Executive Director

Prairie State Conservation Coalition

(Remote position), Illinois

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $80,000 to $90,000 dependent on experience
Required Experience 7+ years

Illinois’s Prairie State Conservation Coalition (PSCC) is seeking to fill its newly-created Executive Director role. This position will serve as the organization’s first full-time staff position, leading the organization in its exciting next chapter as a dynamic statewide collaborator with private and public conservation entities.

With energy, vision, and collaborative skills, the Executive Director will have the opportunity to elevate land and water conservation, farmland protection, environmental education, outdoor recreation, and legislative advocacy by using excellent leadership skills to grow PSCC. The PSCC Executive Director will lead the coalition of land trusts and new members to deliver on PSCC’s strategic priorities over time. PSCC’s current strategic priorities, which will be the top work priority for the Executive Director, include expanding membership and building fundraising and revenue pipelines. This is a unique opportunity to build the structures and systems for growth of an organization with a strong vision and engaged members. There is important work ahead to generate a new strategic vision; develop innovative new programs; build a team; and drive a culture of learning and growth. PSCC aspires to serve as the united voice for the voluntary land conservation movement in Illinois, working tirelessly to develop and advance land conservation policy, support a dynamic community of practice, and elevate the role of healthy lands and water in a bright future.

The Executive Director will play a critical senior leadership role among Illinois’ land conservation community, creating and maintaining strong relationships with all PSCC members, partners, donors, state and federal agencies, and elected officials and their staffs. The Executive Director will lead the organization as it expands membership, adjusts strategic and programmatic focus, launches new initiatives, and evaluates board and membership structure. The position is also responsible for managing PSCC’s contractors; creating and managing PSCC’s annual budget; administering PSCC’s policy efforts and programs; and working with the Board of Directors and membership to ensure abundant organizational resources.

The attached job description details job responsibilities, preferred qualifications, and a competitive compensation package, among many other details.


We are hosting two virtual Open Houses for interested applicants:

  • Tuesday, September 20 at 11:30 a.m. CDT
  • Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m. CDT

The PSCC Executive Director Hiring Committee invites all interested potential applicants for the Executive Director position to attend one of two virtual open houses.

These sessions are to allow individuals unfamiliar with PSCC and the work of its members to learn about the work of conservation land trusts and the broader conservation sector prior to submitting an application. These open houses are designed for individuals that may be new to the land conservation community or broader conservation sector; however, everyone is invited to attend regardless of experience or background.

Each Open House will begin with a facilitated session covering the following topics:

  • Introduction to conservation land trusts and the land conservation community
  • History and overview of PSCC
  • Introduction to the PSCC Board of Directors and Hiring Committee
  • Overview of the application and hiring process
  • How conservation land trusts relate to other sectors
  • Q&A session

By the end of this session, applicants that are new to the conservation sector will have a better understanding of how their skills and experience may be applied to this position and the broader conservation sector.

You can register to attend one of the Open Houses and receive the Zoom meeting information by sending an email to vbennett@tnc.org no later than Sunday, September 18 with the subject heading: PSCC Hiring Committee Open House.

Applications received by October 14, 2022 will be given full consideration, but the position is open until filled.

Need more information? Ready to send in your cover letter and resume with at least two references? Contact us at executivedirector@prairiestateconservation.org with the subject heading: Job Application: Executive Director – (your last name).

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

Category General / Stewardship, Non Profit Management, Land Trust, Policy And Law