Alaska Trails Deputy Executive Director

April 20, 2010


Alaska Trails Job Opportunity

Job Title: Deputy Executive Director
Closing Date: Open until filled.  Screening of candidates will begin on April 20, 2010.
Location: Anchorage, Alaska

Job Description:
The Deputy Executive Director will report to the Executive Director of Alaska Trails, an Alaska 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The Deputy Executive Director will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization and will serve as the Acting Executive Director in the absence of the Executive Director.

Primary Purpose:
The Alaska Trails’ Deputy Executive Director will be responsible for the day-to-day operations, management, and administration of Alaska Trails. Primary responsibilities include promoting the Alaska Trails Mission, development of Alaska Trails as a sustainable statewide multi-use trails user organization, and providing oversight and administration of all Alaska Trails’ grants and contracts. Additional responsibilities include outreach and promotion to enhance the Alaska trail experience by supporting sustainable, world-renowned trails through advocacy and education as well as other duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:
1. Community Education and Training Curricula -35%
Assist Alaska Trails with the presentation and development of the educational Trails Training Curriculum, Trail Safety & Ethics, and other training projects. Execute and complete Alaska Trails’ grants and contracts associated with trail community education and training curricula.
2. Communications, Networking & Organizational Development -25%
Work with the Executive Director to develop a set of informational tools, including digital media, flyers, handouts, web-alerts, and short reports for public outreach and education on a variety of Alaska issues. Help design and implement a media strategy and provide materials for Alaska Trails’ publications.
Provide strategic planning assistance for the Executive Director, including strategic project plans for fundraising, educational programs, staff needs, etc. Develop and maintain communications materials to recruit members and activists. Devise and implement a membership recruitment and retention strategy. Actively seek funding opportunities to sustain the programs of Alaska Trails.
3. Assist the Executive Director on Trail Consulting Projects -30%
The successful applicant will act as the construction and/or contracting representative or in other capacities to ensure completion of professional consulting services.
4. Assist the Executive Director with the Biennial Alaska Trails Conference -10%
Biennially, Alaska Trails organizes the Alaska Trails Conference. The Deputy Executive Director will work with Alaska Trails’ partners to organize this conference and outreach its accomplishments.

Job Qualifications:
• Proven successful work as a self-motivated, self-assured professional
• Proven management experience including budget development and oversight, grant administration and media/promotional experience.
• Experience with multi-use trail projects, including education, planning, construction and maintenance.
• Demonstrated excellent communication skills (computer, written, and oral).
• Demonstrated successful experience with fundraising, including the preparation of grants, follow up reports, & quantifying (& PR for) donor participation.
• Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse group of individuals and organizations, and to build coalitions.
• Ability to work in the field and on occasional weekends and evenings.

In addition, the Ideal Candidate will possess:
• Knowledge of trail system and operations, and an understanding of legal issues surrounding easements, acquisitions and dedications.
• Demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with civic organizations, special interest groups, government entities, and the public.
• Demonstrated experience (3-5+ years) of successful nonprofit management.

Alaska Trails Key Issues & Strategies:
• To promote sustainable trail systems for all users: By developing and providing technical assistance for trail projects.
• To preserve and improve public trail access: By assisting public and private organizations in forming coordinated programs, policies, and standards.
• To promote the health, social and economic benefits of trails: By educating users through forums, conferences, information materials, training and other activities.

Work Environment:
The Deputy Executive Director is under the supervision of the Executive Director. The Deputy Executive Director will be expected to:
• Prioritize work in order to effectively meet day-to-day demands and ongoing assignments.
• communicate regularly with the Executive Director on work projects and to seek advice on new or controversial aspects of the work.

The downtown office if located within 100’ of the 11-mile Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and within one-quarter mile of the 2.6-mile Ship Creek Trail.
Training and mentorship will be provided to the successful candidate to ensure the candidate can quickly become a leader in the Alaska Trails’ community.
The salary is competitive and will be based upon the successful candidate's education, experience and skills. Position will be based upon a 30-hour workweek to begin with the potential to increase to full time. Interested individuals should familiarize themselves with Alaska Trails by studying our website (, and/or by contacting the Executive Director Max Gruner at

To apply, send your resume, cover letter, three references, and salary requirement to: (preferred) or by mail: Alaska Trails, PO Box 100627, Anchorage, AK 99510.

This position will remain open until filled.  Screening of candidates will begin April 20, 2010.

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