Executive Director Position Announcement

The Kansas Land Trust (KLT) partners with landowners, communities and conservation organizations to protect our State’s most precious resources by conserving lands of ecological, agricultural, scenic, historical and cultural significance in Kansas. Founded in 1990, KLT was accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission in 2013.

The Kansas Land Trust seeks an Executive Director to sustain and build upon the momentum of the past twenty-five years of conservation work that preserves 24,167 acres of tallgrass prairie, prime farmland, woodlands, riparian buffers, and working farms and ranches. These open and scenic lands are protected into perpetuity through 59 conservation easements located in sixteen counties.


The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Kansas Land Trust and answers directly to the President of the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for the successful management of the organization within the financial limits established by the Board of Directors.


The Executive Director shall undertake and work with the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers to accomplish the following activities, with the balance and focus at the discretion of the Executive Committee or the President:

• Lead and oversee all organizational activities in support of KLT’s mission and organizational stewardship. Represent the land trust in the community and build support for the organization and its goals.

• Manage the business functions of the organization, including assuring appropriate insurance for the organization, managing receipts and expenditures, monitoring and addressing cash flow, managing yearly audits, managing the preparation and filing of yearly tax returns, planning and implementation of regular staff and Board meetings and overseeing the preparation of appropriate minutes and other meeting documentation. 

• Develop and implement a vigorous ongoing program of fundraising activities to support KLT’s operating needs and goals. Identify, secure and manage multiple fundraising sources, including individual contributions from major donors and members, foundation grants, business sponsorships, planned gifts and contributions of real estate.  Report on the status of fundraising activities and income at each Board meeting.

• In consultation with the Board, plan, coordinate and execute fundraising events, member appreciation events, membership development activities, and annual or strategic special fundraising campaigns.

• Develop and carry out a marketing and public communications program through social media, newsletters, brochures, press releases and other creative methods to increase public awareness of KLT and its goals.

• Establish and maintain a communication network and cooperative relationships with communities, statewide organizations and government agencies. Develop partnerships and coordinate KLT’s activities with other conservation programs.

• In consultation with the Board, develop an annual operating budget to be adopted by the Board in the fourth quarter of each fiscal year. Manage and monitor income and expenses throughout the year to balance funds. Provide financial statements and a summary at each Board meeting and notify the Board with any concerns or changes.

• Formulate and recommend policies and programs to the Board. Present to the Board for its approval an Annual Work Plan outlining strategic goals, specific tasks to be completed, allocation of staff resources and the financial means to support the plan. Provide reports at each Board meeting, summarizing the financial status and progress in implementing the Annual Work Plan.

• Hire, supervise and evaluate the land trust’s staff.

• Supervise the work of KLT staff responsible for conservation planning, development and acquisition of conservation easements, and stewardship of easement properties. Maintain knowledge of current of land protection and easement activities. 

• Oversee all record keeping related to accounting, conservation easements, easement monitoring, membership and donations.

Preferred Qualifications

• A minimum of four years of experience in non-profit organizational management, land trust work, or closely related land conservation activity.

• A track record of fundraising accomplishments that include successful projects, campaigns, grant writing and working with public and private funding sources and individual donors.

• A four year degree, preferably in marketing, business administration, planning, natural resources management, law or a related field and/or experience in non-profit management, fundraising, marketing, resource management, business, real estate, or a related field.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills in multiple formats including digital media campaigns. Ability to work well with a wide variety of people and organizations. Capable of independent work and decisive action while engendering a cooperative spirit with the board, staff, potential donors, landowners, volunteers, agencies and the public.

• Ability to plan, budget, organize, direct and carry out programs, strategic plans, procedures and projects to meet organizational goals.

• Skill in public speaking and ability to represent the land trust in a public forum.

• Supervisory experience or aptitude.

• Ability to combine sound business judgment with a strong commitment to the protection of land resources.

Compensation is commensurate with experience.

The Kansas Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

To download this job description, click here. Qualified individuals are encouraged to send a cover letter, resume, and references in a single PDF document to thekansaslandtrust@gmail.com. Please include in the subject line: ED 2015. The position will remain open until successfully filled.