Trust Montana is a growing nonprofit organization founded to hold, and encourage holding, selected lands within the state in trust. The organization stewards those lands in perpetuity for a variety of vital community needs. Trust Montana currently seeks an Executive Director to replace the nonprofit’s first Director, who will work with the new director to provide several months of training.
Trust Montana removes selected lands from the private sector marketplace to ensure the buildings on the land remain affordable in perpetuity. The organization views CLTs as key to ownership of homes and farms that are affordable to working families. Key responsibilities are to oversee land trust programs, and provide education, outreach and advocacy regarding land trust benefits, fundraising, strategy development and implementation, board support and fiscal accountability.
The Executive Director must live in, or relocate to, the State of Montana. Travel to various communities across the state is an occasional job duty and the candidate should have, or be willing to obtain, a Montana driver’s license and have reliable vehicular transportation.
Salary range is $60,000 to $70,000 depending on experience and qualifications.
To apply: Please submit a one-page letter of interest, accompanied by a resume of no more than two pages, via email by October 15th: firstname.lastname@example.org
Position Title: Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors
The Executive Director works at the direction of Trust Montana’s (TM) board of directors. TM is a statewide community land trust (CLT) and CLT support organization. Its vision is one of economically diverse Montana communities in which home ownership is attainable, access to land is affordable for farmers and local businesses, and Montanans of all income levels can live and thrive.
- Provide staff support for the board of directors.
- Support executive committee and board members in the roles and assignments and assist with access to resources as-needed.
- Research issues before the board so that all activities flow from informed decisions.
- Maintain compliance with TM policies and procedures.
- Manage the organization staff and oversee its activities.
- Ensure human resources compliance and encourage employee engagement and retention.
- Execute the organization’s strategic direction as defined in the organization’s Mission and Vision Statements, strategic plan and other documents designated by the board.
- Develop strategic partnerships to further TM’s mission and work.
- Prepare annual organizational budget and financial reports for board approval.
- Monitor financial health through monthly reports review.
- Coordinate with bookkeeper for bill payment, invoicing for services, and 990 coordination.
- Develop and oversee annual fundraising plan that aligns with strategic direction.
- Implement the fund-raising plan by submitting grant requests and soliciting corporate and individual donations.
- Cultivate and maintain relationships with donor organizations and individuals.
- Research and develop funding mechanisms to make programs self-sustaining; including working with municipalities to develop funding streams and other incentives for CLT inclusion.
- Oversee Technical Assistance, Pro-Bono, Stewardship and new program development.
- Work with Habitat for Humanity partners to grow the CLT portfolio.
Outreach and advocacy
- Represent the organization to the public and media—including elected officials, funders, organizational partners, and other stakeholders.
- Provide education about CLTs to organizations and the general public—emphasizing how the CLT model can address the region’s low- and moderate-income population’s needs for the access to land and property for housing, farming, job creation and other community-identified needs.
- Build relationships with community stakeholders, educating individuals and groups about TM’s technical assistance opportunities and new projects.
- Work with governmental and other agencies for policy changes which facilitate the usefulness of TM in addressing agreed upon needs of regions, municipalities, and neighborhoods.
B.A. or B.S. Degree; experience in real estate development; experience in senior management in private or nonprofit sectors. Experience managing and implementing strategic, business and fundraising plans is desirable. A capacity to energize coworkers in the mission and values and an ability to work with resolve, cooperation, and passion is desired.