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Executive Director Needed


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 priority for this role is to drive growth through 1) creating new programming and events, 2) evolving, expanding, and marketing existing programming, and 3) developing new partnerships and relationships through community outreach.  An enthusiastic, entrepreneurial, professional is desired.

With the recent transition to a community owned property, COFC has a new set of challenges and opportunities.  We are seeking an individual who can help create and guide the implementation of a strategic plan.  As a non-profit board run by local volunteers, we need day-to-day management and leadership for the operations staff members and volunteers.  The Executive Director’s near term focus will be to drive the implementation and execution of the strategic plan’s goals, action items, and desired outcomes. In completing this process, 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.



      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.

      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. Document and publicize COFC and its programs and accomplishments through social media and other forms of external communication.

      Fundraising: Work with the BOD to develop and implement annual fundraising goals and plans.

      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.

      Financial Management: Oversee financial management including budget development, financial policies and procedures, and financial reporting.  Ensure compliance with tax-exempt status.

      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.



  • 30 hours a week position with possibility to grow into full time as the organization grows
  • Proven leadership experience at the director or general manager level or equivalent
  • Excellent communication skills, with an emphasis on listening
  • Aligns with COFC’s mission and core values
  • Passionate about outdoor recreation
  • Proven track record of accomplishments
  • Budget planning and management experience
  • Proven problem solving abilities
  • Consensus builder but decisive
  • Ability to inspire community among the Board, staff, landowners, partners, and the public-at-large
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and lead staff
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing landscape and conditions
  • Demonstrated program evaluation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate politically-charged Issues and interests
  • Practices a collaborative management style
  • Proven people skills, with an ability to work with a wide variety of perspectives, ages, experiences, and professions
  • Knowledge about the mountain biking, nordic skiing, and trail running industries and culture is a plus
  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in natural resource management, environmental studies, outdoor recreation, business/non-profit management, or a related field



  • 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 commensurate with experience $40-60k



We are accepting applications through December 1, 2019. Please submit Cover Letter and Resume to:

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