Job: Land’s Sake Executive Director

Land's Sake, Inc. (, founded in 1980, combines ecologically sound land management practices with hands-on environmental education to model how public open space can be used and enjoyed within a suburban community. A 501c3 nonprofit corporation, Land¹s Sake seeks to connect people to the land through farming, forestry and education. We run a public farm and CSA program, operate educational programming for youth and adults, maintain the town forest for recreational and production uses, and care for public conservation and private land. Land's Sake is looking for an experienced, energetic, and inspiring leader with strong management skills and successful fundraising experience. This leader will inspire, develop, and support staff and the Board of Trustees while providing organizational sustainability in preparation for future growth. The Executive Director (ED), reporting directly to the Board of Directors, is responsible for the organization¹s achievement of its mission and financial objectives. She/he sets strategic direction, shapes organizational policy and is accountable for Land¹s Sake¹s overall management and program quality. The ED will be a public presence, a spokesperson, and a catalyst for creating new relationships which expand Land¹s Sake¹s opportunities and secure its financial sustainability.

Successful candidate profile
€ 5+ years successfully leading a nonprofit or comparable management experience
€ Successful fundraiser, grant writer and cultivator of individual gifts
€ Compelling communicator and successful community builder
€ Experience in creating effective operations and management systems
€ Produced successful revenue producing programs, services, or products
€ Experience in board development and strategic planning
€ Knowledge of farming, forestry or sustainable land management is highly
desired but not required.

Essential responsibilities
€ Attracting and retaining high capacity staff
€ Ensure compliance with human resource policies and legal requirements
€ Provide appropriate management and supervisory tools to enable staff to
perform effectively and to grow professionally

Programs and services
€ Responsible for design, marketing, delivery, and quality of successful programs, products, and services to satisfy constituents in the areas of education, forestry, farming and land management

Financial Management
€ Prepare and monitor annual operating budgets and financial reports for review by Board of Directors
€ Develop fiscal policies in collaboration with Board of Directors
€ Ensure financial processes and policies are compliant with board policies and applicable Federal, State and local regulatory requirements
€ Prudently manage organization¹s resources
€ Responsible for development, negotiation, and execution of contracts

Fundraising and Outreach
€ Create, direct, and successfully implement fundraising plan
€ Lead and direct donor cultivation efforts
€ Ensure adequate staffing and infrastructure to support funding plan
€ Serve as public face of Land¹s Sake at all events and networking opportunities

Board of Directors
€ Work with Board of Directors and staff to create and implement approved strategic plan
€ Ensure adequate administrative Board support
€ Advise and support the Board President and Board members to identify and execute board development priorities and Board Annual Plan
€ Attend Board of Director meetings
€ Prepare and present reports as requested in addition to quarterly reports qualifications/characteristics

Key quality: possesses strong business acumen and demonstrated managerial and fundraising experience
– Personal resonance with the Land¹s Sake mission
– Dedicated and persistent
– Energized by challenges
– Strong work ethic
– Bridge builder
– Open minded and flexible
– A problem solver
– Calm under pressure
– Works well with people of all backgrounds and learning styles
– Sense of humor

Position: full time exempt
Compensation commensurate with experience. Land¹s Sake is an equal opportunity employer; women and people of color are encouraged to apply.
Email cover letter, resume, and references to
Submissions will be accepted until April 30, 2010. No phone calls, please.
Unfortunately, we cannot answer every resume that we receive. We will be in touch with you if your qualifications and experience match our needs. Thank you for your understanding.

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