Director of StewardshipCharleston, SC
Position: Director of Stewardship
Position Type: Full Time
Reporting: Chief Conservation Officer
Location: Charleston, SC
To apply, please email in a single PDF, a cover letter and resume to: Megan Ramsey, Chief Financial Officer, email@example.com
In light of COVID-19, we are operating on a partially-remote basis until further notice. Interviews for this position may be conducted remotely/virtually.
Lowcountry Land Trust (“LLT”) seeks an experienced, self-starting Director of Stewardship, who will be responsible for ensuring that LLT fulfills stewardship responsibilities for its nearly 150,000-acre portfolio of more than 325 conservation easements, over 3,500 acres of fee simple holdings, and half a dozen deed restrictions. This position includes administering the execution of LLT’s stewardship responsibilities and initiatives, supervising two conservation staff primarily focused on stewardship, and coordinating the work of other staff with stewardship responsibilities. Our work environment is dynamic and fast-paced, with a significant number of concurrent projects underway at all times. The Director of Stewardship will work in close partnership with the Chief Conservation Officer, other conservation staff, and the Conservation Committee of the Board of Trustees to ensure all stewardship responsibilities for LLT are met with the highest level of professionalism.
- Prepare stewardship budget and work plan with Chief Conservation Officer, and track finances relative to approved program budget.
- Hire, supervise, mentor, evaluate, and delegate duties to staff as appropriate, in accordance with LLT practices.
- Manage contracting for professional services, including aerial monitoring.
- Review draft easement language proposed for each conservation easement project to ensure that the terms are clear and enforceable.
- Actively participate in LLT’s regular cross-function staff Conservation Team meetings and lead the presentation and discussion of stewardship matters at Board Conservation Committee meetings.
- Represent LLT at functions, meetings, and in negotiations.
- Maintain fee land management tasks, including invasive plant removal and maintenance of boundaries, roads and structures.
- Assist with grant writing and seek out new grant opportunities to fund LLT stewardship projects.
- Ensure that LLT follows the Land Trust Alliance’s Accreditation Program mandates and is prepared for LLT renewal.
- Maintain monitoring, enforcement, and amendment policies and procedures in accordance with accepted practices and the Land Trust Alliance’s Accreditation Program.
Monitoring, Compliance, Enforcement, and Legal Matters
- Oversee stewardship issue resolution including legal compliance, easement interpretations, and requests, including amendments and discretionary consent.
- Resolve potential and actual violations effectively and efficiently in accordance with accepted policies and procedures.
- Negotiate resolutions to stewardship issues with landowners and third parties.
- Manage the organization’s consultations on legal matters related to easement stewardship; communicate with other staff, outside counsel, and experts to assess the situation and recommend courses of action.
- Ensure all conservation easement stewards are interpreting and enforcing easements consistently.
- Monitor and steward a suite of conservation interest and develop landowner relationships.
- Assist conservation easement stewards and other staff in interpretation of easement language.
- Provide guidance, including personal involvement as necessary, to ensure positive, cooperative relationships with landowners and the public.
- Complete amendments to conservation easements in cooperation with other LLT staff, outside counsel, and the Board Conservation Committee.
- Other duties as assigned, commensurate with job position.
- A minimum of five years of experience in land conservation, preferably conservation easement stewardship.
- Willingness to be the lead negotiator on easement violations.
- Experience in program administration, including but not limited to budgeting and employee supervision.
- Detail- and goal-oriented, with the ability to exercise independent judgment in completing tasks, prioritizing, and meeting deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and partners.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability and personality to work collaboratively with a small staff team to implement programs for the organization.
- Ability to build rapport and trust-based relationships with landowners; the ability to understand the needs and perspectives of landowners and to work to find mutually satisfying solutions.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Familiarity with G Suite, Microsoft, and other various business software, including conservation databases such as Landscape.
- Physical ability to sit at a desk with a computer or in meetings for long periods, to travel to remote and undeveloped property, to hike and wade through a variety of environmental conditions and be outdoors for considerable periods of time.
- Valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation
- Positive attitude and willingness to accept a challenge.
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