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The Conservation Program Director directs all aspects of protection, stewardship, and government relations, implementing plans and policies approved by the board of directors. The Director establishes overall programmatic priorities for conservation programs and develops and implements strategies and plans for accomplishing them.
S/he is an individual with high ethical standards, excellent strategic planning skills, and a track record of engaging diverse groups — public, private, and nonprofit — in delivering on-the-ground conservation results. S/he has successfully negotiated complex conservation transactions, including securing public and private funding.
Specific tasks include:
1. Works with Executive Director and Conservation Committee to set the strategic direction and conservation priorities that position the organization as a major conservation partner in the state.
2. Works with the Executive Director and Conservation Committee to develop and implement government relations, public policy, and funding strategies in support of the conservation program.
3. Oversees the development and implementation of a Master Plan for the program, which establishes conservation priorities throughout the region.
4. Directs conservation activities including acquisitions, transfer of acquired lands to appropriate partners, and all other activities associated with protection strategies. Negotiates complex and innovative acquisitions and other conservation solutions with landowners and government agencies.
5. Directs development of management strategies for ALT and programmatic activities to achieve the organization’s conservation objectives.
6. Establishes policies and procedures in compliance with Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Standards.
7. Works to build environmental coalitions and to secure funding for creative environmental solutions.
8. Builds a volunteer program that supports stewardship activities and furthers best practices of land management.
9. Oversees development of educational and public relations campaigns that focus on the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship.
10. Manages staff, interns, volunteers and consultants to execute the programs and initiatives of the Conservation Program.
Additional tasks required of all ALT Employees:
- Maintain regular in-office hours according to a predetermined schedule to answer email and messages, prepare detailed timesheets, coordinate with fellow staff, etc.
- Contribute to quarterly newsletters, monthly and annual reports, brochures and other educational materials as related to program(s) of primary responsibility as well as overall organization;
- Assist with fundraising (i.e. grant applications, special events, etc.);
- Attend weekly staff meetings; and
- Be part of a team—provide support for all staff members in their respective duties
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