Director of Land and Water Protection


POSITION: Director of Land and Water Protection

Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) is seeking candidates for the position of Director of Land and Water Protection

About TLC:

Triangle Land Conservancy is one of the Southeast’s most successful and highly respected land trusts, having protected over 16,000 acres of land in the rapidly developing Triangle region of North Carolina. For 30 years, TLC has protected land for water quality, farms and local food, wildlife habitat and to connect people with nature. TLC headquarters is in the vibrant downtown section of Durham, just minutes from Duke. The Triangle consistently ranks as one of the best places in the country to live, work and raise a family.

Job Description:

This position will lead and build TLC’s conservation program, which includes a small but talented and dedicated staff, to develop conservation strategies, increase the pace of land and water protection, convene key stakeholders and partners, and build the case for public support for funding conservation initiatives. For this key position a leader is sought who will achieve meaningful results, build effective public and private partnerships, sometimes with non-traditional partners and stakeholders, and will help establish TLC as a national model for how land trusts can build a movement to achieve healthy, resilient metropolitan areas in the 21st century.

The Director of Land and Water Protection will be responsible for shaping and implementing strategies that will protect, conserve, enhance and best utilize natural systems for the benefit of people and nature in the Triangle’s urban and suburban environments, as well as the wild and working lands in the surrounding rural regions. The strategy will also include ways to increase the resilience of the Triangle region to environmental changes and challenges, including water quality and quantity in the rapidly growing metropolitan area.

The Director will develop and implement strategies to increase the pace of conservation to safeguard clean water, protect critical wildlife habitat, support farming communities and the vibrant local food movement, and connect people with nature in the six-county region of the Triangle. The Director will work to broaden the constituency for conservation by supporting meaningful ways for members, volunteers and other stakeholders to engage with the organization. In partnership with the Executive Director, the successful candidate will serve as a principal contact to government agencies and officials, partner organizations, foundations, media, academic communities and the public. The position will focus on the following functions:

  • Further establish TLC’s reputation as the leading conservation partner of the Triangle region
  • Define the natural infrastructure needs, priorities and strategies around Falls Lake and Jordan Lake (the two major water supplies for the population of the Triangle)
  • Lead, manage and effectively engage a team that supports and improves conservation efforts
  • Be a positive contributor to TLC’s staff leadership team and on cross-departmental teams
  • Develop key partnerships with public and private organizations and community leaders in order to effectively implement strategies, and to widely communicate solutions and best practices
  • Negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, developers, land owners and
other conservation organizations to conserve, protect, and utilize natural communities
  • Develop and implement conservation strategies, and assist with securing the necessary resources
  • Partner with renowned academic faculty at Duke, UNC Chapel Hill and NC State to develop innovative analyses, tools and frameworks to achieve conservation results, build public trust, and raise TLC’s profile


  • BA/BS degree and 10-15+ years experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience directing a major program of strategic importance, including management/supervision of multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans at the town, county, city and/or state-level
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in developing/increasing sources of public funding
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives
  • Experience in partnership development ( NGO, community, government, etc.); experience with high- level conservation contacts, donors and political figures
  • Ability to Manage time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results
  • Ability to communicate clearly and compellingly via written, spoken and various media
  • Experience supporting fundraising efforts
  • Demonstrated success as an inspirational manager who has motivated staff to achieve and sustain excellence.
  • Leadership ability to work effectively with and through others in a region that has multiple powerful, distinct and often competing municipalities
  • Political savvy, interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills.

Compensation and benefits:

Competitive base salary and benefits, commensurate with experience.

How to apply:

Qualified applicants should submit 1) resume, 2) cover letter, 3) salary history and 4) a list of three references

(all as a single pdf) by e-mail to: Initial_DLWP (e.g. Carson_R_DLWP.PDF)

Director of Land and Water Protection Search Committee Triangle Land Conservancy
514 S. Duke St.
Durham, NC 27701

Please save your application file as: Last Name_First

Applications will be reviewed starting May 22, 2013 No phone calls, please.

Triangle Land Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status.

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