SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Executive Director is the chief executive officer and works for the Board of Trustees under the guidance of the President. The Executive Director is chief executive officer, responsible to the Board for all phases of operation of the Mendocino Land Trust and for the Trust’s success in its mission of conserving land. The Director should be a strong administrator, skilled in exercising diplomacy and inclusiveness while working effectively with diverse constituents. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential since continued positive relations with landowners, governmental agencies, donors and staff are necessary for the Land Trust to grow and achieve its goals. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to interact well with a wide variety of people, including a diverse Board of Directors, staff, landowners, government officials, the press, scientists, donors, and the general public.
Primary responsibilities include fundraising, land conservation, coastal access, outreach, budgeting and managing staff.
Locate sources of significant funding, and build the case statement and obtain long term funding for the organization. Build the personal relationships to secure long term funding.
Oversee program of voluntary land conservation, land acquisition, conservation easements, stewardship, monitoring and developing partnerships with other conservation organizations.
Direct and conduct fundraising and membership development activities and strategy. Design and implement fundraising and membership solicitations, seek financial support, grants, contracts and other assistance from individuals, foundations, corporations, and public agencies.
Develop public communications programs including publication of newsletter, news releases and informational materials.
Oversee the Land Trust’s financial and record-keeping systems.
Assure the Trust complies with all applicable federal and state laws.
Organize meetings and conferences, and conduct outreach on behalf of the Mendocino Land Trust.
Work effectively with volunteers.
Regularly communicate and work closely with the Board of Directors, its officers and committees, including coordination of board and committee meetings, correspondence, event coordination and retreats.
Direct and conduct organizational management functions, including the preparation and management of budgets, reports, policies and plans, including oversight of financial investments.
Hire, supervise, motivate and develop staff, and evaluate and ensure training of staff in the performance of their assigned duties.
Manage all agreements and contracts entered into on behalf of the Land Trust: track and meet deadlines, submit invoices/budget updates, and produce reports.
Develop collaborative relationships with local, regional, and state and federal conservation agencies and organizations. Promote the County’s natural resources, such as the California Coastal National Monument.