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Executive Director 

Executive Director, Oconee River Land Trust (ORLT)
Location: Athens, GA
Job Type: Full time




The Oconee River Land Trust seeks a new Executive Director. The Executive Director is
responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, strategic plan, financial and real
assets of ORLT. This includes directing and managing ORLT’s conservation program in Georgia,
which includes stewarding existing protected properties, protecting additional parcels,
outreach efforts, and developing financial support for ORLT’s mission. These duties are carried
out under the guidance and direction of the Board of Directors and with the assistance of staff.


Position description
The Oconee River Land Trust seeks a new Executive Director. The Executive Director reports to
the Board Chair and is responsible for overseeing the administration of ORLT and implementing
its strategic plan. In addition, the Executive Director will be responsible for fostering and
sustaining relationships with donors, conservation partners, funders, and the public. Duties
include communication, fundraising, outreach, and directing and managing ORLT’s conservation
program, which includes land and easement acquisitions.
ORLT is a 30-year-old nonprofit statewide land trust working to protect natural areas,
waterways, and working lands. ORLT has protected more than 43,000 acres in 214 conservation
easements and has a staff of six full- and part-time employees who work on outreach,
stewardship, and new conservation projects.

The Executive Director must be knowledgeable about land conservation and be able to
articulate ORLT’s mission to a variety of constituents. The successful candidate must have the
appropriate skills to work effectively, collegially, and collaboratively throughout Georgia.
Candidates must have either the experience or requisite knowledge required to engage in land
and conservation easement acquisitions. This individual will work with ORLT staff and the ORLT
Board of Directors to initiate and complete land protection projects. Candidates must demonstrate strategic vision and possess the ability to develop and achieve long- and short-term goals in collaboration with staff and the board, and grow the organization’s financial basis and community presence. Successful fundraising experience that includes securing major gifts and cultivating individual donors is highly preferred.


The successful candidate will possess effective leadership and listening skills and be committed to fostering inclusion among the staff and supporters. The ability to lead a skilled staff and
foster a collaborative and welcoming work environment is required. Candidates with executive-level achievement in the fields of conservation, policy, law or related fields are encouraged to apply. Salary is commensurate with experience

To apply, please submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Ken Jarrett at


Oconee River Land Trust is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal
opportunity employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, sexual orientation,
disability, or veteran status.

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