The Heart of the Rockies Initiative (HOTR) is a partnership of local, regional and national land trusts who work along the Rocky Mountain corridor from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in Wyoming to the protected open lands of the Bow River and Upper Columbia in Alberta and British Columbia. The Mission of the Heart of the Rockies Initiative is to increase the pace and durable impact of conservation for both the continentally irreplaceable landscapes of the central Rocky Mountain corridor and community values that are prized locally.
The Executive Director provides leadership and staff supervision to support achievement of the Heart of the Rockies Initiative’s vision, goals and strategies. Key responsibilities include foundation and major donor fundraising, coordinating and maintaining the Heart of the Rockies land trust membership and the Initiative’s many partnerships, developing and implementing a collaborative fundraising strategy for capital funding, increasing public funding in the region, science-based conservation planning, and building the collective and individual organizational capacity of HOTR land trusts. Additionally, the Executive Director is a champion for collaborative, community-based conservation at landscape scale, and as such works with many partners to advance large landscape conservation.
Develop and implement strategies that enable the Initiative to achieve its land conservation and stewardship goals. The Executive Director leads the Heart of the Rockies partnership in identification and development of strategies that enable the partnership to achieve its vision and goals, and then in obtaining the funding and other resources needed to implement them. These include:
Fundraising. The Executive Director has lead responsibility for raising the operating and capital funding necessary to achieve the HOTR’s vision and goals and to implement its priority strategies. The Executive Director develops and sustains relationships with major donors and foundations, writes grant proposals and prepares interim and final reports. The Executive Director works with the HOTR partnership and others to develop and implement collaborative fundraising strategies to bring new capital funding to private land conservation.
Outreach. The Executive Director builds strategic relationships with funders and other nonprofit and public partners both within and outside the region to ensure that Heart of the Rockies acts and is viewed as an agent for landscape-scale conservation with a community-based perspective. The Executive Director ensures that the organization and its members tell the story of the landscape-scale impacts of their community-based conservation work to engage wider public participation in land trust efforts and to eliminate fear-based reaction to landscape conservation. Additionally, the Executive Director represents the partnership in large landscape conservation initiatives to generate a higher profile for land trust activities.
Capacity building. The Executive Director administers capacity building regrant programs to HOTR land trusts and other partners. The Executive Director also develops and implements strategies to build the organizational capacity of individual HOTR land trusts and to establish collective capacity to influence public policy processes, build coalitions and conduct education and outreach about voluntary private land conservation and landscape conservation.
Foster the development and maturation of the HOTR partnership. The Executive Director leads the Heart of the Rockies partnership in the development and maintenance of governance policies and procedures as needed for the organization to function effectively and assists the partnership in setting strategic goals and work plans to achieve them and in monitoring and evaluating the success. The Executive Director ensures effective and timely internal communications among HOTR members through partnership meetings and regular member outreach. The Executive Director must maintain an effective working relationship with the Heart of the Rockies Board of Directors and any working committees.
Administration and Management. The Executive Director works with the Board of Directors and supervises staff to ensure that the organization is effective, impactful, financially sound and sustainable. The Executive Director works with the Board of Directors to prepare and monitor budgets and to ensure responsible and accountable financial management. The Executive Director manages regular staff, contractors and consultants in accordance with the HOTR Personnel Policy toward achievement of Heart of the Rockies’s strategic goals.
The Executive Director’s direct supervisor is the Heart of the Rockies Board President, and the organization is governed by Bylaws adopted by the Heart of the Rockies membership. The Executive Director’s work is guided by HOTR’s Strategic Plan. The Executive Director supervises staff, contractors and consultants.
Core competencies for success as the Executive Director
The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional who meets most or all of the following qualifications:
How to Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter detailing your education and experience and how you meet the desired qualifications to JoAnn Grant by May 1, 2017. Please submit your application materials electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
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