Topsham, ME | June 10, 2021
About Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Since 1970, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) has been a leader in Maine’s nationally renowned conservation efforts. From its early days of land conservation in and around Mt Desert Island, MCHT has evolved into a dynamic, multifaceted organization with initiatives ranging from preserving coastal access for local communities to high impact ecological work focused on reconnecting waterways and improving coastal resiliency to climate change.
MCHT’s mission and strategic plan are backed by a broad and dynamic donor base that includes community supporters and major philanthropic leaders. In 2019, the organization completed the largest coastal conservation campaign in Maine’s history. More than 7,500 people donated $130 million to keep the coast open, healthy, working, and beautiful. The campaign affirmed MCHT’s strategic priorities and fully funded existing stewardship responsibilities. A $100 million endowment funds a third of the organization’s almost $10 million annual operating budget.
MCHT is a Land Trust Alliance accredited land trust with more than 50 staff working from offices in Southern, Midcoast, and Downeast Maine. This local presence along the length of the coast fosters productive partnerships with landowners, town officials, schools, businesses, and other organizations. MCHT staff play a vital role in supporting the work of Maine’s statewide network of 80+ local land trusts. MCHT’s leadership and planning have built consensus around regional conservation priorities; the organization has the staff capacity, legal and transactional expertise, long-standing partnerships, and creativity to complete 30-40 land transactions annually and to manage almost 40,000 acres – including 148 preserves open to the public.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust seeks an innovative and dynamic leader to serve as its President and CEO and to help shape the future of land conservation in Maine.
With the assistance of both a dedicated and experienced staff and a highly engaged board, the President and CEO will advance MCHT’s land conservation and stewardship work, aligning the organization’s expertise and resources to address Maine’s most critical conservation needs, to galvanize the state’s land conservation community, and, as a member of the Land Trust Alliance, to help strengthen land conservation across America.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust ’s reputation is based on trust, integrity and a history of effective collaboration. The new President and CEO will harness these strengths to drive forward-thinking and transformative solutions to keep the Maine coast open, healthy, working, and beautiful.
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