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Director, Policy & Land Conservation  

Category Science & Policy  
Location Washington, DC  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Employment Terms At Will  
Position Reports To Executive Director  

The Director of Policy and Land Conservation (“Director”) manages the personnel, functions, activities, and internal and external relationships of the Policy and Land Conservation Department. The incumbent is responsible for promoting sound urban tree protection and preservation strategies, ensuring productive relationships with council members, their staff, and a host of like-missioned organizations, and; the preservation of lands through easements, tax sales and the like. As part of Casey Trees’ senior management team, the Director also ensures the effective and efficient delivery of all Casey Trees programs organization-wide, works to ensure collaboration and communications among departments, and; serves as a spokesperson for Casey Trees’ mission, motto and tree canopy goal.

Essential Functions:

The following functions are representative of the Director’s responsibilities, including but not limited to:

Program Management:

  • Participates in organizational planning and execution, and serves as project lead for specific initiatives as assigned
  • Develops, executes, monitors, and evaluates work plans, workflows, and cash outlays to achieve department objectives tied to organizational plans and strategies in an efficient and effective manner
  • Actively communicates and collaborates with senior management team, Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Executive Director (ED) to ensure the smooth execution of multi-departmental activities and tasks
  • Keeps the ED & COO regularly informed on the execution, effectiveness and development of the programs, activities and tasks
  • Manages and ensures the successful completion of Casey Trees’ annual Tree Report Card evaluating progress toward attainment of the District’s tree canopy goal
  • Coordinates and manages the organization’s land conservation efforts. Serves as the primary staff person on the Land Conservation Committee, organizing and coordinating committee members and meetings as required
  • Effectively shepherds Casey Tree’s Advocacy efforts including analyzing legislative proposals, strategizing legislative maneuvering, and deploying and rallying relevant stakeholders and partners
  • Manages both internal and externally generated data to ensure organizational policy positions are based on sound and relevant information
  • Coordinates and project manage research and data collection efforts
  • Creates, maintains and strengthens strategic partnerships with a wide array of stakeholders including but limited to: DC government agency officials and councilmembers, National Park Service officials, nonprofit partners, businesses, volunteers and others
  • Represents Casey Trees at meetings, conferences, symposia, etc.

Supervision & Personnel Management:

  • Ensures annual work plan targets and objectives of subordinate staff are met
  • Guides, mentors and ensures adherence to training for direct reports
  • Ensures departmental adherence to organizational policies, including but not limited to attendance, timeliness, conduct, citizen engagement, etc.
  • Regularly collaborates with Human Resources to ensure continual process improvement in personnel management and supervision
  • Conducts periodic performance appraisals of subordinate staff
  • Actively searches, creatively designs, and implements effective training initiatives/solutions to educate, enhance performance, and recognize performance
  • Keeps current on managerial concepts, subordinate interaction, and training

Technical Skills:

  • Maintains the knowledge base required to successfully implement and manage the department’s key focus areas in urban forestry, land conservation, environmental policy, public advocacy, etc.
  • Remains current on industry information regarding the ecological, economic, social, health and related benefits of urban trees and forests
  • Maintains proficiency with various software packages required for the position
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills; ability to balance differing viewpoints and perspectives to achieve collective success

Working Conditions:

Work is conducted primarily in an office setting, but the incumbent is occasionally required to work outside year-round in the heat, cold and inclement weather.


  • Computers, smart phones, etc.
  • Printer, copier, and telephone
  • Automobiles, pickup trucks, vans
  • Field measuring devices, rakes, saws, ladders, etc.

Physical Demands:

  • While this is primarily a desk job, all CT employees may engage in tree planting/related activities in outdoor environments, year-round in the heat, cold and inclement weather and must have suitable clothing. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to talk, hear, stand; walk; use hands and fingers to handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The incumbent is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 25lbs, lift files, open filing cabinets, bend or stand on a stool, etc.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:

This is an exempt position, 40 hours a week. The incumbent must be able and willing to work evenings, weekends, and extended hours when needed.


Travel is primarily local, although some out of the area travel and overnights may be expected.

Position Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Ecology, Urban Forestry or related discipline, and; 3 years related experience
  • Demonstrated experience in environmental policy and/or land conservation
  • Experience supervising, managing, and inspiring a staff of diverse backgrounds and skill levels
  • Professional demeanor, superior written and oral communications skills, and the ability to interact and work with a variety of audiences
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record and experience and ability to safely drive work vehicles
  • Demonstrated success working in a team environment; both internally and externally
  • Experience formulating and adhering to budgets
  • Can manage multiple activities simultaneously, establish, track, and meet deadlines, often under pressure
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (word, excel, outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Able to learn Salesforce, ArcGIS Enterprise, and other computer programs
About the Organization Casey Trees is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the nation's capital. For more information visit our website at:  
EOE Statement Casey Trees is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Casey Trees does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.  

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