Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

Job Opportunities

Interested in joining a dynamic team of professionals working to save land and promote sound land use planning on Maryland’s Eastern Shore?

ESLC is a top regional land conservancy having helped to protect nearly 60,000 acres of important natural areas, prime farmland, and critical community open spaces. Since 1990, ESLC has built a strong record of success which includes:
– growth of a strong land use planning and policy program which has served as a national model for land conservancies;
– launch of a successful regional land use agreement uniting six counties on more than 1.6 million acres towards a common vision for land use;
– more than $40 million in land conservation capital raised and expended on parks, habitat areas, and
prime farmland;
– certification for the third time by Maryland Nonprofits Standards for Excellence program;
– Land Trust Accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

Major Gifts Specialist

  • Supervisor Director of Advancement and Admin
  • Job Title Major Gifts Specialist
  • Job Type Full-Time with Competitive Benefits
  • HoursMonday - Friday with some evening and weekend
  • Location Eastern Shore Conservation Center, Easton, MD

Summary
The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy seeks qualified candidates for the full-time position of Major Gifts Specialist. This position will lead and manage the planning, execution, and management of ESLC donor relationships under the supervision of the Director of Advancement and Admin. This includes focus on ESLC’s major donor fund development program including: donor acquisition; annual funds; Capital Campaign; annual giving program; planned giving; major gifts from individuals; corporate and foundation giving; and staff team leadership. The Supporter and Donor Specialist will coordinate ESLC engagement, recruitment, management, and tracking of potential and existing major donors. Support elements include: donor stewardship, gift acknowledgement; database entry; donor research and Advancement support.

Essential qualifications:
• Undergraduate or graduate degree and experience relevant to outreach, major donor relations, and fundraising;
• Professional interests that align strongly with ESLC’s vision and values;
• Outstanding verbal and interpersonal communication skills; able to speak about ESLC in an articulate, compelling, and professional manner in one-on-one, group, and public settings;
• Desire and demonstrated ability to identify and address personal knowledge gaps; to learn on the job; and to cultivate sources of knowledge, expertise, and skill;
• Able and willing to travel (including a vehicle) frequently among the six counties in ESLC’s service area and occasionally beyond the service area.

Preferred qualifications:
• Undergraduate or Graduate degree and 3-5 years’ experience in fundraising; outreach; major donor cultivation; philanthropy; or similar field;
• Experience in managing donor relationships, outreach, and fundraising;
• Experience with team management and collaboration;
• Desire to contribute to and lead high-performing teams and partnerships; ability to run effective and efficient meetings that achieve clearly defined objectives and outcomes;
• Comfort with technology is a plus.


Key functions:
• This position will be lead, train, and coordinate the staff Major Donor team for maximum effectiveness;
• Work closely with Director of Advancement and Admin (DOAA) to develop operational plans for Major Donor activities including components of ESLC annual work plans;
• Work with DOAA and senior leadership team in discussions of strategic issues pertaining to major donors;
• Work with DOAA to achieve all annual Major Donor goals including annual fund, restricted, planned giving, and events;
• Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors;
• Manage achievement of other Advancement goals as they emerge;
• Work with DOAA to achieve planned giving goals in ESLC’s annual workplan, and strategic plan;
• Work with Board of Directors and Friends of the Conservancy to promote Advancement efforts;
• Report on monthly progress towards goals.
• Serve as back-up for gift entry and daily donor correspondence processing.
• Workplace: Works with program and project teams to make ESLC a collaborative, diverse, and effective organization as well as an inspiring, fun, and rewarding environment;
• Ambassador and steward: Promotes ESLC’s work and vision by representing the organization to external audiences;
• Other duties as assigned.

The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to preserving and sustaining the vibrant communities of the Eastern Shore and the lands and waters that connect them. ESLC is an equal opportunity "at‐will" employer committed to providing equal employment opportunities based upon an individual's ability and qualifications. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, citizenship, ancestry, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, mental or physical disability. For more information about ESLC and our work, please visit www.eslc.org.


To Apply: Please send a cover letter and résumé to hr@eslc.org with “Major Gifts Officer” in the subject line.

