Marin Agricultural Land Trust is a nonprofit land trust created in 1980 by a coalition of ranchers and environmentalists to permanently protect Marin County farmland. Some of the Bay Area’s most highly acclaimed dairy and cheese products, grass-fed meats and organic crops are produced on farmland protected by MALT’s 91 agricultural conservation easements. MALT has permanently protected over 54,000 acres of West Marin’s diverse mosaic of coastal grasslands, oak woodlands, rangelands and pastoral open space. MALT is committed to supporting sustainable management, climate-beneficial and regenerative agriculture in Marin County, including farming and grazing practices that rebuild soil organic matter and improve soil biodiversity to draw down carbon and improve the water cycle.
Reporting to the CEO, the COO is a full-time position responsible for managing the organization’s day-to-day operations to accomplish the goals and objectives of MALT’s strategic and annual operating plans. This includes finances, human resources onboarding and offboarding support, information technology, and facilities; and managing MALT’s core real estate programs and easement stewardship monitoring obligations. The COO oversees, directs, and mentors the work of the Conservation and Operations teams, currently consisting of four and two staff, respectively. The COO works collaboratively as a member of the MALT leadership team to formulate and implement policies and plans to meet the organization’s short and long-term objectives and ensure departmental goal achievement. As MALT’s second-in-command, the COO partners with the CEO to plan the organization’s future growth, respond to changing conditions and needs, and operationalize new programs and initiatives.
Essential Duties and Functions
- Contribute to the development of MALT’s strategic goals and objectives and work collaboratively with management to accomplish and measure them.
- Plan, coordinate, and execute the annual budget and operating plan; run quarterly operations reviews with MALT’s leadership team to track progress against KPIs.
- Ensure resources, department structures, and goals are efficiently aligned with MALT’s mission and goals.
- Identify best practices and continue improving and implementing as appropriate a system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, technology platforms to improve productivity, and procedures.
- Develop strategies for and ensure efficient implementation and evolution of technology systems.
- Ensure MALT’s continued accreditation by the Land Trust Alliance and compliance with LTA Standards and Practices.
- Manage the day-to-day operations of the organization, ensuring operational excellence, problem-solving, and technology and management support for all departments.
- Oversee the acquisition, monitoring, and enforcement of agricultural conservation easements and other modes of agricultural land protection; manage internal and external resources to maximize impact return on investment.
- Advise the CEO and other key members of the MALT leadership team on financial planning, strategic budgeting, cash flow, forecasting, investment priorities, and policy matters.
- Serve as the staff liaison to the Audit and Finance/Investment committees; effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at select board and committee meetings.
- Provide oversight of the financial performance and stability of the organization; ensure the quality of financial records and accounting and the adequacy of financial reporting, budgeting, and forecasting.
- Work with MALT’s managed services provider to evolve, modernize and maintain the technology infrastructure. Deploy systems to support a hybrid work environment that provides seamless in-office and remote access experiences that are productive, responsive, and secure.
- Partner with the CEO and MALT’s outsourced HR vendor to recruit diverse, top talent and integrate new employees efficiently.
- Upgrade MALT’s facilities to welcome visitors and inspire collaboration and creativity.
- Hire, manage, motivate and mentor staff; continue building an experienced and talented team and provide opportunities for them to grow in the organization.
- Model and promote a culture that reflects the values of the organization and advances its mission.
Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree such as MBA preferred or an equivalent combination of relevant education, training, and expertise sufficient to perform the essential duties of the position.
- Minimum 7 years experience in a senior management role with P&L responsibility and operations management experience gained either in nonprofit or for-profit organizations.
Knowledge and Abilities
- Demonstrated skills, knowledge, and experience in land trusts, conservation management, or complex real estate transactions.
- Must be familiar with nonprofit finance and accounting regulations.
- Track record of effectively achieving results with a managed services provider or have direct experience managing technology infrastructure.
- Excellent people management skills; ability to relate to, collaborate with, and engage direct and indirect reports and peers.
- Team player and leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical initiatives.
- Ability to think creatively and strategically on both a micro- and macro-level, and exercise good judgment in solving problems and conflicts.
- Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
- Adaptable to work in fast-paced and dynamic environment.
- Commitment to regenerative, inclusive, local agriculture that provides local food, protects natural resources, sequesters carbon, and affords dignified livelihoods to community members while addressing pressing problems of climate change, agricultural sustainability, and food security.
- Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
This is a full-time, exempt position that requires some presence in MALT’s office in Point Reyes Station, the West Marin community and some in-person collaboration with stakeholder groups including donors, agriculturalists, partners, and community members. Competitive salary in the $150 – $175K range and excellent benefits.
Marin Agricultural Land Trust welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in achieving our mission to permanently protect Marin’s agricultural land for agricultural use. MALT is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace in which everyone is welcomed, valued, and supported. We are a team that works together to achieve our goals. We recognize that diverse teams make the strongest teams and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.
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