The PCC Farmland Trust Board of Directors is seeking a visionary Executive Director to lead PCC Farmland Trust (the Trust) as we expand the reach of our mission and depth of our programs. The ideal leader is an innovative and strategic thinker, passionate about conservation, able to inspire and develop staff to carry out our vision, and capable of engaging the myriad of communities who care as deeply about creating a sustainable farming future as we do.
About PCC Farmland Trust
At PCC Farmland Trust, we envision a world where farmland is protected to do what it does best: promote soil health, water conservation, habitat protection, and climate resiliency. Farmland that is well cared for produces healthy food, keeps rural economies thriving, and connects us to the natural world. We know that without farmers, these benefits are not possible. That’s why we work to understand the challenges they face – from land affordability and broken succession to historic or current inequities. Guided by this understanding, we break down land access barriers and support the long-term viability of agricultural communities.
Since our founding in 1999 by Seattle-based food retailer, PCC Community Markets, we have preserved 2,553 acres across Washington, 23 farms in total. We are an independent, nationally-accredited, 501(c)(3) land trust working to preserve and steward Washington’s best farmland. A 12-member Board of Directors, staff of 13, and over 150 volunteers support our farmland conservation work. We are committed to advancing the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and the communities that we support.
We are currently engaged in our first major fundraising campaign, a multi-year effort that has raised $18.5 million to date through a combination of private philanthropy, public funding, and impact investing. The campaign allows us to conserve more land on an annual basis and also to build new programs that advance our land stewardship efforts and direct support of local farmers. Our current focus areas for community conservation are Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties, though we continue to conserve precious farmland in other areas of the state.
We believe in a farming future, and we show up every day to create one for the next generation.
Leadership and Management
● Work effectively and intentionally with the board of directors to fulfill the Trust’s mission while growing and sustaining the organization.
● Develop strategic plans with guidance from the board and community partners. Lead implementation of plans with staff. Report to the board and broader Trust community on progress toward planned goals.
● Develop and monitor annual budgets and financial reports, in collaboration with the board’s Finance Committee, including significant balance sheet and asset management, in addition to profit/loss management of the operating budget.
● Attract, retain, and manage a team of professional staff; provide mentorship and leadership to create a positive, inspiring work environment.
● Oversee the implementation of human resource policies, procedures, and practices.
● Ensure commitment to and compliance with all applicable laws and regulations across the organization.
● Expand, in number and diversity, the community that is aware of and in support of the Trust’s work.
Fundraising and Communications
● Play a leadership role in resource development including cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual donors, foundations, corporations, and public funders, with the Development and Communications Director and Fundraising and Communications Committee of the board.
● Ensure successful completion of our multi-year fundraising campaign to protect Washington’s best farmland through private philanthropy, public funding, and impact investing.
● Oversee the continued development and expansion of impact investing and other beneficial (below market-rate) farmland acquisition lending.
● Effectively communicate, internally and externally, the Trust’s vision and exemplify its core values.
● Oversee communications efforts to ensure that communication vehicles build an influential brand and present a cohesive story about the current and future work of the Trust.
● Serve as the Trust’s lead spokesperson and thought leader on conservation, farming, environmental, and food issues.
Conservation and Stewardship
● Oversee the Trust’s farmland conservation efforts, including the acquisition of new fee simple farms and conservation easements as well as the sale and/or transfer of those farms and/or conservation easements, as needed, with the Conservation and Stewardship Director and Conservation and Stewardship Committee of the board.
● Work with the conservation and stewardship staff to ensure ongoing stewardship of lands under easement and to encourage continued farming of land aligned with the Trust’s farmland stewardship principles.
● Support the development of a long-range conservation plan by conservation and stewardship staff, including long-term financial modeling of portfolio scenarios.
● Foster the development and implementation of new programs, as needed, to support the farming communities we serve.
● 10 years of experience in a related position; including 3-5 years in a leadership role, managing people, working with a board, and making financial decisions.
● Ability to inspire a team and the leadership capacity to nurture, grow, and retain professionals who are focused on excellence, creating exceptional partnerships in the community and delivering on our commitments.
● Proven experience working with and reporting to a board, including management of board governance and a track record of success building relationships that help guide the organization.
● Proven experience building relationships and raising revenue from a variety of sources including grants, government entities, and individual donors.
● Experience working with a growing nonprofit organization, in either a board, staff, or leadership capacity.
● Experience serving as a passionate advocate and compelling external face of an organization to the community, government and legislative partners, donors, and stakeholders.
● Strong fiscal management and budgetary leadership, preferably with a complex revenue model, of a similarly sized organization ($1 million or more operating budget and staff of 10 or more).
● Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
● Undergraduate degree.
● Experience as a nonprofit executive director or leadership team member of a similar sized nonprofit.
● Experience and fluency with real estate transactions, public and private financing sources, and innovative investment instruments such as impact investing.
● Connections to the stewardship, conservation, or environmental focused funders in Washington State.
● Background in land trust and/or conservation, including acquisition, development, and ongoing stewardship of properties.
● Experience working in an agricultural, environmental, outdoor or natural resource-based nonprofit.
● Graduate degree in related field.
PCC Farmland Trust offers a competitive benefits package.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please submit your application by November 16, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be acknowledged via an email receipt and will be held confidentially within the Board Search Committee until the finalists are introduced to the Trust Board.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Screening for candidates will occur in October and November; interviews will be held in December and January 2019. We anticipate a start date during Q1 2019.
Please combine your resume and cover letter into one document. In your cover letter, please share how your professional interests and passions specifically correlate with PCC Farmland Trust’s mission, strategic direction, and impact. In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:
· Why are you interested in the Executive Director role at PCC Farmland Trust and what about our mission and work is compelling to you as a next step in your career?
· What about your background and experience makes you well qualified to lead and guide the Trust during the next stage of our growth and development?