We're Hiring! Executive Director Position Open

We're Hiring!
Executive Director Position Open


Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, an accredited land trust founded in 1978, is a nonprofit organization based in Ashland, Oregon. We protect and enhance precious lands in the Rogue River region to benefit our human and natural communities. An 11-member Board, a 13-member Trustee Council, eight paid staff and over 1,000 members and volunteers support our conservation work. We serve Josephine and Jackson Counties in southwestern Oregon, and our work impacts partners and stakeholders throughout Oregon. Our efforts have resulted in 10,000 acres of land conserved through conservation easements and fee title ownership.

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for leading the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy (SOLC) as it relates to the strategic direction and overall management of the organization.

The ED is expected to identify and implement short- and long-term strategic goals, and to be accountable to the Board of Directors for achieving those goals. Additionally, the ED coordinates with existing leadership to shape the future evolution of the Conservancy, including its programs and acquisitions. 

The Executive Director serves as the public face of the organization. The ED, in concert with the Membership Director, leads all fundraising activities—including annual campaigns, one-time appeals, membership relations and promotion, solicitation of government grants, and special events—with a special emphasis on major and planned gifts from individuals, private/family foundations, and corporations.  



Organization Management and Financial Responsibility

  • Develops and monitors an annual budget and provides overall management of the fiscal operations of the Conservancy in cooperation with the Board Treasurer and the Finance Committee.
  • Ensures the preparation of cash flow projections.
  • Ensures regular evaluation and reporting of budget results.
  •  Ensures that systems are in place for effective financial management, fundraising management, and conservation management.
  • Ensures Board and staff compliance with all internal policies and procedures, legal requirements, and financial standards.
  • Leads efforts to maintain Accreditation with Land Trust Alliance.

Staff and Board Leadership

  • Serves as staff liaison to the Board of Directors, including preparing materials for meetings, staffing Board committees, and assisting with special projects.
  • With the Leadership Committee, recruits, orients, trains, motivates, evaluates, and recognizes Board members and Trustees for their service.
  • Leads a team of eight conservation professionals and administrative personnel.
  • Recruits, trains, motivates, and evaluates staff.
  • Ensures professional development opportunities for staff to increase their effectiveness and keep them informed of new developments in their respective fields.
  • Creates a positive working environment.


  • Assists the Board in setting the organization’s strategic direction through the development and implementation of a strategic plan, fundraising plan, outreach and communications plan, and conservation plan.
  • Works with staff and the Board to establish goals and strategies.
  • Coordinates staff to develop multi-year and annual work plans.
  • Monitors trends and organizational capabilities to ensure the strategic plan is current and accurate.
  • Monitors, tracks and reports progress toward plan benchmarks.

Fundraising and Resource Development

  • Cultivates and stewards major donor prospects, including individuals, corporations, and private family foundations.
  • Maintains a portfolio of individual major gifts prospects and donors.
  • Supports gift solicitations by Board and staff members.
  • Supports the Board in the cultivation of major donors.
  • Provides staff support and direction to Board fundraising committees.
  • Researches, locates and applies for appropriate grants.
  • Leads fundraising and annual campaigns.

Conservation and Land Protection

  • Ensures that the organization achieves its conservation mission in a highly strategic and focused manner.
  • Assists the conservation team in efforts to build and nurture relationships with landowners, key stakeholders, and agency partners.
  • Oversees management of the Conservancy’s conservation easements and fee lands.
  • Ensures compliance with the Standards and Practices of the Land Trust Alliance.
  • Assists in the development of conservation plans that guide future work.

Community Outreach and Education

  • Oversees all communications and outreach efforts.
  • Oversees the creation and production of all communications materials, including newsletters, marketing materials, and news releases.
  • Establishes and maintains strong, positive working relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.
  • Represents the Conservancy to a variety of audiences, including volunteers, members, government agencies and officials, community leaders, and other partners.
  • Communicates the Conservancy’s vision and exemplifies its core values.


Southern Oregon Land Conservancy Executive Director Position Requirements and Application Process

Position Requirements:  

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated successful organizational leadership experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to conservation values
  • Evidence of fundraising experience

Position Preferences:

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, analytical and time-management skills.
  • Strong communications skills; able to effectively communicate externally and internally.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in a nonprofit organization of comparable or larger size.
  • Experience leading and motivating staff, boards, and volunteers.
  • Solid fundraising experience with proven success in the areas of individual giving, major donor cultivation, and planned giving.
  • Successful experience in grant research, writing and administration.
  • Demonstrated ability to build, manage, and expand a development program that generates at least $500,000 annually.
  • Strong public presence—articulate, optimistic, and energetic—with the ability to motivate and inspire people at all levels.  Demonstrated community outreach experience.
  • Strong financial skills, including the ability to develop and manage budgets and present reports that present a clear financial picture of the organization.
  • An advanced degree (or equivalent work experience) in non-profit management, business, law, natural-resource management, or related field. Familiarity with ecology and natural resources of the Pacific northwest.
  • Experience with land trusts and conservation easements


Salary and Benefits: SOLC is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a competitive salary that is consistent with Land Trust Alliance practices, with excellent benefits, including a health care stipend, a SIMPLE IRA, travel reimbursement, training opportunities, paid-time off for holidays, sick leave, and vacation.

To Apply: Applications will be reviewed as received until March 31, 2017, or until position is filled. Position begins July 1, 2017.

Please send a cover letter describing how you meet the position requirements and preferences, résumé, and three references.

E-mail complete application in PDF format to: info@landconserve.org

Please include ED Position in the subject line.