Executive Director

Western New York Land Conservancy

East Aurora, New York

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $100,000 - $130,000 plus competitive benefits package including, generous health insurance (medical and dental), paid time off, Simple IRA Retirement Plan with 3% employer matching contributions, and flexible schedules.
Required Experience 7+ years

Overview
The Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Land
Conservancy's staff, programs, and the execution of its mission. The Executive Director
reports to the Board of Directors, manages five direct reports, and oversees a total staff
team of 16. This position is based in our East Aurora, New York office.

Core Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership

  • Provide leadership for the daily operation of the organization, including fiscal
    management, coaching and development of staff, and hiring.
  • Ensure the fiscal integrity of the Land Conservancy by coordinating the preparation
    and implementation of an annual budget and overseeing accurate monthly and
    annual financial reporting.
  • Support and contribute to ongoing and new land protection projects, stewardship
    and restoration efforts, The Riverline, and other projects as needed.
  • Ensure that the Land Conservancy’s practices and procedures align with the Land
  • Trust Alliance’s Standards & Practices to maintain our accreditation status, and
    ensure compliance with the Land Conservancy’s policies and IRS requirements to
    maintain our nonprofit status.

Fundraising and Donor Engagement

  • Lead the Board and the Development & Communications Team in building,
    managing, and expanding the Land Conservancy’s development program.
  • In coordination with the Deputy Executive Director, lead the organization’s planned
    giving and major donor efforts by cultivating and strengthening relationships with
    individual donors.
  • Engage individual members and community partners, including funders, elected
    officials, and other organizations.
  • Support appropriate grant application efforts to enable the organization to deliver
    on its mission.

Community Engagement

  • Lead the Board and the Development & Communications Team in building,
    managing, and expanding the Land Conservancy’s development program.
  • In coordination with the Deputy Executive Director, lead the organization’s planned
    giving and major donor efforts by cultivating and strengthening relationships with
    individual donors.
  • Engage individual members and community partners, including funders, elected
    officials, and other organizations.
  • Support appropriate grant application efforts to enable the organization to deliver
    on its mission.
  • Serve as an effective public face of the Land Conservancy, including demonstrated
    professional executive presence, excellent verbal communication, public speaking,
    and articulate written communication skills.
  • Lead membership growth, resource development, and advocacy on behalf of the
    organization, with a commitment to becoming a more diverse, inclusive, and
    equitable organization.
  • Effectively communicate the mission and goals of the organization to a diverse
    audience, maintain and develop new partnerships, and build and mobilize financial,
    community, and political support.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications
The Western New York Land Conservancy is a prominent, respected, and trusted
organization. It is also a great place to work. Integrity and ethical decision-making guide
our projects. We build strong and lasting partnerships with community groups, local
leaders, and funders. We are respectful, passionate, and collaborative. Through strong
interpersonal skills, diplomacy, patience, and a sense of humor, you, as the Executive
Director, should continue to foster this cherished organizational culture.

  • At least five years of progressive, successful, high-level senior management
    experience with a focus on staff coaching, support, development, and
    empowerment.
  • A deep commitment to conservation.
  • Experience with and a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • Expertise in fundraising and organizational development.
  • Experience developing and administering budgets with diverse sources of revenue.
  • Experience with community engagement and public speaking.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with land trusts and/or a background in conservation, natural resource
    or land management, environmental science, environmental law, or related field.
  • Expertise working with a nonprofit board of directors.
  • Experience in nonprofit accounting standards and management policies and
    procedures.
HOW TO APPLY

To apply: please email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references with “Executive Director” in the subject line to jobs@wnylc.org. The position is open until filled. Interviews will start in August 2022. No phone calls please.

We are committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion in our organization and in land conservation, as a whole. Multiple perspectives and experiences help strengthen our work as an organization and enhance our relevance throughout communities currently underrepresented in the land conservation field. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category General / Stewardship, Land Trust, Non Profit Management, Restoration
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