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About the Southeast Alaska Land Trust

The Southeast Alaska Land Trust (SEALT) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the natural heritage of Southeast Alaska. Since 1995, the SEALT Board of Directors and staff have collaborated with communities, individuals, and organizations to help ensure that highly valued habitat, recreation, open space, and cultural and historic areas continue to thrive for the well-being of each generation.

Today, SEALT protects and stewards 41 conservation properties totaling over 3,600 acres throughout Southeast Alaska. SEALT respectfully acknowledges the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people as the original owners and inhabitants of Southeast Alaska and recognize that they have cared for these lands and their living resources for thousands of years.

Since 2014, SEALT has been recognized as a nationally accredited land trust by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. Accreditation recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust, and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent.

SEALT currently has four full-time staff positions: Executive Director, Conservation Specialist, Stewardship Coordinator, and Communications and Development Coordinator. The Conservation Specialist is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director. The organization has a stable mix of funding sources, including government funding, grants, private donations, and the sale of wetland mitigation credits as a part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Program.

General Position Summary: Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible for: building and managing an annual budget; supervising staff; communicating with the Board of Directors; building and implementing SEALT’s annual Development Plan; and, overseeing SEALT’s Lands Program and Community Outreach and Engagement Program, as described below.

This full-time, permanent (exempt) position is located in Juneau, Alaska, but requires work and travel throughout Southeast Alaska.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The Executive Director reports to and is reviewed by the SEALT Board of Directors, and must be able to work independently, as well as part of a small, enthusiastic team.

General

·        Build and manage an annual budget;

·        Oversee all financial transactions;

·        Hire, manage, and supervise staff and contractors;

·        Review annual operating plan with staff every six months to reassess organizational goals and objectives and prioritize programs and projects;

·        Ensure all organization and financial records are kept in accordance with SEALT’s Records Management Policy;

·        Review Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures periodically and recommend changes and improvements, as needed, to the Board;

·        Implement SEALT’s Policies and Procedures and the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices;

·        Ensure that SEALT maintains accreditation through the Land Trust Alliance;

·        Promote and enhance the organization’s standing in the community through earned media and outreach to organizations and the public; and

·        Build partnerships with other like-minded organizations and agencies, including the Land Trust Alliance, local organizations and leaders, and the Native community.

Board of Directors

·        Ensure that the Board of Directors is fully informed of SEALT’s activities;

·        Carry out the policy and strategic directives of the Board of Directors;

·        Participate in meetings of the Board of Directors and its committees; and

·        Prepare annual budget and strategic plan with the Board of Directors.

Fundraising

·        Build and implement SEALT’s annual Development Plan, with assistance from the Communications and Development Coordinator and input from the Board of Directors;

·        Prepare funding proposals and grant applications;

·        Oversee preparation of newsletters, direct mail appeals, and other outreach material;

·        Collaborate with the Board of Directors to solicit and engage with major donors; and

·        Collaborate with staff and Board of Directors to organize special events.

Lands Program

Supervision of the Conservation Specialist, who is responsible for managing the Land Conservation Program, In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Program, and Stewardship Program, including supervision of stewardship staff. Responsibilities of these programs include:

Land Conservation Program

·        Responding to landowner inquiries and initiating contact to discuss conservation options for lands within Southeast Alaska, including fee-simple acquisition and conservation easements;

·        Prioritizing land acquisition activities through initial screenings of potential conservation projects, site visits, and resource assessments;

·        Developing project budgets;

·        Conducting landowner negotiations, coordination of due diligence, conservation easement drafting/review, and drafting/review of other legal agreements; and

·        Cultivating positive working relationships with landowners and conservation partners throughout project stages.

In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Program

·        Coordinating ongoing efforts to update the In-Lieu Fee (ILF) Program Instrument with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps);

·        Responding to inquiries and preparing ILF cost estimates for wetland permit applicants;

·        Tracking and reporting on ILF wetland debits, credits, and expenditures; and

·        Working with the Corps and Interagency Review Team during all phases of wetland protection projects.

