BRC seeks to fill the position of Executive Director

BRC seeks to fill the position of Executive Director, a full-time post that reports to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees and is responsible for all operations of BRC, including the development and implementation of BRC’s Strategic Plan. Working with a strong volunteer board and dedicated staff, the Executive Director helps shape the future of the organization, ensuring compliance with the standards and practices of The Land Trust Alliance (LTA). Responsibilities include administration and coordination of all programs and activities of the organization including land protection, membership development, fundraising, community relations and financial management.

The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker with a passion for our mission and the vision to move us forward in impactful and varied ways. He/she is community-oriented, understands and appreciates the culture of the High Country, and thrives in the role of public spokesperson for BRC in the region and beyond. Further, the ideal candidate is supportive of staff, empowering them to excel while working alongside them, and has the relational skills to forge partnerships, resolve conflicts, and secure outside support for the organization. Blue Ridge Conservancy Executive Director

Essential Duties and Functions

 Fundraising/Development—Oversee BRC’s fundraising activities to maintain and expand diversified and sustainable financial support for the organization’s operations and conservation efforts, focusing on individual, corporate, private and public funding sources;

 Community Outreach—Administer BRC’s multi-faceted community outreach/public relations program while building relationships, promoting the organization in the community, serving as primary spokesperson, and overseeing all outreach efforts;

 Land Conservation and Stewardship—Oversee BRC’s program of voluntary land conservation which includes land acquisition, conservation easement protection and long-term stewardship of conserved properties.

 Administration—Administer and direct overall organizational management functions including financial, legal, accreditation, staffing, board engagement, policies, and planning.

Required skills and competencies for the position include:

 A four-year degree, preferably in related field such as natural resources management, non-profit administration, law, or real estate, plus at least three to five years of experience as a proven leader in land trust work or closely related conservation activity (preferred), real estate, or non-profit experience.

 Ability to manage, motivate and direct staff and volunteers.

 Track record in leading and enabling a team to achieve common goals.

 Proven track record in fundraising and non-profit management.

 Demonstrated success in negotiating land protection transactions.

 Strong public speaking skills and ability to articulate BRC’s mission passionately and to a wide range of audiences.

 Effective writing skills, including the ability to write grant applications.

 Proficiency with computer applications and office systems.

Procedure for Candidacy  

Blue Ridge Conservancy has retained Capital Development Services to assist with professional recruitment. Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications must be submitted via email to searchservices@capdev.com. Candidates should include a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references. All material will be confidential. Additional inquiries may be directed to Jen Tozier at Capital Development Services, 336-747-0133 x 208.

Nikki Robinson