Coastal Resilience Specialist

  • Supervisor Director of Strategic Initiatives
  • Job Title Coastal Resilience Specialist
  • Job Type Full-Time with Competitive Benefits
  • HoursMonday - Friday with some evening and weekend
  • Location Eastern Shore Conservation Center - Easton, MD

Summary
ESLC seeks qualified candidates for the full-time position of Coastal Resilience Specialist. The successful candidate will help ESLC build regional capacity for climate adaptation and resilience by deploying significant skill, wisdom, and experience to assist communities in planning for climate impacts and implementing adaptation and resilience strategies.

The Coastal Resilience Specialist will work with internal and external partners to deliver the strategic priorities of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, serving on project teams and in other roles as assigned by the Leadership Team. The Specialist will bring substantial expertise, networks, experience, and creative thinking to the design, implementation, and evolution of projects and programs. The Specialist will be team-oriented, self-motivating, and reflective, providing constructive advice, owning failures, celebrating successes, and committed to ESLC’s mission, vision, and values. Importantly, the Specialist will be capable of allocating time and resources to further the resilience and vibrancy of the Eastern Shore.

Attributes and Values:
• Listens, and listens again
• Integrity and authenticity
• Dedicated to serving rural communities
• Makes well-considered decisions
• Constructive and innovative critical thinking
• Endurance to pursue long-term outcomes with tenacity
• Adept communicator
• Believes in the potential of teams and partnerships
• Self-aware and reflective
• Responsible and reliable
• Fun!

Essential qualifications:
• Undergraduate degree and experience relevant to climate mitigation and adaptation;
• Professional interests that align strongly with ESLC’s vision and values;
• Exceptional written communication skills; able to write persuasively for public audiences; able to write professionally for grantmakers, elected leaders, and internal audiences;
• Outstanding verbal and interpersonal communication skills; able to speak about ESLC in an articulate, compelling, and professional manner in one-on-one, group, and public settings;
• Desire and demonstrated ability to identify and address personal knowledge gaps; to learn on the job; and to cultivate sources of knowledge, expertise, and skill;
• Skill in giving and receiving constructive, timely feedback with supervisors, colleagues, and partners;
• Able and willing to travel (including a vehicle) frequently among the six counties in ESLC’s service area and periodically beyond the service area; overnight travel is typically 4 nights or less per year.

Preferred qualifications:
• Graduate degree or 3-5 years’ experience in community planning; floodplain or stormwater management; hazard mitigation or emergency management planning; geographic information systems; renewable energy; environmental management; public administration; or similar field;
• Experience in managing multiple, simultaneous projects with complex partners, stakeholders, objectives, deliverables, and timelines; ability to plan, marshal resources, and execute in order to meet demanding timelines;
• Experience with local government and a commitment to strengthening rural communities;
• Desire to contribute to and lead high-performing teams and partnerships; ability to run effective and efficient meetings that achieve clearly defined objectives and outcomes;
• Track record of successful grant writing;
• Comfort with technology; skill with geographic information systems is a plus.

Key functions:
• Provides expertise, support, and coordination for community and regional resilience-building efforts:
- Coordination and support of coastal resilience and climate adaptation projects; management responsibility for specific project components;
- Support ESLC’s leadership and facilitative role in the Eastern Shore Climate Adaptation Partnership (ESCAP);
- Written and verbal public communications and outreach that builds awareness of and support for adaptation and resilience;
- Represent ESLC, the ESCAP, and rural communities in local, regional, and state networks;
- Support ESLC’s renewable energy initiative via networking, dialogue, and problem solving;
- Contribute to grant writing and reporting.

•Supports ESLC’s Land Conservation, Center for Towns, rural prosperity, and advancement programs:
- Provide content knowledge and skill to ESLC’s programs and projects as appropriate;
- Share and receive timely, constructive advice and feedback;
- Contribute to deliverables and timelines in a collaborative, respectful manor.

• Professional development: Actively seeks and participates in opportunities to build professional skills, leadership, and emotional intelligence;
• Workplace: Works with program and project teams to make ESLC a collaborative, diverse, and effective organization as well as an inspiring, fun, and rewarding environment;
• Ambassador and steward: Promotes ESLC’s work and vision by representing the organization to external audiences;
• Other duties as assigned.

To Apply: By February 28, 2018, send a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references in a single PDF to hr@eslc.org with “Coastal Resilience Specialist” in the subject line.

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