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Job Title: Strategic Initiatives Analyst
Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Full-time, exempt

Our Mission

This is a significant opportunity with the Sonoma Land Trust, one of the nation’s leading land trusts. Sonoma Land Trust is a non-profit, non-governmental land conservation organization founded in 1976 with an office in Santa Rosa and a current staff of 23 people.  Our mission is to protect the scenic, natural, agricultural, and open landscapes of Sonoma County for the benefit of the community and future generations.  

Summary of Position

As the Strategic Initiatives Analyst, you will work closely with the Executive Director and the staff leadership team to develop comprehensive reporting and metrics analysis in support of implementing the organization’s strategic plan.  Sonoma Land Trust’s priority initiatives are complex projects involving the collaboration of many individuals and partner organizations.  Often, these initiatives are impacted by external factors such as funding, public policy decisions, and regulatory processes.  You should be a person who can think quickly, use sound judgement, and help find solutions to problems.  You should be confident in your ability to create a reporting and tracking system that can keep all the players coordinated and working together to drive effective outcomes.  

Your job will also include assisting the Executive Director’s work with the Board of Directors and staff leadership team.  You will help prepare reports, presentations, take minutes of the board meetings, and may be asked to represent the organization at community partner events. 

You will be joining the organization as it launches a new strategic planning effort, getting in on the ground floor as the plan develops. You will have significant responsibility to develop a system to track its implementation.  This is an excellent position to grow professionally if you’re considering a career in nonprofit administration and leadership. 

Essential Duties

Approximately 2/3 of your time will be spent on the following:

  • Working with staff leadership team to develop and implement a system of tracking and reporting strategic initiatives across program areas
  • Identifying opportunities for improving strategic initiative implementation and prioritizing top challenges needing to be addressed in order to meet target outcomes
  • Developing effective working relationships with regional partners to produce strategic coordination of resources
  • Assisting staff in the gathering of information in support of strategic planning; researching external forces and trends of issues affecting strategic initiatives such as regulations, legislation, and funding 
  • Providing written and oral presentations of reports, recommendations, and findings

Approximately 1/3 of your time will be spent on the following:

  • Providing administrative support for the Executive Director, including the overall calendaring and scheduling of the E.D.’s office activities; the development of board of director meeting agendas, minutes, and communications; and board committee support.
  • Assisting with special projects, representing the organization at special events, and participating in select  fund raising activities as assigned

Qualifications and Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree    
  • A minimum of two years’ demonstrated experience working with business, agency, or non-profit organizations managing complex multi-stakeholder projects 
  • Experience with producing high quality reports and presentations
  • Demonstrated understanding of business systems strategic analytic models and tools
  • Understanding of public policy issues affecting land and waterway conservation
  • Ability to build and maintain effective collaborative relationships with co-workers, board members, partner organizations, government officials, federal, state and local agencies, community groups and the general public
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to exercise initiative, good judgment and tact
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize assignments, meet deadlines and maintain an attention to detail in a fast-paced environment.
  • Superior written and verbal communication and team collaboration skills
  • Proven ability to make presentations before peer groups, board of directors, and citizen's groups
  • Proficiency in Word and Power Point; complete competency in Excel and Outlook.
  • A demonstrated passion for conservation
  • An insured vehicle that can be used on SLT business
  • The ability to work flexible hours including occasional weekends and evenings
  • The ability to travel, primarily within Sonoma County and the greater Bay Area

Schedule, Salary and Benefits:

This is a full time, permanent position. Sonoma Land Trust offers competitive salaries and benefits. Salary for this position is contingent on experience and qualifications.

To Apply

Please e-mail a letter introducing yourself and a copy of your resume to staffing@sonomalandtrust.org . Please: no phone calls, drop-ins or paper.

Hiring Process

Deadline for applications is May 30, 2015. The position is open until filled.  We will acknowledge by e-mail receipt of each application within a week of receipt.



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