Executive Director

Deschutes Land Trust
Oregon, United States
$110,000.00 - $120,000.00
Mar 12, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

The Opportunity
Deschutes Land Trust seeks a collaborative, mission-driven Executive Director to lead us in pursuing our vision for strong and healthy natural and human communities—where we work together to conserve and care for the lands that make Central Oregon an incredible place to live, work, and grow. Our office is in Bend, but more than 17,500 acres of land are entrusted to us throughout Central Oregon.

We work cooperatively with local landowners to conserve land for fish and wildlife, scenic views, and local communities so that our communities and the natural world can flourish together—now and in future generations as our climate continues to change. We embrace diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and are committed to building a conservation community of staff, board, volunteers and other supporters with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and life experiences.

The leader we’re looking for is motivated by the role conservation plays in sustaining human communities and natural systems. This person will excel in: fostering internal collaboration among a talented staff of professionals; cultivating shared vision and goals; building trusting relationships with partners, donors, and supporters; growing the available resources for our work; and serving as a convener of our local conservation movement, inviting all people to meaningfully connect with this place, so that together we can protect and care for the lands Central Oregon needs for its future.

The Land Trust operates with an annual operating budget of approximately $1,750,000. We have a dedicated board of directors, a committed staff of 11, and a passionate corps of volunteers. Thanks to our generous supporters, 2020 was our best year ever for donations. Our next Executive Director succeeds the Land Trust’s Founding Director, Brad Chalfant, who will serve as a resource when the new leader begins work—particularly to make introductions and provide his unique perspective about the Land Trust’s growth and accomplishments over the past 25 years.

How to apply

  • Prepare the following: (1) a cover letter outlining how your experience qualifies you to become the Land Trust’s next Executive Director based on the qualifications below, (2) a chronological resume, and (3) a statement (up to 300 words) about your commitment to and experience with applying DEI principles/practices within an organization, program, or movement.
  • Send your application by 5 pm (PT) March 31, 2021 as a PDF to: DLTexecutive@paulamanley.com. Contact our search consultant, Paula Manley, at this email if you have questions or need an accommodation. All inquiries will be handled confidentially.

People of color and others from historically underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. For a complete job description and more information about us, visit www.deschuteslandtrust.org

Compensation: $110,000 to $120,000 depending on experience, plus generous benefits.

What you Need:

  • Leadership and Management: At least 5 years of executive or senior leadership experience including: leading and coaching a team of professional staff; fostering teamwork; rallying people to collaborate around a shared vision and goals; addressing challenges and conflicts with courage and compassion; soliciting input and making/communicating thoughtful decisions. Familiar with nonprofits, including nonprofit financial management principles and practices.
  • Fundraising: Experience with fundraising and able to bring a variety of approaches to cultivating and soliciting donors in partnership with development staff and board members. Skilled as a storyteller—able to speak compellingly and authentically with funders and other supporters.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Experience with and commitment to working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. A track record of applying diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) principles and practices within an organization, program, or initiative, including fostering a culture of belonging.
  • Relationship Building and Communications: Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build trusting relationships. Proven ability to communicate effectively in writing and in person with diverse stakeholders including landowners, government officials, community-based organizations, and Tribes, as well as Land Trust staff, Board members, and volunteers.
  • Conservation Commitment: Demonstrated commitment to environmental conservation through professional or personal experience.

Also helpful, but not required:

  • Familiar with the Pacific Northwest and the public policy environment
  • Experience working in natural resources, conservation, or a related field
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

Who We Are:

Our Mission: We conserve and care for the lands and waters that sustain Central Oregon, so local communities and the natural world can flourish together for generations to come.

Our Values: Excellence, Accountability, Teamwork, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Collaboration, and Permanence

Our Vision: We envision a future of strong and healthy natural and human communities—where we work together to conserve and care for the lands that make Central Oregon an incredible place to live, work, and grow.

  • With the population of Central Oregon continuing to grow and our climate rapidly warming, we protect the rivers, forests, canyons, meadows, and agricultural lands that Central Oregon will need to thrive for generations to come.
  • We conserve lands that are strong and adaptable to the changing climate and that sustain functioning natural systems, abundant native plants and animals, clean air and water, and healthy local communities.
  • All people have an opportunity to meaningfully connect with this place, so that together we can build an interconnected community of people committed to protecting and caring for the lands we all love.

The Deschutes Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate based on race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity or expression, religion, ability, or national origin.

More Information: http://www.deschuteslandtrust.org