The Director of Stewardship is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that will build resilient and durable land management solutions to help preserve agriculture, protect biodiversity, and build climate resilience. The Director will work collaboratively to improve the health and resilience of agricultural lands with MALT easement holders, the broader agricultural and conservation community, and other stakeholders and partners.
The Director provides leadership and support for MALT’s Stewardship program, helping to establish overall conservation and climate-smart agricultural practices that will be implemented across the organization. The Director oversees a team of stewardship staff that ensure our conserved lands are managed to support MALT’s mission. The Director works collaboratively with a matrixed leadership team and the Executive Director to establish and implement programmatic priorities. The Director is a leading voice for MALT and represents the organization through speaking engagements, presentations, and participation in local stakeholder groups and professional associations.
The Director of Stewardship reports directly to the Executive Director and will manage a team of three (3) to five (5) staff as well as mentor non-direct reports to strengthen the organization as a whole. This is a full-time, exempt position with a flexible schedule that accommodates in-person and remote-work schedules, requiring weekly presence in MALT’s office in Point Reyes Station, and in the West Marin community. Compensation commensurate with experience.
- Bachelor’s and/or advanced degree in conservation practice, natural resource management, or a related field.
- 10 years of conservation practice, environmental policy, conservation finance, and/or related experience.
- 5 years of supervisory management experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
- Strong track record of achieving results; well organized and self-directed, politically savvy and a team player.
- Proven ability to develop and maintain high-level relationships with public agency and foundation funders.
- Demonstrated experience tracking, applying for, and managing public and private funding sources, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
- Ability to gain confidence in and work with agriculturalists and the agricultural community.
- Knowledge of current trends in climate-smart natural and working lands and how that is then applied on-the-ground.
- Flexibility, optimism, good humor, and a passion for agricultural land conservation and the role of land stewardship in advancing it.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated proficiency in Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), Google Suite, preferred experience with Monday.com and Slack.
- Leads and manages a team to advance best practices for efficient and effective agricultural land management to maximize biodiversity, climate resilience, and regenerative agricultural stewardship practices.
- Develops, communicates, and drives a compelling vision for MALT’s Stewardship program and ensures that MALT provides the protection and stewardship results needed at this critical time.
- Provides leadership for science, strategy, project implementation, and stakeholder relations, serving as a bridge between government agencies, other conservation organizations, agricultural partners, and the academic community.
- Responsible for overall implementation of MALT’s Stewardship program consistent with Board approved Policies and Procedures.
- Leads the strategic development and funding of MALT’s incentive based small grants programs and works to grow this work as an area of emerging interest for climate and biodiversity outcomes; including coordinating with the Director of Land Protection, the Associate Director of Stewardship, and both teams to plan,implement, grow and leverage the Stewardship Assistance Program (SAP) and Drought Resilience and Water Security (DRAWS) Initiative.
- Works with the Executive Director and Leadership Team to set the strategic direction and priorities that fulfill the organization’s mission and long-term goals.
- Works with the Executive Director to support local, state, and federal level government relations and funding strategies including identifying, tracking, and securing Federal, State, and County funding for stewardship.
- Oversees the development and implementation of the stewardship portions of MALT’s annual operating plan and budget.
- Collaborates with the Director of Land Protection to resolve violations and reserved right requests on MALT protected lands.
- Fosters a culture of collaboration, initiative taking, and accountability for delivering meaningful results.
- Supports the Director of Development in securing private and foundation funding for stewardship programs and initiatives.
- Supports the Director of Communications in storytelling and other communications.
- Supports the Director of Events and Community Outreach in building a strong relationship with the agricultural community, partners, and the community to understand the public benefits of land protection.
- As a member of MALT’s leadership team, ensures coordination and integration of program plans, activities, budgets and resource needs.
- Maintains communications with agricultural landowners and the agricultural community to provide information about MALT.
PAY & BENEFITS
This is a full-time, exempt position with a flexible schedule that accommodates in-person and work-from-home schedules, requiring some weekly presence in MALT’s office in Point Reyes Station, the West Marin community. Salary $130K – $140K
- Health Insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision Insurance
- Life Insurance
- FSA Child Care
- FSA Medical
- Paid Time Off
- Parental Leave
- 403 (b)
- 403 (b) Employer Match
- Employee Assistance Program
HOW TO APPLY
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