New England Program Coordinator – Land Trust Alliance
Location: Remote, based in New England with a preference for a candidate located in Massachusetts
Deadline: January 19, 2024
Our natural lands and open spaces are a lifeline to clean air, water, food, and good health. These lands bring us together, inspire us, and provide opportunities to recreate and recharge. The land trust community is a crucial component in this equation.
Since its founding in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance has catalyzed private land conservation across the country by providing land trusts with the education, best practices, advocacy, and support necessary for long-term success.
The Alliance’s Eastern Division, in which the New England Program is housed, is a dedicated and collaborative team that shares a purpose to have an enduring impact on the planet and our communities. Our team values relationships – internal and external. We cultivate a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows us to respond to the most pressing needs of land trusts. We are trusted advisors, leaders, convenors, advocates, listeners and champions of land trusts. We lead with purpose, compassion, inclusion and a humble spirit, and we embrace an ethical commitment to the land and creating safe and accessible spaces for all.
As the heart of the land trust community, New England is home to more land trusts than any other region of the country. The Alliance’s New England Program is at an exciting moment of growth, positioned to expand its delivery of exceptional programming and support to further strengthen land trust capacity, advance equitable conservation outcomes, and increase the sector’s impact.
The New England Program Coordinator position offers a unique opportunity to provide program coordination and administrative assistance to help ensure the delivery of quality programs for the land trust community in New England. This position will help land trusts access technical expertise, trainings, grants and other services to ensure the success and sustainability of the land trust community. The program coordinator will support the New England program manager in coordinating and implementing the New England Advancing Conservation Excellence Program, with a focus on program delivery in Massachusetts. This program is a core element of the New England program and its objective is to foster best practices and strengthen organizations through training, mentoring and coaching, grants, and other assistance. The coordinator will play an important role in building and maintaining relationships and effective partnerships with land trust members, state and regional associations of land trusts, and landscape-level collaborations to advance our mutual goals.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Provide coordination and administrative support for program delivery to strengthen the land trust community in New England, with an emphasis on Massachusetts.
- Assist with analyzing the needs of the land trust community and help develop strategies to meet those needs through a well-conceived program and associated services. Compile data and information on land trust trends, risks, and opportunities as needed to inform program delivery.
- Build and strengthen relationships with land trusts, state associations, partners, consultants, and contractors in the region. This may include meeting with land trusts, planning programming in partnership with state associations, and identifying new consultants.
- Coordinate and, with support from others, provide general support to New England land trusts. Respond to email inquiries, coordinate responses across various Alliance departments, foster peer-to-peer connections, draft articles for the monthly e-news, respond to information requests, and share tools and resources.
- Assist in planning and executing virtual, in-person, and hybrid meetings. This includes scheduling, managing promotion, recruiting speakers, preparing agendas and handouts, coordinating meals, helping to facilitate, providing administrative support and instructor assistance, note taking, arranging travel logistics, and coordinating evaluations that impact future delivery of programs.
- Compile lists and data, manage outreach and invitations, summarize applications, and provide support to New England land trusts applying for and receiving grant awards.
- Work across departments to collaboratively support land trusts looking to advance community-centered conservation projects and/or embed diversity, equity, and inclusion into their organizations.
- Manage lists of members and program participants to improve service delivery to New England land trusts.
- Assist with the preparation of grant proposals, fundraising meetings, and donor and foundation reporting.
- Participate in ad hoc internal teams and/or regional and divisional efforts related to communications, program planning, and budget management.
- Attend and assist with Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference put on by the Alliance in a different part of the country each year. Rally 2024 will be in Providence, RI. Other sporadic travel may be required.
Required Qualifications and Attributes
- At least three years of professional, nonprofit, or mission-driven experience, with clearly demonstrated experience and skills related to the performance of the job responsibilities.
- A desire to engage with and serve the land trust community with an exceptional customer service mindset.
- An eagerness to bring flexibility, creativity, and a sense of humor to a role that will enable our team to have a meaningful impact on land conservation.
- Strong organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to track and manage projects and tasks through to completion.
- Ability to represent the Alliance in a variety of forums, with exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills.
- Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and web-conferencing software (e.g., Zoom and Teams). Experience with or demonstrated ability to become proficient at customer relationship management platforms such as Salesforce, accounting software such as NetSuite, and grant tracking programs, such as Foundant.
- Ability to thrive as a supporting member of an energetic and fast-moving team and work effectively without close daily supervision.
- Ability to provide and receive feedback and to foster a culture of appreciation.
- Ability to work occasional evenings, weekends, or other non-traditional work hours, as needed.
Preferred qualifications and attributes:
- Familiarity and experience with private land conservation practices, particularly with the New England or Massachusetts conservation community, and/or nonprofit organizations.
- Personal commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, and experience with integrating these principles into a work or personal context.
- Equitable relationship building experience, lived experience in, or a demonstrated track record working with Black, Indigenous and/or other Communities of Color, LGBTQIA+ people and/or people with disabilities.
The budgeted salary range for this position is $55,000 to $65,000, commensurate with skills, years of experience, physical location, and unique background and qualifications of the candidate.
The Land Trust Alliance offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to:
- Medical, dental, vision, and other health coverage
- Life and disability insurance
- Paid vacation, personal, sick time and 13.5 paid holidays per year, plus eligibility for sabbatical leave after 7 years of employment
- 100% vested 403(b) retirement benefits. The Land Trust Alliance contributes 6.5% after 6 months, increasing to 8% after 3 years
- Discounts at outdoor and exercise apparel stores through participation in eligible “pro” programs.
Please apply to this position on the following link: https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=72989&clientkey=CF3ADEB4BF06BDCD626EF14936C1FEE5 If the electronic application is not an option, applications will be accepted by mail to Human Resources, Land Trust Alliance, 1250 H St, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005.
The Land Trust Alliance’s mission is to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Land Trust Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or marital status.