ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
In 1994 Kingdom Trail Association (KTA) started as a small non-profit, grass-roots community trails project. Some local visionaries who knew enough about old logging roads, the area’s soils and topography as well as trail building sought and secured the permission of a handful of private landowners and businesses to forge ahead with their trails experiment. Through the growing support and participation of private landowners and volunteer trail crews devoting countless weekends to trail building, 50 miles of multi-use, non-motorized recreational trails were created and mapped by 2000. Today, with nearly 100 miles of trails, Kingdom Trails is considered a world-class mountain biking destination and 4-season recreational trail network that draws nearly 100,000 visitors annually and contributes nearly $10 Million to the area’s economy. The trails have also served as a sustaining mechanism to preserve and celebrate the area’s natural and working landscape, a revered part of the Northeast Kingdom’s heritage and sense of place. Unlike most other mountain bike destination trail systems, KTA exists because of community cooperation and generosity; the 88 landowners who have opened their properties and share their beautiful land as well as those visionaries and volunteers who shared their time and toil to create something that we think is very unique and special. Underlying the forest canopies and open expanses of fields and farmland of KTA’s well-traveled switch backs, berms and bridges is a spirit of gratitude. This core value transcends and guides the organization, from its Board of Directors and staff, to landowner and community stewardship, and to the servicing and support of trail members and users.
ABOUT THE POSITION
During the 13-year tenure of KTA’s last Executive Director the organization experienced remarkable growth, not only in the scale of the trails network and the organizational infrastructure, but also in landowner participation, events and ridership. The profile of the trail system went from regionally known to globally known as a must visit destination for mountain bikers. Ridership has evolved from hard core mountain bikers and 4-season trail enthusiasts living primarily in northern New England and Quebec to families and all ability levels from around the US and beyond. Length of stay-to-play has increased from day or weekend visits to weekly stays, and so too has the Organization’s Annual versus Daily Memberships. By-and-large the growth has had an incredibly positive impact on the trails system, our organization and financial stability and for the community overall, but there have been growing pains and challenges, including safety, town congestion, trail erosion, resource-planning, growth management, trail network vulnerabilities and Welcome Center infrastructure. Recognizing these issues as well as new opportunities, KTA formulated and recently completed a 3-year strategic plan. So, while day-to-day management and leadership of the Organization will be in his or her charge, the Executive Director’s near term focus and priorities will be driven by 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 setting mid-and long-term plans and goals designed to keep KTA on strong, yet adaptable footing and in continuous and healthy engagement with the community and key stakeholders.
WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING
- Working the Board of Directors
(BODs) and staff, distill and adapt the 3-year strategic plan into an
actionable and measurable work plan with timelines and key deliverables. Implement
and manage work plan, and modify as needed. Link strategic goals to the KTA’s
operational objectives, feeding directly into the annual budget cycle. Help
facilitate the development of subsequent plans and repeat this process.
- Oversee and manage KTA’s programs, staff, facilities and administration. Ensure consistent and standardized procedures for operation and finance are in place that support staff and reinforce the foundation of the organization’s culture.
- Maintain KTA’s position as a
global leader in trail network quality, innovation and user experience. Pursue opportunities and new techniques to
enhance the trail system and user experience.
- Lead community and stakeholder
engagement. Work to broaden KTA’s
presence in the community with volunteer activity, encouraging participation of
its stakeholders, supporting events and raising awareness of community issues,
needs and opportunities.
- Ensure the organizational culture
aligns with KTA’s core values and informs all communication, outreach and
interaction with customers, fellow staff, volunteers, donors, landowners,
community members, partners, etc.
- Establish open and regular
communication with landowners. Foster
and develop strong working relationships, and to the extent possible, assist
with and/or be aware of succession planning.
With the aim of keeping the landowners together, advocate on the local
and state level regarding issues of land use, liability protection, regulations
and legislative action that could put the trail system or landowners at risk.
- Develop and foster alliances and
partnerships with like-minded organizations, including trail clubs and
associations, outdoor recreation entities, land conservationists and economic
development organizations on the local, state and regional level. Share best practices and perspectives as well
as form coalitions as needed to advance shared goals and objectives.
- Evaluate and implement
professional development and staff performance framework; review and update
workplace and worker policies as needed.
Empower the staff to take ownership of their areas of responsibility.
- Effectively manage both “up and
down” to the BODs, subcommittees and KTA staff.
Maintain transparency and open communication channels and involve staff
in Board meetings as appropriate; openly share and discuss Board minutes and
- Work with staff and the BODs to
develop, manage and analyze the annual budget. Provide monthly and quarterly
updates and reporting on budget vs. actuals and reforecast as needed.
- Oversee fiscal management and
internal financial controls, and with the BODs, take necessary measures to
ensure the short- and long-term financial welfare of the organization, to
include financial planning related to membership rates, advertising,
KTA-branded merchandise development and sales, fee-based events, KTA licensing/
sponsorship, working capital through a credit line; fundraising for
restricted/unrestricted funds, donor cultivation and grants.
- Ensure ongoing compliance with
- Document and publicize KTA program
accomplishments and community outreach and philanthropy.
- Working with the BODs and
Marketing and Events manager, evaluate and consider the development of a
Brand/Image Standards Manual and Annual Report.
- Work with the Trails Manager to
develop annual trail maintenance and trail expansion plans, budgets and
timelines, a project work plan process and tracking system: assist with
resource planning and seasonal trail crew recruitment and development.
- Work with the Marketing and Events
Manager to develop annual marketing and event plans and to formulate promotion
and event budgets and timelines.
- Work with Welcome Center Manager
to develop annual operational plan, including physical plant needs and
improvements, ticketing, seasonal staff needs, supply procurement, etc.
- Work with the Welcome Center
Manager and Retail Manager to develop merchandise inventory buy plans and sales
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN YOU
- Bachelor's or advanced degree in natural resource management, environmental studies, outdoor recreation, business/ non-profit management, or related field.
- Proven leadership experience, at the director or general manager level or equivalent.
- Excellent communication skills, with an emphasis on listening
- Understands the character of a small town.
- Aligns with KTA’s mission and core values.
- Passionate about outdoor recreation and appreciation for the Northeast Kingdom.
- 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 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 industry and culture a plus.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US
- An engaged, supportive and active BODs who will empower you to lead.
- Seasoned staff who are passionate about KTA and our community.
- Unmatched community support and enthusiasm for what we/ you are doing.
- Open, casual and vibrant workplace
- Retirement plan
- Paid vacation and holidays
- Sick, family and bereavement leave
- Flexible hours
- Professional education and enrichment
- Steps from the Trails
- Outdoor recreation is encouraged as part of your job!
We are accepting applications through Saturday, September 30th. Please submit Cover Letter and Resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.