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Program Director – CLCC


CLCC seeks a detail-oriented, collaborative, organized, and experienced professional to join our dynamic and energetic team as Program Director. This position offers a unique opportunity for a creative and entrepreneurial professional to develop and lead the next generation of CLCC’s technical assistance services, programming, and partnerships, with a goal of building enduring land trusts and directly making a difference in accelerating the pace and quality of land conservation in Connecticut.

Position: Program Director

Reports to: Executive Director

Location: Middletown, CT with ability to work remotely.  Local travel and some evening/weekend hours will be required.  (All subject to COVID-19 conditions and guidelines.)

Status: Full-time (40 hours/week) exempt, competitive salary starting at $70,000/year with benefits but negotiable based upon experience.

Core Responsibilities:


In collaboration with the Executive Director, staff, consultants, and program partners, the  Program Director will serve as CLCC’s circuit rider and ensure that CLCC delivers technical assistance to build land trust capacity and sustainability through the following programs:

CLCC Advanced Collaboration and Merger Assistance Program

The Program Director will develop and provide the spectrum of services associated with CLCC’s Advanced Collaboration and Merger Assistance Program to build stronger more sustainable land trusts including through partnerships, advanced collaboration, structural realignment, or merger with other organizations.

Responsibilities include:

  • Convene regional networking roundtables and workshops to foster relationships and provide land trusts with an opportunity to hear about some of the latest trends in collaborations, partnerships, and mergers.
  • Facilitate discussions with individual land trust boards around organizational transition and succession planning.
  • Facilitate discussions with land trust cohorts interested in taking a deeper dive into if and how they can achieve greater effectiveness and sustainability through a new collaborative relationship or structure.
  • Coordinate feasibility studies and support for land trust cohorts that are formally committed to exploring, formalizing, and implementing a merger or other new relationship or structure.

Land Trust Capacity-Building Program 

CLCC’s Program Director will deliver or coordinate the delivery of technical assistance and programming to land trusts in support of all facets of their work related to record-keeping and other risk management, long term conservation defense (including coordinating with the Land Trust Alliance around readiness for TerraFirma and Accreditation), organizational governance, land conservation transactions, strategic planning and board visioning sessions, and other land trust capacity needs.

Program Development, Coordination, and Staff Support

The Program Director will advise and collaborate with CLCC’s other staff on current programs including but not limited to Regional Land Trust Advancement Initiatives, Conserving Land by Staying Connected workshops, roundtables and focus groups, curriculum for the annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference, etc.  In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Program Director may also initiate, develop, delegate, and/or lead new projects or initiatives that fall outside defined program areas of other staff, yet which may be critical to CLCC’s advancement and mission success.

Responsibilities include providing routine oversight and problem-solving assistance to staff; reviewing program grant proposals, reports, and budgets; integrating staff in successful completion of annual program work plan; conducting program evaluation and other oversight activities to ensure successful implementation of CLCC’s programs.

Outreach and Communications

The Program Director will represent the organization externally at conferences, professional associations, fundraising events, and other public and private venues.  The Program Director will organize, schedule, and contribute to print and e-communications, outreach materials, press releases, publications, and other media related to CLCC’s programs.

Other duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications

  • Supervisory experience, including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance.
  • Prior land trust experience.
  • Experience with non-profit governance and administration.
  • Experience writing, securing, and managing grants, with fulfillment of funding requirements, including budget tracking and reporting.
  • Experience coordinating with multiple stakeholders, partners, and service providers to develop successful projects.
  • Experience leading public education programs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree and at least 5 years of experience in related fields (law, administration, accounting, education etc.)
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously and set and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to write and edit compelling written materials for external communications.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience working effectively both unsupervised and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to engage with land trusts, private landowners, government agencies, and communities.
  • Strong computer proficiency and high degree of familiarity and comfort with:  Excel, Word, Google Drive, online technology, websites, social media, online marketing, and communications distribution.
  • Ability to work some non-standard hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • A passion for land conservation and enthusiasm for CLCC, our programs, and mission.

To apply:

Send resume, cover letter, and a list of three references in one .pdf document via email to with the subject line reading “CLCC Program Director Position.”  No phone inquiries, please.  Applications will be reviewed starting December 27, 2021 and interviews are conducted on a rolling basis.  The position is open until filled.

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The Connecticut Land Conservation Council is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We strive for a collegial and diverse environment of people who generate innovative ideas and work hard to implement them.  Read about our board, staff, mission, and values on our website at

Deadline: 01/31/22
Connecticut Land Conservation Council
Middletown, CT