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Executive Director/CEO
Northwest Arkansas Land Trust in Fayetteville, Arkansas
Date Posted 03/08/2022
Executive-President and Chancellor
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Title: Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

FLSA Status: Exempt/Salary + Benefits

Reports To: Board of Directors

Employment Status: Fulltime

TO APPLY: Please view the job description on our website for detailed instructions regarding how to apply for this position.


Application materials will be accepted only by email. Open until filled asap, target start date May 2022.


The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust (NWALT) seeks its next dynamic executive leader. The nonprofit conservation organization was founded in 2003 to address land protection needs in a rapidly developing region. Northwest Arkansas is one of the fastest growing areas in the US with 3 Fortune 100 companies home offices. NWALT’s mission is to preserve and enhance quality of life for all people in Northwest Arkansas through the permanent protection of land. We believe that land is essential to all life. The organization was first staffed in 2011 and has grown significantly since that time, protecting and stewarding over 6,000 acres of important natural areas and farmland, and modeling excellence in nonprofit management and land protection permanence. NWALT serves 13 counties and employs a current team of seven fulltime professionals.


The Executive Director/CEO provides leadership and direction in fulfilling and advancing the mission of the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust. The ED/CEO is responsible for leading NWALT in achievement of its operational and strategic goals including the success of NWALT’s fund and donor development, fiscal management, grants and program operations, staff management, community relations, and administrative matters.


Strategy Advancement and Planning

  • In collaboration with the Board of Directors, staff, and other key stakeholders, the ED/CEO is responsible for executing NWALT’s strategic plan, setting annual goals, and establishing operational plans to deliver on those goals.

Fund and Donor Development

  • Ensures a sustainable asset base overseeing and working with development staff and Board of Directors to build long-term relationships with key donors and funders and ensure the on-going integrity of donor intent and stewardship.

Fiscal Management

  • Ensures NWALT has the financial assets to thrive and deliver on its mission, including the necessary financial discipline and resource management needed to achieve its goals.
  • Oversees the preparation and management of the annual budget including expense management and income target goals.
  • In collaboration with the Board Treasurer and Executive Committee, ensures the assets of NWALT are invested and managed optimally and efficiently in accordance with guidelines, policies, and nonprofit regulatory accounting requirements.
  • Oversees the preparation of financial and investment reports to the Board of Directors, including monthly reports, annual Form 990 preparation, and annual financial audit.

Grants and Program Management

  • Oversees NWALT’s staff in writing, obtaining, and meeting key metrics for grant deliverables.
  • Directly manages certain operational grants and reporting. Ensures grant activities are in keeping with NWALT stated goals.
  • Develops new programming ideas and initiatives to benefit NWALT in achieving its strategic goals and mission.

Board Relations

  • Creates partnership with the Board of Directors and leads Board development activities including assistance in the Board recruitment process and onboarding of new members.
  • Oversees the preparation and distribution of Board/Committee materials. Serves on the Executive Committee and ex officio on all Committees working with Board leadership to help guide and implement Board decisions.

Staff Management

  • Ensures NWALT has the necessary human capital to achieve its goals and its mission.
  • Manages NWALT staff including hiring, termination, ongoing staff development, and providing verbal and/or written evaluations of staff performance. Informs the Board of staffing issues where appropriate.
  • Ensures that employment practices are kept current and implemented in compliance with all state and federal laws and NWALT policies.

Community Relations

  • Promotes NWALT’s visibility through participation and membership in community forums, civic organizations, and activities that align with NWALT’s land protection mission and vision.
  • Serves as NWALT’s representative to the public, provides education and assistance to partners and others in understanding NWALT’s interests, mission, and concerns.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of a strategic marketing and community engagement plan that provides a clear and concise message of NWALT’s mission.
  • Advocates to local, state, and federal legislators and other decision-makers where appropriate to advance measures that align with NWALT’s land protection mission and vision.

Administrative Management

  • Leads and oversees the administrative components of NWALT including contracts and outside consultants, legal counsel, insurance, and accounting and HR services.
  • Ensures legal and regulatory compliance in all aspects of NWALT’s operations and maintaining NWALT’s accreditation status through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
  • Designs, reviews, maintains, and implements all operational policies and guidelines for NWALT and presents these to the Board of Directors for input and approval.
  • Ensures NWALT has the appropriate communication systems, physical space, equipment, and technology to operate efficiently and effectively.
  • Maintains current skills and knowledge of best practices within the field of philanthropy, land conservation, and comprehensive nonprofit management.

Culture Keeper

  • Provides innovation and intentionality in maintaining NWALT’s positive organizational and team culture, including its culture of collaboration, learning, professional development, appreciation, and shared celebration.
  • Ensures NWALT’s reputation for excellence, integrity, transparency, and professionalism is maintained.


  • A demonstrated knowledge of and passion for the work of conservation nonprofits
  • A minimum of 5 continuous years of senior-level nonprofit management experience with bottom-line P&L responsibility and a minimum of 7 years working in the conservation field
  • Desire and ability to be an effective public face of the organization, including demonstrating professional executive presence, excellent verbal communication, public speaking, and articulate written communication skills
  • Visionary and strategic thinking skills and ability to articulate and implement that vision
  • Project management skills that demonstrate an ability to set and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated leadership in hiring, leading, inspiring, and delegating to staff as a cohesive and competent team of mutually supportive, mission-driven professionals.
  • A desire and knack for working alongside highly engaged partners and volunteers, including the Board of Directors
  • Demonstrated leadership and success in fundraising through cultivation of donors personally and through development personnel and other staff
  • An advanced degree preferred but not required

Applicants who lack direct experience in the conservation field or who do not significantly meet the preferred requirements should not apply and will not be considered.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)
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