Summary: 

The Executive Director provides oversight and overall management for the Carson Valley Trails Association (CVTA).  The Executive Director works with the CVTA Board of Directors and Board Committees to establish vision, policies, strategic focus, and priorities as well as ensuring the execution of all mission-critical trail, administrative, financial, membership, marketing and fundraising activities.  The Executive Director assumes a leadership role throughout the community in partnering with collaborating businesses, foundations, government officials, other nonprofits, and supporters.  This position works under the general oversight of the Board of Directors and takes direction from the President.

Background: 

Carson Valley Trails Association has been an all volunteer organization since its inception in 1996.  Due to the success and continuing growth of the organization, the Board of Directors has determined that a full-time position is needed to accomplish immediate and continuing goals and lead CVTA into the future.  The Executive Director will be the first and only paid position, therefore, the incumbent must be self-motivated, work independently, and be able to perform all tasks needed to accomplish the job without administrative support. Although this is a high level position, the incumbent must have basic computer skills such as word processing and spreadsheets.  In addition, as CVTA currently has no office space, the incumbent will be expected to work in a home office environment.    

Responsibilities of the Executive Director:  

  1. Support and work with the Board of Directors 
    • Reports to the Board of Directors and takes direction from the President 
    • Offers support to the Board to assure CVTA operates within its mission, vision, and long-range strategic plan
    • Keeps the Board informed on conditions, opportunities, issues, and challenges in the environment in which it operates so that the Board can carry out its mission
    • In coordination with the Board, develops an annual work plan for the board to carry forward the strategic plan 
    • Provides for the coordination of board meetings and communications
  2. Trail Planning, Management, and Development
    • Seeks out and develops opportunities to maintain, expand and improve the trail network in the Carson Valley area
    • Works with public and private agencies and stakeholders to plan and build future trails
    • Works with the CVTA Trails VP to monitor and review work performed by trail crews to ensure that work is completed in accordance with CVTA standards and complies with contractual obligations when necessary.  Ensures overall quality and safety standards are maintained.
  3. Events & Outreach
    • Works with the CVTA Board to develop and coordinate events, conferences, and workshops
    • Organizes the CVTA annual membership meeting
    • Oversees production of the CVTA newsletter
    • Develops relationships with the media and submits articles of CVTA events
  4. Financial
    • Works with the CVTA Treasurer and Board to create the annual budget
    • Reviews financial statements and makes recommendations to the Board for adjustments that may be needed
  5. Fundraising and Membership
    • Develops annual membership plans with CVTA Membership VP  for submission to the board for approval
    • Plans and implements a comprehensive fundraising program that raises significant philanthropic resources from individuals, foundations and corporations
    • Seeks out and presents grant opportunities to the board.  Writes grants and complies with reporting requirements
    • Develops and maintains relationships with supporters 
    • Oversees development and execution of an integrated communications, media and engagement strategy to build awareness, encourage engagement and influence action in support of CVTA goals
    • Builds a network of new professional relationships while strengthening existing organizational relationships that together expand the reach and impact of the CVTA
  6. Volunteers
    • Works with Board VPs to maintain the volunteer database and organizes volunteers as needed to perform various tasks
  7. Administration
    • Researchs, reviews, and monitors insurance policies 
    • Represents the organization in negotiations with contractors 
  8. Communication
    • Serves as spokesman and speaker for CVTA and assure that the organizations mission is properly presented
    • Develops and builds partnership and collaborative relations

Ideal Qualifications: 

  • Previous experience in a leadership role in the outdoor recreation field and/or non-profit sector
  • Communication and public speaking skills including experience presenting to and communicating with diverse audiences including community members, elected officials, agency representatives, corporate executives, tribal leaders, major donors and the media
  • Experience in fundraising through grants, corporate sponsorship, individual contributions, and other revenue channels
  • Familiar with development, access, and management of public lands for the building and maintenance of trails
  • Ability to work with public and private landowners for the building of trails
  • Familiarity with sustainable, multi-use trail design and construction concepts
  • Enthusiasm for outdoor activities and trails
  • Ability to work independently and in a home or office environment

This is a full-time exempt position.

Starting salary range $60,000+, negotiable depending upon qualifications.  Benefits will not be provided.

Carson Valley Trails Association is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the belief that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity.

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