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The youth of today are tomorrow’s leaders. Youth who are confident in their ability to succeed and willing and able to push beyond obstacles in order to do so, will more readily step into leadership positions as adults.

Mountain Alliance is a community of individuals committed to providing Watauga County high school aged youth with opportunities to explore and develop their leadership potential through experiential learning. We work closely with  Watauga High School to connect students with a support structure and caring community during their most formative years and to provide positive opportunities outside of school.

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Now Hiring Mountain Alliance Executive Director

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mountain Alliance Executive Director

Position

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Mountain Alliance staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans.

Responsibilities

Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend time lines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
    • Creates and proposes annual budget for review and approval by Board of Directors.
  • Manages budget, including the management of all expenditures and generation of revenue as well as daily program accounting.
  • Actively engage and energize Mountain Alliance volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders
  • Maintain and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex­officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain Mountain Alliance’s staff. Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents
    • The ED will periodically be required to participate in various physical activities with the Students. These activities may include, but not be limited to: Day Hikes, Rock Climbing, Biking, Caving, and Camping.
      • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
    • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
    • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities

Qualifications

The ED will be thoroughly committed to Mountain Alliance’s mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Requires a Four Year degree in relevant field.
  • At least 4 years of experience with a combination of working in nonprofits and/or experiential education based programs.
    • Ability to work well with high school students and within the school system.
  • Current Commercial Driver’s License with Passenger Endorsement is required, or must be able to obtain within 90 days of hire.
    • Strong computer skills, proficiency in Quick Books, Photo Shop and WordPress preferred.
    • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data­driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high­performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
    • Action­oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
    • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
    • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission­driven, and self­directed

Organization

Founded in 1990, Mountain Alliance is an organization developed to support leadership development through the structure of experiential education by using

community service and adventure programs as vehicles for personal growth for the youth of our community.

Experiential education is learning by doing: fully participating with mind and body. It is the goal of Mountain Alliance to provide hands­

on opportunities for enhancing traditional learning experiences through problem­solving group initiative and ropes course activities, community service, various wilderness experiences, wildlife workshops, cross­cultural studies and classroom lectures on environmental awareness. These and other high­quality alternative programs offer the framework necessary

to encourage our youth to take serious responsibility for their personal decisions, therefore improving the quality of life for themselves, their community and eventually the world

For more information, please visit Mountainalliance.org

 

Compensation

$33,000 ­ $36,000 based upon experience and qualifications, Plus health insurance stipend.

 

To Apply

Email resume and cover letter to the Board of Directors at board@mountainalliance.org. All applications must be received by 5:00pm May 8th, 2015.

 

Equal Opportunity Employer

Mountain Alliance, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and in the selection of members and officers of the Corporation, in providing service to the public, as in all other aspects of its

functioning, there shall be no discrimination concerning race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin. The organization strives for a balance among its participants, including age, sex, sexual orientation, ethnic and racial diversity.Mountain Alliance is a drug free workplace. All employment is contingent upon the successful completion of both a drug screen and criminal background check.

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