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24 Mar 2023

California Senior Program Manager – Land Trust Alliance

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Location: Remote within California.

The Land Trust Alliance is the voice of the land trust community. As the national leader in policy, standards, and education, we work passionately to support land trusts across America so they can save more land and better serve their communities.

Our natural places and working lands are a lifeline to clean air, water, food and good health. These lands also bring us together, inspire us and provide opportunities to recreate and recharge. The land trust community is a crucial component in this equation. With important places under continual threat, land trusts need access to the best tools, information and policy advocates. Armed with a diverse network and valuable resources, the Alliance is the land trust community’s source for the knowledge and capabilities they need to reach their goals. From tax and funding policies on Capitol Hill to innovative ideas, partnerships and initiatives, we ensure our land trust members can always be heard and achieve more.

The Alliance is seeking to elevate land conservation as a priority nationwide. We envision a reenergized, more relevant conservation movement in which land trusts join with partners that have not traditionally identified as conservation organizations, including from the for-profit sector, around our shared interest of protecting special places.

Summary of position

The California Senior Program Manager position offers an exciting opportunity to play a leadership role in the land conservation community and launch a robust land conservation program in California. The successful candidate must have working knowledge or previous experience working with land trusts and the ability to build and sustain close, working relationships with diverse stakeholders in the context of complex regional conservation and land use issues. This position is responsible for managing a suite of high impact programs and activities described below that closely align with Land Trust Alliance goals and priorities.

This California Senior Program Manager is also the lead on California Onward, the Alliance’s partnership with the California Council of Land Trusts (CCLT). The purpose of the partnership is to leverage each organization’s strengths to amplify land trust work in policy, education and outreach, communications, membership and volunteer engagement, training, and cross sector partnerships at the state and local level. An immediate goal is to secure funding from the State of California, and design and deliver land trust capacity-building services in support of the state’s 30×30 goals.

The Senior Program Manager reports to the Western Division Director of Field Programs and is primarily responsible for developing, managing, delivering and evaluating Alliance programs and services to strengthen and support Alliance member land trusts in California. They will be responsible for the delivery and evaluation of a suite of tools and resources to land trusts, such as training and mentoring programs, one-on-one technical coaching and assistance, targeted capacity building, organizational assessments and financial assistance through grantmaking. The Senior Program Manager will strategically work with consultants and/or partners to provide trainings and a high level of expertise in such areas as strategic planning, fundraising, climate change, community-centered conservation and strategic conservation planning.

The California Senior Program Manager also plays an important role in building and maintaining effective partnerships with regional and state associations of land trusts and other collaboratives to advance our mutual goals. The full-time position requires 37.5 hours per week with an approximate travel of 25%, including some evenings and weekends.


The budgeted salary range for this position is $110,000 – $120,000, commensurate with skills, years of experience and unique background and qualifications of the candidate.

The Land Trust Alliance offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to, medical, dental, vision and other health coverage; life and disability insurance; paid time off including vacation, sick and multiple holidays and 403(b) retirement benefits.


Send resume and cover letter via email to careers@lta.org. If email is not an option, applications will be accepted by mail to Human Resources, Land Trust Alliance, and 1250 H Street, NW, Ste 600, Washington, DC 20005.

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