Director Position Opening Announcement

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Position: Director

Organization Overview:
The Orleans Conservation Trust (OCT), the second- oldest land trust on Cape Cod, is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance natural areas in the Town of Orleans for the use and benefit of the community. To accomplish this mission, the Trust seeks to acquire lands and interests in lands, to manage and maintain those lands in their natural state, to protect wildlife habitat, and to educate residents and visitors about the importance of preserving the environmental quality of Cape Cod. Since its founding in 1970, the Trust has preserved 650 acres in Orleans through deeded gifts, land purchases, and private conservation restrictions.

Summary of Position:
The Director reports to the OCT Board of Trustees. The Director is responsible for advancing the mission of the Trust through land protection, stewardship, and community outreach. The Director is also responsible for the administrative operations of OCT, which include: marketing, fundraising, major donor cultivation, grant writing, membership development, financial management and budgeting, overseeing contractors and staff, office organization, and reporting.

Primary Duties

  • Facilitate land acquisitions, including negotiations and legal transactions, and management of existing land holdings;
  • Manage the Trust’s properties and conservation restrictions;
  • Act as the face of the organization by being the first point of public contact with OCT and by being available in the office during regular hours;
  • Organize programs and other activities to engage and educate the membership and the public;
  • Help to increase, strengthen, and diversify the organization’s funding sources;
  • Help to increase the OCT’s visibility and influence with stakeholders, land owners, the general public, and other constituencies;
  • Strengthen the relationship between the Trust and its members;
  • Build and maintain personal relationships with major donors;
  • Support the Board of Trustees and committees in developing budgets, policies, guidelines, and priorities;
  • Support the development of the Board and its capabilities;
  • Develop the organizational infrastructure to support current activities and continued growth;
  • Prudently use resources, leveraging internships and volunteer programs, to support the mission of the Trust and achieve the goals established by the Trustees, and
  • Supervise and work closely with staff, contractors or Americorps Volunteers.


  • A Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Biology, conservation, public administration, or a related field, or equivalent experience;
  • Significant and proven leadership skills;
  • Computer literacy, including Office applications (Word, Power Point, Excel, Publisher), and the use of Geographic Information System mapping;
  • Physically capable of performing land management activities;
  • Excellent organizational, business, and interpersonal skills, including marketing, communications, and personnel management;
  • Experience in natural resources management, business, conservation, land-use planning, or real estate;
  • An understanding of not-for-profit organizations and experience working with boards of directors/trustees, members and volunteers;
  • Ability to work with all Trust constituencies, including town/regional officials or employees, regulatory boards/committees, other Cape-based land trusts, local farmers, academics, primary and second home owners, and the press;
  • The ability to interact effectively with the local business, government, and environmental community groups;
  • Success at financial resource development, including knowledge of and success in attracting foundation and corporate grants; ability to identify, steward, and solicit individual donors;
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral;
  • The ability to foster a strong organizational culture, by encouraging teamwork and collaboration; and
  • Passion for the mission of the OCT.

Terms of Employment

  • CORI Check: Pass a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check.
  • Employer: For payroll and record-keeping purposes, employer is The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts, Inc; however, all funding for this position is provided by or through the Orleans Conservation Trust.
  • Annual Salary: Commensurate with experience and education, plus benefits (individual health insurance).
  • Termination: This position is “at will” – employment can be terminated by either party at any time. Under normal circumstances, a minimum of two weeks’ notice of intent to terminate employment would be provided.
  • Work Week: Normal work week is 40 hours.  Some flexibility in hours is necessary, as the position requires attending occasional night and weekend meetings and hearings, organizing programs, and meeting with property owners or donors is required.   This is a salaried professional position; there is no compensation for overtime.
  • Vacation: Two weeks paid vacation annually.
  • Sick/personal time: 1 day per quarter will accrue, to be used as needed for illness or personal reasons.
  • Carry-over of Vacation/Sick time: Up to one week (5 days) of combined vacation / sick time/ personal time may be carried over from one calendar year to the next;
  • Holidays: Ten paid holidays per year – New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
  • Mileage: Mileage is reimbursed at a standard federal rate when employee uses personal vehicle for Trust activities. Commuting to work is not reimbursable.
  • Technology / Office Support Services: The Board will continue to provide for the services and equipment needed to operate the OCT office in an efficient and professional manner.
  • Performance Evaluation / Annual Review: There will be an annual written Performance Evaluation, typically completed at year-end with input provided by the Trust’s Executive Committee. The Performance Evaluation will be discussed in person as part of the Annual Review, which typically also includes a goal-setting discussion. Regular, informal feedback should be sought from/provided by Officers, Committee chairs, and others that the Director works with most frequently.
  • Professional Development: The Board supports the Director’s ongoing Professional Development and to this end will provide limited time and funding for participation in appropriate conferences and seminars, etc.
  • Supervision: The Director reports to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. Individual Committee chairs may provide guidance on matters specific to their respective committees.

Office Location:
OCT’s office is located in Orleans, MA.

Commensurate with experience and education, plus benefits (individual health insurance and retirement plan).

Application Procedure: Interested individuals should send a cover letter, résumé and the completed OCT Job Application Form electronically to Applicants are also encouraged to include a list of three references. The Orleans Conservation Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

Closing Date: March 23, 2015