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Lake Placid Land Conservancy

Executive Director Job Description



The Executive Director (ED) will initially be the sole staff member of the Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) and will provide leadership and management for all programs to meet its growing conservation objectives. The ED will have primary responsibility for  implementation of strategic plans developed by the board (including the merger currently in process), fundraising and constituency building, cultivation of relationships with landowners, management of daily operations, public relations and outreach efforts, developing accreditation materials, and collaborating with board members on planning and projects through the committee structure. The ED must be familiar with natural sciences, land stewardship, and land conservation. The Board members of both merging organizations (North Elba Land Conservancy and Placid Lake Foundation) bring skills and expertise related to natural resource protection, land trust standards and practices, and non-profit organizational development.



Strategy Development and Organizational Leadership

• Provide leadership and management to reach the goals set out by the strategic plan. 

• Ensure development and implementation of strategic plan. 

• Work with the Board Chair(s) to organize and set agendas for committee meetings and Board meetings.

• Assist Board committees and the Board Chair with the decision-making process and recording of agreements for the organizational merger including the areas of governance, stewardship, education/outreach, and finances.

• Manage the day-to-day operations of the program, including setting financial and programmatic goals, analyzing results, taking corrective actions, and managing budgets. 

• Assist the Board in completing the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices in order to apply for accreditation.


Land Stewardship 

• Conduct field compliance monitoring and ensure all protected properties are monitored according to Land Trust Standards and Practices; review and sign all monitoring reports. 

• Maintain positive relationships with current and prospective landowners who have donated a conservation easement to LPLC. 

• Manage a volunteer monitoring program and train volunteers to assist with field monitoring.

• Have or develop a detailed knowledge of the terms of conservation easements to respond to landowner questions about the requirements of conservation easements. 

• Supervise any interns, volunteers or future staff to monitor conservation easements and assist with implementing projects. 


Project Coordination

• Conduct outreach to owners of land in or near Lake Placid to inform them of available, voluntary options for conserving their land.

• Create outreach materials and mail information to priority landowners. 

• Work with the Board and/or program committee to negotiate conservation easements with landowners who choose to conserve their land in the Lake Placid region. 

• Determine priority landowner addresses using county tax records, GIS parcel data and other land records. 

• Use ArcGIS or related software to create detailed priority areas based upon threatened and endangered species, concern for water quality, proximity to protected state lands, scenic vista protection and other identified criteria. 


External Relations and Fundraising

• Represent and raise the profile and visibility of LPLC externally to funders, partners, local municipalities, and the public. 

• Develop a network of landowners, bankers, real estate professionals, accountants and lawyers who can provide guidance and support to those making land protection decisions.

• Update the LPLC website with current projects and best management practices for landowners in the Lake Placid region.

• Create newsletter and fundraising letters for LPLC supporters. 

• Organize events for the public, Board and supporters as appropriate. 

• Work closely with the board to identify, cultivate and solicit major individual donors and foundations to significantly grow the annual revenue of LPLC.



• Experience monitoring conservation easements for compliance, drafting conservation easements and developing Baseline Documentation Reports. 

• Familiarity with the Land Trust Alliance’s Accreditation process.

• Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree in a relevant field preferred. 

• 3-5 years of experience (preferably in the non-profit sector), including some management level with comparable budget responsibilities. 

• Self-motivated, energetic individual who can identify and implement actions that will achieve organizational goals.

• Strong leadership skills, including a passion for conservation, an engaging and energetic demeanor; the ability to inspire and motivate the Board of Directors and volunteers, and interact positively with people of different perspectives and backgrounds. 

• Fundraising experience and comfort with major donors, foundations, and government funders. 

• Experience with institutional growth and change.

• Strategic thinker with the ability to transfer vision and strategy into aligned and effective programs and activities.

• Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and an ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals.

• Excellent oral and written communication, record keeping and time management skills.

• Knowledge and appreciation of the Lake Placid region and its environment, its conservation and history, and the role of policy, agencies, education, and partnerships in achieving conservation goals and outcomes. 

• Knowledge of basic accounting protocols and ability to review finances with others to build consensus around priorities, monitor ongoing expenditures, and assure efficiency. 

• Excellent computer and technological skills, including Microsoft Office, GPS units, Arc/GIS mapping, website management (WYSIWYG format), Microsoft Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign. 


Compensation & Benefits: 

Compensation: Depending on education and experience

Benefits: paid holidays, vacation, and access to group health insurance


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Please submit your letter of interest and resume by February 28, 2014 to  


LPLC considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.