Now Hiring – Executive Director!

The Tataviam Land Conservancy (TLC) offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. The location for this position is flexible. The TLC is headquartered in San Fernando, CA, in the northern San Fernando Valley. To successfully carry out the internal and external duties of the role, the Executive Director must be based in a location that allows them to spend significant time (approximately half) at headquarters as well as engage in frequent travel.


The is a non-profit organization focused on protecting the traditional territory of the Fernandeño Tataviam people through protective land management, cooperative agreements, and innovative cultural and educational programming.  In 2018, the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (FTBMI) formed the TLC to protect Tribal lands and promote understanding of the cultural, biological, and historical resources on sacred lands and cultural properties. Today the TLC works with landowners, builders, government agencies and other non-profit partners to educate all Southern Californians about the Tribe’s history and the significance of traditional land management. The TLC protects and restores sacred sites and cultural landscapes and provides educational programming for tribal youth and the general public. The TLC’s work is more important than ever as development continues throughout Los Angeles County.  



TLC is seeking an experienced, dynamic, and ambitious leader who can work effectively with the Board of Directors and its committees to grow the organization, both internally and externally, to advance its strategic goals and strategies. The Executive Director (ED) works under the guidance of, and cooperatively with, the President and members of the Board of Directors and oversees the work of several staff members. The ED is responsible for the successful management of TLC and must therefore be a strong communicator, administrator, and manager. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential since continued positive relations with board members, tribes, volunteers, landowners, governmental agencies, donors and staff are necessary for TLC to grow and achieve its goals.  

 Primary responsibilities, with the support of staff and volunteers, include fundraising, communications, budgeting, reporting, staffing, grant application and management, and partnership development. The ED provides oversight, leadership, management, and facilitation to ensure success of TLC’s land protection and stewardship projects. The ED may take responsibility for specific land protection projects or stewardship initiatives. 

Position available until filled.

Salary: $70,000 – $80,000 annual full-time exempt

Start Date: Immediate



  • Direct and conduct fundraising and membership development activities, including designing and implementing solicitations, and seeking financial support, grants, contracts and other assistance from individuals, foundations, corporations, and public agencies
  • Develop collaborative relationships with tribes, local, regional, and state conservation agencies and organizations
  • Prepare and submit grant applications, manage deliverables, budgets, and closeout reports
  • Direct and conduct organizational management functions
  • Build a resourceful, dynamic team by supporting and developing the talents of a robust staff.
  • Serve at the direction of the Board of Directors and support ongoing strategic planning efforts



  • Communicate effectively with the TLC’s founding Tribe – Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (FTBMI) – on land preservation for cultural use and practices 
  • Oversee TLC’s program of land conservation, land acquisition, conservation easements, stewardship and monitoring
  • Work with FTBMI, staff, board members, and volunteers to facilitate the implementation of land protection and stewardship programs



*Please consider applying if you meet most of the above qualifications and are eager and willing to learn the additional skills required to execute the position’s essential job duties and responsibilities. Professional development is an integral part of this position.

  • Demonstration of a strong personal interest in, and commitment to, the conservation of land and natural resources
  • A Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, environmental studies, nonprofit or business administration, or a related field, and at least five years of professional experience in a related field. Experience with conservation and funding agencies is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with management of a non-profit organization, working with a Board of Directors ormanaging a large multi-faceted project.
  • Experience in supervising staff and/or volunteers with diplomacy and mutual trust
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising or marketing/sales with experience desired in major gift fundraising and securing and managing public and private grants.
  • Experience working for a land trust or conservation organization desired.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency with computer applications, donor development databases, data storage and record-keeping, and public presentations.
  • Proficiency in social media marketing and management is desired.
  • Ability to interact well with a wide variety of people, including Tribes, Board of Directors, staff, landowners, government officials, the press, donors, and the general public.


Duties are performed primarily in the office, but also in the field on occasion. Travel is required to various locations in the region for meetings, conferences, speaking engagements, or site visits at conservation properties. Some evening and weekend events will be required. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Flexible workplace allows for partial remote work, but the position requires that the Executive Director must reside locally and be in the office regularly.
  • Ability to work in a standard office setting, with considerable sitting and viewing of monitor.
  • Requires reaching continually throughout the workday (mouse, keyboard and telephone).
  • May include lifting up to thirty pounds on an infrequent basis. Proper lifting techniques required.
  • Ability to visit remote land protection and restoration projects.



For more information about the Tataviam Land Conservancy, visit us online at TLC is an equal opportunity employer.  To be considered, please email your resume with cover letter and three references to No calls please. 


Disclaimer: The information provided in this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents within this job. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and working conditions required of this job. The Board has the sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.