Executive Director

If you would like to work for a vibrant local land conservancy committed to stewardship of the land and located in a naturally beautiful and culturally rich small-college community, please apply for the position of Executive Director of the Williamstown Rural Lands (WRL). To learn more about the position, please see the complete description below.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to jobs@rurallands.org with the subject line: “Executive Director”. If you have a passion for nature as well as vision, imagination, and energy, this is a wonderful and challenging opportunity to lead an established land trust into the future.

The position will remain open until filled, with a request for submissions by January 31, 2022. The Search Committee plans to begin interviewing candidates in February, with the goal of the successful candidate assuming the position of Executive Director in spring 2022. Thank you for your expression of interest in WRL.

Executive Director (ED)

Job Description

A full-time salaried position, the ED is hired by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Directors (Board) as the trustees of the WRL. Supervision of the Executive Director is by the Board of Directors through the President of the organization.

Primary Responsibilities

The ED, in conjunction with the President and Board, serves to execute and coordinate the programs and policies of the Williamstown Rural Lands (WRL). The ED has the ultimate responsibility for both leading and carrying out the administrative and operational aspects of the organization, including the initiation and management of land protection projects; coordination of land stewardship; environmental education; outreach and advocacy programs; making recommendations for annual operating and project budgets; fundraising efforts; and supervision of, and coordination with, other staff (Assistant Director, Education/Program Coordinator, and Lands/Trails Coordinator). An understanding of the economics of a working landscape is encouraged for interested ED candidates. The ED is the primary avenue of communication between the Board of Directors and the staff and the leading voice of WRL in the Williamstown community.

Specific Duties of the Executive Director

● Acts as the lead spokesperson for the WRL and educates the public about WRL and its mission, through public
appearances, publications, and personal contacts. Represents the WRL at meetings and gatherings of local, regional
and statewide land protection and related groups. As such, the ED develops relationships with all facets of the
community.

● The ED is the primary negotiator and point of contact with landowners that are interested in conservation projects on
their lands, in close coordination with the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and the Land/Trails
Coordinator.

● Provides direction for and takes part in management oversight of WRL-owned properties and other properties in which
WRL has a management interest, e.g. Conservation Restrictions, and manages the property records for these lands, in
collaboration with the Land/Trails Coordinator.

● Leads financial development and annual fundraising efforts in coordination with the Development/Membership
Committee and Events committee. Works with the Board and the Assistant Director to manage the annual
membership appeals, capital campaigns, and other special events.

● Oversees the development and assists in delivery of educational programs and events with appropriate staff and the
Education/Events Committees, in collaboration with the Education/Program Coordinator.

● Provides the communication link among the President, the Board of Directors, standing committees, and working
groups.

● Assists the President in planning meetings, including the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, other committee
meetings, and the Annual Meeting. The ED works with the Assistant Director in publicizing such meetings.

● Serves as the day-to-day decision maker for the organization. As such, the ED develops an understanding of all aspects
of organizational operations (i.e. financial, educational, stewardship, administrative).

● Oversees the fiscal management of the organization's operating and endowment funds with the WRL Assistant
Director (AD), Treasurer, and Finance Committee. In coordination with the AD, Treasurer, and Finance Committee,
develops an annual budget for the organization and manages the day-to-day operational expenses.

● Researches and submits grant proposals for special projects and general organizational support.

● Recruits, hires, supervises, and if needed terminates interns, volunteers and staff. Assists the Nominating Committee
in recruiting new board members, in coordination with the Executive Committee acting as the Personnel Committee.

● Facilitates annual performance evaluations of the WRL staff.

● Coordinates with the WRL staff and the Communications Committee to maintain a lively World Wide Web presence
and to nurture an appropriately-scaled use of social media to both provide information about the WRL and to attract
new members.

● Manages and addresses issues concerning buildings and grounds at Sheep Hill, in coordination with the Assistant
Director and the Building and Grounds Committee. This includes managing repairs, improvements and ongoing
upkeep and, to the extent budgeted for, hiring contractors to accomplish required maintenance.

Among the preferred qualifications of the Executive Director

The ideal candidate will have the right mix of leadership abilities, passion, vision, and a strong aptitude for building and maintaining relationships that help WRL achieve its mission.

Bachelor’s degree and 5-years’ professional experience, including a demonstrated record of achieving results and advancing organizational goals.

Highly organized and self-directed with the ability to inspire passion for the mission of WRL, both within the organization and the public.

Experience in organizational administration and staff development. Supervisory experience with both managing a staff as a team and working with a Board of Directors.

Demonstrated success in fundraising, including implementing financial plans, working with private foundations and corporations, grant writing, and relationship building with funders from both public and private sectors.

Strong management skills and experience in supervising people with differing skills, temperaments, scopes of work and capability.

Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with constituents and demonstrated success building and nurturing collaborative partnerships.

Experience, coursework, or other training in financial management.

Knowledge and experience of the Berkshire’s conservation community, political environment, legislation and the legislative process.

Demonstrated knowledge and experience in land conservation transactions. Experience with and knowledge of natural resources issues in general.
Willingness to work nights and weekends when needed.

Proficiencies in computer software including Microsoft Office, donor management software, and social media, along with entry-level GIS proficiency, desirable.