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Executive Director

Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts

Boise, ID

Admin/ Gen Mgmt

Skill Level: Senior Level

Position Type: Part Time

~ The Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts (ICOLT) is a non-profit organization with a mission to support and advance professional excellence in voluntary land conservation for people and nature. ~

ICOLT's mission statement speaks to Idaho's dual need: increased capacity within the land trust community and increased land conservation to benefit future generations and the environment.

Having achieved its 501(c)(3) status in 2013, ICOLT has rapidly enhanced the standing of Idaho's land trusts. As we look to the future, we are excited at the opportunity to build on recent policy, outreach, and education success, while also growing the foundation of the organization to anticipate and meet Idaho's private land conservation demands well into the future. Additional information

Check out the ICOLT website for background information. 

Position Overview

The Executive Director will shape ICOLT as the primary organization on private land conservation issues in Idaho. The focus of this position is to strengthen public awareness of and support for voluntary private land conservation throughout the state by working closely with ICOLT members land trusts, local officials, legislators, agencies, media and others.

This is a part-time, non-exempt position. There is an expectation that with successful fundraising the position will become full-time.

The position is preferred to live in the Boise Metropolitan Area. The Executive Director reports to the Chair of the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts. 


Outreach and Education (30%) 

  • Represent ICOLT statewide to build support for ICOLT and the member organizations through speaking engagements and media publicity.
  • Organize and coordinate outreach and education programs for ICOLT members and others (training sessions, continuing education seminars, legislative reception, lobbying day, etc...). 
  • Schedule and participate in monthly committee conference calls.
  • Identify businesses that assist land trusts in conducting efficient and professional land transactions.
  • Develop an effective communications program in support of the ICOLT mission.
  • Expand network of organizations, agencies and businesses familiar with and supportive of ICOLT and land trust work. 

Fundraising (30%) 

  • Provide general support to the Fundraising Committee to implement ICOLT's Business Plan to ensure long-term sustainability.
  • Assist Fundraising Committee to raise funds to support annual operation.
  • Network with public and private funders to seek funding opportunities for individual land trusts and groups of land trusts working on regional or statewide projects.
  • Work with the Fundraising Committee to build the ICOLT Business Membership category working with land trust and through contacts developed working with Outreach programs.
  • Work closely with Outreach Committee to enhance and develop conferences that provide an education value to ICOLT members, affiliates, and associated partners and generate revenue for ICOLT.
  • Seek opportunities to apply for grants that benefit ICOLT and its members and administer those grants effectively.
  • Manage and coordinate annual membership and affiliates dues, including maintaining a productive working relationship with all members and affiliates. 

Public Policy (30%) 

  • Work to improve policy makers' knowledge and understanding of private land conservation, Idaho land trusts, and their role.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for Idaho land trusts on policy issues impacting land conservation.
  • Increase public and private funding opportunities for Idaho land trusts and land conservation activities via sound public policy initiatives.
  • Work with Land Trust Alliance policy staff on initiatives relating to federal legislation and communicate proactively and regularly with federal legislators and land trust members.
  • Build network of strategic relationships with local, state and federal leaders that can mobilize as needed to support land conservation. 

Administration and Financial Management (10%) 

  • Work with the Treasurer to develop and manage the ICOLT budget.
  • Provide financial reports to Executive Committee as requested.
  • Coordinate the preparation of the 990 with the Treasurer.
  • Organize ICOLT membership and Executive Committee meetings and assist by preparing appropriate reports, conducting research and providing requested information.
  • Establish and maintain internal networks for communication and information sharing amongst ICOLT members.
  • Communicate regularly with Idaho land trust members and supporters. 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Self-directed and motivated.
  • Broad experience and knowledge of Idaho legislative matters, processes and public policy issues affecting private land conservation.
  • Working knowledge of the state of Idaho and its landowner and agricultural communities.
  • Conference and meeting organizational skills highlighting both materials and creative outreach to build interest, attendance and financial support for conferences etc.
  • Driven to plan, budget, organize and carry out programs, projects and procedures to meet organizational goals on time.
  • Superb networking skills; ability to collaborate and engage people of many different backgrounds. Sensitivity to the variety of people and values in Idaho.
  • Bachelor's degree in communications, science, public policy, or a related field.
  • Strong written and verbal communication; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with social media tools and ability to post updates/stories regularly on website and other media.
  • Proven ability to communicate with executive committee, staff, government officials, private sector, the public and media.
  • Ability to serve in an outward-facing/public persona role, as you will be representing ICOLT and its members before groups across the state and the nation.
  • Experience working with geographically dispersed coalitions.
  • An ability to provide superior customer service.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment where you often need to respond to issues not on the work plan.
  • Familiarity with land management, land use planning, natural resource, forestry or rangeland resource issues. An essential element of this position is the ability to represent diverse land use and resource issues in an inclusive, non-confrontational manner. 

To Apply 

  • Please click below: "Apply Now Online!" to email your resume, letter of interest and three professional references.
  • If possible, please consolidate all into one single pdf binder. For inquiries please call Julia Grant.  
  • Applications are due before December 7, 2016.

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Contact Information:
(208) 407-6451 (phone)

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