Executive Director

The Executive Director (ED) is a full-time position that reports to the Board of Directors. As the chief executive officer of SCC, the Executive Director will provide professional oversight of the organization, as well as handle day-to-day administrative and programmatic tasks. The ED must be independently driven, highly motivated, an exceptional multi-tasker and able to balance many different projects, programs, and events at one time.  Overall, the ED must be a fervent supporter of the Southeast Climbing Community, with a strong passion to see the SCC grow and succeed.

As the lead fundraiser for the organization, the Executive Director will develop, sustain, cultivate, and identify new and existing sources of philanthropic support, including events, major gifts, foundation support, individual support and business donations. The Executive Director will work with the Treasurer and finance committee to oversee the fiscal operations of the organization. The Executive Director will work alongside the Stewardship Director to manage all fee-simple properties and work with local partners to manage the climbing resource at non-SCC owned properties.

The ED is the face of the organization, a recognizable leader providing identity and increased visibility for SCC in our region. In collaboration with the Board of Directors and Stewardship Director, they will be able to plan, articulate and convey a vision for the future of the SCC and translate strategic goals into achievable objectives.

Duties of this position include

  • Secure annual grant funding and ensure all grant reporting is complete. SCC relies on grant funding to thrive. The ED must be punctual in applying for grants and finding new grant sources, as well as actively engaging grant funders.
  • Ensure successful fundraising events and capital campaigns. The ED is responsible for planning and overseeing all fundraising events and ensuring each event is successful and supports the mission of the SCC. The ED will provide P&L statements from each event and manage event budgets.
  • Manage organizational finances, including creating annual budget and annual reports. The ED is responsible to ensure the organization is hitting fundraising benchmarks and adhering to the budget set forth by the finance committee and board.
  • Manage three committees: finance committee and South Cumberland and Cumberland Trail Fixed Hardware committees. Be present at committee meetings when necessary. The ED will need to ensure all committees are following through with committee requirements.
  • Manage and develop large donor programs. This includes promoting and growing the Conservation Legacy Program as well as identifying new donors by making direct face-to-face solicitation.
  • Conduct day-to-day administrative needs. As a grassroots organization, the ED manages all administrative and programmatic tasks of the organization, including running the swag store, bank and post office visits, ensuring invoices and bills are paid, responding to general inquiries from the website, and more.
  • Manage SCC’s Membership Program, including recruiting new members, sending membership packets, engaging current members and building the member benefits program.
  • Oversee Stewardship Director. The Stewardship Director will report directly to the ED. The ED is responsible for finding grant funding and projects for the stewardship program.
  • Manage volunteers and interns.
  • Work closely with Access Fund’s Southeast Regional Director.
  • Maintain a presence at relevant events, including tabling and engaging participants.
  • Marketing and Communications – Manage and keep the website updated and current, manage all social media accounts, send monthly newsletters, and write press releases and articles.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in business or non-profit or public administration a plus.
  • Leadership and management experience in a for-profit or non-profit organization.
  • Experience in leading fundraising efforts, developing and managing budgets. Experience with organizational financial management.
  • Grant writing experience.
  • Demonstrated capabilities in strategic growth orientation, board administration, team leadership, employee management, and effective internal and external communication.
  • Exceptional public speaking, relationship building and communication skills.
  • Deep personal connection to outdoor rock climbing and a passion for the mission of the organization required.
  • Must be willing to relocate to Chattanooga, TN


Pay and bonus commensurate with experience.

Email resume and cover letter to [email protected] by Feb. 28, 2019.