Mahoosuc Land Trust

Executive Director Job Description    

The Executive Director (ED) is the chief executive officer of the Mahoosuc Land Trust.  The ED reports to the President of the Board of Directors and serves at the pleasure of the Board.   The ED will focus on the mission of the Land Trust and work towards reaching the goals established in its Strategic Plan (2015 – 2020).   The ED has major responsibilities in the following areas: operations, finance, fundraising, communications and outreach, land conservation and acquisitions, stewardship, and education.

·         Operations

o   Supervises MLT staff and office management

o   Oversees financial expenditures in accord with budget

o   Works with Board to ensure compliance with the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices

o   Communicates with and advises MLT Board Officers and Members

o   Attends Board Meetings and Committee meetings

o   Supports development of the volunteer program

o   Responsible for care and maintenance of the office space

·         Financial

o   Works with MLT Treasurer and the Financial Planning Committee to prepare monthly and annual budgets and means of funding.

o   Prudently manages the MLT’s finances within the guidelines of the adopted budget

·         Development and Fundraising

o   Has a major responsibility for the financial development of MLT

o   Works directly with the Development Coordinator to implement fundraising and membership activities

o   Maintains relationships and communications with donors, members and prospective members, and community leaders in support of fundraising goals.

o   Works with Development Coordinator and Board to focus on major and planned gifts

·         Communications and Outreach

o   Is the chief spokesperson for MLT and maintains an active role in the community that encourages engagement and supports collaboration with other local nonprofits

o   Insures effectiveness of website and social media platforms to promote the vision of the Mahoosuc Land Trust

o   Works with the Outreach Committee to plan and implement programs, lectures, and hikes

·         Land Conservation and Acquisition

o   Oversees the development and implementation of a Strategic Conservation Plan

o   Participates in the evaluation of prospective properties

o   Coordinates the work of the Lands Committee with the Strategic Conservation Plan

·         Stewardship

o   Works with the Stewardship Committee Committee to oversee property management

o   Works with Stewardship chair Develops to develop management plans for each MLT property

o   Oversees the development of baseline documentation of easement properties

o   Oversees the production of brochures and maps for properties

o   Works to increase MLT’s capacity to meet its stewardship responsibilities

·         Education

o   Works with the Education Committee to continue the development and expansion of MLT’s Nature-Play Program

o    Develops programs that utilize the Valentine Farm’s classroom and the natural resources of the property to further the educational goals outlined in the Strategic Plan. 


 College degree and demonstrated progressively responsible experience in fundraising, communications and nonprofit management experience or equivalent.

  • A commitment to conservation and experience with land/natural resource conservation.
  • Strong management, communication, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices and with conservation law.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage staff, board, operations and multiple priorities in a team environment of staff and volunteers.
  • Solid fundraising experience, with strong knowledge of professional practices.
  • Experience in grant opportunities and grant writing.
  • Solid oral and written communication skills.
  • Computer experience: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and working knowledge of email marketing, QuickBooks, data bases and social media.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to with Search Committee in the subject line, by September 15, 2017.