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LAND ACQUISITION PROGRAM MANAGER

LAND ACQUISITION PROJECT MANAGER

THE POSITION: LAND ACQUISITION PROGRAM MANAGER

LOCATION: SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA
AVAILABILITY: September 2016

Sonoma Land Trust (SLT) is looking for a land acquisition program manager who brings substantial experience in designing and implementing resource conservation strategies, building successful partnerships to achieve conservation goals, and negotiating, funding and closing conservation real estate transactions.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:

Sonoma Land Trust is an accredited, nonprofit land trust with a staff of thirty and an annual operating budget of six million. It works to keep the beautiful and varied rural landscapes of Sonoma Land Trust intact for future generations. Sonoma Land Trust has an active and seasoned land acquisition program and currently owns a number of ranches and other preserves and properties together with over forty conservation easements throughout Sonoma County. Many properties acquired by Sonoma Land Trust are transferred to public agencies and other nonprofit organizations. To date, Sonoma Land Trust has protected over 45,000 acres. The organization works in partnership with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and other public agencies and nonprofit organizations to accomplish its mission.

ABOUT THE POSITION:

The land acquisition project manager reports to the conservation director and works closely with SLT’s four-person land acquisition team and its stewardship staff to develop SLT’s new Russian River Watershed Program. Program elements will include a land protection strategy that identifies the program’s geographic scope, conservation priorities, implementation timeline, partnerships and funding sources, and the unique contributions that SLT will make in this complex and collaboration-rich watershed.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Design and execute land conservation strategies and land protection transactions
  • Build relationships with landowners and provide advice on fee acquisitions, conservation easements and other conservation techniques
  • Build relationships with governmental and foundation funding partners
  • Secure public and private funding for conservation land transactions
  • Negotiate with landowners, their representatives, public agencies and funders
  • Draft conservation easements, purchase agreements and other documents
  • Perform due diligence and close real estate transactions
  • Develop baseline information in coordination with the Land Trust’s stewardship team
  • Manage and oversee compliance with land conservation contracts and grants
  • Build relationships with community organizations and individuals including making public presentations, attending meetings, special events, etc.
  • Work well with lawyers, appraisers, government land agents and other real estate professionals
  • Stay abreast of developments in real estate and tax law as they pertain to conservation real estate transactions

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE:

  • At least five years of relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated experience in utilizing land conservation transactions as a tool to create opportunity for improving river ecosystems and restoring populations of salmonids and other sensitive species.
  • Demonstrated experience in achieving results through successful collaborations with multiple and diverse partners
  • Demonstrated excellence in securing funding from public agencies, foundations and other philanthropic sources
  • Demonstrated excellence in negotiating and closing complex conservation real estate deals
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in developing and implementing conservation strategy
  • A working knowledge of resource issues (related to water, forestry, agriculture including viticulture, land use, flora and fauna, habitat restoration, outdoor recreation, etc.), nonprofit tax law, real estate law and practice, and how to read financial schedules and reports
  • A love of Sonoma county landscapes

OTHER ATTRIBUTES WE ARE LOOKING FOR INCLUDE:

  • The ability to organize one’s work effectively and prepare and work within budgets.
  • The ability to write very well (letters to landowners, grant applications, reports to funders, etc.)
  • Proficiency with computer (Word and Excel) and presentation skills.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:

  • A college degree with relevant graduate studies preferred
  • An insured vehicle that can be used on Sonoma Land Trust business
  • The ability to work flexible hours including weekends and occasional evenings
  • The ability to hike and get around on rural properties

COMPENSATION:

Sonoma Land Trust offers competitive salaries and benefits. The salary for this position will be based on the selected candidate’s experience and the salary structure of the organization.

TO APPLY:

Please e-mail (1) a letter introducing yourself and (2) a copy of your resume to staffing@sonomalandtrust.org. Please no phone calls or paper.

HIRING PROCESS:

The deadline for submitting an application is August 1, 2016. We will acknowledge by e-mail receipt of each application within a week of receipt and plan to contact all applicants about the status of their applications and to schedule interviews in early August.


