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Executive Director

Lake Placid Land Conservancy

Lake Placid ,  New York

Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) seeks an energetic, passionate leader focused on growing and sustaining a community based, regional land trust in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park. The successful candidate will have significant experience in land conservation project development, fundraising and program development. The executive director will be the public face of LPLC and lead the organization in achieving its vision of promoting community conservation throughout the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park.

Position Summary

The executive director (ED) will provide overall leadership and management for the Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) to meet the growing organization’s conservation goals and objectives of becoming a regional, community conservation organization in the Adirondacks. The ED will have primary responsibility for implementation of LPLC’s 2016-2020 strategic plan, management and oversight of its programs ( land conservation monitoring and research), fundraising, grant writing, constituency and partnership building, cultivation of relationships with landowners and donors, as well as management of daily operations, public relations and outreach efforts, developing accreditation materials, and collaborating with board members on planning and development of projects through the committee structure. The ED have background in land conservation, natural resource management or land use planning.


Strategy and Organizational Leadership

  • Provide leadership and management to implement and reach the goals established in the 2016-2020 strategic plan.
  • Work with the committee chair(s) to organize and set agendas for committee meetings to ensure sound decision-making process through committees (executive, governance, conservation, outreach and finance).
  • Work with board president to organize and conduct board meetings.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations, including setting financial and programmatic goals, analyzing results, taking corrective actions, and managing budgets.
  • Lead board in drafting organizational policies required for national accreditation through the Land Trust Alliance

Conservation projects and programs

  • In conjunction with the conservation committee, landowners and partners, identify, assess and develop potential conservation projects, including drafting of conservation easements and structuring fee and easement real property transactions, and closing on selected projects.
  • Work with state, non-profit organizations, foundations and other private resources to fund private land conservation projects.
  • In conjunction with the outreach committee, outreach coordinator and conservation partners, ensure continued growth and development of LPLC’s citizen science monitoring program and projects as well as research partnership with Skidmore College.


  • Oversee and conduct the annual monitoring of all LPLC conservation easements and fee lands. LPLC currently has 3 easements and 2 fee parcels totaling 431 acres.
  • Develop fee land management plans with partners (Bark Eater Trails Alliance, Adirondack Trail Improvement Society) to manage public recreation on LPLC fee properties.
  • Recruit, train volunteers interested in supporting stewardship of LPLC conserved properties.

Fundraising and Grant Writing

  • Identify and write grant proposals to support LPLC programs and projects.
  • Increase the number of donors and general donor base through public outreach activities and events.
  • Manage LPLC annual appeal.
  • Work closely with the board to identify, cultivate and solicit major individual donors and foundations to grow the annual revenue of LPLC.

Public Outreach and Communications

  • Work with LPLC outreach coordinator to develop and conduct outreach events and activities in support of LPLC programs.
  • Ensure implementation of comprehensive communications strategy by outreach coordinator.
  • Represent LPLC at public events, conferences, and other meetings to increase public awareness and support
  • Act as primary spokesperson for LPLC to the public and the media.
  • Represent and raise the profile and visibility of LPLC externally to funders, partners, local municipalities, and the public.
  • Develop a network of landowners, bankers, real estate professionals, accountants and lawyers who can provide guidance and support to those making land protection decisions


  • Guide the board in board member recruitment, training, and planning to ensure long-term organizational health
  • Supervise outreach program staff, and interns to ensure sound implementation of LPLC’s outreach programs (citizen science monitoring program, Skidmore research program) and projects
  • Negotiate and manage contracts with consultants and contractors who provide services for LPLC projects and programs
  • Ensure timely processing of invoices; coordinate with LPLC treasurer to provide regular financial reports to LPLC finance committee and board of directors.
  • Administer grants and timely reporting of grants to ensure grant deliverables are met.

Preferred qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree in a relevant field preferred.
  • Experience negotiating and developing conservation real property transactions, including negotiating, planning and drafting conservation easements and fee
  • Familiarity with the Land Trust Alliance’s Accreditation process.
  • 3-5 years of experience (preferably in the land conservation non-profit sector), including some management level with comparable budget responsibilities.
  • Self-motivated, energetic individual who can identify and implement actions that will achieve organizational goals.
  • Strong leadership skills, including a passion for conservation, an engaging and energetic demeanor; the ability to inspire and motivate the Board of Directors and volunteers, and interact positively with people of different perspectives and backgrounds.
  • Fundraising experience and comfort with major donors, foundations, and government funders.
  • Experience with institutional growth and change.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to transfer vision and strategy into aligned and effective programs and activities.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and an ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, record keeping and time management skills.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the Adirondacks and the Lake Placid region and its environment, its conservation and history, and the role of policy, agencies, education, and partnerships in achieving conservation goals and outcomes.
  • Knowledge of basic accounting protocols and ability to review finances with others to build consensus around priorities, monitor ongoing expenditures, and assure efficiency.
  • Excellent computer and technological skills, including Microsoft Office, GPS units, Arc/GIS mapping


Salary is $60,000 plus, depending on education and experience

Benefits: paid holidays, vacation, health insurance, matching retirement fund.

LPLC considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to: . Please include "ED position" in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2017. For more information about LPLC, please visit our website at

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