Executive Director

Executive Director

Santa Lucia Conservancy

Carmel Valley, CA   |   April 23, 2020

About Santa Lucia Conservancy

The Santa Lucia Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection, study, and stewardship of the unique natural resources of the Santa Lucia Preserve. The Santa Lucia Preserve is an ecological preserve of 20,000 acres, 18,000 acres of which are permanently protected and cared for by the Conservancy. The Preserve is forging a new relationship between people and nature, advancing the field of careful living at the wildland interface.

The Conservancy, as a science-based land trust, conducts novel and essential land management,  landscape level habitat restoration, and conservation research to support an ecosystem with extraordinary biodiversity. And it does so in partnership with the Preserve community of nearly 300 families and various Preserve operating entities to create a truly unique and sustainable system of conservation and enhancement.

Established in 1995, the Conservancy is dedicated to expanding the art and science of conservation-compatible development through adaptive land management, conservation easement stewardship, ecological research, and environmental education programs. The Conservancy is funded primarily through a permanent endowment that allows it to leverage its staff expertise to promote and advise conservation both on the Preserve and across California’s Central Coast. Through these partnerships the Conservancy is testing and implementing cutting edge conservation management, research and environmental education on the Preserve, which serves as a model and living laboratory. The Preserve’s globally significant biodiversity, and its non-traditional conservation model, positions it to advance and inform conservation and sustainable development well beyond its boundaries.

Position Summary

The Santa Lucia Conservancy seeks an Executive Director (ED) to act as a leader in conservation and community engagement for the vast, ecologically diverse landscape of the Santa Lucia Preserve. This is an opportunity to join a talented and accomplished group of staff and work in partnership with both community members and national conservation leaders to advance a  unique,  first-of-its-kind model of community-based conservation.

The ED and the Board of Governors – including both Preserve residents and outside experts – work in concert to set the strategic direction of the organization through the periodic development of a strategic framework and annual work plans. The ED is tasked with the overall leadership of the organization in pursuit of the goals and priorities set forth through this process and is accountable to the Board of Governors, primarily through the Board Chair.

The ED serves as the public face of the Conservancy and represents the conservation mission and values of the organization in all endeavors, including individual engagements with Preserve landowners, Preserve-wide initiatives and activities, community collaborations, and external partnerships.

The ED ensures a positive and productive working relationship with the County of Monterey, other regulatory agencies, and regional partners. The ED also works in close partnership with the  CEO  of the Santa Lucia Preserve and general managers of various Preserve entities. Together, they ensure the coordinated management of the Preserve lands consistent with the successful and sustained implementation of the Preserve’s Comprehensive Development Plan and the health and vitality of the Preserve community.


Kara Teising and Libby Cornelssen of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained to lead this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

At Koya, we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve. Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds,  perspectives, styles, and experiences.

We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.

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