Job Opportunities

Athens Land Trust is an innovative and adaptive community and conservation land trust in Georgia. We look for team members who are creative, deeply committed to advancing equity, and excited about embracing an evolving set of responsibilities and opportunities as the organization grows.

Affordable Housing Program Specialist

Core Responsibilities:

The Program Specialist will assist the Director of Affordable Housing with the daily operations, administrative, and program outreach of the Athens Land Trust Affordable Housing Program, with a particular focus on stewardship activities.

Responsibilities/specific duties include:

  1. Input client information and documentation into HomeKeeper. 
  2. Work with the education department to ensure that homeowners’ ongoing needs are addressed through relevant workshops. 
  3. Schedule appoints and meeting with interested rental applicants to help them complete their rental applications.
  4. Assist with the development of inclusionary units, including executing Memorandums of Understanding with developers, deed restrictions, and annual income verification for units.
  5. Ensure compliance with HUD guidelines regarding clients’ income eligibility for rental units.
  6. Participate in final walk-thru of homes with new buyers.
  7. Ensure the data is collected for grant reporting.
  8. Handle property management issues on lease-purchase and rental units. 
  9. Draft news articles, ,and educational materials to assist with ALT’s fundraising activities for the Affordable Housing Program.
  10. Assist with grant writing, facilitate community meeting, seminars, trainings, and informationals.
  11. Answer phones, process rental payments, attend weekly staff meetings and work with other affordable housing programs outside the agency.
  12. Oversee training and tasks of the Affordable Housing Program Interns.
  13. Assist with calls and walk-ins. 
  14. Complete all other task as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Each candidate should have knowledge of a Community Land Trust, specifically the Athens Land Trust Model.

How to provide excellent customer service.

Understanding of grants, federal funding, and grant writing.

Data entry and proficiency in computer skills.

How to maintain high-quality standards.

 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and administrative skills.  The candidate must show meticulous attention to detail and demonstrate accuracy and timeliness in record keeping, problem-solving and tracking.
  • Vision and creativity
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple assignments without close supervision. They must be able to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Have great interpersonal skills and be able to provide direct service to the public.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse populations.
  • Show flexibility, and comfortable with being part of a team effort. 
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, cloud software (e.g., SalesForce) and interest to learn new technological systems.

Education:

Undergraduate degree in Nonprofit Administration, Human Services, or Public Administration preferred, or other relevant experience. 

Compensation:

This is a full-time position with benefits.  Pay will be commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send a resume and a letter of interest to Hannah Johnson at hannah@athenslandtrust.org.

 

Conservation Director Job Description: 

Athens Land Trust is recruiting a dynamic Conservation Director who is willing to continue to grow our complex conservation program. The following outlines some of the details of who we are looking for: 

The Conservation Director represents and leads Athens Land Trust’s conservation strategy. They oversee all aspects of outreach, land protection, stewardship, farmer support, and external relations, implementing strategic plans and policies approved by the Board of Directors. Leading the team on overall programmatic priorities the Conservation Director also motivates the team to meet strategic outputs and ultimately outcomes. The Director is adept at navigating and negotiating complex relationships, which result in addressing social justice in the context of conservation in Georgia. 

Key Responsibilities 

  1. Be a statewide leader in conservation and agriculture, particularly regarding tools to achieve healthy communities and farmland protection in Georgia, including farmer technical support, farmland access, and implementing NRCS programming through RCPP, ALE, and outreach program agreements. 
  2. 2. Work with ALT staff to successfully facilitate new easement projects, transfer acquired lands to appropriate partners, steward protected properties, and advocate for effective conservation policies. Negotiate complex and innovative acquisitions and other conservation solutions with landowners and government agencies. 
  3. Use farmland access and farmer support tools to break down historic financial and land ownership barriers which have prevented underserved groups in Georgia from fair access to land and resources. Locate and develop sources of funding for conservation projects, especially funding to support Black land ownership and tenure across Georgia. 
  4. Implement the strategic direction and conservation priorities to position the organization as a major conservation and social justice partner in the state. Includes development and implementation of government relations, speaking at events and meetings, presenting at conferences, participating in working groups at the local, regional, and state levels, building partnerships, developing funding strategies, and developing and implementing an annual work plan in support of the conservation program. 
  5. Maintain and grow the organization’s network of partners and allies, forming coalitions to 

support creative social justice and environmental solutions.

