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Executive Director

Beth Gilpin Consulting (Stowe Land Trust) - Stowe, VT, United States

Lead a bold expansion of this 37-year-old organization’s impact and reach to use the power of land conservation—in both traditional and new ways—to enhance the quality of life for everyone with a connection to the Stowe area.

Are you an inspiring, creative, and visionary leader passionate about protecting community forests, farms, recreation, scenic, and other natural resources for future generations? Do you also thrive on collaborating directly with dedicated staff and board members, public and private organizations, and volunteers to work side-by-side in accomplishing shared goals? Does the idea of building an organization and advancing a bold 5-year strategic plan on a diversity of initiatives excite and engage you? If so, Stowe Land Trust’s (SLT’s) Executive Director opportunity may be a great match for your talents and personal and professional aspirations.

Individuals seeking additional insights before applying may request a confidential exploratory via this website. The search committee will consider candidates on a rolling basis for interviews starting in late winter. A PDF of this posting can be found here.

SUMMARY                                                                                                                                 

SLT’s board of directors seeks individuals capable of advancing the organization’s vision; ensuring its financial health and stability; leading long-range planning and goal setting; and leading collaboratively to execute on SLT's strategic goals with staff and board members, all while upholding SLT's core values: Access for All, Collaboration, Community, Equity & Inclusion, Innovation, Next Generation, and Sustainability.

Key responsibilities include:                                                                                           

  • Representing SLT in all land conservation conversations within Stowe and with neighboring communities, by interfacing as the primary liaison with landowners, donors, community-leaders, and regional, state, and national associations.
  • Leading strategic, policy, fundraising, and high-level operational oversight.
  • Inspiring, supporting and developing staff.
  • Leveraging recent capital campaign funding to increase SLT’s capacity to achieve the goals in the 5-year strategic plan; this includes hiring additional senior staff in FY 2024 and building out SLT’s team.
  • Partnering with a large working board to envision and achieve strategic goals.
  • Furthering SLT’s efforts to become a more inclusive land trust.

The E.D. will also champion key goals and actions laid out in the strategic plan:

  • Increase the pace of land protection that responds to community needs.
  • Invest in our commitment to steward special places.
  • Advance a shared vision for a sustainable future.
  • Provide critical experiences and connectionsIncrease the accessibility, connectivity, and sustainability of our trail network.
  • Increase our ability to act quickly, innovatively, and strategically.

Advancing this work will require holding a compelling vision while also overseeing the timely completion of concurrent projects, building relationships while working hands-on to advance initiatives, being comfortable with the ambiguity that accompanies growth and change, and thriving in an entrepreneurial and highly collaborative environment.

KEY AREAS OF OVERSIGHT & RESPONSIBILITY

Land Protection | Stewardship | Organizational Leadership and Management Fundraising | Community Relations | Board Partnership | Finance and Operations

QUALIFICATIONS                                                                                                                           

In addition to the qualifications outlined below, consideration will be given to candidates demonstrating a comparable set of qualifications acquired through a combination of education and experience.                                                                                                                         

Knowledge and Experience                                                                                                       

  • Ten + years’ leadership experience in roles at the organizational, program, or departmental level that included financial oversight and strategic planning, in an organization with five+ employees, and an operating budget of at least $500,000.
  • Demonstrated passion for advancing Stowe Land Trust’s mission, and personal or professional knowledge and/or experience with land and/or water conservation, working landscapes, or an adjacent field.
  • Broad and in-depth knowledge of nonprofit organization management, including funding, administration, grant writing and management, board relations, risk management, and operations.
  • Experience guiding an organization through challenges, growth and change.
  • Leading and/or carrying out various revenue-generating strategies, expanding fundraising activities, and procuring government and foundation grants and corporate partnerships.

Skills and Abilities                                                                                                             

  • Fostering a transparent and engaged relationship with staff and board members.
  • Strategic and analytical thinking, and the ability to use data to create compelling arguments to support strategic decisions.
  • Solid business acumen, including budgetary and strategic/business planning skills, goal setting and execution, accountability, and prioritizing concurrent projects.
  • Effective written, verbal, and presentation skills.
  • Quickly building trust and rapport with staff and as the public face of an organization.
  • Cultivating long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with a diversity of individuals, organizations, and networks.
  • Convening and facilitating conversations on a range of topics, soliciting perspectives, and guiding disparate viewpoints toward consensus on needs and potential solutions.
  • Negotiating sensitive and nuanced legal agreements.Insights about, and ability to function in, a rural environment and culture.

Attributes

  • Committed to cultivating a work environment and organizational initiatives supportive of diversity, inclusivity, and equity.
  • Charismatic, visionary, and inspiring.
  • Adaptable, and entrepreneurial.
  • Authentic, caring, personable, and collaborative.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

Stowe Land Trust offers a competitive total compensation package including:

  • A starting salary commensurate with the incumbent’s qualifications, and with a range starting at $90,000.00, plus a performance-based bonus.
  • Benefits: Accrued paid time off (<27-37 days PTO and 10 sick/year); 6 weeks’ paid parental leave; health & dental insurance (SLT contributes $11,200 toward insurance coverage for the employee and dependents, and offers a $5k annual payment to employees with medical insurance through another plan); SIMPLE retirement plan with match up to 3% and immediate vesting available after 90 days of employment; short- and long-term disability and life insurance; and Trapp Family Lodge winter trail pass.

ABOUT STOWE LAND TRUST

Stowe Land Trust is a local, member-supported, non-profit 501(c)(3) land conservation organization operating in Stowe, Vermont. SLT currently has a team of 4 people and has budgeted 3 more full-time staff in the areas of fundraising, land conservation, and community engagement, to be hired by the new Executive Director.

SLT has conserved over 4,500 acres of land since 1987—protecting spectacular viewsheds, extensive trail networks, and the working farms and forests that are important to the Stowe area community. We have also collaborated with partners to conserve an additional 2,600 acres in the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor and along the Worcester Range. In 2022, we adopted an ambitious Strategic Plan that outlines our approach to conservation, stewardship, and the overall sustainability of our organization. stowelandtrust.org/about/strategic-plan

Stowe’s rich network of conserved land is a prime reason why so many people choose to live, work, and play here. These places have been permanently protected because of the benefits they bring to our community—high quality recreational opportunities, scenic views, a working rural landscape, and a local economy supported by the area's natural resources. We work to protect these surroundings, and to foster a strong conservation ethic among residents and visitors alike. Read about our impact in the most recent annual report.

 

Stowe Land Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer






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