISION AND LEADERSHIP

• Collaborate with the Board in the ongoing work of developing the vision of the Trust

• Cultivate and develop creative ideas to improve conservation strategies

• Provide the leadership for the Trust

o to achieve long and short-term goals

o that is inclusive, respectful, creative and energetic

o that is well respected and an important component in the conservation movement in the community

 

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

• Undertake long-term economic planning to ensure that the Trust has the resources needed to accomplish

its mission and meet its responsibilities currently, and in the future

• Take the lead role in developing the annual budget and making sure that the organization operates

within that budget; ensure the budget provides the resources needed to accomplish the goals set out in

the strategic plan

• Be responsible for the organization’s fundraising activities, including working with staff in developing

and maintaining relationships with current and potential major donors, business partners, private

foundations and governmental granting agencies

• Develop and implement fund raising strategies that are cost effective and build goodwill

• Develop new sources of conservation funding

 

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

• Build and sustain strong working relationships with community leaders, Lummi Nation, Nooksack

Tribe, diverse ethnic communities, business partners, donors, government entities, and non-profit

organizations and individuals

• Represent and provide a voice for the Trust in public meetings and with the media

• Educate the community about the goals and work of the Trust

• Ensure clear and meaningful communications with the community on a frequent basis utilizing the

most appropriate means and technology

• Manage and facilitate meetings to obtain community and stakeholder input

 

ADMINISTRATION

• Keep the Board informed regarding organizational activities and carry out Board directives

• Support and facilitate effective committee work

• Manage the Trust to ensure an efficient, effective and cohesive organization that operates in an

atmosphere of mutual support, trust, respect and teamwork

• Hold staff meetings and handle personnel matters including work plans, job descriptions, and

performance evaluations, according to Trust policy.

• Hire and dismiss staff

• Facilitate staff and Board development and training

• Assist and support individual staff with their work when needed and appropriate

• Oversee compliance with Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices; maintain and update a secure

system for managing data, contact information, comments received, and responses provided

• Resolve routine issues independently, consulting with the Trust Board as needed to develop plans for

resolution of complex and unusual problems

• Recruit, mentor, motivate, and inspire a team that reflects the character of the Trust

Qualifications:

NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

• Experience managing a non-profit organization

• Proven success in fundraising and friend raising

• Excellent staff management skills and experience

• Ability to listen and consider a variety of opinions, ideas, and positions

• Ability to effectively communicate the Trust’s mission, interests and priorities

• Ability to make sound decisions independently based on analysis, experience, and judgment

• Ability to complete tasks on time with minimal supervision

• Ability to resolve conflict and navigate difficult conversations

• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

• Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means

• Experience in creating and maintaining strong positive working relationships with Boards

• Working knowledge of real estate negotiations and transactions.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

• Honesty and integrity

• A sense of humor

• Bachelor’s degree and 5 years’ experience in non-profit management or equivalent combination of

education and experience

• Experience in stakeholder outreach and community engagement around recreation, salmon, wildlife,

farming, and forest conservation projects, including public meeting coordination and facilitation

• Experience communicating with diverse public audiences and the media both in writing and verbally

• Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, Web browsers, data bases,

PowerPoint, Adobe, etc.

Benefits:

Health insurance, FSA and matching IRA.

Salary:

$65k - 75k

Posting Expiration Date:

10/11/2019

How to Apply:

To Apply: Submit a resume, and a cover letter of no more than two pages, both in pdf format, to
the Whatcom Land Trust via the following email address: [email protected]


 

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