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Executive Director – Cheshire Land Trust

Leadership

The Cheshire Land Trust, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to preserving land in its natural state for future generations, is seeking a dynamic and passionate individual, working as an independent contractor, to fill the role of Executive Director. The ideal candidate will play a key role in advancing the organization’s mission and supporting its growth and will perform services for CLT at the direction of its Board of Directors.

Services to be provided:

  1. Farm Renovation Program:
    • In consultation with the CLT Board, help oversee and manage the master plan/program for the renovation of the farmhouse and development of new infrastructure for farm operations at Ives Farm.  When needed, identify and secure outside expertise.  Manage relationship with tenant farmer(s).
  2. Forest Management:
    • Implement and oversee the active forest management plan for Ives Farm Woodlands and develop a similar plan for Brooke Preserve.  Implement similar plans for future landholdings, as needed.
  3. Communication and Outreach:
    • Evaluate current communications efforts including the member newsletter and determine if an alternative communication strategy will benefit the organization.
    • Oversee and implement new strategies and channels, increasing frequency and quality of communication with membership as needed.
    • Maintain and update the organization’s website regularly to ensure accurate and current information.
  4. Board Liaison:
    • Keep the CLT Board informed on the activities of the land trust, soliciting feedback and guidance as needed and appropriate.
    • Prepare and present updates at monthly CLT Board meetings.
  5. Engagement:
    • Develop and implement strategies to significantly increase membership.
    • Foster strong relationships with existing members through effective communication and engagement initiatives.
    • Assist in planning donation campaigns and developing new sources of revenue.
    • Ascertain and pursue grant opportunities.
  6. Land Preservation:
    • In concert with the Board – Identify and evaluate potential properties for preservation through purchase or conservation easements.
    • Collaborate with stakeholders to execute the organization’s land preservation goals.
  7. Administration:
    • Perform other administrative tasks as necessary to support the smooth operation of the land trust.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:
(i) a proven track record in independently managing multiple projects simultaneously for multiple clients/stakeholders;

(ii) substantial experience and references in fundraising/client development and/or relationship management with donors;

(iii) experience as a volunteer board member (preferably with asset management and/or real estate management responsibilities at a board level);

(iv) experience in the drafting, negotiation, and management – of contracts;

(v) experience in grant writing and/or interacting with government programs related to funding of goods or services;

(vi) strong organizational and communication skills; and

(vii) knowledge of land preservation practices and environmental issues.

Familiarity with agriculture and farm operations is a plus

Working Hours/Compensation: Part-time, flexible schedule. Approximately 30 hours per week. Entirely remote position – attendance at some evening meetings required.  Residence in or near Cheshire is a plus.  Independent Contractor – Compensation commensurate with experience.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to cheshirelandtrust@gmail.com. Contractor applications will be accepted on a continuing basis.

 

Deadline: 04/30/24
Cheshire Land Trust
Cheshire, CT