Yes, it’s true. In August 2020 the CRAGVT board of directors marked a historical moment in our journey and voted to create a paid position. CRAG-VT is officially seeking applications for a part-time Executive Director position. As the scope of our mission has expanded, the number of properties we manage increases, the number of events we host continues to grow, and the popularity of rock climbing nationwide and here in Vermont increase to new levels, we have found ourselves with more work on our plates than ever before. We are now seeking to hire an Executive Director starting January 1, 2021.
We’re looking for someone with experience in event planning, fundraising, networking, social media outreach, and a familiarity with property rights and conservation work. Obviously a love for Vermont rock climbing and the fostering of our special climbing community is required. The Executive Director would work closely and in conjunction with the Board of Directors.
Thanks everyone, and enjoy the rest of the season!
The primary function of the Executive Director (ED) is to advance the mission of CRAG VT while ensuring the organization is financially and operationally sound. The ED will report to the Board of Directors and will expand CRAG-VT’s capacity to meet the evolving needs of the Vermont climbing community. The ED must be a passionate advocate of CRAG-VT’s mission, with a strong desire to see the organization grow and succeed.
The ED will support CRAG-VT’s operations through fundraising, program support, event planning, communications, and record keeping. The ED will be tasked with identifying and pursuing new philanthropic support, including events, grant funding, major gifts, business partnerships and individual support. The ED will have day-to-day decision making and leadership responsibilities, and will act as a public representative of the organization to members of the Vermont climbing community, private landowners, the State of Vermont, the Access Fund, and other groups involved with our mission.
Fundraising & Membership
- Pursue grant funding
- Manage memberships
- Initiate the CRAG Legacy Program (CLP) designed to bring in high dollar donors
- Administer the online store and manage the mailing and record keeping of purchases
- Increase sustaining members and grow the membership base.
- Oversee the CRAG-VT’s daily operations (organize Board meetings, manage sign-in boxes, attend meetings, collaborate on peregrine falcon closures, respond to emails, and show flexibility when presented with many more unforeseen tasks)
- Collaborate with Board leadership to organize Annual Meeting and Board Retreat
- Manage relationships with partner non-profit organizations, private landowners and the climbing community at large.
- Work with the treasurer to ensure that property taxes, federal taxes and GL insurance are dealt with in a timely fashion.
- Delegate tasks to Board Members and collaborate on projects
- Lead stewardship days
- Initiate the CRAG Stewardship Team (CST) designed to create a once-a-month crew of volunteers to do pressing trail projects
Project Development & Access Acquisitions (Shared Duties with CRAG-VT Board)
- Follow through on potential leads to new projects of land acquisition
- Represent CRAG-VT at stakeholder meetings
- Maintain relationships with land managers
Communications & Organizational Operations
- Manage all marketing & communications including: social media accounts, website, monthly newsletters, press releases and articles
- Represent CRAG-VT at events such as the Access Fund Advocate Summit
- Lead the planning and execution of the Vermont Climbing Festival with the support of a volunteer committee
- Coordinate Monthly Member Meetups at local gyms and crags.
- Organize various other events including benefit bakes, slideshows, movie nights, tabling at outside events, and more
- Strong background in climbing culture and engagement in the climbing community, especially the Vermont climbing community.
- Problem solver who is organized, positive, proactive, and forward thinking.
- Proven leadership and management experience in a non-profit organization.
- Experience leading fundraising efforts including financial management and grant writing.
- Exceptional public speaking, relationship building, and communication skills.
- Experience in website management and social media administration.
- Event planning and coordination.
- Deep personal connection to outdoor rock climbing and passion for the mission of CRAG-VT.
The ED will provide monthly work progress reports to the Board of Directors. The ED will report to and take direction from the President and Vice President outside of meetings.
20 hours per week with a flexible schedule that may include work on weekends to support specific events.
With the exception of events and meetings, the ED will be able to work from home on day-to-day tasks. Qualified candidates shall have access to high speed internet
This position may require travel, mostly within the state of Vermont, with occasional travel to attend regional events such as the Access Fund Advocate Summit.
Salary and Benefits
Two weeks paid time off.
Does not include health insurance.
Applications will be filled out via Google Form available at cragvt.org.