Land Trust for Central North Carolina Begins Search for New Executive Director

Land Trust for Central North Carolina Begins Search for New Executive Director

Jason Walser resigning effective July 1

Salisbury, NC (February 27, 2015)—Jason Walser has resigned his position as Executive Director of the Land Trust for Central North Carolina effective July 1, and The Land Trust has begun its search for a replacement. “Over the last 12 years, Jason has provided extraordinary leadership,” said Darrell Hancock, chair of the 14-member Land Trust board, “and, consequently, we have an organization that has evolved into one of the leaders of the Land Trust movement. He’s done splendid work and replacing him is going to be a challenge.”

The Land Trust, headquartered in Salisbury, NC, has conserved more than 25,000 acres in a 10-county region in Central North Carolina. “Jason knows these counties like the back of his hand and has enjoyed the confidence of landowners across the region. Consequently, our growth has been logical and manageable,” said Hancock, who will chair the search committee, “and a new executive director will have a sound foundation to continue building upon.”

The search committee intends to cast its net broadly. It will be looking for candidates with five years relevant work experience and an advanced degree in law, business, or natural resources management, would be preferred, said Hancock. Walser is an attorney. “We are dedicated to being sound good stewards of the properties in The Land Trust and our financial resources. As with every nonprofit, fundraising and sustainability have to be priorities, so our Executive Director has to have strong skills in this area as well as in management. There is no way you can do this job well without intellect, integrity, passion and vision and the ability to deal with people from all walks of life- from rural landowners to major benefactors, elected officials and governmental leaders.”

The Land Trust’s primary focus has been protection of the Yadkin and Pee Dee Rivers, conservation of important scenic farmland, and enhancement of public access and ecological restoration of the unique Uwharrie Mountain region. Founded in 1995, it has conserved natural areas along rivers and streams, scenic vistas, important wildlife habitats and invaluable cultural sites in a vast swath of central North Carolina.

The application deadline is March 30, 2015. A resume and cover letter not to exceed two pages can be forwarded to Darrell Hancock, The Land Trust for Central North Carolina Executive Director Search Committee, P.O. Box 4143, Salisbury, NC 28145.

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For additional information, please contact

Darrell Hancock

The Land Trust for Central North Carolina

P.O. Box 4143

Salisbury, NC 28145

704-636-1060

ltcncsearch@gmail.com

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