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ESLC Town Programs Manager

“No place stays special by accident.” – Ed McMahon, Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development, Urban Land Institute

About the Opportunity: Maryland’s Eastern Shore has all the ingredients to be a living example of a prosperous, vibrant rural region. Nearly a quarter of the rural lands are protected. Renewed efforts and requirements are in place for a clean Chesapeake Bay. Shifting real estate trends are pushing development toward cities not countryside.

There is an important missing piece: focused attention and support for this rural region’s small towns. These communities historically have served as the economic hubs – as market places, community meet-ups, and population centers. They have, however, taken a battering over the past twenty years from sprawl and uncertainty about their identities and futures.

Toward this challenge, with our town work, the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) is engaged with the places, projects and people working toward sustainability and vibrancy of our region’s towns. After two years and a set of inaugural projects, ESLC’s Center for Towns is poised to strengthen, solidify and focus our town programs toward making the most difference for the region. A new team member will help build our town programs and deliver projects and education work with excellence.

About the Position: ESLC is seeking an energetic, dynamic individual to join our highly skilled team of professionals as Town Programs Manager. Our work focuses both on on-the-ground projects that effect change through town planning and community engagement, and on education, with a focus on sharing tools, technical support, networking, partnerships and funding opportunities our towns seek. Our programs are community driven, with a deep commitment to diversity and public engagement, and belief in the power of community land projects and education to ignite and amplify positive change. Examples of our projects can be found at www.eslc.org.

The ideal candidate would possess the following skills and qualifications:

  •  Degree and 3+ years of experience in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, land use planning/policy, business, law, sustainability, public interest/ community design, or related field;
  •  Expertise in town planning, public policy, and/or architecture/design;
  •  Experience and demonstrated good instincts in issue education and leadership development (e.g., developing such professional learning programs conferences, workshops, webinars, etc.);
  •  Proficiency in partnership building, community building and community engagement;
  •  Expertise in project management and delivery; and,
  •  Excellent public speaking, writing, and communication skills.

Also preferred are the following skills/traits:

  •  Supervisory/management experience;
  •  Knowledge of public and conservation funding/financing;
  •  Interest in real estate and land transactions;
  •  Experience in fundraising, business model development, and foundation grants;
  •  Familiarity with AutoCAD, Adobe Creative suite, ArcGIS and other design/planning software.
  •  Love of teamwork, and being part of a learning organization; and,
  •  Commitment to and knowledge about the Eastern Shore.

About the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy: ESLC is a leading regional land trust on Maryland’s rural Eastern Shore responsible for preserving nearly 54,000 acres since 1990. Eastern Shore Land Conservancy launched its town work to catalyze healthy, vibrant and sustainable towns through leadership development, community design, and on-the-ground projects. For more information about our work, please visit: www.eslc.org.

To Apply: To apply send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: Attn: Human Resources, ESLC, PO Box 169, Queenstown MD 21658 or hr@eslc.org.

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