Glacial Lakes Conservancy, Inc. (GLC) is a not-for-profit land conservation organization based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Formed in 1996, our mission is to permanently preserve and protect land and water resources for future generations in Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, Calumet and Kewaunee Counties. GLC is committed to permanent land protection through stewardship of its preserves and easements in partnership with private landowners, local governing bodies, and the stakeholders. We believe that we can preserve the region’s rich natural and rural heritage through conservation, education, and outreach activities.
The right candidate will drive the strategic direction of GLC within the vision and mission of the organization. In conjunction with and under the direction of a committed Board of Directors, you will lead the organization through strong operational management, outreach to key stakeholders and use of financial resources. You will be responsible to lead and develop the Land Project Coordinator and the Willow Creek Project Manager and together will be responsible for fundraising, land protection, community engagement, stewardship and will work with staff, board and the community to prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the organization.
You will also be instrumental in executing GLC’s strategic conservation plan with focus and will drive the growth and execution of GLS’s work over the next 10-15 years. This position is an excellent opportunity to make a meaningful difference as we work to preserve important natural spaces for future generations in our area.
Strategic Leadership: Initiate and execute the initiatives of the strategic plan to identify and attain short-and long-term goal focused on the mission and vision of the organization. Communicate and direct the activities of team to fulfill the strategic objectives. Provide insight and oversight to strategic plan that encourages growth while balancing opportunities with organizational capacity.
Conservation: Promote and communicate the land protection and land stewardship activities of GLC and its 1700 acres of land under management. Tirelessly build and maintain strong relationships with prospective and current partners. Identify and establish private and public collaboration and partnerships that are innovate and that strategically advance the organizational mission and goals. Ensure reporting and compliance with funding organizations and federal, state, and local governmental agencies and regulations. Follow Board-directed policies and pursue Land Trust Accreditation by establishing and maintaining nationally accepted Land Trust Standards and Practices. Oversee and manage grant program staff work to ensure timely application of current and new grant opportunities.
Organizational Leadership: Empower and inspire a committed board of directors, a staff of professionals, volunteers, and community partners to be conservation leaders. Develop an inclusive, collaborative, and positive culture. Identify and utilize resources to effectively manage budgets and staff. Direct the financial operations of the organization working with the Finance Committee to prepare budgets and P/L and financial reporting to the Board. Provide leadership that grows and diversifies revenue while maintaining organizational financial health. Continuously manage risk, meet reporting and auditing requirements, and plans for the future. Perform all other duties as needed or identified.
Outreach and Fundraising: Develop and build strategic relationships with community leaders, friends of GLC and business partners to proactively seek and grow the earned and donated income/giving programs. Establish and nurture long-term, positive relationships with major donors asking for and securing contributions. With the Fundraising committee drive the development of a giving structure and corresponding integrated communication and acknowledgement plan.
Communication and Board Relationship: Identify strategies and tactics to introduce and share the Land Conservancy story in compelling ways inspiring increased awareness, community engagement, and donor focused communications. Actively engage the Board of Directors, volunteers, community partners and supporters of the GLC. Assist in the identification, recruitment and support of our engaged Board of Directors and committee members. Plan and execute community awareness events/plan, maintaining the public presence for the organization.
Diversity and Belonging: Develop and outline the organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion at every level of the organization, including hiring, partnership building, and board development. Lead efforts to improve equitable access to and engagement with conservation properties.
An ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate success in the following areas:
- Organizational management, strategic thinking, and leadership skills
- Ability to operate effectively and independently within a nonprofit governing environment
- Knowledge of land and water resource management, conservation, and agriculture desirable, but not required
- Experience with donor development and database management highly desirable
- Understanding of the strategic vision for the future of area natural resources
- Ability to work in a collaborative manner to build trust and strengthen the organization’s effectiveness
- Understanding of social media platforms and strong communication skills highly desired
- Experience related to the management of a conservancy or other non-profit organization desired, but not required
· Remote and flexible workdays, non-traditional hours, some evenings/Weekends will be required
· Salary Range: $50-$60K
· Paid Vacation
· Health Benefit Allowance
· Glacial Lakes Conservancy provides Worker’s Compensation Social Security and Medicare
· Benefits in compliance with state and federal law
· Volunteer Insurance coverage (life and limb) to its staff and volunteers when they conduct fieldwork.
The office is located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, surrounded by lakes and several vibrant communities, but Director must reside in one of GLC’s counties of focus, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Fond du Lac. No Relocation included.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $50,000.00 – $60,000.00 per year
- Flexible schedule
- Paid time off
- 8 hour shift
- Only full-time employees eligible
- Remote interview process
- Personal protective equipment provided or required
- Plastic shield at work stations
- Temperature screenings
- Social distancing guidelines in place
- Virtual meetings
- Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place