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The Land Trust Alliance is the voice of the land trust community. As the national leader in policy, standards and education, we work passionately to support land trusts across America so they can save more land and better serve their communities.

Our natural places and working lands are a lifeline to clean air, water, food and good health. These lands also bring us together, inspire us and provide opportunities to recreate and recharge. The land trust community is a crucial component in this equation. With important places under continual threat, land trusts need access to the best tools, information and policy advocates. Armed with a diverse network and valuable resources, the Alliance is the land trust community’s source for the knowledge and capabilities they need to reach their goals. From tax and funding policies on Capitol Hill to innovative ideas, partnerships and initiatives, we ensure our land trust members can always be heard and achieve more.

Position Summary

The Western Division Director of Field Programs position offers an exciting opportunity for a highly entrepreneurial, energetic conservation leader who is deeply committed to advancing the strategic goals of the Alliance. The Alliance’s field programs deliver educational and training content, provide communications and government relations support, and a comprehensive array of capacity-building services to help land trusts grow and achieve high standards. The director is responsible for leading, guiding, and developing the Alliance’s field service strategies across a diverse nineteen-state region that spans the Southwestern, Intermountain, and Pacific Northwestern portions of the U.S. The land trust culture and conservation priorities across these geographies are complex and unique, which requires a dynamic and knowledgeable director who can navigate these complexities effectively. The director will be responsible for building an integrated, skilled team to strengthen land trusts individually and collectively through a suite of capacity-building services to help them become enduring, professional and highly valued institutions. The Western division will also help identify, track and solve problems and threats that arise within the community, such as tax shelters and the prospect of easements becoming “orphaned.”

Moreover, this position plays an important role in building and maintaining effective partnerships with a variety of organizations and stakeholders, including state and regional associations of land trusts, national conservation organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, state/federal agencies, donors, and private foundations.

This position is part of the Senior Leadership team that the President and CEO convenes monthly to discuss challenges and opportunities and promote coordination across departments.

The Western division serves the following nineteen states and territories, subject to future adjustments based on the business needs of the organization: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming

Specific Responsibilities

The western division director of field programs assumes the responsibility for overall leadership and management of the Western field program including:

  • Program Leadership and Management: In collaboration with land trusts, conservation partners, and funders, conceive, design, and implement land conservation and capacity building programs across the Western U.S. Ensure successful management of a variety of programs and initiatives aimed at increasing the rate, rigor, and resilience of private land conservation. Supervise five full-time staff, and consultants as needed. Design and oversee regrants programs to strengthen land trust capacity.
  • Problem-solving: Identify, manage, and resolve programmatic or staff challenges and problems within the division effectively and independently. Elevate issues to executive leadership only when challenges are severe enough to warrant Executive Management Team intervention.
  • Partnerships and Collaboration: Build highly collaborative, strategic partnerships with state land trust associations, foundations, national conservation organizations, and other partners to advance the Alliance’s priorities and programs. The position will also be responsible for ensuring effective coordination across the Alliance’s various departments and programs.
  • Fundraising and Donor Engagement: Work with a wide array of foundations, individuals, corporations, government agencies, and land trusts to raise the annual Western division budget and contribute to national fundraising efforts with the Alliance’s development team. Work with the development team in a way that maximizes our donor relationships and fundraising to the organization as a whole.
  • Budget Management: Guide strategic and financial planning for the Western division, and create and monitor the annual budget, workplan and fundraising plan. Partner with the Vice President of Conservation Initiatives and the Chief Financial Officer, grants department, and other program staff to help build, monitor, and report on program budgets.
  • Ambassadorship and Communications: Represent the Alliance as a spokesperson at select conferences, events, coalition meetings, land trust gatherings and other venues as warranted. Communicate the Alliance’s strategic priorities in adherence with messaging approved by the executive management team that presents a coherent, united organization.
  • Administrative: Lead or assist with grant program administration, meeting logistics, mailings, accounting, reporting and other administrative responsibilities as assigned.
    Other duties as required.


  • Minimum seven years of experience of progressively higher leadership roles in land conservation, non-profit management, public policy, or a related field.
  • Proven record raising leadership gifts from foundations and securing significant gifts from individuals.
  • Record of accomplishment managing grant funds, foundations programs and other philanthropic initiatives in the conservation, environmental protection, community development, or public policy fields.
  • Ability to take initiative and manage multiple, complex projects simultaneously, with a demonstrated track record of superb project management and coordination, program evaluation, and adaptive management. This includes identifying, addressing, and resolving challenges and problems proactively.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain high-functioning and integrated teams, multi-stakeholder collaborations, and relationships with diverse partners.
  • Ability to work effectively without close supervision and as part of a team in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage consultants and other contractors.
  • Proven record of accomplishment in developing and supervising staff.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • The full-time position requires 37.5 hours per week.
  • Ability to travel up to 40%, including weekends.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required.


Competitive salary and benefits provided.


Send resume and cover letter, via email to hr@lta.org. If email is not an option, applications will be accepted by mail to Human Resources Director, Land Trust Alliance, 1250 H Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005.


The Land Trust Alliance’s mission is to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America.  The Land Trust Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or marital status.