Steep Rock Association, the 4th largest land trust in Connecticut, is seeking an Executive Director with a passion for land conservation, a collaborative leadership style and strong communication and management skills to lead the organization in implementing its ambitious new strategic plan.
Steep Rock Association
Steep Rock Association is a 90 year-old land trust in Washington, Ct. that protects over 5,000 acres, almost 20% of the Town. Its mission is to conserve ecologically and historically significant landscapes and to connect our community to nature. Much of its owned land is located in 3 large preserves with varied topography and habitats, spectacular vistas, over 40 miles of hiking trails and 7 miles of the beautiful and ecologically significant Shepaug River. Steep Rock is a recreation destination for the region and has a highly developed biodiversity conservation program. It offers education programs and has a community garden that annually provides food to over 600 people through local food banks.
Steep Rock has an annual budget of about $500,000.00, 4 employees, a reserve fund of over $2,000,000, and a donor base of over 650 individuals, corporations and foundations. Several significant capital projects costing over $2,500,000 have been recently completed and others are under consideration. It is led by an active and engaged group of volunteer Trustees and has many other volunteers who along with the Trustees are actively involved in its diverse programs and well organized Committees. It is also in the process of obtaining LTA accreditation.
Steep Rock is actively searching for an Executive Director to lead the organization in the next phase of its growth. The ideal candidate will have a natural passion for conserving land. In addition, he or she will have a commitment to promoting the biodiversity of the preserves through best management practices as laid out in the strategic plan. http://www.steeprockassoc.org/about/strategic-plan
Excellent communication skills are a must, both in interacting with members, trustees, town/state officials and leaders of other land trusts, and importantly, in building strong relationships with the wide and diverse member base that is the life blood of the organization. The ability to manage a number of projects at once is also critical. To the extent that any candidate fulfills most but not all of the above criteria, Steep Rock is willing to work with an individual who demonstrates an ability and willingness to round out their
skill set as necessary.
This is an excellent opportunity to manage all aspects of a healthy and vibrant conservation organization with the support of an experienced staff, active and sophisticated volunteers, and state and local officials.
Pay will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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Please submit a one-page cover letter and resume to:
The deadline for submissions is October 21, 2015.