The Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust (CLRLT or the Trust) is a non-profit, nongovernmental organization fully accredited by the national Land Trust Alliance. Since 1990, the Trust has been exclusively dedicated to permanently protecting and preserving land in West Virginia’s ecologically rich Cacapon and Lost River watershed, working in partnership with our valley’s landowners to protect and preserve our natural resources, beauty and uniqueness. Our work focuses on protecting the richest ecological and economically beneficial areas in order to create a network of natural land hubs and corridors. Today, 51 conservation easement agreements permanently protect the conservation values of nearly 14,000 acres in our watershed.
As we look to the future, we aspire to expand our ability to implement our land protection mission and further secure our ability to steward our existing and future easement holdings in perpetuity. To this end, we put a very high value on establishing new and maintaining our existing relationships with our easement holders, partners, funders, donors, and state, local and federal government organizations. Maintaining and enhancing our reputation for honesty, integrity, listening and creativity is key to our longevity and future successes.
In addition to implementing our existing easements, we have had other notable successes including:
Work for this position is performed from the Trust office, currently located in Wardensville, WV, as well as in the field. Periodic teleworking from the Executive Director’s home is also possible, if desired. Work on evenings and weekends is sometimes necessary. Travel is required to perform land protection duties, and attend meetings, speaking engagements, workshops, professional associations, and other events requiring Trust representation.
Role of the Executive Director
The CLRLT Executive Director (ED) reports to the Board of Directors, through the Board President, and is responsible for ensuring that all operations and initiatives are successfully carried out. As the only full-time staff person for the Trust, the ED must be a creative, self-starting “people person” who understands and cares deeply about our mission and about our watershed. In addition, the ED will excel at establishing and growing effective working relationships with our Board and all manner of people and organizations.
Working with our all-volunteer, congenial and involved Board, the ED will lead the growth of our Land Trust’s capabilities and spearhead compliance with the standards and practices of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA). The ED’s responsibilities include the administration and coordination of all programs and activities of our organization including land protection, membership development, fundraising, community relations and financial management.
The Board aspires to build capacity to enable two full-time people. The new ED will work with the Board to achieve this goal and ultimately oversee that second person.
Required skills and competencies:
Procedure for Candidacy
Applications must be submitted via email to email@example.com no later than October 31, 2018. Qualified applications will consist of a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references with email and phone contact information. All material will be confidential. Consideration will be on a rolling basis until position is filled, so we encourage you to get your application in as soon as possible.
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