Saratoga PLAN (preserving land and nature) is an 18 year-old conservation organization in upstate NY providing accessible nature preserves and trails, protected fertile farmland, green infrastructure, and community planning services. The Board of Directors is seeking an energetic, proven, and inspirational leader and manager to serve as its executive director beginning in 2022 to oversee a team of 7-7.5 staff persons focused on land protection, stewardship, community planning, community engagement, partnership and donor relations, communications, strategic planning, and development, assisted by a volunteer corps of 200+, and an operating budget of $800,000.
Position Title: Executive Director (ED)
Saratoga County is the fastest growing county in a state where half a million acres of farmland alone have been lost in the last 25 years. Never has the permanent investment in clean air, water, and land been so important in people’s lives. Since 2003, Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) has conserved over 7,000 acres, and the need is accelerating. PLAN seeks a highly respected leader for its Executive Director position to hold overall strategic, operational, and financial responsibility for Saratoga PLAN; have the vision and skills to communicate and execute our mission; and foster financial strategy to support our next critical expansion of capacity and conservation success. Saratoga PLAN’s Mission: To preserve 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 acknowledges that the lands it conserves are located on ancestral homelands of Mohican, Mohawk and Abenaki people.
• Salary based on qualifications and experience ($85,000 – $95,000). Medical and dental benefits, and retirement plan.
• Office in Saratoga Springs, NY and field work throughout Saratoga County.
• With the Board of Directors, review and develop short-term strategies and long-term strategic goals to accomplish PLAN’s mission and vision effectively, cognizant of increasing human and environmental pressures.
• Identify and prioritize programs for maximum impact in the county and region, and evaluate progress and success to document PLAN’s value.
• Mobilize and proactively develop a diverse, effective and unified team of land protection and stewardship specialists, providing direction, support and constructive feedback, and ensuring all work follows Land Trust Alliance (LTA) standards and practices.
• With the Board, and through personal efforts, cultivate an active, successful development team, securing support for programs and building PLAN’s organizational capacity.
• Search for opportunities and develop strategies to grow stewardship and general endowments.
• Inspire, cultivate and retain donors and develop a planned giving program.
Partnerships and Strategic Alliances
• With Board, staff, and volunteers, work to maintain and grow 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.
• As the public face of PLAN, effectively advocate PLAN’s vision, mission, values, achievements, and goals to diverse audiences through a wide range of media.
• Base planning on hearing the needs of an inclusive constituency of users.
• Build on PLAN’s organizational identity to inspire and grow internal and external support.
• Utilize unique events to highlight programs, land and farm donations or easements, and build a conservation-minded constituency.
Board Management and Development
• Encourage and engage an active, inclusive Board and help recruit, train, retain, and fully utilize quality Board and committee members, and maintain connections to emeritus Board.
• Ensure Board is well-informed and involved in strategy, policy, fundraising, and financial oversight.
Management and Operations
• Hire, supervise, assist, evaluate, and ensure proper training of all staff members. Make available opportunities for professional development.
• Work with staff and Board to conduct necessary business functions, including preparation of annual report, financial reports, budgets, and cash-flow estimates; development of policies and strategic plans; and the management of investments. Maintain State and Federal non-profit status and LTA
• Strong personal interest in, knowledge of, and conviction to the conservation of land and protection of the environment, with a clear vision for achieving a healthy future
• Bachelor’s degree
• Relevant work experience
• Knowledge and experience with up-to-date land protection and stewardship methods, tools, practices, and data management. Experience with land purchases and ownership responsibilities; the drafting, obtaining, and enforcement of conservation easements; and land management and restoration approaches.
• Strong writing skills and demonstrated ability to successfully apply for grants.
• Experience managing staff and interacting with a Board.
• Demonstrated success in setting goals and priorities for programs, meeting them, and securing funding to grow an organization and major projects.
• Ability to set clear priorities and use data, creative thinking, and teamwork in critical decisions to guide PLAN’s investment in people, land, and the organization.
• Demonstrated sound fiscal management.
• Diplomatic skills to persuasively build consensus and unify internal and external stakeholders with diverse perspectives.
• Strong communication skills with the ability to speak effectively in public, and work with the media to enhance PLAN’s presence and effectiveness.
• Insight into emerging land conservation issues, including climate change adaptation and mitigation.
• ED works in the office, and in the field; and may travel to various locations in the region for meetings, conferences, workshops, and speaking engagements. Evening and weekend work is occasionally required. Valid driver’s license and personal vehicle required; mileage reimbursed.
• Applications accepted until September 10, 2021.
• Position starts January 1, 2021.
• To apply, please submit resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Additional information: www.saratogaplan.org.
Saratoga PLAN is an equal opportunity employer.