We have a new opening at Allegheny Land Trust for the VP of Land Conservation. Please spread far and wide! The posting is linked here.  Applications due to by July 22nd.
Position Summary
The Vice President of Land Conservation directs and executes strategies that identify, plan and protect land to achieve Allegheny Land Trust’s mission. This leader serves as a subject matter expert on conservation-related issues and originator of creative solutions for regional threats/opportunities around land use, conservation and greenway planning, ecosystem impact and valuation, and various methods of land protection. As a member of the organization’s senior leadership team, the professional in this position must be capable of actively contributing to senior-level organizational planning and decision-making while working closely with landowners, government agencies and partners to identify, secure and protect green space in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Duties and Responsibilities
Conservation Planning and Partnerships (50%)
·        Creates a departmental vision and develops a master conservation plan as a blueprint for land protection targets in ALT’s regional geographic service area.
·        Identify, investigate and recommend conservation targets that meet established criteria and annual conservation goals.
·        Evaluate, present and update various audiences about current conservation targets including ALT’s board of directors, Land Protection Committee, staff, and community.
·        Expand ALT’s influence by participating in conference presentations, sitting on nonprofit boards, actively participating in coalitions and associations to enhance knowledge, to develop new partners and identifying ALT as an expert in land conservation.
Deal Structuring and Negotiating (20%)
·        Comprehends traditional and creative real estate techniques to serve as the lead landowner liaison and deal negotiator and to garner the best conservation agreement possible for ALT regardless of a market-rate acquisition, bargain sale, land donation, conservation easement, land transfer to a partner or other type of conservation agreement.
·        Be the primary conservation liaison with various stakeholders including landowners, our real estate attorney, neighbors and designated funding sources. Delegate to Land Conservation staff responsibilities and project leadership as needed.
·        Ensures legal processes and practices are followed and align with federal, state, local and Land Trust Accreditation Commission requirements.
Operations and Fundraising (30%)
·        In partnership with Development staff, oversees planning, preparation and administration of land conservation projects including the completion of post-award reimbursement requirements and progress reporting for grantors including but not limited to private, local, state and federal agencies.
·        Oversees development of departmental and project budgets and funding plans to ensure financial feasibility for projects and supports marketing, fundraising and community engagement efforts.
·        Synthesizes complex and uncertain current and future conditions and creates strategies to provide subject matter expertise. Positions land conservation and ecosystem services as a tool to address regional issues regarding resiliency and sustainability.
·        Leads a high-performing Land Protection team, directing Community Conservation and Easement Programming focus.  Identify opportunities to build skills and expertise in staff by working to clearly identify a professional development plan and perform annual evaluations of staff.
·        Identifies and pursues opportunities for carbon credit, mitigation banking and other types of creative revenue generating and conservation focused projects.