Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation

Remote -Gulf Coast, Florida

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $25/hr to $30/hr
Deadline May 24, 2021
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation Seeks an Executive Director 

Closing Date: May 24, 2021

Background:

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: 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 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). 

$25/hr to $30/hr. Annual compensation plan will reflect our desire to attract candidates with the above attributes and their experience.   

HOW TO APPLY

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume via email to:info@gulfpartnership.org. Please include PGCLC Executive Director in your email subject line.

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