President (Volunteer)

Northeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. Published: June 19, 2017
Job Type
CEO/ Senior Mgmt/ Exec Director / Natural Resources/ Restoration /

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~ The Northeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. (NCC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to the conservation, study, management, and acquisition of caves and karst areas having significant geological, hydrological, biological, recreational, historical or aesthetic features. ~

To these ends, the NCC combines the resources and expertise of affiliated cave explorers, educators, scientists, landowners, and conservation officials. The organization's programs are focused mainly on the preservation of caves and karst. Outreach includes education in schools and local communities, establishment of park spaces on karst lands, and educational messages about the significance of groundwater pollution on this sensitive underground ecosystem.

The NCC presently owns and manages nine cave preserves containing sixteen known caves and above ground trails on eighty-six acres. NCC also has volunteer stewardship/property management agreements for cave properties on New York State Department of Environmental Conservation lands and agreements with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation including a children’s cave at Thacher State Park.

Position Overview

The President is the leader of the organization and oversees the following committees: Executive, Acquisitions, Cave Preserves, Nominating, Risk Management, and several Ad Hoc Committees.

S/he is responsible for providing dynamic leadership for the planning, development, implementation, assessment, and improvement of mission-related programs, revenue generation and financial management, strategic and annual planning, partnerships, community relations, legislative relations, marketing/public relations, and other key areas. The President serves as the primary spokesperson for the organization with funders and stakeholders.

As part of the President’s responsibilities, s/he will formally and informally present reports, updates and results to the Board of Trustees on a periodic basis, which will include regular Board meetings and specific committee meetings of the Board. S/he will be responsible for supporting the development of and advancement of a vision for the organization's impact in the region and for NCC’s continuing growth, ensuring financial viability and building collaborative relationships in the northeast.

Note: The President of the Northeastern Cave Conservancy position can be based anywhere in the northeast.

Specific Responsibilities

As chief executive officer of the land trust, s/he is responsible for the efficient operation of the land trust. This shall include performance of, or timely delegation to the Vice-President or other officer the following duties:

  • Chairs quarterly Board and Executive Committee meetings.
  • Facilitates the orderly transaction of land trust business and the attainment of land trust purposes, including the proper functioning of standing committees.
  • Signs policy and fiscal documents with prior authorization from the Board of Trustees.
  • Signs routine administrative documents such as reports on behalf of the land trust Board, and letters relating to fundraising and similar activities.
  • Is the principal representative of the land trust at public functions.
  • Seeks, obtains, and transmits regular reports from land trust committees.
  • Sets overall land trust priorities, including short-term and long-term goals, with other members of the Board.
  • Actively works together with the Acquisitions Committee on acquiring new cave preserves.
  • Actively works together with the Cave Preserve Committee on stewardship matters.
  • Performs other duties at the request of the Board of Trustees.
  • Proactively cultivates and solicits donors and prospects and works toward annual fundraising goals.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide forward-looking leadership to the organization to enhance its impact while growing and maintaining effective partnerships.
  • Significant experience working with volunteer boards and/or other groups.
  • Superb verbal and written communication skills.
  • Leadership, diplomacy and negotiation skills required.
  • Ability to work effectively without daily supervision and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work quickly, meet deadlines and multitask.
  • Organized and attentive to details.
  • Willingness to travel extensively.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule including occasional weekends.
  • Computer proficiency, especially with Microsoft Office and email.
  • Passion for saving caves, karst features, and land a must. Knowledge of private land conservation techniques and/or land trusts highly desirable.
  • An understanding of the landscape and culture of New York and New England is strongly preferred.
  • Development experience in individual major gift fundraising, including significant experience with faceto-face solicitations

Compensation: This is a volunteer position and does not provide any compensation. However, reasonable expenses incurred while attending external meetings, conferences and seminars relating to official land trust business, and expenses related to land trust projects may be reimbursed if approved by the Board.

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