Executive Director via Idealist

Conservation Lands Foundation

Durango, CO, US


The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) is a national non-profit organization headquartered in Durango, Colorado with offices in San Francisco, Albuquerque, Bozeman, Las Cruces, Joshua Tree, and Washington, DC. The Conservation Lands Foundation was established in 2007 to protect the premier lands and waters under the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) jurisdiction – specifically the 34+ million acres and 2,400 miles of National Monuments and National Conservation Areas, Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Scenic and Historic Trails that make up our National Conservation Lands.

Our mission is to protect, restore and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy, and partnerships.

The Conservation Lands Foundation has become one of the nation’s most effective public land conservation organizations, building a vibrant grassroots network of local organizations focused on individual units of the National Conservation Lands, and protecting millions of acres of land through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with other organizations, local communities, and the BLM. The Conservation Lands Foundation has developed strong relationships with leaders in the Executive Branch, Congress, the Department of the Interior, the conservation community, the media, and western communities.

The Conservation Lands Foundation seeks an experienced, visionary, and strategic leader who will guide our team in advancing our mission in the critical next phase of our organization. Our new leader will have the opportunity to accomplish major, tangible conservation outcomes for the National Conservation Lands.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Conservation Lands Foundation staff, execution of its mission, programs, and budget.

Primary responsibilities:

Setting the organization’s strategic direction and providing the leadership to successfully implement it.

  • The Executive Director will work with Conservation Land’s Foundation’s board and staff to develop a new strategic plan for the organization.
  • The Executive Director will be responsible for developing, and aligning programs, budgets and staffing to ensure successful implementation of the strategic plan.
  • The Executive Director will be responsible for evaluating the success of programs and ensuring that goals are met and the organization maintains the focus necessary to fulfill its mission.


  • The Executive Director will ensure the financial strength of the organization through effective fundraising.
  • The Executive Director will meet with individual donors and foundations, develop and maintain strong relationships with donors, and enhance the Conservation Lands Foundation’s fundraising network.
  • The Executive Director will develop and review key grant proposals.

Budgeting and Financial Oversight

  • The Executive Director will work with Senior Finance Director and program leads to develop overall organizational budget and individual program budgets.
  • The Executive Director will ensure organizational financial transparency, compliance, and accountability.
  • The Executive Director will maintain the Conservation Lands Foundation’s financial strength and superior ratings with charity rating organizations.

Board Engagement

  • The Executive Director will work with Board of Directors and Board committees to develop a new multi-year strategic plan for the Conservation Lands Foundation.
  • The Executive Director will interact with and update the board regularly, and maintain excellent communications and working relationships between the board and staff.

Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity

  • Executive Director will play a leading role in the Conservation Lands Foundation’s Equity, Inclusion and Diversity committee and ensure that CLF’s equity, inclusion and diversity plan is implemented and benchmarks are achieved.

Staff/Organizational Management

  • The Executive Director will directly supervise staff members, including the Senior Vice President of Programs, Senior Director of Conservation, Vice President of Development, Senior Finance Director and Associate Director of Operations.
  • The Executive Director will help fill staff vacancies, mentor and coach staff, and provide opportunities for staff advancement and leadership development.


The Executive Director will engage in the Conservation Land’s Foundation’s programmatic work (expansion, policy, communications, grassroots network, restoration) as appropriate and as identified in the strategic plan. Programmatic work will include:

  • Working with coalitions on campaign strategy development;
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with the Administration, the Department of the Interior, and partner groups;
  • Assisting with communications strategy and implementation and serving as a spokesperson for Conservation Lands Foundation;
  • Ensuring campaigns are adequately funded.


The successful candidate will be committed to the Conservation Lands Foundation mission, will have proven leadership, fundraising, strategic planning and management experience as well as demonstrated knowledge of public lands law and policy. Other qualifications include:

– Commitment to building and empowering a grassroots constituency for the National Conservation Lands.

– Strategic thinker with a compelling vision for the Conservation Lands Foundation’s future and the future of the National Conservation Lands.

– Excellence in organizational management with the ability to supervise and mentor staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.

– Commitment to building effective partnerships and collaborations with a wide range of stakeholders.

– Commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within the organization and in the environmental movement.

– Knowledge of federal public land management law and policies and how those laws and policies are developed by the Congress and the Department of the Interior, and other federal agencies.

– Experience working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate new and existing board member relationships.

– Strong fundraising experience with the ability to engage and inspire a wide range of donors and stakeholders.

– A persuasive and effective communicator with excellent written and verbal communication skills.

– Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to long-term planning

– Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

– Ability to travel frequently.

Salary Range and benefits:

Salary range based on qualifications and experience

401(k) plan; health/dental/vision insurance; health and dependent care Flex Spending program.