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ORGANIZATION: Bayou Preservation Association, Inc.

POSITION: President & CEO

LOCATION: Houston, Texas

Our vision is a network of healthy bayous, streams and watersheds. Our mission is to celebrate, protect and restore the natural richness of all our bayous and streams. The Bayou Preservation Association focuses on four key programs to accomplish its mission: bayou appreciation, bayou citizen science, trash-free bayous, and stream corridor restoration. The Bayou Preservation Association’s values include science-based policies and actions, collaboration, community, and professional communications.

This is an opportunity to be part of a long-standing environmental organization and lead them into the future. This position serves as the face of the organization. The position is ideal for an individual who loves the Houston area’s waterways and wants to help guide a science-based, collaboratively-focused, and inclusively-oriented organization.

The President is the chief executive officer of the Bayou Preservation Association and has broad authority to lead the organization to achieve its mission and goals. The President works with and reports directly to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. The President manages an annual budget of approximately $500,000+.

Leadership and Planning:
• Provide strategic leadership for the organization in coordination with the Board, volunteers, and staff.
• Ensure that Bayou Preservation’s bylaws, mission, programs and projects are followed and executed ethically and legally, as well as in a financially responsible manner.
• Advocate, communicate, and promote Bayou Preservation’s mission, programs, and projects, including policy statements of programmatic principles.
• Display true commitment and understanding of Bayou Preservation’s mission and the need to seek science-based solutions to watershed issues.
• Work closely with the Board and staff to develop short-range and long-range strategic plans, with annual action plans and including milestones, measurements, and deliverables.
• Recognize the importance of the organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement and facilitate incorporating these concepts into all aspects of the organization’s work.
Management and Finance:
• Manage and oversee the financial and overall operational performance of the organization, including project management and grant management.
• Understand the financial statements of the organization and communicate to others the health of the organization.
• Develop, monitor, and oversee an annual budget in conjunction with the Board of Directors, staff, and consultants.
• Develop and implement appropriate organizational policies with the Board.

• Oversee and facilitate the development and implementation of a fundraising plan that assures a sound financial basis for the organization to fulfill its mission and programs.
• Work in conjunction with development staff and contractor to broaden the base of financial support, particularly in the arena of individual giving.
• Support the Director of Philanthropy and Engagement with donor identification, cultivation, and stewardship activities when appropriate.
• Provide direction to staff and volunteers, including being available to staff when needed and working as part of a team.
• Hire, evaluate, and manage staff, contractors, and volunteers.
• Develop and execute programs and projects in coordination with the Board, volunteers, and staff.
• Maintain corporate records and documents, ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
• Communicate effectively with board, staff, funders, and the community at large.
• Serve as Bayou Preservation’s chief spokesperson or “face” of the organization to various audiences, including the community at large, institutions, government entities, and other
nonprofit organizations and stakeholders.
• Initiate and build positive relationships both inside and outside the organization.

• Demonstrated commitment to Bayou Preservation’s mission
• Personal and professional integrity
• Ability to inspire and encourage the board, supporters, volunteers, and staff
• Quick-thinking, creative, and self-motivated
• Desiring to learn and grow with Bayou Preservation
• Willing to understand and embrace Bayou Preservation’s culture of an engaged board
• Collaborative team leader and problem-solver
• Outside-the-box thinker

• Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred, in a relevant field
• Five years of progressively responsible experience in nonprofit organization operations and management, including contract management
• Strong background in the science behind the natural world
• A basic understanding of public policy, especially on bayou-related topics
• Demonstrated ability to establish and foster a collegial relationship with staff and act as a partner and leader with the team toward the growth of Bayou Preservation Association
• Willingness and capacity to delegate effectively
• Excellent public-speaking and presentation skills, with additional proficiency in Spanish or other commonly spoken languages in Houston preferred
• Excellent writing skills, including highly-developed grammar, spelling, and proofreading abilities
• Proficiency in common computer software packages, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and database management systems
• Appropriate identification for employment and willingness to undergo a basic employment background check

A competitive salary will be offered, commensurate with experience. A compensation package in the range of $80,000-100,000 per year is anticipated. A benefits package is available to all full time employees.
Application Procedure: Interested candidates should send a resumé, cover letter, and three references to Please reference position title in subject line of email. The position will be open until filled, but the board will prioritize applications received by June 30, 2021. We will contact those candidates who most closely match our requirements.


Organization: Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation

Position: Executive Director (half time)

Location: TBD

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 began operating as a separate 501(c)3 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:


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


• 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 Board of Directors activities 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 three 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.


20-25 hours per week with potential for full-time when funding becomes available

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. Currently, due to Covid, all travel is on hold.

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

Compensation: $25/hr to $30/hr. 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: Please include PGCLC Executive Director in your email subject line.