The Executive Director is a full-time position that reports to the Board of Directors and specifically to the Board President and Executive Committee. The Executive Director may manage professional staff consisting of an Administrative Support Staff (.5 FTE), and/or Contract Bookkeeper. The Executive Director is responsible for overall organizational management, including strategic and policy planning and development, board relations, staff management and development, outreach and education, financial management, and fund development and donor relations. Together with the Board, the Exec Dir provides vision and leadership for the organization. The position requires knowledge of community development and low-to-moderate housing development principles functions and systems, as well as ingenuity and leadership skills. Knowledge of land trust principles is preferred.
Duties of this position include:
Design, implement, and manage land conservation programs in conjunction with the Board and committees. Manage new land easement and acquisition opportunities through completion. Maintain information about the status of all Land Trust projects and manage project activities. Oversee the handling of all inquiries regarding potential projects. Assist the Board with negotiations, contracts, and due diligence. Coordinate work with local partners and/or local jurisdictions.
Community Outreach and Education.
Working with staff, Board, volunteers and/others, oversee and coordinate outreach to landowner partners, organizational partners, local and state governments, the media, Land Trust members, and the public at large, including the production of publications plus an annual meeting and report. Participate with LTA and other Land Trusts on policy legislation, education, accreditation and issues of common interest.
Fundraising and Donor Relations.
With the Board, meet with, oversee, and maintain relations with donors and major donors. Work with staff to maintain complete records of all donation activities. In conjunction with the Board, initiate, develop and implement fundraising strategies and work with the fundraising committee to develop fundraising events. Explore potential grant and fundraising sources.
Oversee and ensure compliance with state and federal non-profit corporation requirements, including 501 (c)(3)issues. Ensure required returns and reports are filed and taxes are paid when due. Observe by-laws and alert the Board when changes may be necessary. Be familiar with Land Trust Standards and Practices and ensure compliance with requirements and follow-through on accreditation process.
Working with the Treasurer, Finance Committee, and contract bookkeeper, prepare annual budget for Board approval and monitor activities to meet the budget. Coordinate financial audits and work with CPA to file Form 990. Assure compliance with fund restrictions, interest allocation and finance policies. Maintain complete records of all financial activities. With Board Treasurer and the Finance Committee, make regular financial reports to Board.
Board Relations and Development.
Support board member recruitment and orientation, and provide ongoing education related to land trust issues and organizational governance. Keep Board members informed of Land Trust activities on a regular basis and oversee Land Trust events, including an Annual Meeting. Schedule meetings and retreats and provide organizational support including coordinating communications among Board members, officers and Board committees.
Coordinate with the Board to recruit and hire staff as necessary, serve as liaison between staff and Board, coordinate staff training and hiring within the annual budget set by Board. Oversee volunteer coordination.
Strategic and Policy Planning and Development.
Working with the board and staff, develop for board review and approval the annual work plan and budget for a multi-year strategic plan, and policies and procedures for land trust accreditation, and work with board and staff to implement the plans and policies.
The following are preferred qualifications for the Executive Director:
1. A four-year degree from an accredited institution in a relevant field is required
2. Experience working collaboratively with and reporting to a Board of Directors
3. Excellent writing and public speaking skills is required
4. Experience interacting with a variety of constituencies: Board, staff, members, donors, volunteers, landowners, municipal and state officials, media, attorneys, real estate professionals and the general public
5. Experience in fundraising and development
6. Experience managing projects and budgets
7. Experience with office computer applications and a general knowledge of QuickBooks
8. Non-profit organization experience is preferred
9. Experience with workforce housing, mixed-use development and urban land development is preferred
10. Experience working with the land trust model of development is desired.
Location: Winter Park, FL
Position Type: Salaried Full-Time
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Benefits: Total of 25 paid days off per year for vacation, holidays and sick leave, plus contribution towards health insurance premiums
Application Deadline: February 18th 2017
To apply: Please send cover letter and resume by email only to with job title listed in the subject line - mention CFEC.org job posting