The Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) works with the community to conserve the farmland, forests, wildlife habitat and rural character of Columbia County, NY, to strengthen connections between people and the land.
Based in Columbia County, in the heart of the Hudson Valley and about 30 minutes outside of Albany, CLC has conserved more than 30,000 acres of farmland, forests, and wildlife habitat to ensure clean air and water, healthy ecosystems, a strong agricultural sector, and a rich variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.
CLC provides outdoor and educational activities at its 10 Public Conservation Areas, supports agriculture by ensuring prime farmland continues to be available to the next generation of farmers, and promotes land protection and smart land use planning. CLC’s major programs include activities across land conservation, education, recreation, community planning and engagement, and a distinctive farmland conservation portfolio.
CLC seeks an accomplished leader who demonstrates a keen understanding of, and passion for, the organization’s unique mission. This person must be ready to join with the Board and staff to lead CLC in pursuing new strategic goals in land protection, advocacy/policy, education, recreation and stewardship through a proven ability in strategic leadership, fundraising, program management and oversight, collaborative ventures, and constituency building. A creative thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit is highly desired.
The ideal candidate will have a background that includes a high-level of strategic conservation/environmental leadership and management combined with a sophisticated understanding of relationship-driven philanthropy, partnership and constituent management. Proven success in raising significant resources from individuals, foundations, corporations, and public entities on behalf of the mission and organization is desirable.
The successful candidate will exhibit exceptional interpersonal skills to effectively interact with Board, staff, environmental advocates and policy leaders, governmental officials, donors and other key stakeholders. The President must be able to articulate the mission of CLC to a variety of constituents and maintain effective and efficient external communication. This individual must be confident, thoughtful, and have the appropriate skills and presence to work in an effective, collegial and collaborative manner across the state and region.
The ideal candidate will be both a strong and effective leader and a strong listener with an inclusive, team-oriented management style that inspires, empowers, motivates, and develops staff. The candidate will also have a keen ability to establish and maintain a productive and positive organizational culture with all stakeholders (i.e. staff, board, donors, members and partners). A genuine and authentic connection to nature and the outdoors is required.
Candidates with executive level achievement in the fields of conservation, environmental education, advocacy, policy, law and/or related fields are encouraged to apply. Nonprofit management experience is desired but not required.