Deputy Director

Arizona Land and Water Trust

Tucson, AZ, US


The Deputy Director of Arizona Land and Water Trust (the Trust) will oversee the internal operations of the organization. This position will be responsible for human resources, maintaining key operations policies and procedures, managing staff, and aspects of financial management. The Deputy Director will report to the Executive Director (ED), providing support and assisting with the implementation of the Trust’s strategic plan. The Deputy Director will serve as the Acting Executive Director at the request of the Executive Director.

Management Duties

  • Manage day-to-day staff and facilities management
  • Maintain established Trust policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Manage annual contracts for benefits, including plan selection and enrollment
  • Manage any third parties to which functions are outsourced
  • Manage Development Coordinator, Land & Water Program staff and Administrative Assistant to keep internal appointment calendar up to date including Board/Committee meetings, donor/foundation/client appointments, etc.
  • Assist ED with coordination of staff hiring, new hire orientation, performance evaluations and terminations
  • Coordinate compliance with local, state and national labor laws


  • Oversee the organization’s financial systems
  • Ensure adequate accounting controls over financial processes
  • Evaluate and manage relationships with financial institutions
  • Provide oversight and review of program performance, financial reporting requirements, and maintain tracking and reporting systems for project-specific grants and funding (both government and foundation) to ensure compliance with all contractual requirements.
  • Periodically evaluate current Trust policies and procedures, identify gaps and draft appropriate policies and/or updates
  • Identify appropriate industry standards for accreditation (such as Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices) and prepare organization for compliance

Risk Management

  • Understand and mitigate key elements of the organization’s risk profile
  • Ensure the organization complies with all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Assist ED with determining the types and appropriate levels/amounts of insurance and acquire policies to protect the organizations assets including conservation easements
  • Ensure adequate record keeping for all aspects of the organization including conservation easement lands and facilities


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Experience with managing institutional growth and change
  • Good sense of humor and ability to create and work in a positive work environment
  • Experience in the financial aspects of business and/or nonprofit operations
  • Experience in supervising and managing staff, excellent team-building skills and an ability to maintain top notch working relationships with employees, donors, grantors and vendors.
  • Ability to think and plan strategically.
  • Detailed knowledge of Human Resources procedures including hiring and termination practices, compensation, employee relations, and training.
  • Willingness to work independently and efficiently in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
  • Experience with conservation, educational programming and grants management a plus
  • BS / BA degree, advanced degree a plus.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and travel
  • Able to operate computer and other program equipment
  • Able to sit at a desk for extended periods of time
  • Able to lift objects up to 50 pounds

Compensation: Salary and benefits are very competitive and focused on long-term, successful employment.


Interested candidates please email or mail a cover letter, resume and 3 references to:

Liz Petterson
Executive Director
Arizona Land and Water Trust
3127 N. Cherry Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719

[email protected]