Conservation Acquisitions Program Manager/Land Agent – California

Center for Natural Lands Management
Sacramento, California
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Full time Positions
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RESPONSIBILITIES The Conservation Acquisitions Program Manager/Land Agent (Acquisitions Manager) provides a critical role in the acquisition of conservation lands for CNLM. The Acquisitions Manager will be responsible for ensuring that acquisitions are managed to provide the best opportunity for CNLM, developing relationships that enhance such opportunities, and ensuring that all acquisitions projects that are performed according to CNLM protocols and policies. The Acquisitions Manager will not only be responsible for the elements of program management but acquisitions program development, property review tasks, document development, and periodic review of acquisitions processes and outcomes so as to improve both, providing information concerning CNLM’s acquisition interests and process, conducting due diligence on potential acquisitions, managing the acquisition process and coordinating with other CNLM staff; and documenting potential and active projects such that CNLM’s acquisitions are increasingly effective, targeted, and successful over time. The main responsibilities include: • Developing relationships with the conservation (including regulatory and permittee) community for the purposes of cultivating appropriate acquisitions opportunities • Conducting in-depth due diligence on potential acquisitions • Investigating grants or other funding opportunities for acquisition and stewardship of conservation lands and preparing proposals as appropriate • Implementing CNLM’s acquisition policies and practices through appropriate screening and documentation of acquisition opportunities, risk assessment, and preparation of contracts and proposals • Conducting specific property-related tasks such as title review, property tax review and application for exemptions, district fee obligations, CC&R review, recording documents with County offices, etc. • Managing and coordinating all stages of acquisitions through escrow closing, coordinating closely with other CNLM legal, financial, stewardship, and administrative staff • Assisting with projects to enhance stewardship capacity on existing preserves through preparation of contracts and agreements and other project management functions • Identifying critical tasks and time sensitivity for all acquisition projects and coordinating and managing to meet goals, expectations, and deadlines • Managing acquisition budgets so as to minimize risk of unintended expenses or opportunity costs, keeping within budgets as appropriate • Maintaining all project records and summarizing data on CNLM acquisitions for use in planning • Using GIS tools to assist with acquisitions planning • Briefing senior staff on developments or trends that may affect acquisition opportunities • Preparing documents to inform the Board of Directors and to acquire authorization for real estate and associated financial transactions, including project summaries and acquisition resolutions • Fulfilling other duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS • Knowledge of real estate transactions through appropriate experience and/or education including escrow closings, title insurance, surveys, deeds, leases, and title reports • Bachelor or Master’s degree in appropriate science and/or business field • Excellent communication skills; in particular, ability to write contracts, proposals, reports, and other documents • Demonstrated experience in project management • At least three years of professional experience related to land acquisition • Demonstrated ability to engage professionally and responsibly with multiple parties to achieve project completion (e.g., regulatory agencies, permittees, title companies, conservation bankers, various other government entities, etc.) • Demonstrated ability to work professionally, effectively, and collaboratively with in-house staff to achieve stated goals • Demonstrated ability to represent one’s employer professionally and effectively at public meetings and events • Proven self-starter, able to work efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision, and able to appropriately use initiative to meet project goals; seeking advice and policy guidance when needed and appropriate • Working knowledge of Windows operating systems and PC applications such as Microsoft Office Suite • Ability to operate from a home office, if required • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and safe driving record • Ability to travel in relation to real estate opportunities, meetings, and CNLM events PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS (additional requirements) • Some formal education or work experience in real estate or environmental law • Some knowledge of environmental/conservation mitigation processes • Working knowledge of GIS and GPS technologies and associated software
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