Highstead and the Wildlands and Woodlands Initiative Communications Coordinator
Highstead (www.highstead.net), a regional conservation organization in Connecticut, seeks a communications professional with environmental nonprofit experience to be the full-time Communications Coordinator (in CT or MA office). S/he will be familiar with the New England landscape and play a lead role in implementing communications strategies and producing publications for New England’s Wildlands and Woodlands Initiative (www.wildlandsandwoodlands.org/) aiming to inspire protection of 70% of the region as forests, farms, and livable communities. The ideal candidate must be comfortable in a nonprofit environment with a small staff, where regional communications strategizing, report releases, and prolific writing are balanced with daily social media updates, editing, proof-reading, and more. The Communications Coordinator will also implement related communications specific to Highstead.
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Application Deadline: December 16, 2013
For more information go to http://www.highstead.net/pdfs/Highstead%20Communications%20Coordinator.pdf
(posted November 8, 2013, number 91)
Part-Time Executive Director, New Haven Land Trust
The New Haven Land Trust promotes the appreciation and preservation of natural resources in New Haven for the benefit and education of the community. We do this through land conservation, community gardening, and environmental education.
The New Haven Land Trust seeks a dynamic and skilled executive director with a proven track record in fundraising and community relations to lead this well-respected, 30-year-old organization. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced leader who is passionate about environmental preservation and community food systems and can lead this organization to the next level of its important work in the community.
The Executive Director will work three days per week. She or he will, within the first three months of the post, hire a part-time operations manager to handle the administrative functions of the organization, such as managing the basic finances, maintaining effective office systems, and responding to and triaging calls and emails.
$40,000 for three days/week; benefits not included
At its founding in 1982, the NHLT was “dedicated to preserving ecologically significant systems in and around the New Haven area, conserving open spaces within New Haven’s urban center, and initiating creative opportunities for people to make positive contact with their environment.” The original focus was to preserve open spaces as “land preserves”, which led to the acquisition of its current six preserves. In 1995, the Land Trust started a Community Garden Program, which has grown exponentially to its current 50 community gardens spread across New Haven, many in economically distressed neighborhoods. In addition to maintaining and improving the land preserves and community gardens, the Land Trust runs educational events such as nature walks and gardening workshops.
The Land Trust currently employs a part-time Garden Manager and a full-time Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator who is supported for a one-year term (through June, 2014) through Public Allies, a branch of the Federal AmeriCorps Program. The success of the Land Trust’s programming rests largely on an active volunteer body. A core group of approximately 50 volunteers work in four committees that meet regularly – Gardens, Preserves, Fundraising-Marketing, and Education – and/or contribute their time to work days in the preserves and gardens and to helping with outreach events. The Board of Directors consists of 16 well-respected community members from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
The New Haven Land Trust has a budget of approximately $130,000. Funding comes from a range of sources: federal, state and local grants, individual gifts, special events, and corporate funders. Almost half of the budget is supported by a funding partnership between the City of New Haven and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, which supports much of the community garden expenses. A backbone of the Land Trust’s quality and program strength is the strong partnerships it has developed with related organizations and initiatives in New Haven such as Urban Resources Initiative, Common Ground High School, Sound School, Livable Cities Initiative, and Neighborhood Housing Services.
Strategic Opportunities and Challenges:
This last year has been a time of significant change for the New Haven Land Trust. The executive director, who had led the organization since 2010, stepped down in January, 2013. The Board of Directors hired an interim director at the end of March, and that person will continue to provide support until a new director is in place. The funding base of the Land Trust is also shifting: the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has just provided a three-year grant to support the community garden program, but the funding diminishes each year through 2016. At the same time, the urgency to fulfill the mission is greater than ever, as there is an increasing need for community gardens and land preservation to address urban issues of blight, encroaching development, food security, and public health. The Board of Directors has therefore determined a course of continual and steady growth over the next several years.
The key challenges of the new executive director will therefore be to strengthen the financial base by securing new sources of funding to support operations and expand programming, and to build strategic partnerships with related organizations in order to consolidate resources and both deepen and broaden the impact of its programs.
Primary accountabilities of the incoming executive director will be:
Required Skills and Qualifications:
The successful candidate must be a high-energy, experienced leader with strong management skills and a proven track record in raising funds and building relationships. Specifically, candidates must demonstrate the following skills, experience, and expertise:
Revenue generation: build on the organization’s strong grant-sourced funding while significantly increasing the base of individual and corporate donor support.
Community visibility: elevate and strengthen the public profile of the Land Trust through a strong personal profile in the community to increase the potential for generating revenue.
Strategic Partnership management and development: develop new and maintain current strong community partnerships that allow the Land Trust to consolidate resources and both deepen and broaden the impact of its programs.
Board development: Engage and energize the board in its role as champions for the New Haven Land Trust and for leverage resources for the organization.
Staff management: building and maintaining a strong climate of teamwork, trust and performance excellence among staff.
Strategic direction: the director will work with the board to set the strategic direction for the organization.
Passion for the New Haven Land Trust’s mission
Candidates must demonstrate this passion in their personal and professional history and be able to translate that passion into an articulate and compelling story.
Proven track record in raising funds
Candidates must have a history of success in securing funding through multiple avenues, such as individual giving, major gifts, planned giving, grant writing, capital campaigns, and special events.
Proven experience in partnership development and maintenance
Candidates must have experience in navigating a complex environment to build lasting strategic partnerships.
Demonstrated experience building and sustaining effective relationships
Candidates must be able to develop relationships with diverse populations: Board, staff, donors/funders, and neighborhood and community members, and must be comfortable speaking with a variety of stakeholders, including high-capacity donors.
Exceptional communication skills
Able to articulate with passion the powerful story of the New Haven Land Trust, be a visible spokesperson for the organization, and deliver compelling presentations to the public.
Experience with technology and social media
Able to leverage the power of social media to maximize the organization’s reach and engage a broad base of support.(https://www.facebook.com/NewHavenLandTrust)
Experience with volunteer boards
Knows how to engage a volunteer board of directors to reach its full potential.
Able to create a productive, team-based organizational culture that welcomes diversity
A person with integrity who can create a climate of trust, individual and team responsibility, open communication, mentoring, and mutual support.
How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com by January 13, 2014.
Application Deadline: January 13, 2014
For more information go to http://www.newhavenlandtrust.org/
(posted November 30, 2013, number 92)