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Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation

Location TBD

Position: Executive Director

The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation (PGCLC) is a network of 28 local, regional, state and
national land trusts whose mission is to increase the pace, quality, and permanence of voluntary land
and water conservation in the Gulf of Mexico Region. This initiative was organized in November 2010
under the auspices of the non-profit Land Trust Alliance (Alliance). PGCLC will begin operating as a
separate 501c3 non-profit in 2020 after nine years of operation with a fiscal agent and is seeking an
Executive Director.

PGCLC was created in part as a response to the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil disaster. During its first
years, the organization focused on getting land conservation integrated into the DWH oil spill ecosystem
restoration strategy. The organization continues to work on oil spill restoration but has broadened its
focus to include on-going challenges facing the region: climate change, community resilience, increasing
urbanization, loss of habitat, forests, working lands, water quality and quantity problems, and other
issues. For more information visit: www.gulfpartnership.org.
Duties:

The Executive Director will work with the Board of Directors to fund and implement PGCLC’s mission.

Fundraising
• Develop and sustain relationships with public agencies, corporations and foundations;
• Write grant proposals;
• Manage corporate giving and conference sponsorship program;
• Oversee annual dues renewals.

Communications and Outreach
• Publish semi-monthly e-newsletter focused on conservation news specific to the Gulf Coast region;
• Develop public comments and position papers on behalf of PGCLC members;
• Share public policy news and advocacy opportunities with PGCLC members.

Capacity building
• Coordinate capacity building grant programs;
• Plan and oversee the Gulf Coast Land Conservation Conference and annual meeting ;
• Plan and deliver additional educational and capacity building opportunities through webinars and other distance learning tools;
• Coordinate strategic conservation planning as funding allows.

Organizational development and financial management
• Assist the Board of Directors in setting strategic goals and creating work plans
• Support activities of the Board of Directors by preparing agendas, minutes, appropriate reports, and conducting research and providing requested information;
• Work with the Treasurer to develop and manage the PGCLC budget;
• Ensure functional and up to date website; and
• Hire and manage contractors and consultants.

Desired Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional who meets most or all of the following:
• A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a natural resource field, planning, business, organizational
development, or a related field and five to seven years of progressively responsible experience. Advanced degree preferred.
• Demonstrated track record of fundraising, preferably with major donor experience.
• Leadership experience, able to set a clear vision and motivate diverse groups to work collaboratively under changing and uncertain conditions. Ability to create and thrive in a team environment and work in partnership with a variety of people and organizations.
• Demonstrated ability to think strategically, develop and manage complex projects from start-up to completion, and adopt new approaches in response to changing circumstances. Ability to learn and translate information into action.
• Ability to work independently.
• Knowledge and experience with the public policies and tools of voluntary private land conservation and conservation finance generally; administration, budgeting and management of nonprofit organizations; previous experience with non-profit land trust preferred.
• Knowledge of the science and practice of large landscape conservation, conservation collaboration, and working with entities engaged in landscape conservation.
• Understanding of the conservation challenges specific to the PGCLC focus area (Gulf of Mexico coastal region) and the habitats/ecosystems therein.
• Commitment to the mutual goals of sustaining working farms and ranches on the landscape and maintaining biological diversity and functioning ecological systems at the landscape scale.
• Ability to grow in the job with the capacity to infuse the organization with energy and creativity.
• Must project a professional attitude and professional appearance at all times.

30 hours per week

Travel required: The Executive Director is expected to travel for this job, primarily within the coastal areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The travel schedule currently includes approximately 6 trips per year within the region.

Location: Flexible, prefer the northern Gulf of Mexico region (coastal AL, LA, MS or FL panhandle).

Compensation: Annual compensation plan will reflect our desire to attract candidates with the above
attributes and their experience.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume via email to Julia Weaver at email address:
julia.weaver@gulfpartnership.org. Please include PGCLC Executive Director in your email subject line.

 

Texas Ag Land Trust

San Antonio, TX

Position: Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Directors of the Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT) announces an exciting opportunity to join TALT as its new Chief Executive Officer and lead the organization into its next phase of growth and development. TALT is a non-profit organization (501c3) whose mission is to conserve the open space, wildlife habitats, and natural resources of the agricultural lands of Texas. Founded in 2007 by leaders from three statewide agricultural and wildlife/hunting organizations, TALT holds conservation easements on 227,000 acres, making it the largest Texas-based land trust and among the top 15 non-national land trusts in the country. Based in San Antonio, TALT works statewide with a staff of 8 and is governed by a 17-member Board of Directors.

Position summary
The Chief Executive Officer provides leadership, management and supervision to the staff and support to the Board while articulating the organizational vision and building momentum for driving outstanding results in fulfilling TALT’s mission. The CEO will represent TALT in the agricultural, wildlife management, landowner and conservation communities, and serving as a respected authority on land conservation issues.
Relationships The Chief Executive Officer will report to the Board of Directors through its chairman, Charles
Davidson. The Chief Executive Officer will manage the office and staff, also working with TALT Board members, TALT Board members, landowners, donors, foundations, conservation and land trust organizations, and other partners.

Primary responsibilities
• Serve as TALT’s primary leader, setting strategic direction and execution and managing staff and operations.
• Work closely with the Board of Directors and ensure that their leadership and participation is effectively employed and supported.
• Work with state and federal legislators and agency representatives, and other policymakers, and on developing appropriate public policy initiatives for the Board’s approval.
• Represent the organization and leverage its profile in its constituent communities and with the public.
• Drive TALT’s progress toward its land conservation goals by developing and maintaining relationships with landowners and their professional advisors; managing the project pipeline; developing appropriate funding strategies; and coordinating interactions with organizational
partners.
• Ensure that appropriate risk management and analysis procedures are in place to protect TALT’s long-term easement stewardship responsibilities.
• Lead the development and execution of an effective financial strategy and oversee resource deployment in support of TALT’s strategic priorities.
• Build strategic relationships with private and public funding sources and lead donor identification and stewardship initiatives.
• Recruit, manage, and mentor top-quality staff members who are committed to the TALT mission.

Ideal experience
• Education: This job requires at least the organizational, analytical, and communications skills normally acquired through the completion of a bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree or professional certification in a relevant field would be a valuable addition.
• Work experience: At least eight years in a comparable position, including proven ability to lead a small staff and fully support executive management and/or board members.
Experience with a non-profit organization, particularly in conservation or a related field, would be a plus but is not required.
• Knowledge of the state of Texas and its private working land heritage, and an appreciation of its open spaces and the challenge of urbanization, would be ideal; knowledge of the culture and economics of ranching, wildlife management, hunting, and agriculture, with an
understanding of the concerns of legacy landowners, is preferred.
• Proven expertise in developing financial strategies, including a successful track record in fundraising with individual donors, foundations, and corporations, is essential.
• Excellent verbal, written, and presentation communications skills, with an evident passion for working lands conservation and the ability to communicate TALT’s vision and mission as well as complex concepts and strategies are required.
• Proven relationship/interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop meaningful working relationships across a range of audiences from board members and staff to landowners, donors, and policymakers.

For a full position description, and information on how to apply, visit: www.txaglandtrust.org