Executive Director, Tennessee River Gorge Trust
Tennessee River Gorge Trust, Inc. (TRGT) is headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee with the mission to protect the ecological diversity, scenic beauty and historic past of the Tennessee River Gorge--27,000 acres of land carved through the Cumberland Mountains by 27 miles of the Tennessee River –one of the most unique natural treasures in the Southeast. TRGT began as a small volunteer organization in 1981, to become one of the most respected leaders in conservation in the Southeast today. We seek a dynamic, seasoned, and visionary executive director to deliver our mission with the passion and tenacity needed to make land conservation, so vital to our growing region, one of its highest priorities.
The executive director will build on TRGT's impressive history of protecting 17,000 acres of the 27,000 acres of land in the Gorge with an ability to inspire diverse audiences in our service area and energize a dedicated and experienced staff of professionals. This is an exceptional opportunity for a leader who can couple strategic thinking with demonstrated expertise in managing operations and growing financial resources to carry the mission well into the future.
Responsibilities of the Executive Director
- Lead efforts to implement TRGT’s strategic vision to enable it to fulfill its mission
- Achieve revenue, expense, and cash goals
- Build support for TRGT’s mission and programs by developing and maintaining relationships with a variety of constituencies: Board; staff; members; donors; volunteers; landowners; municipal, state, and federal officials; user groups; media; scientists; attorneys; and the general public; and through outreach and advocacy
- Maintain a climate which attracts, retains and motivates a diverse staff of top-quality people
- Plan and organize to accomplish operational and strategic goals
- Develop and implement an updated business plan for the organization
- In conjunction with the Board, oversee the planning for a major fund-raising campaign
- Advocate for public policy issues that affect TRGT’s ability to achieve its goals
- Ensure that TRGT is in compliance with all laws and guidelines governing non-profit organizations
- Conduct operations to conform with Land Trust Alliance guidelines, securing and maintaining LTA accreditation while ensuring Land Stewardship of all Trust protected property
Key Skills and Personal Attributes Required for Executive Director
- Energized, decisive visionary committed to the mission
- Charismatic communicator with the ability to inspire volunteers, members, donors, and partners
- Ability to motivate and coach staff by providing clear expectations and consistent feedback and support
- Proven leadership and management skills
- Proven success in fundraising with foundations, corporations and individuals
- Passion for land conservation, and the ability to articulate that passion throughout the region
- Collaborative style of management
- Encourages and sustains an environment of commitment, cooperation, open communication, trust and professionalism
- Ability to set both personal and organizational priorities within the resources available
- The highest level of ethical standards that guide all actions
Required Background and Experience
- At least 10 years of senior level experience managing and motivating professional staff and volunteers, preferably in a nonprofit organization with annual budgets of $1,000,000
- Proven track record as an executive director or president of a non-profit organization preferred
- Experience in land conservation or related fields
- BS or BA is the minimum educational credential with graduate degree in appropriate field preferred
- If coming from the for-profit sector, substantive and relevant non-profit volunteer or board service
- Must be in reasonable physical shape capable of leading and/or participating in hikes or conducting/overseeing other work activities over rugged terrain and/or on unimproved trails
- Must be capable of working for extended periods in harsh environments as needed including, but not limited to cold, damp conditions, hot humid conditions, exposure to hazardous plants and animals such as poison ivy, venomous snakes, biting insects, and other natural hazards
Salary and benefits will be commensurate with background and experience.
Initial screening of resumes will begin on June 25, 2012. Please send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements by August 15, 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
References are not needed at this time.
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