The Pacifica Land Trust Seeks to Hire an Executive Director

South of San Francisco, travelers are routinely amazed by breathtaking views of ocean promontories and beaches backed by the San Andreas ridges and valleys. Pacifica is home to some 40,000 residents, yet over half the land is open space and wildlands. The Pacifica Land Trust (PLT) is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of the open space, waterways and wildlife corridors of Pacifica and its environs. Since 1992 the PLT was one of the first land trusts to partner in projects to adapt to sea level rise. The PLT has facilitated the transfer of rare coastal land to both state and federal parks and has overseen stewardship of public lands, notably Pedro Point Headlands. Our changing world requires a combination of traditional land preservation and bold new strategies to further our mission. See

The Pacifica Land Trust seeks an energetic and experienced Executive Director to lead the next phase of development. Reporting to the Trust’s Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be a parttime position with overall responsibility to execute the PLT’s mission. A significant (approximately 80%) focus will be on donor cultivation and fundraising with associated administrative activities in the initial year or two. The Executive Director will work with the Board to strategically develop partnerships and fundraising opportunities and improve community outreach, agency partnerships and public relations. If successful, the Executive Director position could become full time and include management of Trust projects and operations.

Key Executive Director responsibilities will include:

  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications with the goal of creating a stronger brand
  • Persuasively convey the mission and significance of the Pacifica Land Trust to the public and potential donors through outreach and communication including on-line and through social media with the objective of expanding and diversifying engagement
  • Maintain existing partnerships and forge new ones to better position the Pacifica Land
  • Trust to be strategic and effective in achieving its core mission
  • Represent the Trust to key stakeholders, donors, and government agencies and officials
  • Identify key individual private or corporate donors and solicit contributions
  • Identify appropriate grants and submit applications
  • Work with the Board to help identify potential future projects and programs
  • Develop short and long-term fundraising strategies and goals, track progress, and provide regular updates to the Board
  • Exemplify a commitment to preserving human and biological diversity and the essential connection between the two

The Pacifica Land Trust is seeking candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Passion and enthusiasm for land protection, natural resource conservation, and the Mission of the Pacifica Land Trust
  • Experience in natural resource management, land conservation, or related field
  • Experience with non-profit fundraising
  • Ability to communicate persuasively and effectively both verbally and in writing to a wide range of audiences including the general public and professionals
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, stay highly organized, and prioritize a complex workload
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors, with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships is preferable

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications and as approved by the Board. The Pacifica Land Trust currently has funding to support a half-time Executive Director position. Medical benefits are not included. Work hours will be flexible and much of the work can be done from home.

The Pacifica Land Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.

To apply, please email your resume and a personalized cover letter describing why you are interested and qualified for this position to:

The position will remain open until filled.

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