Northern Rockies Director


Position Summary

The Northern Rockies Director is responsible for representing The Trust for Public Land and carrying out the mission of the organization in an effective, visionary, and financially sound way throughout Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. S/he reports to the West Division Director, manages and mentors the Project and Program team, and works in close partnership with the Northern Rockies Philanthropy Director. Additionally, s/he is responsible for oversight of state and local government relations; public finance strategies and implementation; acquisition of real estate for conservation purposes and conveyance to public agencies or other nonprofit organizations. The Director has the primary responsibility for managing the Northern Rockies office. S/he should be particularly skilled at developing and maintaining relationships for the benefit of The Trust for Public Land with leaders in the following sectors: philanthropic institutions and individuals; government; land and resource-related businesses; the environmental/conservation communities; and the media. The Director shares with the Philanthropy Director the responsibility for coordinating marketing The Trust for Public

Land and prospecting for new programmatic investments and philanthropic opportunities within the three-state region.

Essential Functions

Relationship Management:

The first priority for the successful candidate will be forming strong working relationships with a wide array of people. This includes all Northern Rockies staff members, philanthropy staff, National and West Division staff, the Northern Rockies Advisory Board, major donors, external partners involved with The Trust for Public Land projects, colleagues in the conservation field, and corporate partners, among others.

Visioning/Strategic Planning:

In collaboration with the Northern Rockies Advisory Board, the West Division Director, Northern Rockies Philanthropy Director, and Northern Rockies staff members, the Director will develop a clear and compelling vision for the program that is consistent with the ideals of the Trust for Public Land nationally. S/he will then articulate goals, objectives, and long-term priorities to staff and develop action plans in pursuit of the vision.


As the program leader in the three-state region for The Trust for Public Land, the new Director will partner with the Northern Rockies Philanthropy Director to establish, develop, and steward relationships with donors on behalf of the organization. This will include engagement in development and implementation of individual donor strategies, participating in Trust for Public Land events, meeting with individual and institutional donors, delivering presentations to groups, soliciting major gifts, and generally serving as a resource to answer donors’ questions and discuss The Trust for Public Land’s work.

Enhancing Public Awareness:

Despite a 40-year history of success and accomplishments, the Trust for Public Land remains a lesser known contributor to conservation among members of the general public. The new Director will work with Northern Rockies staff, Northern Rockies Philanthropy Director, West Division leadership, and Division and National Marketing leadership on the ongoing efforts to raise the profile of the Northern Rockies program leading to expanded funding and philanthropy opportunities.

Advisory Board:

Established in 2011, the Northern Rockies Advisory Board currently consists of seven members throughout the three-state region. The new Director will work with the Northern Rockies Philanthropy Director and current advisory board members to continue efforts to recruit new members and deepen the board’s involvement in and philanthropic commitment to the Northern Rockies and organization as a whole.

Partnerships and Coalitions:

The Trust for Public Land is actively engaged in several collaborations with other non-profit organizations, community groups, and government agencies working in conservation. The new Director must have skills and background in working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders.

Ideal Candidate Profile

  • The Northern Rockies program covers a very large geographic territory with staff located in Bozeman, MT and Jackson, WY. Also, The Trust for Public Land adopted a complex matrix management structure a few years ago as part of a nation-wide reorganization. Therefore, the Director must be an intuitive, savvy, approachable, accessible, and experienced leader with highly developed relationship management skills.
  • Given the geographic dispersion of the program coupled with the visibility of some current projects, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to establish himself or herself as a significant contributor within The Trust for Public Land.
  • The Trust for Public Land is looking for a passionate Director to provide vision and strategy to a committed and motivated staff of approximately five individuals in the office, of which three are direct reports. The ideal candidate will possess the ability to function with a collaborative approach and an open mind, and demonstrate the ability to lead talented, independent, and accomplished people. S/he must demonstrate excellent organizational skills and be adept at providing mentorship and team building while fostering a positive, inclusive, transparent, supportive, and nurturing work environment where expectations are clearly articulated and accountability is the norm.
  • The preferred candidate must have experience managing a similar sized organization and/or budget with demonstrated results in financial performance. The Northern Rockies Director will be responsible for a roughly $2 million annual budget, including operating and park development expenses. Ideal candidates will demonstrate strong financial performance expertise.
  • Under the direction of the West Division Director and in close coordination with the Northern Rockies Advisory Board, the Director will lead the organization demonstrating an entrepreneurial and creative approach in order to grow existing programs, tap into new funding sources, and maintain a plentiful pipeline of future projects that resonate with donors. The Director position requires a politically astute ambassador who is comfortable working with people at all points along the political spectrum, and has a track-record of successful influence at the policy level.
  • As a key player in The Trust for Public Land’s philanthropy efforts and funder relations, the Director must possess a high level of self-confidence and demonstrate the ability to interact with high-networth individuals, corporate leaders, institutional program staff, and high-level elected and appointed government officials at the local, state, and federal level. The Northern Rockies Director position requires an individual who understands the basis of the work performed by The Trust for Public Land, operates at the big picture level, and can strike a balance between recognizing how the organization works and how to work within the organization.
  • The Trust for Public Land seeks a driven, confident, and inspirational Director experienced in dealing with multiple stakeholders who at times do not see eye to eye. Additionally he or she will be experienced and comfortable handling ambiguity in diverse situations with the highest of ethical standards. As it is common for The Trust for Public Land to handle multiple projects concurrently, the new Director must have excellent project management skills and display business and financial acumen while producing results through a highly organized, systems approach.
  • Within the borders of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming one finds a rich diversity of cultures and people. As The Trust for Public Land’s work impacts the lives of people from all socioeconomic levels in all parts of the states, the Director must be comfortable dealing with people in the board room, in the field, and at all levels in between. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to be comfortable and visible in the community and to quickly become a leader at the table with partner organizations as well as state and local government. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished “story teller” with an ability to translate complex project details into compelling, audience-appropriate stories.


  • Minimum of ten (10) years related experience required including five years leading an organization, department, division, or program of significant or comparable size.
  • Candidates who are familiar with conservation real estate practices, land conservation policy, public finance techniques, government funding practices, the foundation community, fundraising, marketing practices, best management practices, and budgeting/financial management are highly desirable.
  • We seek a candidate who has demonstrated the capacity to lead, mentor, and inspire others while operating effectively in a complex matrix management structure. An entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen, common sense, energy, initiative, and a sense of humor are vital to this role.
  • As this position covers a three-state region, candidates must possess an ability and willingness to travel as required, and to work flexible hours outside a 9-5 schedule.
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required and the preferred candidate will hold an advanced degree.
How to Apply: 

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