  1. Manage project deliverables and budgets related to grant funding, including reporting and budgeting for numerous funding streams. This requires managing multiple complex grants including government grants, while keeping abreast of multiple ongoing conservation easement projects. 
  1. Support the organization to identify and recruit future members of the Conservation 

Committee and Board of Directors. 

  1. Establish policies and procedures in compliance with Land Trust Alliance Accreditation 

Standards. 

  1. Support and foster success of conservation program staff to ensure a safe and fair environment that encourages collaboration, new ideas, and provides a respectful and supportive workspace. 
  2. Manage relationships with staff, interns, volunteers, landowners, clients and consultants to 

execute the projects and initiatives of the Conservation Program. 

Additional Requirements Applicable To All ALT Employees 

  • Maintain regular in-office hours to answer email and phone inquiries, contribute to emerging projects and coordinate with fellow staff, etc. 
  • Contribute to newsletters, monthly and annual reports, brochures and other educational materials as related to program(s) of primary responsibility as well as the overall organization 
  • Assist with fundraising (including, but not limited to, grant applications, special events, and meeting with potential donors) 
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and prepare detailed timesheets 
  • Be part of a team—provide support for all staff members in their respective duties 

Qualifications: The Conservation Director is an individual with high ethical standards, excellent strategic planning skills, and the ability to connect with people from all walks of life. They actively seek opportunities to build relationships with new partners and give public talks and have a track record of engaging diverse groups—public, private, and nonprofit—in delivering on-the-ground conservation results. They have the ability to focus in on details and simultaneously see the 30,000-foot view, and can clearly communicate the importance of both. They have successfully negotiated complex transactions, including securing public and private funding. 

A background of achieving social justice in the context of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Planning, or a related field is preferred. They have a demonstrated ability to successfully prioritize and execute multiple projects with varying timelines and degrees of difficulty. They are comfortable with a fast-paced environment and adjusting on the fly to accommodate emerging projects and needs. Superb communication (verbal, written, and visual) and time management skills are essential to success in this role. They have a strong history of working as a member of a team, effectively collaborating with outside partners as well as colleagues. 

Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to Athens Land Trust Operations Director, Daun Fest (daun@athenslandtrust.org). 

Young Urban Builders Foreman

We are looking for a person with construction management experience who is interested in managing the rehabilitation of owner-occupied housing and the on-site construction training of young people. The Young Urban Builders Coordinator will work with the Young Urban Builders Program, a youth development program for young men and women living in Athens Clarke County who are seeking job training in the trades and are interested in developing skills to be successful in the construction industry.

Key Requirements

  1. Demonstrated experience in construction management.
  2. Ability to work in an enthusiastic and encouraging way with young people who have not completed high school.
  3. Experience or interest in training young people in the building trades and a strong commitment to helping young people succeed in an innovative training program to promote leadership skills.
  4. Experience in supervising and training staff.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Be able to work on construction management and with youth on-site training.
  2. Develop construction plan and schedule.
  3. Coordinate and monitor the progress and quality of work.
  4. Develop construction budget and monitor costs.
  5. Order supplies and materials.
  6. Provide oversight of the on-site construction training by ensuring that trainees get consistent and adequate skills training; helping to set standards for appropriate behavior and ways to handle problems on the construction site; and ensuring work-site safety, learning of safety procedures, and proper construction techniques.
  7. Keep the housing director informed of the progress, problems, and needs of the on-site construction work and training.
  8. Assist in the development of job opportunities for trainees, and where appropriate, help trainees set career goals.
  9. Assess potential construction sites.
  10. Support the leadership development and curriculum goals of the program through appropriate site activities and processes.

 

Additional Requirements Applicable To All ALT Employees

  • Maintain regular in-office hours to answer email and phone inquiries, contribute to emerging projects, and coordinate with fellow staff, etc.
  • Contribute to newsletters, monthly and annual reports, brochures and other educational materials as related to program(s) of primary responsibility as well as overall organization
  • Assist with fundraising (including, but not limited to, grant applications, special events, and meeting with potential donors)
  •  Attend weekly staff meetings and prepare detailed timesheets

Compensation:

This is a full-time position with benefits.  Pay will be commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send an application and a letter of interest to Hannah Johnson at hannah@athenslandtrust.org.

Download the Application here.

Youth Employment Opportunities

Young Urban Builders: 2020-2021 School Year

We will start Accepting application for the Young Urban Builders program in August of 2020. Please stay tuned for details on how to apply.