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Executive Director – Aquidneck Land Trust


Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) was formed in 1990 by a group of residents concerned about the pace of real estate development and the increasing disengagement of residents and visitors from the Island’s natural resources. Community support has grown to attract and retain a fully engaged staff, board of trustees, board of advisors, and other volunteers who serve on several governing and event committees. The original founders continue to be involved as trustees and/or advisors and, together with staff, have committed to continuing their land conservation mission. ALT is accredited with the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission.ALT serves three towns, Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth, covering all of Aquidneck Island, approximately 25,000 acres. ALT works on a number of conservation projects to make local farming viable, improve health in the community, improve water quality, increase and improve wildlife habitat, educate the community on various environmental issues, and advocate for smart policy at the municipal and state levels.

As a trusted organization on Aquidneck Island and its only land trust, this is an important and exciting moment for ALT to lead the charge, building on its programming, skillset and reputation. The next Executive Director will play a crucial role in the successful execution of ALT’s Strategic Plan so that the natural environment and quality of life on Aquidneck Island is conserved and stewarded for future generations.

A strong candidate will have demonstrated success in all aspects of fundraising and donor cultivation. As the most front-facing leader, the Executive Director will be in strong partnership with the Director of Development and Board to foster a diverse donor community inclusive of all levels of stakeholders from members, longtime residents, new landowners and high wealth donors. The candidate should also be able to cultivate strong relationships with landowners and lead the negotiations to successfully close land conservation transactions. They should also have the capacity to find, structure, fundraise and close critical conservation parcels.

An ideal candidate will have the skillset and background to juggle multiple short and long term objectives. This includes creating the ability for ALT to influence land use policies, identify acquisition opportunities and build partnerships. A strong candidate will also succeed in building a productive, mission-driven staff, Board of Trustees, and culture. This also means fostering an organizational culture that is supportive, joyful, collaborative and committed to staff development.

The target base salary for this position is $160,000 – $180,000, in combination with a potential variable performance incentive bonus plan. Benefits include relocation assistance, a robust health care package, which includes medical and dental benefits, paid time off for vacation, family care, mental and physical health, religious holidays, civic duties, and bereavement, as well as the opportunity to participate in a retirement plan.

Aquidneck Land Trust is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture and community. Candidates of color, bilingual and bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page). For more information about Aquidneck Land Trust, visit

Deadline: 07/29/23
Aquidneck Land Trust
Middletown, RI