Executive Director, Marin Agricultural Land Trust
Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) is a 30 year-old nonprofit land
conservation organization that protects farm and ranch land in Marin
County, California by acquiring agricultural conservation easements in
voluntary transactions with landowners. As of January 2012, MALT holds
68 easements on nearly 44,300 acres. MALT has a 15-person professional
staff. Its offices are located in Point Reyes Station, CA
The Executive Director is responsible for providing strategic vision
and leadership for MALT’s mission and for the management of all
programs, activities and staff of the organization.
These include the agricultural land conservation program, development
and fundraising, communications and public awareness, strategic
relationships, and financial management. S/he will manage and lead a
professional staff of approximately 16 (full and part-time) and will
report to the Board of Directors, which, in accordance with the
requirements of MALT’s bylaws, is composed of about 1/2
agriculturalists and 1/2 non-ag members.
Duties and Responsibilities
Works in partnership with the Board to provide strategic direction and
policies that encompass long and short-term plans.
Establishes and implements performance measurements that will guide
both strategic and operational decision-making.
Partners with the Board to build and sustain long-term relationships
with key donors and stakeholders.
Builds and strengthens important relationships with the agricultural
community, broader Marin community, the County of Marin, funding
partners and related organizations, groups and constituencies.
Oversees the day-to-day operations of MALT and hires, manages,
evaluates, motivates and mentors staff. S/he will continue to build an
experienced and talented staff and provide opportunities for them to
develop and grow in the organization.
Ensures that the organization’s resources, programs and staff are
focused on MALT’s agricultural land conservation mission.
Provides oversight of the financial performance and stability of the
organization; and ensures the quality of financial records and
accounting; and the adequacy of financial reporting and budgeting.
Oversees all financial development efforts to ensure that financial
resources are available to support approved plans, respond to
opportunities, and meet long-term financial needs.
Plays a leadership role in fundraising and major donor solicitation.
Advocates and seeks grant funding from local, state, and federal
government sources along with public, private and family foundations.
Works closely with development to encourage board members, staff and
volunteers to participate effectively in enhancing the financial
resources of the organization.
Provides focus and direction to MALT’s agricultural conservation
easement acquisition and stewardship programs.
Works closely with staff to prioritize agricultural land preservation
opportunities and manage implementation of effective conservation
Communications and Outreach
Ensures effective communication to all stakeholders, including board,
staff, members, landowners, and strategic partners.
Serves as the primary spokesperson and public representative for MALT.
The ideal candidate will have at least five years of experience in
managing and growing an organization and will possess the following:
Ability to provide strong entrepreneurial and innovative leadership in
growing an organization while sustaining its current success.
Proven success in raising money for an organization or program.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in land conservation.
Proven track record of developing successful partnerships with other
groups/organizations with an ability to articulate and project a
compelling vision to a wide diversity of audiences and constituencies.
Demonstrated successful experience in working with boards comprised of
prominent leaders and community volunteers.
Ability to work successfully and positively in a culturally and
ethnically diverse community.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
The Executive Director should embody the following personal characteristics:
Excellent communicator with people at every level, a leader and bridge builder.
Is both proactive and operational; can initiate new
ideas/relationships while keeping our fast moving train on the tracks.
Ability to work well under pressure and adapt easily to changing
situations and priorities. Good judgment and consensus building
Inspiring, creative, visionary, and compassionate.
Diplomacy and tact.
High ethical standards.
Bachelor’s degree is required. An MBA or JD is highly desirable.
An attractive compensation and benefit package will be provided to the
Procedure for Candidacy
Please email resumes to: Azzani Search Consultants- tazzani@...
Marin Agricultural Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer.
For information about MALT: www.malt.org
Hilary Nixon, Ph.D.
Associate Chair and Graduate Advisor
Department of Urban & Regional Planning
One Washington Square (WSQ 218A)
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA 95192-0185