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THE POSITION:       Director of Community Programs
LOCATION:              Santa Rosa, California
AVAILABILITY:         November, 2017


In Sonoma County, it’s all about the land.  Our county is one of the most beautiful and biologically diverse counties in the United States. We believe it is a treasure that should be enjoyed by our community and protected for future generations. From acquiring land and conservation easements to restoring land and the natural properties on which we depend, to protecting land for wildlife and recreation, we tirelessly work to find ways to preserve the beauty and vitality of Sonoma County. Additionally, we engage the community in the importance and value of this work through outdoor activities and outreach. We maintain a diverse and expansive network of partnerships in order to accomplish the wide range of projects.

We believe that the land is the heart of the community, and that when our land is healthy, our community is healthy. Our land conservation efforts include and benefit our entire community and future generations. Thanks to the generosity of those that trust in our work, for more than forty years, we have been carrying out our purpose, which is to preserve what we all love most about Sonoma County.

Sonoma Land Trust (SLT) is an accredited, nonprofit land trust with a staff of 30 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. Many properties acquired by Sonoma Land Trust are transferred to public agencies and other nonprofit organizations. To date, Sonoma Land Trust has protected over 50,000 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.


We seek an individual with a high degree of creativity and solid community engagement experience to join our management team as director of community programs.  This is a newly formed position which will focus on our efforts to grow a broad and diverse constituency for Sonoma Land Trust by offering programming that connects people to the land and demonstrates through experience the vital role that land conservation plays in communities — today and into the future.

We seek to build upon our past successes to build a diverse and inclusive constituency base.  Specifically, we’d like to see growth in our constituency to better match the diversity of Sonoma County, which means creating programs and partnerships to connect and meet the needs of our under-represented groups, such as Latinos, young families and Generation Y populations.

With an eye on our vision, that “the land is the heart of our community,” the director of community programs will significantly expand upon a mosaic of programs that includes and benefits the entire community, highlighting SLT’s protected properties and featuring experiences that connect the land to people from a variety of interest sectors, including health, the environment, the arts, local food, farms, forests, and outdoor recreation.


The director of community programs will be joining us at a pivotal time as our community recovers from a devastating firestorm.  There is a need and an opportunity to include an array of new voices in the land conservation community as we plan our path forward.  The director will be tasked with becoming familiar with the fire recovery collaborations taking place in the county while seeking input from Latino, Native American, and other diverse communities in order to develop relevant programs to meet the needs of their communities, while advancing Sonoma Land Trust’s mission.


  • Create, implement, and direct programs that include and benefit the entire community
  • Grow our constituency base to better match the diversity of Sonoma County
  • Develop funding for community programs through grant writing and other sources; work closely with the director of philanthropy and other management team members to identify prospective funders
  • Supervise, mentor, and motivate staff members and interns of our On the Land Program  and our Volunteer Program
  • Establish well-defined systems for program management, including setting goals, reporting program offering outcomes and establishing metrics for increasing the diversity of our constituency
  • Build relationships and collaborations with our agency and non-profit partner organizations
  • Act as project manager for our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI) plan, which is currently under development by an inter-departmental task force team
  • Develop and oversee the community program budget and operations
  • Ensure program aligns with our organization’s strategic plan and program initiatives of land protection and stewardship initiatives
  • As a member of the management team, collaborate with colleagues to advance our mission and foster an inclusive and enjoyable workplace through leadership
  • Working closely with the development and communications teams, help to build a strong brand identity and effective messaging through web, social media, and print
  • Establish metrics for management of workforce accountability and progress toward goals


  • Five or more years of current experience creating and managing diverse and inclusive community programs, preferably in an environment of similar size and complexity to SLT
  • Leadership experience in the Latino community and proven ability to build programmatic connections to young families and Generation Y
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English strongly preferred
  • Track record of success in developing grant funding for community programs
  • Outgoing personality with exceptional individual and community relationship-building and communication skills; articulate and collaborative, with proven ability to write effectively
  • Authentic passion for land conservation and enthusiasm for connecting people to the land
  • Management skills with a creative spirit and a good sense of humor
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook and PowerPoint. Competence in other Microsoft Office applications
  • Flexible schedule to support programs that often take place on weekends and evenings
  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher, or equivalent experience.
  • Must be able to hike up to six miles per day and be able to lift and carry up to thirty pounds
  • Must have a vehicle to use for Sonoma Land Trust business, a driver’s license valid in the U.S., and personal auto insurance


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


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


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

Sonoma Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer. We are actively recruiting a diverse workforce.


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For over 40 years, the Sonoma Land Trust has been a vehicle for people with passion, persistence and a love of the land to come together to protect forever one of the most beautiful counties in America.






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