Stewardship Program

Supervision of the Stewardship Coordinator, who is responsible for:

·        Coordination of annual field monitoring and documentation of SEALT’s 3,600+ acres of conservation easements and fee-owned conservation properties;

·        Working to address property violations or management issues;

·        Working to maintain relationships with landowners/neighbors and address landowner questions; and

·        Coordinating property management tasks such as trail maintenance, trash removal, brush clearing, sign installation, etc.

Community Outreach and Engagement Program

Supervision of the Communications and Development Coordinator who is responsible for:

·        Helping to develop and implement the annual Development Plan;

·        Coordinating informative and fun programs and presentations that connect people to the natural environment and land conservation;

·        Developing website information, posts to social media, and community education and outreach materials (newsletters, press releases, etc.); and

·        Maintaining the donor database.

Qualifications

Essential Qualifications

·        A minimum requirement of a bachelor’s degree in non-profit management, land conservation, environmental studies, natural resource management, urban or regional planning, public administration, or a closely related field;

·        At least four years of organizational management experience demonstrating significant responsibility;

·        Experience with direct staff supervision;

·        Experience with budget management;

·        Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience;

·        Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, nonprofit environment;

·        Strong coordination, time management, and organizational skills;

·        Proficiency with computer software including Microsoft Office and QuickBooks;

·        Ability to work efficiently both independently and as part of a team;

·        A positive attitude, sense of humor, and be energetic, creative, and focused;

·        Willing to work occasional evenings or weekends, as needed; and

·        A valid driver’s license and a reliable personal vehicle available for work use (work mileage is reimbursed).

Preferred Qualifications

·        Experience working at non-profits, preferably in land conservation;

·        Knowledge of land conservation methods and tools, including conservation easements and deed restrictions;

·        Experience generating revenue for non-profits through grant seeking, community-based fundraising, program fees, and other methods;

·        Knowledge of fundraising principles and practices;

·        Familiarity with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mitigation program or other regulatory processes;

·        Knowledge/experience with ArcGIS software;

·        Ability to work outdoors for extended periods in all weather, hike several miles over rough terrain, and be comfortable in boats and small planes; and

·        Ability to use handheld GPS equipment and compass, as well as read maps, interpret aerial photos, and navigate in the field.

Compensation

Salary range is $65,000 – $70,000, depending on education and experience.

Benefits include: 10 paid holidays per year, 12 vacation days for the first year of employment (increases over time), 10 sick days per year, a retirement matching plan (3% match), and contributions to a Health Savings Account (or salary increase in lieu of Health Savings Account).


About the Southeast Alaska Land Trust

The Southeast Alaska Land Trust (SEALT) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the natural heritage of Southeast Alaska. Since 1995, the SEALT Board of Directors and staff have…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Application Deadline
    December 31, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

$65,000 - $70,000

Benefits

Benefits include: 10 paid holidays per year, 12 vacation days for the first year of employment (increases over time), 10 sick days per year, a retirement matching plan (3% match), and contributions to a Health Savings Account (or salary increase in lieu of Health Savings Account).

Benefits include: 10 paid holidays per year, 12 vacation days for the first year of employment (increases over time), 10 sick days per year, a retirement matching plan (3% match), and…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in the world
Associated Location
119 Seward Street, Suite 2, Juneau, AK None, United States

How to Apply

This position will be open until filled. Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to:


Jay Nelson

President, Board of Directors

Southeast Alaska Land Trust

119 Seward Street, Suite 2

Juneau, AK 99801

info@sealt.org

The Southeast Alaska Land Trust is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are dedicated to hiring employees who reflect the communities we serve, including women, people of color, LGBTQ2S+ individuals, and people with disabilities. The Southeast Alaska Land Trust will provide accommodations in all aspects of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

This position will be open until filled. Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to:


Jay Nelson

President, Board of Directors

Southeast Alaska Land Trust

119 Seward…

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