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Among all national conservation organizations, only The Trust for Public Land focuses on conserving land for people. We offer challenging and rewarding careers for people who seek to leave a legacy of protected lands. Our staff of more than 300 committed and talented professionals works across the country.

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Chief of Staff

Location: San Francisco, California
Date Posted: 08-08-2018
Position Summary:

Working with the The Trust for Public Land's President, Board and Leadership team, the Chief of Staff will develop the policies, systems and practices necessary for the organization to meet and exceed its operational and financial goals.

The preferred location for this position is in our San Francisco Headquarters, but other major office locations will be considered.

Relationship Building & Volunteer Leadership
  • Working in close coordination with the philanthropy staff and volunteer leadership, this position will facilitate the development and implementation of a volunteer leadership strategy. This includes, but is not limited to,  the recruitment and cultivation of  high value relationships with individuals, foundations and corporations. 
  • Supervises the Volunteer Leadership Director and Volunteer Leadership Coordinator.
  • Works with Volunteer Leadership team on strategies to attract, motivate and engage potential and current volunteers.  Insures that volunteer events are strategic, efficient and effective.
  • Works as a strategic partner to the CEO, National Board, and organizational leadership in efforts to strengthen our ability to more fully meet our land for people mission.
  • Ensure organizational goals and priorities are reflected in CEO day-to-day activities.
  • In collaboration with the CEO and Board, supports development of strategic and operational plans. Ensures that The Trust for Public Land meets its mission delivery goals and carries out its short and long-range objectives. Leads in implementing and establishing accountability measures for organization-wide priorities.
  • Facilitates and coordinates key leadership meetings – including agenda setting for the executive team and other standing or ad hoc committees.
  • In collaboration with the CEO responsible for leading, structuring and ensuring strong execution of strategy projects. Track key initiatives and priorities for the CEO and executive team.
  • Works with appropriate staff members to craft internal communications in support of organizational strategies and initiatives.
  • Works with the President, Board of Directors, and Leadership Team to insure that The Trust for Public Land is a strategic, efficient, sustainable, and transparent organization.
  • Closely coordinates with the Chief Philanthropy Officer in the strengthening, delivery and expansion of a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization.
  • Serve as a key input to the CEO and senior management team, assisting in facilitating effective decision-making, tracking progress on key initiatives, and removing roadblocks when possible.
  • Facilitates the creation of a clear, efficient, consistent and data driven decision-making process for key organizational decisions.
  • Help build a successful and healthy organization: collaborate with the Executive Team to review, design, and execute on improvements to org structure, find knowledge and skills gaps and help address them, and support the  develop talent pipeline strategies.
  • Plan and oversee the execution of management retreats, all-hands meetings, company off sites and other special projects.
  • Gives presentations and speeches to high level large and small groups representing the organization, its mission and programs.
  • Supports efforts to represent the office of the CEO when she is unavailable  - including responding to or drafting communications, representing the CEO in internal and external forums that the CEO cannot attend, etc.
  • Identifies and integrates diversity, equity and inclusion best practices into business models, strategies, marketing, and approaches.
  • Partner with philanthropy to plan donor outreach, meetings and communications.
  • Partner with marketing/communications for talking points, media opportunities, speaking engagements.

Leadership of New Projects and Initiatives
  • Act as a clearinghouse for ideas for special projects that might facilitate the CEO’s/leadership’s objectives.
  • Work with appropriate stakeholders, including outside parties, to undertake analysis of new projects or initiatives.
  • Present findings to CEO, Senior Leadership, or Board, as appropriate.
  • As necessary, oversee transfer of the project to other stakeholders within the organization.
  • Minimum BS/BA degree, advanced degree in related field and 10+ years’ relevant experience.
  • Experience managing a strategic planning process required.
  • Proven ability to set and manage toward clear individual and organizational goals, enacting mid-course corrections quickly and efficiently when necessary, using a data driven approach throughout.
  • Superior management skills: ability to inspire, motivate, influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers. Ability to balance insight and guidance, taking a step back when needed to allow the owner of the initiative to come to their own recommendation.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets, strategies and programmatic data.
  • Knowledge and experience in implementing organizational systems and infrastructure essential for sustainable growth.
  • Philanthropic experience and experience working with volunteers required.  Successful cultivation and solicitation of individual and foundation donors preferred.
  • Expertise in effective leadership and management techniques in a matrix organization.  Experience in managing geographically dispersed locations preferred.
  • Incredibly organized with impeccable attention to detail.
  • Bringing structure to ambiguous problems and deriving insights from data and information.
  • A demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • A commitment to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Stature, gravitas, and confidence to gain the credibility and respect of a highly engaged group of internal and external stakeholders. Highest level of integrity and management of confidential information.
  • Willingness to travel extensively required.
  • The successful candidate will have a strong work ethic, a collaborative work style, self-initiative, a good sense of humor, a high energy level, and a sincere dedication to the mission of the Trust for Public Land.
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