Join Our Team

Our current Director of Conservation is retiring and we are looking for a new teammate. If you think you’d be a great fit, love Florida and the great outdoors, and want to see its special places saved, send your resume to Info@conserveflorida.org

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Director of Conservation

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Responsible for overseeing and directing Conservation Florida’s conservation programming, CFL’s Conservation Director oversees and provides day-to-day management and strategic direction for our land conservation and easement stewardship programs, which entails: conservation planning to identify new conservation opportunities; developing and exploring new conservation easement and fee property acquisition projects; overseeing proper stewardship and administration of easements already held; and ensuring compliance with national land trust standards and accreditation. Duties require comprehensive knowledge of CFL’s policies, procedures, and operations, as well as a deep understanding of conservation in Florida—from historical context to emerging issues. The Director of Conservation works closely with the Executive Director and the Land Protection Committee of the Board of Directors.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:   

·     Direct ambitious conservation program for CFL in Florida, including collaboration with other conservation organizations both governmental and non-governmental, oversight and staffing of the Board of Directors Land Protection Committee to ensure Board participation in conservation goals, and oversight of critical conservation relationships both internal and external to the organization. 

·     Design, implement, and direct complex and diverse conservation projects, which may mean coordinating the work of other professionals, inside and outside the organization. 

·     Exercise leadership in strategic and tactical manners, and work with fellow CFL team members to establish and evaluate policies and/or long-term programs.

·     Develop measurable conservation goals and standards, working in close collaboration with the CFL’s Executive and Assistant Directors, and Board of Directors.

·     Develop digital filing system and project management system for conservation projects on Asana and Office 365. 

·     Develop and maintain strong relationships with key conservation and community stakeholders regionally and within appropriate disciplines nationally.

·     Provide leadership and vision for the CFL’s conservation programs and initiatives.

·     Maintain positive relations with donors, including individuals, foundations, and public agencies.

·     Lead and manage CFL conservation, science, stewardship and transactions teams and board committees, and provide outstanding, timely, and transparent management, communications and decision-making to the teams.

·     Manage conservation programming, projects and conservation contractors, including supervising research, monitoring, GIS/data management, and conservation programs.

·     Supervise conservation staff, if/when applicable, and conservation interns/volunteers.

·     Build a culture of innovation, collaboration, philanthropy, and gratitude while also providing excellence in personnel and team management, communications, decision-making, and operating practices.

·     Promote a collaborative, team-based culture of high performance and continuous improvement.

·     Manage and participate in strategic and planning processes and systems to bring clarity, precision and vision to CFL’s conservation work.

·     Manage day to day tasks of data entry, project management entry, depositing, and filing as it pertains to land conservation projects.

·     Other duties as assigned by Executive Director, or Assistant Director. 

 

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS:

·     Post-graduate degree preferred, and 5 to 10 years conservation-related work experience in designing, managing and leading complex conservation programs or real estate transactions.

·     Ability to communicate a compelling vision for CFL’s work through excellent written and verbal communication skills, operating across a broad spectrum of internal and external stakeholders including general public and unique or special audiences.

·      Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in conservation related fields; strong understanding of government relations and non-profit management. 

·      Must have direct professional experience working with a wide variety of people, organizations, and interests on programing and public policy in land conservation and agriculture. These include agriculture and conservation organizations and trade associations, land trusts, state and local elected officials, public agencies, individual donors and foundations, planners and planning commissions, and academic institutions.

·     Proven management capabilities and experience leading a motivated team to do their best work. 

·     Must have knowledge of Florida’s conservation, agriculture, and farmland conservation/ protection programs.

·     Demonstrated fundraising ability, including personal solicitations and grant writing.

·     Strong organizational, planning, and budgeting skills. 

·     Proven ability to work with a team a positive manner to get complex projects completed. 

·     Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 Suite is required.

·     Proven ability to communicate well orally and in writing.

·     Data management and data entry skills required.  Ability to manage sensitive financial and donor data. Ability to manage online databases, and incorporate these with Microsoft office. Ability to consolidate data and generate reports.   

·     Proven organizational and administrative skills, and attention to detail.

·     Ability to organize time and manage diverse activities. Meet deadlines.

·     Positive and courteous attitude, willingness for professional growth with a small non-profit organization.

·     Ability to work for long periods without supervisory oversight. Ability to set own work schedule much of the time.  

·     Ability to work with teams and committees, and be available for frequent board and committee meetings which are often scheduled after hours. 

DISCRETION/LATITUDE/DECISION-MAKING:

·     Duties are performed under general supervision and established guidelines.

·     Demonstrates common sense, flexibility, and teamwork with the ability to exercise independent judgement.  Makes day to day decisions within the scope of work assignment.

·     Uses independent judgement on assigned tasks.  Refers difficult questions or unusual problems to supervisor.

·     Works well and frequently without oversight.  Flexible in work environment and location.

RESPONSIBILITY/OVERSIGHT –FINANCIAL & SUPERVISORY:

·     May supervise volunteers, interns, and contracted staff as assigned.

·     May supervise conservation programming staff, if/when applicable.

·     Financial responsibilities include working with organizational budget, processing donor checks and contributions, handling petty cash, overseeing donor data entry, compiling budget spreadsheets.

·     Assists in budget development.

COMMUNICATIONS/INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS:

·     Formulates and clearly communicates ideas to others, providing a variety of information to staff, board, and others to assist workflow throughout the organization.

·     Works and communicates with a diverse group of people, including the Board of Directors, donors, volunteers, the public, governmental entities, and other staff.

·     Consistently demonstrates professional, positive, and approachable attitude/demeanor and discretion.  Demonstrates sensitivity in handling confidential information.

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT:

·      Most work is performed by telecommuting. Flex scheduling also available. 

·      Other work areas include outdoor environments with the need for frequent travel throughout Florida. Some domestic travel. 

·      This position requires a valid driver’s license. 

·     Work requires some physical exertion and/or strain.

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