Save the Redwoods League is looking for an experienced Director of Land Protection who will supervise the lands team and directs all aspects of land acquisition and disposition for the Save the Redwoods League, implementing plans and policies approved by the League’s Board of Directors that implement the League’s Strategic Plan, consistent with the League’s Vibrant Forest Plan and the League’s Centennial Vision. In consultation with the Chief Program Officer (CPO), the Director establishes overall programmatic priorities for acquisition and disposition of the League’s interests in land and develops and implements strategies and plans for accomplishing them. The Director of Land Protection is responsible for the success of individual and team performance to reach quarterly and annual land acquisition and transfer goals.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS:
Land Protection Program Management
- Works with Chief Program Officer (CPO) to coordinate and integrate land transaction plans, activities, budget and resource needs with Program-wide capacities and functions and in meeting League goals.
- Directs conservation transactions including acquisitions, conservation easements, transfer of League-owned lands to appropriate partners, and all other activities associated with real estate transactions.
- Works with the Program team to integrate the League’s land protection strategies with opportunities to increase the capacity of the League’s parks partners to deliver a world-class visitor experience, consistent with Strategic Plan, Vibrant Forest Plan priorities, and Centennial Vision.
- Works with the Director of Science to implement all land protection aspects of the Vibrant Forest Plan (VFP) and to ensure that the VFP and other science-based tools are carefully integrated into the project selection process.
- Works with the Director of Government Affairs and Public Funding to identify and solicit public funding for land protection, and to identify and develop advocacy plans for public policies that influence or increase the League’s capacity for land and redwood forest protection.
- Works with the Development Department as a partner in the cultivation of donor prospects and to integrate philanthropic needs and opportunities into Land Protection portfolio; assists in grant preparation and review and major donor cultivation and solicitation.
- Partners with the Marketing and Communications Department in raising awareness about Save the Redwoods League through coordinated messaging about transaction portfolio and mission delivery with the media, publications and written materials for League audiences.
- Manages and documents land conservation program results to demonstrate their compliance with League plans, policies and procedures, with Land Trust Alliance and California Council of Land Trust standards and procedures and with other external (donor/legal/financial) requirements.
- Collaborates with General Counsel in meeting the legal needs on land protection projects.
Land Program Staff Management
- Recruits, manages, trains, motivates, supports and empowers a strategic high-performing land transaction team, currently consisting of 2 Senior Managers and 1 Conservation Programs Associate and various contractors, providing direction and input for the team and individually for each team member.
- Supervises and supports project managers to develop and manage robust portfolios of conservation transactions, implement effective negotiating strategies on specific projects, and complete timely transaction closings, as acquisitions by the League and conveyances to conservation partners.
- Coordinates effective communication among all team members and between the team and other League staff, including other program staff.
- Master’s degree in a related field, JD or MBA or equivalent experience.
- 10 years of conservation real estate acquisition and project management experience desirable and/or 10 years of experience in complex real property transactions and in some or all of the following: timber land use and management issues; forest economics, conservation tools such as multi-party land acquisitions, conservation easements; business operations and compliance; government and non-government contracting and grant making; government and legislative relations; and conservation planning.
- Extensive land acquisition experience, including demonstrated ability to independently initiate structure, negotiate and manage and close complex, high profile and sensitive transactions involving multiple program areas.
- Strong and proven track record of achieving results; well-organized and self-directed, a team player and politically savvy.
- Strong supervisory and team management experience, including ability to motivate, lead, set objectives, and manage performance of an experienced multi-disciplinary team.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills. Fine public speaking and presentation skills.
- Demonstrated ability to design, implement and direct complex and diverse projects, encompassing multiple programs and coordinating the work of other professionals inside and outside the organization, and incorporating cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives.
- Understanding of California local, state and federal regulations, policies, and programs that affect the League’s conservation work, including forest practice rules, ESA, CESA, CEQA, and NEPA, desirable.
- Familiarity with or demonstrated ability to quickly learn about the redwood region flora, fauna, ecosystems, geography, culture, socio-economics, academic communities, conservation partners and political and government institutions.
- Knowledge of current trends in land conservation and natural resource protection; experience and proven ability in applying this knowledge to set and achieve land conservation priorities. Familiarity with conservation planning strategies and project design concepts.
- Business experience developing, directing and managing multiple projects and budgets and implementing strategic program goals.
- Ability to foster an environment of creativity and professional growth; commitment to working collegially with staff, conservation groups, and governmental organizations in a professional and diplomatic manner.
- Flexibility, optimism, good humor, passion for the redwoods.
- Demonstrated experience in MS Office, Word, and Excel. Ability to manipulate, analyze and interpret data.
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