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L-A-D Foundation Manager

St Louis MO

The L-A-D Foundation was established by Leo A. Drey in 1962 to preserve lands of natural and cultural significance in the Missouri Ozarks.

The Foundation Manager, headquartered in St. Louis, is responsible for managing and supervising the ecological stewardship, policy, outreach, communication, and land consolidation functions of the L-A-D Foundation. The position is parallel to and requires continual communication and collaboration with our Forest Manager, headquartered at our Pioneer Forest office in Salem; both positions report directly to the L-A-D board of directors. This is a leadership and executive position involving significant collaboration with professionals in partner organizations and agencies on policies, programs, and land management; development of materials and recommendations for consideration by the board and its committees; and leading special initiatives of the board and staff.

The L-A-D Foundation and Pioneer Forest have an organizational culture of mutual respect and teamwork among our staff, directors, and many partners. For this position, we seek someone who is able to work collaboratively and who will further that culture. This position directly supervises the St. Louis office and stewardship program staff, maintains constant communication with the Pioneer Forest Manager, and works with the Board of Directors and its Executive, Finance and Stewardship Committees and with certain partners and contractors as needed.

40 hours/week, salaried exempt
401(k), health and dental insurance, vacation and sick leave


  • Graduate Degree and experience in natural resources, land stewardship, or biology.
  • Proven executive skills in a nonprofit, academic, government, or business organization.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and willingness to work collegially and collaboratively.
  • Experience with preparing and implementing budgets, policies, and grants.
  • Passion for natural resource conservation.
  • Familiarity with the Ozark region and an understanding of Ozark and Missouri culture a strong plus. 

Specific Duties:

  • Provide leadership on matters of public policy relevant to the foundation, such as stewardship of national, state, and private parks and forests, the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, and wild and natural areas.
  • Supervise and provide support for the stewardship program for Pioneer Forest and other foundation-owned lands, including ecological management, recreation, research, and seasonal prescribed fire.
  • Provide staff support for the foundation’s Board, Executive and Stewardship committees; develop agendas, schedule meetings, and prepare minutes.
  • Publish the Annual Report and other outreach materials.
  • Oversee contractors and consultants, including legal advisors.
  • Oversee the annual dinner at the Pioneer Forest campus in Salem. 

To Apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to

Posted January 7, 2021

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