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Current Job Openings:
1. Executive Director
Loon Echo Land Trust – Executive Director Position
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, references and any salary requirements to President, Loon Echo Land Trust, 8 Depot Street, Suite 4, Bridgton, Maine 04009, or by email to INFO@LELT.ORG. Applications will be accepted until November 12, 2018 or until the position is filled. No phone calls or personal visits please. FMI visit www.LELT.org . LELT is an equal opportunity employer.
Loon Echo Land Trust (LELT) is searching for a dynamic and effective Executive Director (ED) to provide leadership, strategy and vision to enable LELT to achieve its mission to permanently conserve and steward land.
LELT, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1987, protects, manages and monitors 6,200 acres of land and 28 miles of multi-use trails in seven towns (Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Harrison, Naples, Raymond, Sebago) in the northern Sebago Lake region of Maine for the benefit of current and future generations.
The ED reports to, and is supported by the LELT Board of Directors. The ED oversees three part-time staff members, six standing committees, and many community volunteers.
The ED directs land acquisition activities and plays a significant role in the donor development program and capital campaigns for land and easement purchases. The ED is responsible for leading the creation of LELT’s annual operating budget, overseeing compliance with the budget, and financial recordkeeping. The ED must effectively supervise and direct the support staff and key volunteers, as well as provides support and direction to Board members in a friendly, cooperative work environment.
The ED position is an exempt, salaried position with compensation commensurate with experience plus health, vacation and retirement benefits.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field preferred.
- Leadership work experience in land conservation and non-profit administration.
- Strong project management skills and experience in real estate and acquisition of properties and conservation easements.
- Experience leading one or more capital campaigns and major gift solicitations.
- Capability to effectively establish long-term plans and see ambitious goals to fruition.
- Knowledge of land use planning, best management practices and recreational planning.
- A high level of motivation, excellent work ethic and time management skills.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience in personnel management.
- Knowledge of computer programs including Microsoft software and QuickBooks.
- Ability to implement Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices and maintain land trust accreditation status.
Job Description, Specific Responsibilities and Functions
of the Executive Director of Loon Echo Land Trust
- Land and Easement Acquisition and Protection:
- Serve as primary LELT representative in partnerships and collaborations.
- Serve as primary LELT representative with landowners regarding potential donations and acquisitions of property and conservation easements.
- Lead the Lands Committee and Board in evaluating and approving land protection projects.
- Oversee all project management including determining project goals, outcomes, conducting due diligence and raising funds necessary to complete the acquisition project.
- Work with the LRELT attorney to craft conservation easement language and oversee the Conservation Outreach Manager’s baseline data documentation of easements.
- Land and Easement Stewardship and Management:
- Set annual priorities and approve budgets for maintaining, improving, monitoring and enforcing existing properties and easements.
- Supervise the Stewardship Manager in developing management plans, setting management goals and implementing goals for all fee owned properties.
- Direct the Stewardship Manager and Stewardship Committee’s land stewardship priorities and review the results of their programs and projects.
- Understand the purposes and terms of the LELT held conservation easements, review annual monitoring reports, oversee the communication with landowners wishing to implement reserved rights and ensure the compliance with such easements.
- Fiscal Management:
- Work with the Treasurer to create annual operating budget for Board approval and oversee budget implementation.
- Work with the accountant and Treasurer to ensure accuracy of monthly financial statements the annual tax return (990).
- Authorize and complete bill payments.
- Supervise the Membership Manager’s database entry and deposits to the bank.
- Obtain a satisfactory financial review or audit annually.
- Work with the investment firm and Treasurer to manage the organization’s reserve accounts and grow such reserves over time.
- Membership and Fundraising:
- Supervise the Membership Manager in the implementation of all membership recruitment and retention programs.
- Participate in solicitation of major gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.
- Effectively write grants, report to grant makers and build relationships with grant makers.
- Manage major donor cultivation and planned giving programs with the support of the Membership Manager.
- Work to that ensure that the Loon Echo Trek major event goals are on target and hundreds of participants and volunteers have a safe, and mission-oriented experience.
- Outreach and Marketing:
- Develop, implement and maintain LELT marketing and awareness plan.
- Contribute to the writing of the newsletter and other LELT communications.
- Promote public awareness of the mission through public presentations and attending public events.
- Work collaboratively with partnership organizations, local municipalities and state governmental agencies to further mutual goals related to land protection and stewardship.
- Communicate the LELT mission and the land trust community’s priorities to area legislators and leaders.
- Planning and Strategy:
- Lead LELT in developing its three year strategic plan and establish short and long-range organizational goals that are based on the strategic plan.
- Maintain up-to-date strategic conservation plan with focal areas for land protection.
- Advise the support staff in developing annual goals and objectives for their departments and related committees.
- Governance and Administration:
- Serve as primary staff contact for Board members, attend all Board meetings and prepare the Board meeting agenda and packet.
- Communicate relevant information regarding LELT projects, programs and finances to the Board.
- Attend committee meetings and prepare applicable agendas and meeting packets.
- Oversee office administration.
- Hire, oversee activity and conduct annual reviews of the support staff.
- Adhere to government rules and regulations, manage required non-profit licenses and permits, and renew organizational insurance policies.
- Ensure compliance with organization’s policies and procedures, comply with land trust standards and practices and maintain land trust accreditation status.