Executive Director

Keweenaw Land Trust

Hancock, Michigan

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $42,000 to $47,000 for 30 hours/week
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Executive Director Keweenaw Land Trust
The Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT) seeks a passionate, effective, experienced, and inspiring executive director. Founded in 1996 and based in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, KLT is nationally accredited by the Land Trust Alliance and permanently protects over 8,000 acres and nearly 10 miles of Lake Superior shoreline. The organization’s mission is to serve as a community partner protecting land, water, and quality of life through conservation, stewardship, and nature connections. Compensation: This part-time, in-person position offers a salary range between $42,000 to $47,000 for 30 hours/week, commensurate with experience. Limited evening and weekend work will be necessary; local travel will also be required. Benefits are negotiable and include a flexible schedule, paid time off, and family leave. As the Keweenaw Land Trust grows under the new executive director, the position has the potential to become full-time.

Position Summary: The incoming executive director will lead a well-respected, growing organization, with five part-time staff members, an engaged board of directors, and a dedicated group of volunteers. The annual operating budget is currently ~ $200,000 and assets total over $10 million. The board has set five-year growth targets that include a 60% increase in staffing hours and a 100% increase in the total salary budget. The executive director is responsible for implementing the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices and policies adopted by the Board to fulfill KLT’s mission and for day-to-day supervision, management, and direction of KLT staff, fundraising, and organizational operations. The executive director reports to the board following KLT’s policy governance framework as described in the KLT policy manual.

As KLT’s chief executive and financial officer, the executive director:

a. Administration and Staff Leadership: Directs staff and programs; oversees financial management and budgets; coordinates annual audits; strives to maintain land trust
accreditation status; oversees financial management, budgets, and annual audits (~35% of position);
b. Fundraising: Plans and coordinates the fundraising and development activities (~35% of position);
c. Board relationships: Works with the board to conduct strategic planning, and to ensure projects and programs align with KLT mission, vision, and conservation priority themes (~15% of position);
d. Public engagement: Serves as the public face of the organization; works with our partners and communities to advance our mission (~15% of position).

The position is housed at the new KLT office in Hancock, MI, close to Lake Superior (this is not a remote position). Cultivating a diverse and inclusive team is important to KLT. While no candidate will offer every desired skill and characteristic, if you meet a substantial number of the listed qualifications listed, we encourage you to apply. More details on ED responsibilities are available here and the KLT current strategic plan is available here.

Required Qualifications:

  • A passion for environmental protection and the outdoors;
  • Fiscal management and fundraising experience;
  • Project and/or program management and leadership experience;
  • An effective communicator who can inspire, build, and maintain strong relationships with staff, local partners, and the community;
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to inclusive practices within the conservation movement and KLT;
  • A minimum four-year degree (or equivalent experience) and at least three years of relevant work experience (additional education may be substituted for up to 2 years of work experience).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A track record of nonprofit organizational and operational management, including: building, supporting, and developing a staff team; developing balanced annual budgets; HR management; and working successfully with a committed board of directors;
  • Experience with fundraising, including individual stewardship of major gift leaders, writing grant proposals, training in fundraising, or willingness to take training;
  • Experience with Quickbooks, Microsoft Office 365, and Little Green Light;
  • Experience within the land trust community;
  • Familiarity with Michigan’s Upper Peninsula or other rural communities.

Applications must be submitted electronically to https://www.dropbox.com/request/r6hlHzDjpQZ73xZcMDfC  as a single PDF file with the file name “ApplicantLastName KLT_ED.” This position will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to applications submitted by July 15, 2024. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the search committee co-chair Stan Vitton at vitton@mtu.edu with the subject line “KLT ED search.” We envision that the position will begin in January 2025, but an earlier start may be possible.

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Category Admin & Leadership, General / Stewardship, Land Trust