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Staff Attorney
Role:
Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) permanently protects land, water and wildlife habitat to enhance the quality of life in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Lincoln and Union counties, as well as in the southern portions of Catawba and Iredell. CLC is the lead agency for The Carolina Thread Trail (CTT), a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that connect 15 counties, 2 states and 2.3 million people. The Staff Attorney role is integral to the success of advancing the missions of CLC and CTT. The position will support the Land Conservation and Stewardship teams to advise on complex land conservation transactions, conservation easement amendment requests, condemnations on CLC-owned preserves and other matters. The Staff Attorney will also support CTT in their work with local governments and landowners to acquire trail easements and maintenance agreements.

Responsibilities:

The Staff Attorney will represent the interests of Catawba Lands Conservancy and Carolina Thread Trail in:
Draft agreements, including conservation easements, trail easements, memoranda of understanding, contracts
Support negotiation of agreements and property closings
Respond to and manage: requests for conservation easement amendments, requests for easements or rights of way, condemnation filings, violations of conservation easements, grant contract amendments
Evaluate and advise on risk management, including liability insurance, conservation insurance, program and volunteer participant waivers
Engage and supervise outside counsel, as needed
Perform legal research
Special projects, as needed

Qualifications and Skills:

Education and Experience:


• NC licensed attorney
• Experience with real estate transactions
• Experience with conservation
• Experience with nonprofits and local government
Personal Traits:
• Ability to work effectively with little supervision and to work closely as part of a dynamic and motivated team with the ability to earn the trust and respect of others
• A proactive self-starter with the ability to take on multiple evolving and changing priorities and adjust quickly and efficiently
• Strong verbal and written communication skills; strong organizational skills
• Attention to detail and accurate work product
• A passion for conservation and outdoor recreation, and a willingness to work with people from diverse backgrounds to advance CLC and CTT’s missions
• “Team over self” approach and understanding of mission-driven work

Compensation Information:

This position is part-time with a pay rate of $30.00/hour and approximately 28 hours expected per week. The hours and work location are flexible, and the position may be conducted remotely with occasional meetings in the office or field.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) a list of three references in a single PDF, by email to Bart Landess, Executive Director.

Please include “CLC/CTT Staff Attorney” in the subject line. References will not be contacted unless you are selected for an interview.

Accounting and Administrative Manager

Role:

Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) permanently protects land, water and wildlife habitat to enhance the quality of life in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Lincoln and Union counties, as well as in the southern portions of Catawba and Iredell. CLC is the lead agency for The Carolina Thread Trail (CTT), a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that connect 15 counties, 2 states and 2.3 million people. The Accounting and Administrative Manager role supports the missions of both CLC and CTT.

Reports to:  Finance Director

 

Responsibilities:

Accounting:

  • Manage accounts payable functions and office leases
  • Prepare and submit semi-monthly payroll for hourly and salary
  • Verify credit card purchases, process payment and prepare monthly journal entry
  • Record, maintain and reconcile monthly grant expenses and revenues of various restricted funds
  • Reconcile various general ledger accounts
  • Analyze various expenses and provide recommendations for cost savings
  • Prepare accounts receivable invoices
  • Assist with accounting software improvements and reporting
  • Assist with year-end activities including budget, workers compensation audit, financial statement audit and benefit renewal

HR:

  • Manage onboarding new team members, employee files and benefit enrollment
  • Assist with Employee Team Handbook updates
  • Support other ad hoc HR functions

Board Support:

  • Planning, organizing and scheduling Board and committee meetings
  • Organizing, collecting and maintaining Board records, including materials, resolutions and minutes
  • Assist with preparation of Board reports, including taking, finalizing and filing meeting minutes

Office Management:

  • Manage office supplies, phone system and inventories of stationery and collateral materials
  • Manage various vendor relationships, copier, cleaning service, etc.
  • Assist with execution of events
  • Special projects, as needed

 

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
  • Two (2) or more years of relevant experience
  • Experience with nonprofit organizations preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite
  • Ability to prioritize work and juggle competing priorities
  • Communication skills, written and verbal, with internal and external constituents
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills

 

Personal Traits:

  • Ability to work effectively with little supervision and to work closely as part of a dynamic and motivated team with the ability to earn the trust and respect of others
  • A proactive self-starter with the ability to take on multiple evolving and changing priorities and adjust quickly and efficiently
  • Ability to suggest improvements with current and future processes
  • Ability to be discreet, pay attention to detail, and work accurately
  • “Team over self” approach and understanding of mission-driven work

 

Compensation Information and Work Environment:

This position is full time with a salary range of $50,000 – $60,000, depending on experience and qualifications.  Events, Board and committee meetings are often held outside of normal office hours to accommodate our volunteers’ schedule and fundraising, so willingness and ability to work outside of office hours is required.

 

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) a list of three references in a single PDF, by email to Gail Olsen, Finance Director, at gail@catawbalands.org.  Please include “CLC/CTT Accounting and Administrative Manager” in the subject line.  References will not be contacted unless you are selected for an interview.

 

 

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