THE POSITION: LAND ACQUISITION PROJECT MANAGER

LOCATION: SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA
AVAILABILITY: Immediately
Sonoma Land Trust is looking for an energetic, detail-oriented and experienced land conservation professional with experience in developing, implementing and securing funding for land protection fee and conservation easement projects.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:

Sonoma Land Trust is an accredited, nonprofit land trust founded in 1976 with a staff of thirty. Our mission is to protect the scenic, natural, agricultural, and open landscapes of Sonoma County for the benefit of the community and future generations. Sonoma Land Trust has an active and seasoned land acquisition program and to date, has protected over 45,000 acres. The organization works in partnership with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and other public agencies and nonprofit organizations to accomplish its mission.

ABOUT THE POSITION:

As a member of SLT’s acquisition team, the land acquisition project manager works closely with regional program staff to support land protection (fee and conservation easement) projects. Primary responsibilities include evaluating potential conservation projects, drafting conservation easements, performing project due diligence, complying with record-keeping standards, and managing other tasks essential to completing fee acquisition, title transfer and conservation easement transactions. In addition, the land acquisition project manager will represent SLT in various public settings while coordinating conservation planning with partner organizations. The land acquisition project manager reports to the Conservation Director and does not supervise other staff; however, he/she may manage sub-contractors, partners and volunteers.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Respond to and track inquiries about potential conservation projects,
  • Provide landowners and other interested members of the public with information about SLT’s acquisition program
  • Manage all aspects of designated fee and conservation easement projects
  • Develop grant applications and administer contracts and grants for land acquisition projects
  • Build cooperative, effective working relationships with partner agencies, landowners, funding agencies and foundations, local government, conservationists, policy makers, and planners
  • Draft correspondence, memoranda and documents and coordinate with GIS staff in the development of appropriate maps and GIS data
  • Perform title review and in-depth research of disclosure documents, property encumbrances, and various other duties related to due diligence
  • Research and assemble information for integration into regional conservation plans and strategies
  • Maintain compliant record-keeping and archiving for projects
  • Participate in the communications, fundraising and outreach efforts related to land protection projects
  • Assist with special projects as assigned and occasionally run miscellaneous project-related errands

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE:

  • A minimum of two years’ demonstrated experience managing projects and/or conservation real estate transactions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of real estate transactions including appraisals, title work, due diligence and escrow instructions and closing principles and practices of land conservation, real estate and land use planning, regulations and zoning
  • Experience with securing and managing grant funding and contract management
  • Experience working with public agencies and non-profit organizations in natural resource conservation or land use planning
  • Understanding of emerging public policy issues affecting land use and land preservation, including habitat protection, water quality and quantity, sustainable agricultural and forest land management and climate change
  • Experience in building and maintaining collaborative relationships with co-workers, partner organizations, government officials, public agencies, community groups and the general public
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to exercise initiative, good judgment and tact
  • A love of Sonoma County landscapes

OTHER ATTRIBUTES THAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR INCLUDE:

  • The ability to organize one’s work effectively and prepare and work within budgets
  • The ability to write very well (letters to landowners, grant applications, reports to funders, etc.)
  • Proficiency with computer (Microsoft Word, Excel, GIS) and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and carry out complex transaction tasks over long time periods.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize assignments, meet deadlines and maintain an attention to detail in a fast-paced environment.
  • Superior written and verbal communication and negotiation skills

OTHER REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:

  • A college degree with relevant graduate studies preferred
  • An insured vehicle that can be used on Sonoma Land Trust business
  • The ability to work flexible hours including weekends and occasional evenings
  • The ability to hike and get around on rural properties

COMPENSATION:

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

TO APPLY:

Please e-mail (1) a letter introducing yourself and (2) a copy of your resume to staffing@sonomalandtrust.org. Please: no phone calls, drop-ins, or paper.

HIRING PROCESS:

The position is open until filled but early applications are encouraged. We will acknowledge by e-mail receipt of each application within a week of receipt.


 




 

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