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President, Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location Maryland - America North
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Board & Executives
Company Name The Humane Society of the United States
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IMPORTANT:  This Advertiser has requested that applicants MUST be National Residents / Valid Work Permit-holders.  Other applicants need not apply.


The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States.  The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT) celebrates and protects wild animals by creating permanent sanctuaries, preserving and enhancing natural habitat and confronting cruelty.  The HSWLT is currently seeking a new President who will embrace our vision and lead it for growth through strategic acquisitions of land, major new fundraising initiatives, and substantial increase in the wildlife and habitat protection and broader conservation community.

The main responsibility of this position is to oversee the development, implementation of goals, policies, programs and procedures to fulfill the mission of the organization.
This position will be primarily responsible for: 

•    Growing, promoting, and expanding the supporter base for the HSWLT via fundraising, solicitation of major gifts, corporate donations, grant requests, and mass marketing approaches;
•    Working with the Board of Directors to establish, administer, and implement the programs and procedures to fulfill the mission of the organization; work with the board chair to increase the size and engagement of the Board of Directors;
•    Representing the HSWLT by promoting public understanding of and support for the work of the HSWLT and build partnerships between the organization and public and private groups;
•    Oversee all HSWLT publications including newsletters, press releases, promotional pieces, web pages, etc.;
•    Maintaining and cultivating relationships with the land trust, animal protection, and broader conservation communities and government agencies responsible for wildlife issues;
•    Oversee the daily business and administrative operations of the HSWLT including staff management, hiring and supervision of team members, consultants, contractors, etc. and ensure the effective implementation of activities delegated to staff and volunteers;
•    Increasing the amount of protected lands overseen by the HSWLT and developing a strategic plan to govern acquisition policies and efforts; in addition will work to significantly expand efforts to work with other HSUS affiliated organizations and other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to protect wildlife across the US and internationally;  
•    Assisting board members, staff, and volunteers in the performance of their roles; work to facilitate an increase in the size of the board and the engagement of its members towards the HSWLT’s work; promote effective communication and working relationships between board members, committees, staff, and volunteers; work with board and staff to develop annual work plans, strategic plans and training opportunities;
•    Manage internal controls and in conjunction with the board, administer the entire budget process and annual budget; 
•    Plan, organize, direct and control fundraising efforts, membership, volunteer, educational and all other organizational events, utilizing staff and board members;
•    Assist staff, board and advisory committees with acquisitions, site visits, land management, and other stewardship activities; ensure work performed by the HSWLT is consistent with the mission, its policies, procedures and best practices in the land conservation community.


•    Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree is preferred;
•    Ten or more years of related experience managing staff and volunteers preferably in a non-profit environment and managing a budget of at least $2 million;
•    Prior experience with financial management including budget and balance sheet preparation and management of funds;
•    Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) with the ability to convey clear and compelling messages to board members, staff,  potential donors, the public and the media;
•    Must have knowledge of land conservation techniques and land stewardship; 
•    Demonstrated ability to conduct fundraising, including managing campaigns, establishing major giving and planned giving programs, ability to draft and process grant requests to obtain funding from government agencies, businesses and foundations;
•    Willingness and ability to travel extensively;
•    Proven ability to develop and implement strategic plans, procedures and projects to meet organizational needs and goals;
•    Passion for and knowledge of natural environment and animal protection and conservation efforts;
•    Strong problem solving ability.

Please submit a cover letter and resume using this form or fax to 301-548-7701. This position is located in Gaithersburg, MD

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