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Executive Director, Woodstock Land Conservancy – Woodstock, NY

Organization: Woodstock Land Conservancy

Position Title: Executive Director and CEO

Location: Woodstock, NY

Hours & Compensation: Full-time, work from home. Salary in the high $40,000s, commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline: June 28, 2013.

Posted On: May 29, 2013.

Organization Overview:

The Woodstock Land Conservancy (WLC) is a non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of the open lands, forests, wetlands, scenic areas, and historic sites in Woodstock and the surrounding area.


The Executive Director (ED) works in partnership with the Board of Directors and the Staff to provide vision and direction and to develop overall organizational strategy as it pertains to operations and mission-critical projects. This position has a high public profile and is central to WLC’s community relations. The ED will lead the organization’s Vision 2020 strategic plan initiatives, galvanizing community support in our Northern Ulster County service area, regionally, and state-wide.

The ED implements policies approved by the Board and Board committees; recruits, hires, and supervises staff; manages the organization’s programs and operations; directs fundraising, and represents the organization with landowners, in the community, and with governmental agencies and other organizations. The job responsibilities are described under “Duties,” below.

The ED incorporates the practice and promotion of WLC’s core values, which include accountability, clear communication, integrity, service, sustainability, teamwork, welcoming, and work-life balance. This is a full-time position hired by and directly accountable to the Board of Directors through its elected Board president.


Fundraising (50%)

  • Direct fundraising activities, including design and implementation of fundraising plans.
  • Solicit gifts from major donors to carry out WLC’s mission; build and maintain personal relationships with supporters and grantors; assist board members in cultivating donors.
  • Prepare and supervise foundation, government, and business grant requests and follow-up reports.

Operations Management (20%)

  • Recruit, hire, supervise, evaluate, and terminate staff members and interns.
  • Direct and conduct organizational management functions, including the preparation and management of budgets, work plans, reports, and similar management tools. Advise Board president on Board meeting agendas.
  • Work with WLC’s Treasurer and Bookkeeper to process revenues and approve and make expenditures. Ensure compliance with WLC’s financial policies and internal controls.

Land Acquisition (20%)

  • Engage landowners, their professional advisors, and community leaders about land protection options, both one-on-one and through public presentations.
  • Initiate, research, and develop new land protection projects based on WLC’s conservation plan and work with WLC’s New Lands Committee and the Board of Directors to pursue protection projects.
  • In consultation with WLC’s legal counsel, arrange for review of title, survey, environmental assessment, and other due diligence materials.
  • With WLC’s Fundraising and New Lands Committees, develop financing for fee-owned land and conservation easement acquisitions.

Stewardship (5%)

  • With WLC’s Stewardship Committee, arrange for easement monitoring and fee-owned land management, and address violations.

Outreach (5%)

  • Develop and maintain working knowledge of current events in WLC’s service area as they pertain to WLC’s mission, current activities, and potential projects.
  • Maintain good working relationships with local, state, regional, and national conservation partner organizations and government agencies to bring together people, projects, and resources. This is particularly important in WLC’s core community of Woodstock, but also in Saugerties, Kingston, Hurley, Shandaken, and other surrounding communities where WLC works or will be trying to expand.
  • Represent the organization by participating in key associations and organizations, serving on committees and advisory groups, and speaking in public settings.


Five or more years experience required in:

  • Organizational management and project leadership (non-profit or for-profit)
  • Fundraising and donor cultivation (major donor solicitation; foundation/government/business grant writing and reporting; mail appeals; events; capital campaigns; other)
  • Working closely with a Board of Directors or senior management personnel.

Additional qualifications:

  • Interpersonal, social networking, and writing skills required.
  • Land acquisition and property stewardship experience desirable.
  • Familiarity with Woodstock area lands and communities a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required.
  • Experience with databases and QuickBooks accounting software desirable.
  • Own transportation and access to Internet required.

How to Apply: Please email resume and cover letter in PDF format describing your interest to by June 28, 2013. No calls please. For a complete job description and organizational information, including WLC’s Vision 2020 strategic plan, visit 

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