Executive Director of NeighborSpace of Baltimore County
Founded in 2002, NeighborSpace is an urban land trust that works to enhance the livability of the older communities inside Baltimore County’s Urban Rural Demarcation Line (URDL) by protecting and improving land with small parks, gardens, trails, and natural areas. In this densely populated place, where 90 percent of the County’s 854,000 residents live on just one-third of County’s total land area, the organization seeks to promote health and well-being, buffer local streams from polluted run-off, and enhance the value of homes and businesses. To date, NeighborSpace has protected 21 properties valued at over $2.8 million and contributing 100 acres of open space inside the URDL.
- Refine and implement the strategic plan.
- Refine and manage the organizational budget.
- Refine and implement communications and fundraising strategies to support operations and conservation projects.
- Facilitate the work of the board of directors and various board committees.
- Curate relationships with current and potential donors and funders.
- Write grants and oversee grant reporting processes.
- Represent the organization’s position on legislation and policy to local and State legislative bodies, commissions, and appointed officials.
- Represent the organization at events and through partner projects to raise its profile and draw attention to the critical nature of the issues on which it is focused.
- Manage and develop a small staff and oversee the work of contractors.
- Oversee the maintenance of various technology platforms on which the organization relies, including its website, Salesforce database, Google Workspace, Quickbooks, GIS, and related tools.
- Oversee community partners and site stewardship.
Desired Skills, Knowledge and Experience
- Knowledge of how to develop and implement a nonprofit strategic plan.
- Experience managing the finances of a nonprofit, including budgeting and accounting.
- Experience working collaboratively with a board of directors or similar governing board.
- Proven ability to fundraise successfully to support the organization’s current operations, and strategic growth, including experience writing grants and raising funds from individuals and businesses.
- Understanding of the fundamental role of communications in building organizational support.
- Strong writing skills, especially with respect to the development of marketing content.
- Experience reviewing or testifying on proposed legislation and serving as spokesperson for the organization.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Experience managing people and developing a culture that is supportive of the mission.
- Understanding of the importance of building the principles of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion into the work of the organization.
- Demonstrated experience and comfort level with using technology to achieve efficiencies and advance the work of the organization.
- Appreciation of how land conservation contributes to quality of life in urban communities.
- Knowledge of or capacity to learn the legal, policy, and strategic underpinnings of operating an urban land trust.
Bachelor’s degree desired.
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and time commitment. Full- or part- time employment will be considered.
NeighborSpace is a largely virtual operation, giving the Executive Director and staff the flexibility of working from home or a workspace of their choice.
The Board of Directors would like to fill the position by September 1 or earlier.
Send a cover letter and resume to board member Kathy Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org. The position will remain open until filled.