FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 11, 2019

Contact: Elizabeth R. Friel
Executive Director
804.462.0979

Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence

Lancaster, VA (Nov. 6, 2019) – One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 2004, the Northern Neck Land Conservancy (NNLC), has been doing just that for the people of the Northern Neck. Now that NNLC has announced it has renewed its land trust accreditation – proving once again that, as part of a network of over 400 accredited land trusts across the nation, it is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.

“Renewing our accreditation shows NNLC’s ongoing commitment to permanent land conservation in the five counties of the Northern Neck and Essex County Virginia” said Kirwan King, NNLC President. “We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process. Our strength means special places – such as the Northern Neck– will be protected forever, making it an even greater place for us and our children.”

NNLC provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction. In its review, the Land Trust Alliance gave a special commendation to the Northern Neck Land Conservancy for “extraordinary commitment to excellence, trust, and permanence in land conservation”. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that NNLC’s lands will be protected forever.

This distinction is important for NNLC as it is protecting more land than ever before. NNLC is celebrating its 15th anniversary year , touting its 75% increase in conservation easements, securing $2.6 million in Federal funds for conservation, and its highly successful fundraiser, “Boots and BBQ”, this past September. Executive Director Elizabeth Friel summarized other key milestones for NNLC such as creating a new signage program for easements, producing a video about conservation and NNLC, and establishing an endowment fund for NNLC’s future.

“It is exciting to recognize the Northern Neck Land Conservancy’s continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction,” said Tammara Van Ryn, executive director of the Commission. “Donors and partners can trust the more than 400 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”

NNLC is one of 1,363 land trusts across the United States according to the Land Trust Alliance’s most recent National Land Trust Census. A complete list of accredited land trusts and more information about the process and benefits can be found at www.landtrustaccreditation.org.

Paul Trible recently received a NNLC conservation easement sign at the Gascony property in Northumberland County. Kirwan King, NNLC President, and Les Kilduff, NNLC Board Member, presented the sign.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NORTHERN NECK LAND CONSERVANCY

DEADLINE:  September 1, 2021

The Northern Neck Land Conservancy (NNLC) is an accredited, member-supported nonprofit conservation organization founded in 2004 that is committed to preserving open space through conservation easements in Virginia’s Northern Neck counties of King George, Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland and Lancaster, and Essex County of the Middle Peninsula.

The NNLC works to protect the Chesapeake Bay and its watersheds, preserve unique historical sites, and maintain its rural culture of farmlands, forests and critical habitat for native and endangered species. The NNLC educates landowners and the public on responsible stewardship of the area’s rich biological bounty and natural beauty.

Position Summary: The Executive Director will have a genuine passion and enthusiasm for land conservation and the NNLC mission, working under the supervision and direction of the Board President. The Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership for the overall planning, direction, and implementation of NNLC’s programs and daily operations.

Responsibilities and Scope:

  • Conservation - Manage the process of forming conservation easements from initial contact with the landowner through final filing of the easement through advice and guidance in compliance with NNLC standards and procedures.
  • Land Stewardship- Oversee inspection and record keeping prescribed for the management of easements, working closely with all landowners helping them comply with the terms of their easements.
  • Financial Management- Support the NNLC Financial Manager and Treasurer in their duties of accounting, budgeting, expenditures, and funds management.
  • Organizational Growth- Ensure the NNLC office systems are in place for effective management including appropriate file retention, mapping, GIS, computers, equipment, and recruitment of interns and volunteers.
  • Personnel Supervision- Train, motivate and evaluate staff with Board oversight to encourage professional growth opportunities and increase effectiveness.
  • Strategic Planning and Vision- Work with staff and the Board in the strategic planning process, proposing goals and developing a vision for the future of NNLC.
  • Outreach and Education- Build and maintain effective relations and cooperation with local and state governments, regional conservation agencies, and the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Development- Research and write grant applications, maintain continuing relationships with existing grantors, and cultivate relationships with new potential sources of gifts and bequests.

Specific Duty Requirements:

  • Travel is required to various locations in the region for meetings, conferences, workshops, and speaking engagements.
  • Evening and weekend work may be necessary.
  • Transportation for the performance of duties must be provided by the Executive Director.

Compensation

  1. Compensation for travel mileage necessary for the performance of NNLC business will be provided including visiting properties, and attendance at meetings and conferences.
  2. Travel between home and the office will not be compensated.
  3. Per diem will be paid for overnight business travel as well as conference fees and professional society memberships as approved in advance by the President.
  4. Financial assistance with moving costs is available.

Application:  Submit resumes to Mr. Jim Russell, email: jimrussell1948@yahoo.com