Stowe Land Trust Seeks Executive Director

Stowe Land Trust

Executive Director
Job Overview 

Stowe Land Trust (SLT) is a 31-year-old nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of scenic, recreational, and productive farm and forest land for the greater Stowe community.  SLT has developed a multi-year strategic plan that guides the organization’s focus, is accredited with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, and works passionately to engage the community in its land protection work.  SLT has an annual operating budget of $345,000 (FY’18), has completed over 30 land protection projects in the region with support from its loyal members, and has carried out several $1.5M + campaigns to protect key resources in the area.  


The Executive Director (ED) manages SLT, which operates in the greater Stowe area and maintains a staff of four including a full-time Conservation Program Manager, full-time Operations Manager, and seasonal Stewardship and Outreach Assistant.    

The ED is a full-time, year-round position reporting to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.  The ED is responsible for SLT’s pursuit of its mission and achievement of financial and programmatic objectives based on SLT’s strategic plan. The ED has primary responsibility for: 

  • Implementation of board-approved strategic, conservation and fundraising plans.
  • Ensuring compliance with Land Trust Accreditation requirements.
  • Overseeing day-to-day operations and managing staff.
  • Cultivating external professional relationships with partners to achieve SLT’s mission.
  • Ensuring sound financial management of the organization. 

The ED also leads the land protection program, working with local landowners and the Board to identify opportunities to acquire priority land and conservation easements.  The ED oversees and supports SLT’s stewardship program, landowner and community outreach activities, and membership development, and mobilizes financial, community, and political support to implement key projects. 


The ideal candidate will have the right mix of leadership abilities, passion, vision, and a strong aptitude for building and maintaining relationships that help SLT achieve its mission. 

  • Highly organized and self-directed with the ability to inspire passion for the mission of SLT.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years’ professional experience, including a demonstrated track record of achieving results and advancing organizational goals.
  • Experience in organizational administration and development.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising, including implementing financial plans, working with private foundations and corporations, grant writing, and relationship building with funders from both public and private sectors.
  • Strong management skills and experience supervising people with differing skills, temperaments, scopes of work and capability. 
  • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with constituents and demonstrated success building and nurturing collaborative partnerships.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in financial management.
  • Knowledge and experience of Vermont’s conservation community, political environment, legislation and the legislative process. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in land conservation transactions.  


SLT offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications as well as medical benefits. Please state salary requirements in your application materials. 


Please email your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:
Chess Brownell, Search Committee Chair:  search@
Subject: SLT Executive Director Search 

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Please submit applications by close of business on Friday, May 18, 2018.