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Executive Director

American Hiking Society


Silver Spring, MD

Categories:
Admin/ Gen Mgmt

Skill Level: Senior Level

Position Type: Full Time

~ Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience. ~

As the national voice for hikers, American Hiking Society recognizes that foot trails and hiking are essential to connect people with nature, conserve open space, provide biological corridors for diverse plants and wildlife, and for the health of Americans and our natural environment. We represent millions of hikers who are committed to beautiful places to hike and believe that the preservation of hiking trails and their environments is important and a worthwhile legacy to leave future generations.

American Hiking Society champions conservation issues, builds public and private partnerships, supports volunteer stewardship, and provides critical resources to help plan, fund, and develop trails. We also provide resources to the public about how and where to hike and are committed to increasing the participation and enjoyment of hiking by everyone. 

Position Overview

The American Hiking Society (AHS) Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for fulfilling AHS's mission to protect and promote hiking trails. For more information visit our website.

Core Responsibilities 

  • Works with Board, staff, and outside advisors to develop short- and long-term objectives, strategic plans and overall direction.
  • Maintains a strong, cooperative relationship with the Board of Directors, keeping Board members informed and advised through direct communications and reports.
  • Serves as chief financial officer. Oversees and monitors the financial operations of AHS consistent with the approved budget and standard financial management policies and practices.
  • Manages, oversees and plays a major role in all of AHS's fundraising programs.
  • Supervises staff and contractors; responsible for all hiring and firing, and for promoting professional development among employees.
  • Initiates the development of strategic plans that respond to new opportunities and needs of the organization and ensures the planning process is a collaborative effort with the Board of Directors.
  • Ensures AHS programs are executed effectively and efficiently and their progress and completion are monitored.
  • Represents the interests and policies of AHS before a wide range of audiences, including federal and state agencies, legislators, members, supporters, the media, corporations, and the general public.  

Qualifications 

  • 10 to 15 yrs of proven experience leading and growing an organization, preferably in a nonprofit setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in staff management, financial management, partnership development, solicitation of major gifts, and strategic planning.
  • Ability to engage and work with multiple stakeholders at all organizational levels, both internally and externally.
  • Ability to maintain an organizational culture which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to manage a million-dollar organization with multiple funding sources and numerous strategic alliances and partnerships.
  • Existing network in the outdoor industry is preferred, but not required.
  • Working knowledge of hiking, backpacking, and recreational and environmental programs.
  • BS degree required, MS preferred. 
The Ideal Candidate
 
  • AHS is seeking a visionary, inspiring leader who will manage the organization for effectiveness and growth.
  • Passionate about hiking in both words and deeds.
  • A strong manager who sets a vision and supports people in achieving it. Must have the skills to organize and lead remote staff. 
  • A natural collaborator who is inclusive, in terms of diversity in thinking, backgrounds, and people.
  • Able to build support for the organization by working effectively with various constituents, including outdoor industry representatives, business leaders, club leaders, government officials and individual donors. 
To Apply
 
  • Please click below: "Apply Now Online!" to email your resume and a cover letter.
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Contact Information:
http://www.AmericanHiking.org

 
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