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Status: Exempt, Full Time Salaried Position
Time: Open until filled
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience, with pay approx. $50,000. Additionally, MTB Missoula offers competitive benefits including healthcare, sick and holiday, and paid time off as well as a family-friendly, flexible work environment. And….you get paid to ride your bike!
MTB Missoula is a nonprofit mountain bike advocacy and trail-building organization in Missoula, Montana. We seek an Executive Director (ED) who is inspired to make Missoula better through trails. The prospective ED is a passionate mountain biker who inspires and motivates others. The ED will set the tone for the organization as it moves into a new chapter of developing and improving both bike-specific and multi-use trails for the Missoula community. MTB Missoula (MTBM) is a small organization currently comprised of two paid staff, a board of directors and committee members. The ED will work alongside the Trails Director, whose primary duties include managing the design, construction and maintenance of trails.
Mission and Vision
MTB Missoula’s mission is to promote the development and sustainability of mountain biking in the Missoula area.
We envision a Missoula where mountain bikers are the most thoughtful, informed, and engaged group of users on the trail. We envision a progressive, forward-looking trail system that connects western Montana communities; bike-specific trails on public land; and land management that embraces mountain biking as a trusted partner and valuable presence. We envision a future in which local leaders understand and invest in trails-based recreation, and where our work will provide benefits well beyond our membership. Quite simply, we envision a Missoula made better by trails.
The ED is responsible for stewarding the vision and mission of the organization forward, ultimately including all operations and projects that MTBM undertakes. The ED will oversee development and operations, build collaborative relationships towards trail expansion, and fundraise to ensure the health of the organization, with support from an energetic and engaged Board of Directors. In addition, the ED will be responsible for trail building projects, events, and day to day operations including fiscal accountability, human resources, infrastructure, and both external and Board communication.
No discrete list of ED responsibilities can address every task or need that will arise in pursuit of making Missoula the best trail town in Montana. MTB Missoula is a lean and adaptable organization, and the ideal candidate will embrace diverse challenges, with the support of the staff and Board of Directors. The requirements of the job include but are not limited to:
Trails: ~30% of time and effort
- Seek out and develop opportunities to expand and improve Missoula’s trail network.
- Oversee the trails program from a visionary standpoint, working closely with the Trails Director.
- Continue to place MTBM at the forefront of trail design, construction and implementation in the greater Missoula area.
- Represent MTBM at key volunteer stewardship and trail building events.
- Work within partnership framework to further develop contracting services as an element of our business model.
Community Liaison/Advocacy: ~25% of time and effort
- Create and foster collaborative relationships with government agencies, non-government community partners, and land management partners.
- Act as a spokesperson for the organization, including representing the organization at events and enhancing its profile within the community and at large.
- Promote a positive image of mountain bikers throughout the greater Missoula community.
- Oversee web and social media outreach.
- Participate in pertinent land management planning processes within our geographic scope.
- Create briefs, talking points, and/or fact sheets on public policy issues that impact MTBM.
- Facilitate collaborative planning efforts among diverse stakeholders and trail user groups.
Fundraising: ~25% of time and effort
- Act as the primary fundraiser and fundraising coordinator and ensure organizational sustainability.
- Guide, lead, and implement fundraising activities and events with Board and committee support. Oversee the fundraising strategic plan and incorporate Board/volunteer strengths.
- Cultivate and retain strategic business sponsorships.
- Identify and apply for grants related to the mission.
- In coordination with the Fundraising Committee, establish and meet growth goals for the MTBM membership base.
Events: ~10% of time and effort
- Oversee community focused mountain bike events, including the Mullett Classic and Dual Slalom.
- Pursue opportunities to host an inclusive, marquee event to raise funds, membership, and awareness.
- Assist partners with local mountain bike event promotion in Missoula area regarding permitting, trail use, and access to participants for marketing and fundraising purposes.
Administration - ~10% of time and effort
- In collaboration with the Board, develop and execute a new strategic plan to guide the organization forward.
- Oversee and report all operational and financial activities of the organization, maintaining the organization's financial solvency and responsible use of funds, including monitoring monthly cash flow and reporting to the board.
- Carry ultimate responsibility on personnel decisions and implementation of those decisions, in accordance with all applicable law.
- Manage CRM database.
- Facilitate board meetings.
- Act as the primary point of contact for MTBM.
Skills, experience, and qualities that will help you be successful:
- 3+ years of experience in public lands, recreation, trails, or a relevant field.
- Experience in stakeholder/partner outreach and a track record of cultivating relationships.
- Experience working in advocacy at the federal and/or state level.
- Managerial experience, with a track record of successful project management.
- Thorough understanding of the current political landscape around recreation and conservation in the West.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and writing for publication.
- Positive attitude and a passion for mountain biking and trails-based recreation.
- Familiarity with sustainable, mountain-bike specific and multi-user trail design concepts.
- Competence in analyzing financial reports and HR documents.
- Demonstrated ability to fundraise.
- Tact and respect in responding to common inquiries, suggestions, or complaints from community members, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
- Ability to work some evenings and weekends, especially around fundraising events and during the field season.
- Physical requirements of the job include lifting 45lb objects and the ability to mountain bike and hike, to lead donors on rides and trail explorations in high alpine areas. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and see. The employee frequently is required to sit, stand, walk, use hands and fingers to handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning March 26th, 2021. Position is open until filled.
To apply, please send your contact info, resume, cover letter and references to email@example.com with ‘Executive Director’ in the subject line.
At MTB Missoula, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented person from a diverse candidate pool.
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