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Nonprofit Executive Director

Little Miami Conservancy

This is a Full-time position in Loveland, OH posted November 7, 2021.



Are you a natural leader with a passion for the outdoors and protecting the environment?

Do you have what it takes to lead an established 501c3 nonprofit, ensuring the gains made in protecting the Little Miami River over the past 54 years continue into the future?

Does the challenge of developing a robust education program, raising funds in support of key initiatives and ongoing operations, developing a strategic plan for the 21st century and expanding our conservation and public outreach efforts get you excited?

If so, read on!

LMC is seeking a highly qualified candidate to serve as our new Executive Director.

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for leading the Little Miami Conservancy as it relates to the strategic direction and overall management of the organization.

The ED is expected to identify and implement short
– and long-term strategic goals, and to be accountable to the Board of Directors for achieving those goals.

Additionally, the ED coordinates with existing leadership to shape the future evolution of the Conservancy, including its programs and acquisitions.

The Executive Director serves as the public face of the organization.

The ED leads all fundraising activities—including annual campaigns, onetime appeals, membership relations and promotion, solicitation of government grants, and special events.

Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience.

Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.

Strong passion for the outdoors, river conservation and preservation.

Demonstrated ability to lead, collaborate and motivate board members, staff, and volunteers.

Excellent written and oral communication skills including strong public speaking capabilities.

Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer, governmental agencies, other nonprofits, educators and donor groups.
Serving as LMC’S primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, media, and the public and being able to convey the vision of LMC’s strategic future.

Reporting to and working closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of LMC throughout the region.

Strategic planning, development, and implementation of LMC educational programs.

Raising funds necessary to support the mission of LMC.

Planning, management, and execution of the annual budget.

Researching and managing grant applications.

Establishing administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Establishing and maintaining relationships with various organizations throughout the region.

Developing and implementing marketing/communications strategies.

Reviewing and approving contracts for services.

All other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
Drives fundraising and annual campaigns.

Cultivates and stewards major donor prospects, including individuals, corporations, and private family foundations.

Maintains a portfolio of individual major gifts prospects and donors.

Supports gift solicitations by Board and staff members.

Supports the Board in the cultivation of major donors.

Provides staff support and direction to Board fundraising committees.

Researches, locates, and applies for appropriate grants.
Develops and monitors an annual budget and provides overall management of the fiscal operations of the Conservancy in cooperation with the Board Treasurer and the Finance Committee – preferred knowledge of Quickbooks.

Ensures that systems are in place for effective financial, fundraising, and conservation management.

Ensures the preparation of cash flow projections.

Ensures regular evaluation and reporting of budget results.

Ensures Board and staff compliance with all internal policies and procedures, legal requirements, and financial standards.

Accountable for the preparation and delivery of annual IRS 990 reporting requirements, and required Ohio Secretary of State and Ohio Attorney General filings
Serves as staff liaison to the Board of Directors, including preparing reports and materials for meetings, staffing Board committees, and assisting with special projects.

With the Leadership Committee, recruits, orients, trains, motivates, evaluates employees, and recognizes Board members and Trustees for their service.

Creates a positive working environment.
Assists the Board in setting the organization’s strategic direction through the development and implementation of a strategic plan, including fundraising, outreach and communications, conservation, etc.

Works the Board to establish goals and strategies to meet the strategic plan.

Monitors trends and organizational capabilities to ensure the strategic plan is current and accurate.

Monitors, tracks, and reports progress toward plan benchmarks.
Ensures that the organization achieves its conservation mission in a highly strategic and focused manner.

Builds and nurtures relationships with landowners, key stakeholders, and agency partners.

Oversees management of the Conservancy’s conservation easements and other properties.

Ensures compliance with the Standards and Practices of the Land Trust Alliance.

Accountable for the development of conservation plans that guide future work.
Develops and grows community and educational programs.

Oversees all communications and outreach efforts.

Leads the creation and production of all communications materials, including newsletters, marketing materials, and news releases.

Engages with a variety of audiences, including volunteers, members, government agencies and officials, community leaders, nonprofits and other partners.

Communicates the Conservancy’s vision and exemplifies its core values.
Full-time position.

Blend of work-from-home (in local southwest Ohio area), office and regional locations.

Position includes some weekend and evening activities/events.

Non-voting board member, required attendance at board meetings.

Salary $60,000+ commensurate with experience.

Benefits include 401K, paid vacation and holidays, 2 personal days; health benefits negotiable.

Start Date: December 15-Jan 1.

The Little Miami Conservancy (LMC), formerly known as Little Miami, Inc.

(LMI), was founded in 1967 as a 501c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of the Little Miami National Wild & Scenic River.

Our core mission is to protect and restore the Little Miami National Wild and Scenic River for wildlife, scenic beauty, clean water, and quiet public recreation.

A 14-member Board, 400+ donors and over 1,000 volunteers support LMC’s conservation work.

Little Miami Conservancy serves 5 counties in southwest Ohio – Clark, Greene, Clermont, Warren, and Hamilton.

Our efforts have resulted in over 54% of the banks of the Little Miami to be protected by conservation easements and other forms of permanent natural protection, with an additional 20% receiving protection through local zoning ordinances.

More information about Little Miami Conservancy can be found at:


It is our policy to abide by all Federal and State laws prohibiting discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibiting discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

For consideration, qualified applicants are directed to submit a resume, cover letter and three references.

Thank you for your interest in this position.

Work Location:
Multiple locations
Work Remotely
Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $60,000.00 per year

401(k) matching
Flexible schedule
Paid time off
Monday to Friday
Weekend availability
Application Question(s):
What specific experiences and skills listed on your resume make you a good fit for the position of Executive Director for a nonprofit organization whose primary mission is environmental conservation and educating the public on the wonders of our natural world?
Work Location: One location