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The Working Lands Trust (WLT) is a unique land trust dedicated to protecting farms, forests, and habitat across North Carolina, is seeking an Executive Director.  The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of the WLT and reports to the Board of Directors for all fundraising, land protection, finance, and administration activities.  The successful Executive Director works closely with an active Board, a small contractor staff, foundations, government entities, donors, supporters, allied nonprofits, and landowners, while conducting programs and activities to fulfil the responsibilities of the organization.  The WLT is a grassroots, non-advocacy land trust with a policy of building partnerships to protect significant natural working landscapes through donated and purchased easements.

Summary of Duties

1. Management, Administration, and Fundraising – The Executive Director is responsible for the successful fundraising and management of the WLT and the hiring and supervision of the contracted staff required to attain the goals of the organization.
2. Public Relations and Awareness – The Executive Director serves as the chief spokesperson for the WLT.   The Director is responsible for representing the WLT to its constituencies and for helping to build ongoing support for the organization and its mission.
3. Policy and Program Development – The Executive Director is responsible for guiding the Board in planning and policy development to ensure a successful future for the WLT and its programs and activities concerning land protection and land stewardship, public outreach and community relations, fund development, fiscal management, and other programs or activities that the Board deems necessary to
carry out the PLC mission.
4. Government Relations – The Executive Director is responsible for coordinating with local, state, and federal officials and agencies and elected officials regarding land conservation and stewardship programs.
5. Board Development and Support – The Executive Director performs all activities necessary to enable the organization’s Board of Directors to effectively fulfill its role.


    • Demonstrated ability to raise funds through foundation and corporate grants, major donors, and membership development. 
    • Attention to detail and knowledge of land transactions.
    • Several years of successful experience or degree in one or more of the following:  fundraising, conservation, nonprofit or small business management, law, or planning.  
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills, and computer proficiency.
    • Proven ability to cooperate and collaborate with a broad range of individuals and organizations with diverse interests with a helping of urgency, humility, and a sense of humor.
    • Entrepreneurial talent and commitment to the mission of the Working Land Trust. 
    • Familiarity with NC people, places, and working land issues is preferred.

    To Apply

    Compensation based upon qualifications and experience.  Please mail a resume, salary requirements, cover letter and a list of three references to the Executive Director Search Committee Chair, @ 105 McCoy Ct, Cary NC 27511-5166. Inquiries can be made to
    The Working Lands Trust is an equal opportunity employer.  See for more information.