Executive Director

LEGACY LAND TRUST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Background

Legacy Land Trust (LLT) is a growing land trust with a mission to conserve the important natural resources of Northern Colorado including working farms and ranches, wildlife habitat, and open space. Founded in 1993, LLT has helped landowners establish 117 conservation easements protecting over 40,000 acres in its service area. Expanding its capabilities, LLT has grown to a staff consisting of an Executive Director, Director of Development, Director of Conservation, Stewardship Coordinator, a contract bookkeeper and a contract administrative assistant. To fill the vacated Executive Director position, LLT seeks a talented and ambitious executive to support LLT's efforts to expand its conservation goals.

General Responsibilities

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is charged with identifying and developing new conservation projects, fundraising and outreach, and managing LLT's staff and budget. The Executive Director works with (1) the Board of Directors concerning the strategic vision and direction of LLT; (2) the Director of Development and the Philanthropy Committee in fundraising activities and community outreach to raise awareness of LLT; (3) the Director of Conservation and the Project Identification Team to assess potential conservation projects, conserve priority lands and provide oversight of the Stewardship Program and (4) the Executive Committee and Treasurer to manage the budget and finances. The Executive Director is also expected to perform a leadership role within the organization and throughout the region, representing the LLT in land conservation efforts in northern Colorado.

Specific Responsibilities

Land Conservation:

- Provides leadership to the Land Conservation Program and works with the Director of Conservation to connect LLT with landowners that may be interested in conserving their land.
- Assists, as needed, in the preparation of conservation easements and other acquisition documents.
- Insures high quality stewardship of protected lands and works with staff and landowners to resolve any stewardship issues.
- Develops, maintains and enhances new and/or existing partnerships with public land protection agencies, land conservation organizations and private businesses.

Fundraising and Outreach:

- Provides leadership in fundraising efforts, including strategies to maintain and cultivate new and existing major donors and will work to increase revenue working collaboratively with the Director of Development, the Philanthropy Committee, and the Board of Directors.
- Actively seeks grant opportunities, prepares and submits successful grant applications.
- Ensures that the Land Trust's website is high quality, maintained and updated regularly.
- Identifies opportunities in concert with the Director of Development for increasing public awareness of LLT's events and programs through press releases, public meetings and other methods
- Promotes public awareness of LLT by participating in relevant stakeholder events such as Farm Shows, local agriculture expos, etc., as necessary to demonstrate LLT's engagement and leadership in conservation. In addition, conducts Landowner Workshops in Larimer, Weld and Jackson Counties to promote high quality land conservation.

Administration and Financial Management:

- Manage and coordinate the daily administrative affairs of the office.
- In consultation with the Board President, prepares agendas and Board packets for monthly Board meetings, including financial reports, and provides leadership and guidance to LLT staff in the preparation of reports to the Board on fundraising efforts, and financial and administrative matters
- Maintain the Land Trust in good standing with federal, state and local organizational and incorporation requirements including certification and accreditation. Works with contracted CPA to complete and file tax returns (IRS 990 and quarterly IRS 941), and ensure proper payment of payroll taxes.
- Ensures that the Board and staff are knowledgeable and supportive of the Land Trust Alliance's Standards and Practices, and seek to acquire and maintain the Land Trust's accreditation by LTA or other relevant accreditation bodies.
- Prepares the proposed annual budget submitted for Board approval.
- Maintains appropriate disbursement, receivables and payroll records and the general ledger with the assistance of the LLT bookkeeper.
- Ensures that all financial management policies approved by the Board of Directors are followed, and propose revisions to these policies as needed to the Board or the Finance Committee.

Qualifications

- An outgoing personality with strong leadership and communication skills and an ability to speak passionately about land conservation.
- Prior experience in a leadership position of a nonprofit organization that included development responsibilities and management of staff.
- Demonstrated success in fundraising.
- Have considerable working knowledge of land conservation tools including conservation easements and the Colorado Tax Credit Program.
- Experienced in the financial management of a non-profit organization, including familiarity with payroll and accounting software (e.g., QuickBooks).
- Competence in working with MS Office products; experience with Salesforce a plus.
- Bachelor and/or Master degree in a relevant field.

Salary and benefits negotiable based on experience.

TO APPLY
Please email a cover letter and resume to the attention of K-Lynn Cameron, Interim Executive Director at K-Lynn @ legacylandtrust.org or mail to

214 South College Ave
Suite 200
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Fort Collins, Colorado
2013-04-19
Legacy Land Trust
K-Lynn Cameron, Interim Executive Director



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