Executive Director

Website Catamount Outdoor Family Center

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

The mission of Catamount Outdoor Family Center (COFC) is to create outdoor experiences at the Catamount Community Forest that build active lifestyles, friendships, and environmental awareness.

In March 2019, with help from the Trust for Public Land and many others, the Town of Williston, Vermont acquired 393 acres of land, now permanently protected as the Catamount Community Forest. The land is forever open to the public and off-limits to development, protected by a conservation easement co-held by Vermont Land Trust and Vermont Housing & Conservation Board. Our non-profit organization, Catamount Outdoor Family Center, continues to oversee the management of the trail system, camps, and programming. We aim to fulfill the vision of original owners Jim and Lucy McCullough, who worked to ensure the historic and unique property would be available for outdoor recreation for generations.

Located in the heart of Chittenden County, Vermont’s most populated area, Catamount Outdoor Family Center began as a cross country ski center in 1978 as a way to utilize and repurpose the unique 393 acre former McCullough dairy farm and historic Thomas Chittenden residence. Since that time Catamount has grown to include summer activities such as mountain biking, hiking, trail running and the winter season activities of snowshoeing, fat biking and sledding. Catamount also produces numerous events, weekly mountain bike and trail running races, and an extensive summer camp program that currently serves over 400 campers each summer. The trail network has grown and now includes a diverse variety of trails covering about 26 miles in total. Since 2005, Catamount has been operating as a 501(c)3 non- profit, and strives to offer outdoor opportunities for all ages and abilities.

Catamount relies on a variety of funding sources to further its mission, including user fees and memberships, fundraisers, grants, and tax deductible contributions.

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Board of Directors is seeking a qualified individual to serve as an Executive Director to help further our mission and fulfill our vision of a community in which playing in nature is everyone’s first choice. To accomplish this, the priorities for this role are: 1) evolving, expanding, and marketing existing programming; 2) creating new programming and events; 3) developing new partnerships and relationships through community outreach, and; 4) maintaining and executing a robust fundraising, grants, and related development program. An enthusiastic, entrepreneurial professional is desired.

Additionally, we are seeking an individual who can help create and guide the implementation of a strategic plan. Based on the strategic plan, the Executive Director will play an instrumental and lead role in proposing and implementing mid-and long-term plans and goals designed to keep COFC on strong, yet adaptable footing and in continuous and healthy engagement with the community and key stakeholders. As a non-profit board run by local volunteers, day-to-day management and leadership for the operations, staff members, and volunteers will also stand as an ongoing priority.

WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING

  • Operations: Oversee and manage COFC’s staff, programs, facilities, and administration. Develop annual plans for programming and marketing. Oversee development of trail maintenance plans. Ensure that consistent and standardized policies and procedures for operations, human resources, and financial management are in place and the requirements for working with the Town of Williston regarding the Catamount Community Forest land lease agreement are fully met.
  • Management: supervise two full-time staff members, plus seasonal staff members. Serve as summer camp director, manage registrations & cancellations, staff schedules, communications. Ensure race series execution.
  • External Communication: Lead community and stakeholder engagement to broaden COFC’s community presence, develop alliances and partnerships with like-minded organizations, and build goodwill among neighbors, community members, and local and state leaders. Position COFC as a leader in local trail network quality and innovation. Increase volunteering and event support. Increase awareness of related community issues and needs and advocate at the local and state level.
  • Marketing and Outreach: Develop and effectively use COFC’s brand. Manage social media and other forms of external communication. Manage website content, using WordPress. Document and publicize COFC and its programs and accomplishments through social media and other forms of external communication.
  • Leadership and Planning: Work with the Board of Directors (BOD) and COFC staff to create and implement an actionable strategic 3 year plan that is based on COFC’s mission and values. Define goals, objectives, timelines, and measures. Implement and manage annual work plan based upon the strategic plan and modify as needed.
  • Fundraising: Work with the BOD to develop and implement annual fundraising goals and plans. This includes: annual and special campaigns, donor stewardship, sponsorships, and community partnerships. Research opportunities for grants, write applications and drive to completion.
  • Financial Management: Oversee financial management including budget development, financial policies and procedures, and financial reporting. Ensure compliance with tax-exempt status. Review monthly financials prepared by CPA, develop annual budget, process weekly payroll.
  • Organizational Culture and Communication: Ensure the organizational culture aligns with COFC’s core values and informs all internal and external communications. Effectively manage both “up and down” to the BOD, subcommittees, and COFC staff. Maintain transparency and open communication channels and involve staff in Board meetings as appropriate; openly share and discuss Board minutes and activity.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN YOU

  40 hours per week position, working on-site minimum of 3 days/week (average), seasonally variable. A 3⁄4 time position is a possible option.
  Proven leadership experience at the director or general manager level or equivalent
  Alignment with COFC’s mission and core values
  Ability to manage license agreement relationships and commitments with the Town of Williston for the Catamount Community Forest (CCF). Attend town CCF committee meetings to communicate updates.
  Experience with budget planning and management
  Ability to inspire community among the Board, staff, landowners, partners, and the public-at-large
  Demonstrated ability to recruit, hire, motivate, and lead staff
  Knowledge about the mountain biking, nordic skiing, and trail running industries and culture is a plus
  Knowledge of Act 250, and how it applies to recreational trails
  Understanding of trail management practices, for both summer and winter uses
  Competency with QuickBooks, Square, TrailHub, Google Workspace, MailChimp
  Bachelor’s or advanced degree in natural resource management, environmental studies, outdoor recreation, business/non-profit management, or a related field preferred

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US
  An engaged, supportive and active BOD who will empower you to lead
  Seasoned staff that is passionate about COFC and our community
  Community support
  Open, casual, and vibrant workplace
  Paid vacation and holidays
  Sick, family and bereavement leave
  Flexible hours
  Professional education and enrichment
  Outdoor recreation is encouraged as part of your job!
  Salary range of $50-70k commensurate with experience and full-time vs. part-time commitment
  Reimbursement plan for cell phone usage for Catamount-related work.

TO APPLY
We are accepting applications through August 1, 2022, or until the position is filled. Please submit Cover

Letter and Resume to: [email protected]

Catamount Family Outdoor Center does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

To apply for this job email your details to careers@catamountoutdoor.org