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Washington State Conservation Director

Seattle, WA

The Washington Director of Land Conservation leads and manages Trust for Public Land’s (TPL) conservation work as part of a statewide land conservation team of five core members. The position requires a seasoned leader with demonstrated experience developing and implementing strategic approaches to landscape-scale conservation, and in preserving critical open space in urban and rural environments utilizing nonprofit land acquisition techniques. A familiarity with the full range of protection tools such as purchase easement and donation is required, and experiences successfully completing cooperative projects with nonprofits, tribal partners, federal, state and local governments is essential. This leadership and management position advances TPL’s state and national strategies as well as local program priorities through successful completion of region-wide conservation agendas coupled with complex real estate transactions.  S/he/they also assists the NW Region Director with strategic planning, program development, budgeting, and fundraising. This position works closely with TPL’s philanthropy team.

  • Program Development
    • Lead program staff meetings, strategic planning sessions, budget preparation, development and fundraising efforts and project strategy discussions.
    • Build programmatic base and research, and develop federal, state, and local public funding and other funding sources for ongoing work across the region.
    • Research, develop, and selects potential acquisition opportunities, within existing programmatic areas.
    • Create, manage, and monitor financial support associated with protection projects.
  • People Management
    • Supervise land protection staff working toward accomplishment of organizational strategies.
    • Responsibility for performance management, training, and career development of program staff. 
    • Assures timely completion and submission of materials related to internal real estate approvals.
  • Real Estate Project Management
    • Independently manage land acquisition projects, oversee all aspects of the acquisition and conveyance of property and property rights, including: negotiating purchase agreements, contract for and review appraisals and environmental assessments; assist with legal document preparation; manage public review processes; organize grassroots political lobbying and fundraising; complete internal fact sheets, memos and other approval documents/procedures, maps and photos; and related administrative tasks. Works professionally with and is responsive to TPL’s internal Project Review Committee (PRC) and Transaction Committee (TransCom).
  • Secures Funding
    • Collaborates with NW Region Director, Philanthropy staff and land protection team members to raise annual operating support for local programs.
    • Cultivates potential donors and assists, as needed, with developing and maintaining productive relationships with California Advisory Board members and other volunteers.
    • Articulates fundraising needs, makes presentations to donors and foundations.
  • Supports public relations and marketing effort to public agencies, conservation organizations, elected officials and the general public; ensures TPL acquisitions are structured to receive favorable press coverage and philanthropic support.
  • Maintains up to date awareness of land conservation techniques and land use issues through multiple channels, including: journals/periodicals, attending public forums, identifying and participating in trainings.
  • Works in collaboration with Land Protection Department to collaborate on projects, develop best practices, provide team support, etc.
  • Other relevant duties as necessary.

  • Advanced degree or commensurate experience in resources management, conservation, business, law, or another related field preferred.
  • Requires 5-8 years of project-related experience.
  • Supervisory experience preferred, willingness to improve management techniques required.
  • This position requires moderate to heavy travel.

  • An entrepreneurial spirit, initiative, energy, the capacity to lead, mentor, and inspire others
  • Capacity to be a high performing individual contributor as well as a team player
  • Sound understanding of real estate principles and economics.
  • Expert knowledge of real estate due diligence process and government real property acquisition review process.
  • High-level familiarity with public agency land acquisition departments.
  • Excellent working knowledge public funding process for land acquisition.
  • Facility with real estate tax and financial analysis. 
  • Ability to manage multiple, complex projects, multiple funding sources and processes, develop programs and use the organization’s resources to accomplish larger initiatives.
  • Existing or ability to quickly develop relationships with NW public agencies and government officials.
  • Existing or ability to quickly develop relationships with NW philanthropic foundations and individual donor prospects.
  • Familiarity and concern for topics such as climate change, park equity and tribal engagement.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • A passionate commitment to The Trust for Public Land’s mission of conserving land for people.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet critical deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively in a matrix management structure with full suite of departments.
  • Intermediate computer applications skills:  MS Office, Internet, Outlook.
  • A passionate commitment to Trust for Public Land’s mission of conserving land for people.
  • Common sense and sense of humor

As a regular, full time employee, you will be eligible for Trust for Public Land’s comprehensive benefits program which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, holidays, and a 403(b) retirement plan, currently with an up to 7% company match. We offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience; the hiring range for this position is anticipated to fall between $105,000-125,000.

The Trust for Public Land’s active goal is to be an inclusive and equitable place to work and build community. As the organization actively works to eliminate racial and other disparities it welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skillsets and experiences.


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