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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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Vermont/New Hampshire State Program Director

Location: Montpelier, Vermont
Date Posted: 09-11-2017
The Vermont and New Hampshire State Program Director will be responsible for managing all of the conservation activities in these two states. S/he will also successfully develop one or two multi-state programs such as community forests and the Appalachian Trail, including all planning, funding, and implementation of an impact-oriented work plan. S/he will develop conservation programs, raise funds for the programs and oversee their implementation. The Director will engage TPL’s experts from around the country in planning, public finance, real estate negotiations, community engagement, philanthropy and marketing to build support for and execute state-level and cross-state programs.

  • Develop and implement strategy for signature programs, (such as community forests or the Appalachian Trail) that engages stakeholders, secures significant funding and is aligned with national programs and the mission of The Trust for Public Land.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the Vermont and New Hampshire advisory boards, with a top priority of growing the boards into effective philanthropic boards.
  • Build relationships with public officials and partners to identify and fund conservation work in the two states.
  • Be the lead point person for the organization on state-level policy initiatives, in partnership with government relations colleagues and stakeholder groups.
  • Serve as the lead advocate for national programs for rural and community-based conservation.
  • Working as a partner with philanthropy staff, implement fundraising strategies with individual and institutional donors, demonstrating year-over-year annual financial growth.
  • Act as a representative of TPL by engaging in activities that enhance TPL’s reputation as a leader in the non-profit land conservation sector.
  • When warranted, determine land acquisition strategies and work with appropriate personnel to execute the strategy. • Serve as primary point of contact for important marketing opportunities.
  • Manage a small team but direct the actions of many more staff and colleagues within a matrix organizational setting.

  • Supervises support staff.
  • Leads teams of Trust for Public Land colleagues within a matrix organizational structure. 
  • Engages regularly in high-level public interactions.
  • Actively involved in training/coaching staff.
  • Professional relations with other departments, personnel, and outside contacts.
  • Able to make sound decisions independently within a strategic framework of action.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to meld all facets of a program including situation analysis, political strategy, budget and structure.
  • Demonstrated ability to get results done in state and municipal political structures, including successful face-to-face negotiations with elected officials over policies and funding.
  • Good project management skills, especially related to real estate, design, engineering construction, and creative place-making.
  • Track record of successfully engaging individual and institutional donors and generating generous philanthropic investments in programs.
  • Ability to market The Trust for Public Land’s programs and resources to media, partners, and officials.
  • Knowledge of current issues in forests, outdoor recreation, community development, climate change, and public health in rural settings.
  • Personal commitment to rural issues and livable communities.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent. Master's degree is preferred.
  • Five to eight years of conservation experience, including experience working with staff, funders and stakeholders to develop and execute long-term impactful programs; and community outreach experience.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of philanthropy and nonprofit fundraising techniques.
  • Experience working with volunteer boards.
  • Experience with and commitment to land preservation issues.
  • Experience with public finance measures and federal funding.
  • Experience in a start-up situation preferred.
  • 2+ years supervisory experience.
  • Familiarity with the respective geographic area.

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