Founded in 2003, Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) is dedicated to preserving
the rural character, natural habitats, and scenic beauty of Saratoga County so that these
irreplaceable assets are accessible to all and survive for future generations. PLAN has
protected over 7,000 acres of natural and working lands in the Saratoga region and is now
preparing for new leadership to build on its success and increase its presence and impact
in the state’s fastest growing county.
Saratoga PLAN is seeking a highly respected leader to join the organization and serve as its
Executive Director. In this position, this individual will assume overall strategic,
operational, and financial responsibilities for the organization; have the vision and skills to
communicate and execute the mission; and foster financial strategy and acumen to support
the next critical expansion of conservation success.
Executive Director (ED)
- Together with the Board of Directors, staff, and community partners, develop and
execute short- and long-term strategies, including a multi-year strategic plan, to
accomplish PLAN’s mission.
- Implement and manage the organization’s core programs, including the acquisition,
management, and stewardship of natural and working lands, to expand land
conservation and preservation throughout the county and the region.
- Represent the organization externally and identify opportunities to grow and expand
PLAN’s reach and impact in collaborating with existing and new strategic partners.
- Cultivate and oversee an effective fundraising strategy and team to maintain and grow
the organization’s programs and staffing.
- Identify and pursue specific funding opportunities and develop strategies to grow
stewardship and general endowments.
- Inspire and expand the organization’s donor base and strategic funding partnerships.
Partnerships and Strategic Alliances
- Maintain and expand effective partnerships with municipal, state, and federal
conservation agencies, as well as service and conservation groups.
- Work with the Board and staff to identify, build, and maintain personal relationships
with donors, grantors, partners, and community stakeholders.
Communications and Events
- Oversee the dissemination of PLAN’s mission, values, achievements, and goals through
various forms of media to increase local and regional awareness about the
- Work with staff, the Board of Directors, and community partners to develop strategies
and initiatives to reach beyond the organization’s primary constituency.
- Collaborate with staff and the Board of Directors to develop and refine messaging that
reflects the organization’s priorities and will resonate with target audiences.
- Manage the conception and execution of events to highlight PLAN’s work.
Management and Operations
- Hire, supervise, and train staff members, and nurture a collaborative work environment
with opportunities for professional advancement and development.
- Work with staff and the Board of Directors to manage necessary business and financial
responsibilities, structures, policies, and reporting.
- Engage and support the Board of Directors, emeritus Board and advisory committees in
fulfillment of their responsibilities, guidance and oversight
- Demonstration of strong personal interest in, knowledge of, and passion for the
conservation of natural and working lands and protection of the environment.
- Minimum 3-5 years’ management experience, with a preference for experience directly
managing a staff of 3 or more and demonstrated ability to foster growth and
- Demonstrated success in setting goals and executing on objectives, with the ability to
prioritize, delegate responsibilities and work collaboratively in a team setting.
- Demonstrated success or ability to secure funding through grants and donations
- Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate
effectively in public and small professional settings, as well as with a range of diverse
- Ability to understand, manage, and plan the financial aspects of a small non-profit
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Desirable (or Preferred) Qualifications
- Advanced degree from an accredited college or university
- Knowledge and experience with land preservation and stewardship activities
- Experience with managing and submitting grant applications
- Experience working closely with a Board of Directors
- Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Negotiable. Will include medical
and dental, and retirement benefits.
Office in Saratoga Springs, New York and field work throughout Saratoga County.
Please submit resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional information: www.saratogaplan.org
Saratoga PLAN is an equal opportunity employer.