Land Trust Alliance
Chief Program Officer
Company: Land Trust Alliance
Location: Washington, DC
Reporting Relationship: President & Chief Executive Officer
Land Trust Alliance Overview
The Land Trust Alliance (the “Alliance”) is the voice of the land trust community. As the national leader in land conservation policies, standards and education, we work passionately to support land trusts across the United States so they can save more land and better serve their communities.
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. We ensure our land trust members are always heard and can achieve more.
The Alliance commits to elevating land conservation as a priority nationwide. We envision a reenergized, more relevant conservation movement, in which land trusts join with partners that have not traditionally identified as conservation organizations around our shared interest in protecting special places. Together, the Alliance, land trusts and partner organizations can ensure that land conservation serves all people.
The Chief Program Officer (CPO) reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and provides leadership, supervision, oversight and management of the organization’s programmatic offerings to land trusts and other stakeholders. Those programmatic offerings are administered through three departments: (1) Education; (2) Conservation Initiatives; and (3) Community-centered Conservation, which focuses on engaging people who have not traditionally been involved in or served by conservation. While the Education and Conservation Initiative departments are well-established, the Community- centered Conservation department is nascent and unstaffed. Accordingly, an early focus of the CPO will be on launching, staffing and building that department by applying his or her experience in implementing inclusion and engagement strategies both within organizations and with external constituencies.
The CPO works alongside the Chief Operating Officer to manage all day-to-day internal matters, thus allowing the CEO to focus on external matters such as fundraising, policy advocacy, partnership development and land trust relations. The CPO is also part of the Alliance’s Executive Management Team, which consists of the organization’s most senior staff. That team deliberates on major issues facing the organization, provides advice and counsel to the CEO, and ensures efficient implementation of the CEO’s directives.
The CPO embodies a collaborative, entrepreneurial and innovative mindset and is responsible for building and managing a high performing team of Vice Presidents, Program Directors, Program Managers and support staff. The CPO works with and cultivates these staff to craft strategy; develop and implement projects; deliver agreed upon outcomes; and perform timely and accurate financial and program reporting. The CPO also ensures effective coordination between program staff and other departments not under the CPO’s supervision, including Government Relations, Development, Communications and Operations, on matters such as program planning, budgeting and grants administration.
Program Strategy and Leadership
Work in collaboration with the CEO and the Executive Management Team to establish a strategic vision and guiding philosophy that will inform short- and long-term program goals consistent with the Alliance’s strategic plan and available financial resources.
Identify, develop and implement programs that increase the Alliance’s effectiveness in advancing the interests of and providing services to the organization’s land trust members and other stakeholders.
Establish annual program, departmental and staff goals and objectives, track results against these goals and implement accountability protocols.
Embed principles of diversity, equity and inclusion within the Alliance’s programmatic offerings consistent with the Alliance’s Common Ground Implementation Framework.
Routinely evaluate and assess organizational Alliance member needs and anticipate necessary shifts in programmatic needs (including which activities or programmatic offerings should cease).
Develop a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of each program and desired outcomes and identify areas for improvement.
Bachelor’s degree required / Graduate degree preferred.
Competitive compensation ranges and detailed benefits packages will be provided to candidates.
Interested and qualified candidates are welcome to submit a resume and cover letter to: LandTrustAllianceChiefProgramOfficer@kornferry.com
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.
C-level (CEO, President, Exec Director)
Washington D.C., DC, USA