Jun 09, 2022

Director of Community-Centered Conservation

$120,000 - $130,000 yearly
  • Land Trust Alliance
  • 1250 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC, USA
Full-Time Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Other

Job Description


The Land Trust Alliance (the “Alliance”) is the voice of the land trust community. As the national leader in land conservation policies, standards and education, we work passionately to support land trusts across America so they can save more land and better serve their communities.

Our natural places and working lands are a lifeline to clean air, water, food and good health. These lands also bring us together, inspire us and provide opportunities to recreate and recharge. The land trust community is a crucial component in this equation. With important places under continual threat, land trusts need access to the best tools, information and policy advocates. Armed with a diverse network and valuable resources, the Alliance is the land trust community’s source for the knowledge and capabilities they need to reach their goals. From tax and funding policies on Capitol Hill to innovative ideas, partnerships and initiatives, we ensure our land trust members can always be heard and achieve more.


The Alliance commits to building the constituency for conservation and elevating land conservation as a priority nationwide. We envision a reenergized, more inclusive and relevant conservation movement, in which land trusts join with partners that have not traditionally identified as conservation organizations around shared interests in protecting special places. Together, the Alliance, land trusts and partner organizations can ensure that land conservation serves and meets the needs of all people.

The Alliance is committed to ensuring that the principles of community-centered conservation and diversity, equity, and inclusion are embedded into every aspect of our organization’s work. Building on a longstanding history of community conservation-focused efforts, the Alliance approved the Common Ground Implementation Framework in December 2020. The Framework establishes the foundation for the Alliance’s organization-wide priorities and activities for community-centered conservation and diversity, equity and inclusion, focused on:

  • implementing operational changes at the Alliance;
  • improving programmatic offerings and tools for land trusts;
  • bringing an equity lens to the Alliance’s grantmaking;
  • cultivating new and non-traditional partnerships; and
  • improving Alliance communications with new audiences.


To support these priorities, the Alliance is building a community-centered conservation department that includes the Director of Community-centered Conservation and a program manager/coordinator position to be hired by the end of 2022. The department’s primary focus will be on the Alliance’s external work, particularly cultivating new partnerships and developing and implementing new programming for land trusts. Internal work at the organization—e.g., diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training (DEI) for staff and related revisions to employment policies—will be within the purview of the Alliance’s Human Resources department. Notwithstanding this division of responsibilities, Community-centered Conservation staff and Human Resources staff will coordinate closely to ensure cross-fertilization and consistency.


Position Summary

The Director of Community-Centered Conservation position offers an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial, energetic conservation leader who is deeply committed to advancing the strategic goals of the Alliance. The Director will be responsible for developing, leading and implementing strategies and programming at the national and regional levels to support the Alliance’s efforts to accelerate community-centered conservation. The Director will be responsible for initiating, building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, especially those outside the traditional land conservation network, and cultivating opportunities for strategic partnerships at the national, regional and local levels. The Director will serve as an advocate and resource to advance the Alliance’s commitment to embed the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion within the organization’s own program work and its national network of land trust members and partners in land conservation. The Director reports to the Chief Program Officer (CPO), works closely with the Vice Presidents of Conservation Initiatives and Education, and is a member of the Alliance’s Senior Leadership Team. The Director also serves as a standing co-chair of the Alliance’s Common Ground Implementation Team, a cross-department advisory and coordinating body that helps to strategize, conceptualize, and connect activities to implement the Framework and its principles of community-centered conservation and DEI across the organization.


Principal Responsibilities

The Director of Community-Centered Conservation is responsible for overall leadership and management of the Alliance’s new Community-Centered Conservation department, including:

  • Program Strategy, Design and Implementation: Developing the Alliance’s community-centered conservation strategy and design, as well as implementing the department’s program plan, in collaboration with the CPO and informed by the Alliance’s Strategic Plan, existing program priorities, and the Common Ground Implementation Framework;
  • Programming Development, Delivery, and Assessment: Leading design, delivery, and impact assessment of new and existing programs and resources (e.g., support, training and other services), in collaboration with relevant Alliance departments, to help land trusts implement community-centered conservation activities, build effective partnerships that engage new members of their communities, and create more inclusive, equitable, and diverse organizations;
  • Partnership Development: Identify, build and maintain intentional and authentic partnerships—especially partnerships with diverse constituencies, sectors, and communities not well served or engaged by the land conservation field. Assist in facilitating partnership outreach of Alliance CEO/CPO to executive-level leadership at potential partner organizations, as appropriate. Partnerships will deliver the benefits of land conservation to more people and help achieve partners’ programmatic goals as well as those of the Alliance; 
  • Thought-Leadership: Serve as a spokesperson, thought-leader and subject matter expert for community-centered conservation and DEI principles and practices at the Alliance, both internally and externally and, in collaboration with other senior organizational leaders, play a critical role in shaping and sustaining an inclusive and equitable organizational culture;
  • Coordination, Collaboration, and Communication: Support, collaborate, and coordinate with other Alliance departments on community-centered conservation activities to leverage expertise and skills, facilitate ongoing learning, and develop messaging that consistently and compellingly communicates our commitment to this work both internally and externally;
  • Fundraising: Assist in raising resources to support community-centered conservation program priorities from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government partners;
  • Budget Management: Support the CPO in financial planning for the department and create, manage, monitor, and report on the annual budget, workplan and fundraising plan.

This is a full-time position requiring 37.5 hours per week, with 15-20% of time spent on travel nationwide, as well as occasional work-related travel, meetings and events on evenings and weekends.


Candidates will bring deep experience in and a commitment to the mission and vision of the Land Trust Alliance, including its role as a member service organization committed to supporting and building the capacity, impact, and relevance of land trusts and the land conservation sector.

A successful candidate will bring strong leadership, management and partnership experience which could include:

  • Non-profit experience at an organization of similar size and complexity or relevant, similar government or private sector experience
  • Management and leadership experience in community engagement and partnership building, ideally focused on conservation or environmental outcomes
  • Formal education or subject matter expertise in conservation, community-based partnership development, and DEI principles and practices.

These proficiencies are typically consistent with professional experience of ten years or more, or a comparable combination of education and experience.


The Land Trust Alliance’s mission is to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America.  The Land Trust Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marital status or veteran status.

Hiring Organization

Land Trust Alliance


Competencies and Qualifications

  • Provides expertise, leadership, and new thinking in community-centered conservation and DEI to inform and support Alliance programmatic work;
  • Possesses proven program design, management and assessment experience in a non-profit environment, including experience developing scopes of work and managing consultants;
  • Commits to advancing the Alliance’s equity goals as an organizational leader and supports partners and allies to incorporate inclusion and equity into their conservation work and organizational culture;
  • Mentors, coaches and develops cohesive and productive teams across departments with diverse levels of expertise and experience, utilizes creative thinking to engage others, solicits and integrates team feedback, and maintains clarity of staff roles and responsibilities;
  • Actively seeks new solutions to challenges by engaging a diversity of perspectives and experiences and demonstrates willingness to pilot new approaches, bring in new partners, learn from failure, and continually improve efforts;
  • Exhibits strong interpersonal skills that demonstrate teamwork, diplomacy, respect and an awareness of how diverse identities and communication styles intersect;
  • Builds trust, keeps commitments, and possesses credibility with community partners, while leading and empowering others to achieve a common goal;
  • Builds connections across differences and cultivates and maintains relationships with people from different backgrounds, perspectives, identities, and life experiences;
  • Demonstrates proficiency in designing and facilitating discussions, trainings, and other learning-focused sessions with members, staff, and partners;
  • Possesses strong written communication and presentation skills, provides clear and direct communication with and feedback to colleagues, with an understanding of how to communicate effectively and respectfully across different identities and with a variety of audiences (with languages in addition to English a plus, but not a requirement);
  • Supports the leadership, professional development, and success of staff, with a commitment to ensuring opportunities for staff and providing positive feedback to support growth; and
  • Strives for transparency and timeliness, keeping staff and colleagues informed of decisions that impact them.

Industry/Service Area

Advocacy/Social Action, Environment





The budgeted salary range for this position is $120,000.00 to $130,000.00, based on a nonprofit scale, and commensurate with skills, years of experience, and unique background and qualifications of the candidate. 

The Land Trust Alliance offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, medical, dental, vision, and other health coverage; life and disability insurance; paid vacation, personal, sick, and holiday leave; and 403(b) retirement benefits.


Application Instructions


Send resume and cover letter, via email to careers@lta.org. If email is not an option, applications will be accepted by mail to Human Resources Director, Land Trust Alliance, 1250 H Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005.

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