Director Position Opening Announcement – Open Until January 8, 2018

Director OCT Position Announcement_2 (12-9-2017)

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 land and educate the public in order to
sustain our natural resources and the character of our community for generations to come. To
accomplish this mission, OCT 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, OCT has preserved 670 acres in Orleans through deeded gifts, land purchases,
and private conservation restrictions.

Summary of Position
The Director must demonstrate a knowledge of, and a passion for, open space preservation,
environmental protection and the mission of OCT. The Director reports to the OCT Board of
Trustees and is responsible for advancing the mission of OCT through land protection,
stewardship, and community education & outreach. The Director is also responsible for the
operations of OCT, which include: fundraising, major donor cultivation, grant writing,
membership development, marketing, financial management and budgeting, supervising parttime
staff and contractors, office organization, and reporting. The Director is supported by two
part-time staff (a Land Manager and an Administrative Assistant) and by members of the Board
of Trustees who play very active roles in various aspects of OCT’s work and operations.

Primary Duties
• Facilitate land acquisitions, including negotiations of legal transactions, and management
of existing land holdings;
• Manage OCT’s properties and conservation restrictions, with the assistance of a part-time
Land Manager;
• Help to increase, strengthen, and diversify the organization’s funding sources, including
grants and collaborations;
• Act as the face of the organization by being the first point of public contact with OCT;
• Organize programs and other activities to engage and educate the membership and the
• Help to increase OCT’s visibility and influence with stakeholders, land owners, the general
public, and other constituencies;
• Enhance the relationship between OCT and its members and volunteers;
• Build and maintain personal relationships with major donors;
• Support an active Board of Trustees and active Board committees in developing budgets,
policies, guidelines, activities, events, reporting and priorities;
• Develop the organizational infrastructure to support current activities and continued
• Prudently use resources, leveraging internships and volunteer programs, to support the
mission of OCT and achieve the goals established by the Trustees, and
• Supervise and work closely with staff, contractors, and AmeriCorps members and

• Bachelor’s degree required and 3+ years of professional experience;
• Experience with non-profits, fundraising, natural resource management, conservation,
environmental sciences, or real estate;
• Significant and proven leadership and collaboration skills;
• A professional demeanor and strong influencing skills;
• Excellent organizational, business, and interpersonal skills, including marketing,
communications, and personnel management;
• An understanding of not-for-profit organizations and experience working with boards of
directors/trustees, members, and community volunteers;
• Ability to work with all OCT constituencies, which may include town/regional officials or
employees, regulatory boards/committees, other Cape-based land trusts, local farmers,
educators, property owners, and the media;
• The ability to interact effectively with the local business, government, and environmental
• Interest 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
• Reporting and computer literacy, including knowledge of database management and MS
Office applications (Word, Power Point, Excel, Publisher, Access) and WordPress.
Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems a plus.

Terms of Employment
The salary offered will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience and
education, and OCT will provide health, retirement, paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave
benefits. OCT is also committed to providing the successful candidate with professional
development opportunities.
The normal work week is 40 hours, and some flexibility in hours is required for attending
occasional night and weekend meetings and regulatory hearings, organizing programs, and
meeting with property owners or donors. This is a salaried professional position; there is no
compensation for overtime.
For payroll and record-keeping purposes, the employer of record is The Compact of Cape Cod
Conservation Trusts, Inc; however, all funding for this position is provided by or through OCT.
The successful candidate must have a valid driver’s license and will be subject to and must pass a
Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check.

Application Procedure
Interested individuals should send a cover letter and résumé to The Orleans Conservation Trust is an equal opportunity

Closing Date:  January 8, 2018