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Director of Community Partnerships, Land Trust Alliance

Washington DC

Deadline: February 21, 2020


The Land Trust Alliance is the voice of the land trust community. As the national leader in policy, standards and education, we work passionately to support land trusts across America so they can save more land and better serve their communities.

Our natural places and working lands are a lifeline to clean air, water, food and good health. These lands also bring us together, inspire us and provide opportunities to recreate and recharge. The land trust community is a crucial component in this equation. With important places under continual threat, land trusts need access to the best tools, information and policy advocates. Armed with a diverse network and valuable resources, the Alliance is the land trust community’s source for the knowledge and capabilities they need to reach their goals. From tax and funding policies on Capitol Hill to innovative ideas, partnerships and initiatives, we ensure our land trust members can always be heard and achieve more.


Summary Description

The Director of Community Partnerships reports to the Executive Vice President (EVP) and works closely with the Executive Management team. The Director will be responsible for leading and implementing strategies and programs at the national level to support the Alliance’s efforts to accelerate the pace and quality of community-centered conservation. The Director will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, from both within and outside the traditional land conservation network, and cultivating opportunities for strategic partnerships at the national, regional and local levels. The Director will serve as an advocate and resource to advance the Alliance’s commitment to embed the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion in the Alliance and its national network.


In collaboration with the EVP, develop the community partnerships strategy.

Ensure that strategic partnerships and community engagement initiatives are fully funded and that their implementation, evaluations and outcomes are successful.

Identify, build and maintain partnerships in support of Alliance strategic priorities, particularly focused on underrepresented sectors and communities with local, state and national organizations and land trusts.

Lead and/or support Alliance staff on community conservation strategies and activities including:

Existing and new programs and initiatives, including the Common Ground initiative, Relevance Campaign, Scholars for Conservation Leadership Program, etc.

Production of case studies on successful Community Conservation projects nationwide.

Serving as the Alliance’s spokesperson, champion and subject matter expert for Community Conservation (e.g. support, training and other services to land trusts)

Designing projects that address land conservation community needs and provide leadership with initiatives that will reach a diverse audience.

In each initiative, the Director will work across departments to share updates and identify areas for collaboration

Support the EVP with fundraising initiatives for Community Conservation initiatives.

Play a critical role in shaping and sustaining an inclusive and equitable culture.

Work closely with the EVP, senior leadership and other key stakeholders to execute diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives that span the programmatic work of the organization.

Conduct regular constituency site visits

Perform other duties as needed.



Master’s degree in Conservation, Environmental Management or related field

5+ years of progressive community engagement experience and exposure to senior level nonprofit leadership

Experience working in a collaborative environment and demonstrated experience in helping to grow a sustainable program at a national level

Proven program management experience in a non-profit environment

Strong written, communication, presentation and interpersonal skills

Independent and strategic thinking

Demonstrated success in fundraising and/or membership development

Proven skill at managing complex projects and delivering results on schedule

Ability to facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships that include a diversity of organizations

Proven ability to gain creditability and trust with community partners, while leading and empowering others to achieve a common goal

Ability to connect with audiences from various backgrounds

Flexible, responsive, and able to manage diverse priorities

Experience working in a multicultural environment

Knowledge of land conservation, environmental nonprofits a plus



Competitive salary and benefits provided.



Send resume and cover letter, via email to hr@lta.org. If email is not an option, applications will be accepted by mail to Human Resources Director, Land Trust Alliance, 1250 H Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005.

Posted February 6, 2020

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