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30 Jun 2020

Acquisition Project Manager- Marin Agricultural Land Trust

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About MALT:

Founded in 1980 by a broad coalition of ranchers, environmentalists and community leaders, Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) is a member-based nonprofit organization dedicated to permanently protecting Marin County farmland for farming and ranching. We also work with agricultural landowners and public and private partners to support and enhance agricultural viability and sustainability locally and regionally.

 

MALT’s comfortable office is located just off Highway One in the vibrant community of Point Reyes Station in beautiful West Marin, home to Cowgirl Creamery, Bovine Bakery and Toby’s Feed Barn. Access to Tomales Bay, Point Reyes National Seashore and other outdoor wonders is only minutes away. We offer competitive salary, paid vacation and sick time, health, dental and vision insurance, retirement benefits, family-friendly policies and a commitment to honoring work/life balance. During shelter-in-place orders, MALT staff are working comfortably from their homes. Come join our team of highly motivated and passionate staff who care deeply about our mission and one another.

Position Summary

The Acquisition Project Manager is a full-time exempt position responsible for negotiating and completing complex real estate transactions that protect Marin County agricultural land for agricultural use, including agricultural conservation easements. Working under the direction of the Director of Conservation, the Acquisition Project Manager implements the real estate acquisition component of MALT’s annual operating plan and acts as a liaison between MALT staff, agricultural property owners and funding partners. The Acquisition Project Manager reports to the Director of Conservation and is a member of MALT’s Conservation Team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Real Estate Acquisitions (65%)

  • Negotiate, document and close MALT’s real estate transactions, with the primary responsibility to:
    • Manage landowner inquiries and applications.
    • Work with the Conservation Team to evaluate whether potential real estate transactions meet MALT’s selection criteria and advance MALT’s strategic goals.
    • Identify and secure federal, state and local funding for conservation acquisition projects.
    • Hire and manage consultants, appraisers and legal counsel for real estate transactions.
    • Complete project due diligence, including review of preliminary title reports, environmental assessments and appraisals.
    • Negotiate and draft conservation agreements in collaboration with the Director of Conservation and legal counsel.
    • Draft all necessary documents and coordinate the escrow and closing of real estate transactions.
    • Ensure that all real estate transactions comply with MALT policies, grant funder requirements and the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices.
    • Prepare and make presentations to the MALT Stewardship Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Oversee post-closing records management pursuant to MALT’s record management policies and procedures.
  • Work with the Director of Conservation to ensure that MALT’s acquisition policies and procedures meet current standards of practice and ensure the effective implementation MALT’s conservation goals.
  • Assist the Conservation Team with inquires regarding closed real estate transactions, including permitted use requests and easement compliance issues.

Community Outreach and Engagement (20%)

  • Respond to and document inquires from the public, partners and landowners regarding MALT’s real estate acquisition program.
  • Advise agricultural landowners about MALT’s agricultural conservation tools and stewardship assistance programs.
  • Work with MALT’s Outreach, Communications and Development Team to produce communications and events about MALT’s real estate acquisition work.
  • Maintain communication with representatives of public funding agencies, including NRCS, the California Department of Conservation, the Wildlife Conservation Board and Marin County Parks.
  • Represent MALT through speaking engagements and presentations (e.g. LTA Rally, CCLT conferences, MALT events, etc.)

Administrative and Strategic Initiatives (15%)

  • Participate in Conservation Team meetings, staff meetings and regular meeting with the Director of Conservation.
  • Assist the Director of Conservation in developing and implementing the real estate acquisition portion of MALT’s annual operating plan and budget.
  • Under the direction of the Director of Conservation, work with the Conservation Team to implement the strategic initiatives identified in the 2019 Strategic Plan and 2020 Operating Plan.

 

Qualifications and Requirements

Education

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required; graduate degree preferred.

Experience

  • Minimum three years of experience (i) negotiating and closing complex conservation real estate transactions and (ii) obtaining and managing federal, state and local conservation easement grants.

Or

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

 

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Knowledge of California real estate, land use and conservation laws, and current legal tools used in agricultural conservation.
  • Familiarity with California agriculture, rangeland management, agricultural land access and other agricultural conservation issues.
  • Outstanding project management and analytical skills with the ability to work independently on multiple complex projects.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with to build and develop MALT’s relationships with Marin’s agricultural community and MALT’s broad constituency.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

 

TERMS:

This is a full-time, exempt position at MALT’s office in Point Reyes Station, with remote work during SIP and possibly after. Competitive salary and excellent benefits.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit your resume and cover letter in PDF format jobs@malt.org.

No phone calls, no walk-ins, no recruiters.

MALT is an equal-opportunity employer.

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