Land Trust Program Director
The Land Trust Program Director is responsible for leading all aspects of MCHT’s Land Trust Program, being responsive to, advising, consulting with, and empowering Maine’s 80+ land trusts in order to build a stronger land trust community in Maine. This includes creating opportunities for training, knowledge-sharing, and networking, and identifying and addressing other needs. This position also oversees and helps guide MCHT advocacy and public policy initiatives. The Land Trust Program Director sits on MCHT’s leadership team which is responsible for shaping strategic direction and managing the operations of the organization. The primary office for this role could be Topsham or Mount Desert, Maine.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Actively contribute to the organization’s strategic vision and direction. Build the annual workplan and budget of the organization in collaboration with the Leadership Team. Ensure MCHT’s management, operations, structure, and culture are aligned.
- Regularly assess and respond to the needs of Maine’s 80+ land trusts as identified by MCHT staff, Maine Land Trust Network (MLTN) members, and the MLTN Steering Committee, organizing and / or developing programs and trainings to strengthen organizational health and performance, and connecting land trusts to outside (and MCHT) experts and resources as needed.
- Create content for and oversee details of programs for land trusts, including in-person workshops, virtual workshops, monthly zoom meetings, and the annual Maine Land Conservation Conference, in collaboration with the Land Trust Program Coordinator.
- Organize and manage governance functions for the MLTN Steering Committee, including facilitating regular meetings in collaboration with the Steering Committee Chair. Listen to and incorporate feedback from Steering Committee members on the direction, goals, and activities of MLTN. Organize and manage the MLTN strategic planning process and plan implementation, including the hiring of consultants.
- Act as the Maine liaison to the national Land Trust Alliance and to peer service centers nationally and in the Northeast, attending regular meetings, participating in peer exchange opportunities, actively tracking emerging trends and issues, and acting as a conduit for MLTN members.
- Oversee communications for the MLTN, including publications, the website, the member forum, and MLTN’s Infoline.
- Represent the land trust community on statewide coalitions (e.g., Maine Trails Coalition).
- Manage the LL Bean Land Trust Grant Program. Identify and develop opportunities for, and administer, additional regrant programs to support Maine land trusts. Assist with grant writing to procure funds for Land Trust Program support.
- Ensure the land trust perspective is considered by MCHT whenever decisions that affect the land trust community are being made, including in MCHT leadership discussions and strategic planning processes.
- Provide oversight and guidance for MCHT advocacy and public policy initiatives, in collaboration with the Senior Public Policy Manager.
- Ensure public policy efforts are coordinated within MCHT, reflect MCHT positions, and benefit the broader land trust community in Maine.
- Manage and oversee responses to inquiries regarding general land trust issues from foundations, State agencies, the press, legislators and other elected officials, and others.
- Develop and manage the Land Trust Program budget, adhering to MCHT budgeting processes and requirements.
- Perform special projects and other related duties as required, directed, or as the situation dictates.
Supervise the Land Trust Program Coordinator and Senior Public Policy Manager, assign and oversee work, evaluate performance, and coordinate training and professional development opportunities. Create an inspiring team environment, set clear goals and deadlines, and foster creativity and innovation.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with five to seven years of experience in land conservation and land trust issues, including advocacy and public policy initiatives
- Strong commitment to land conservation, passionate about building stronger communities, conserving natural habitats, connecting people to land
- Deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Working knowledge of local land trusts and land conservation issues in Maine preferred
- Proven experience as an effective team leader, operational manager, and supervisor.
- Ability to maintain positive working relationships and to interact and negotiate with a wide variety of people.
- Strong planning, organizational, project management, and problem-solving skills.
- Working knowledge of budget development and administration.
- Ability to coordinate, lead, and work effectively with large and diverse groups.
- Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to effectively operate computers & assigned software, including Microsoft Office Suite, ZOOM and more.
WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Work is performed in a normal office environment for a minimum of two days/week, not subject to extremes of noise, temperature, odor, etc. and in virtual/home office settings for the remainder of the week. Operates computer, printer, and other office equipment. Work requires extended sitting and repetitive motion in the use of computer, keyboard and mouse. Some lifting may be required. Some travel is required.
This is a permanent, full-time position with a benefits package including insurance (no cost for employee coverage), generous vacation and sick time, and a retirement plan.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. We are an equal opportunity mployer dedicated to creating an inclusive culture where employees from diverse backgrounds