Board Governance: Works with Board in order to fulfill the organization's mission.
- Responsible for leading SORP in a manner that supports and guides its organization mission as defined by the Board of Directors. - Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the health of the organization.
- Responsible for the fiscal integrity of SORP to include submission to the Board of proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization. - Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operation within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position. - Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support SORP’s mission and presence over time.
Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with Board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, and strategic planning.
- Responsible for the implementation of SORP existing programs (e.g. Scholarships, Annual Conference and Education and Professional Development). - Responsible for working with the SORP board to expand programs that carry out the SORP mission. - Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that SORP can successfully fulfill its mission into the future. - Responsible for the enhancement of SORP image by being suitably active and visible within the outdoor recreation industry.
Organization Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are executed efficiently.
- Responsible for the effective administration of SORP operations. - Responsible for coordinating the hiring and retention of any necessary support staff. - Responsible for signing all notes, agreements and other instruments made to and entered into and on behalf of the organization.
Contract Employment – Up to 30 Hours per Week
Organizational Mission and Strategy
The Executive Director will represent the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals at a variety of industry functions, and at the National Outdoor Recreation Conference. The Executive Director may travel to board approved functions to engage in the national dialogue around outdoor recreation issues. The Executive Director is responsible for execution of the SORP Board of Director’s strategic vision for the organization, and for the implementation of organizational functions described in the SORP Policies and Procedures Manual.
Administration and External Communication
The Executive Director has administrative functions that include responding to SORP member communications, utilizing existing SORP recordkeeping tools, and maintaining the archive of important SORP materials. Additionally, the Executive Director is responsible for the digital and online presence of SORP including our website (www.recpro.org). The Executive Director is also responsible for the dissemination of the SORP newsletter.
The Executive Director is responsible for the collection of fees, invoices, and all organizational revenues, as well as to pay all organizational bills. Relevant information is provided to the SORP Treasurer on a monthly basis for reporting to the board, and on an annual basis for filing taxes and auditing the organization as necessary.
The Executive Director is responsible for managing the membership database and welcoming new members to the organization. Additionally, the Executive Director will conduct a membership survey, and coordinate with the Membership and Communication Committee. The Executive Director also works to ensure that the Education and Professional Develop Committee is appropriately resourced for the management of webinars and other training.
The Executive Director will play a significant role in the planning, execution, and wrap-up of the National Outdoor Recreation Conference. Conference planning will take place hand-in-hand with the Conference Chair and the SORP Board. These duties include but are not limited to securing a venue, developing a conference budget, developing a conference program and compendium app, planning field trips, training volunteers and Board Members, logistics, continuing education documentation, social media and web services, and customer service for attendees.
How to Apply
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and written response (no more than one page) to the following questions:
1. The Executive Director will be charged with enhancing SORP’s Mission and increasing our relevance to our membership. From reviewing the website, knowledge of the association or other research methods, please propose 2 general strategies to achieve this charge.
2. The position will be completely remote. Please describe your experiences (successes/challenges) working remotely or propose strategies to establish and maintain engaging working relationships in this setting.
The application review process will begin on August 18, 2017 and will be open until the position is filled.
- A bachelor’s degree (highly preferred). - Demonstrated high integrity leadership skills. - Five or more years of experience in nonprofit management, or equivalent. - Hands on experience with budgeting and organizational management skills including budget formulation, execution, and analysis. - Demonstrated experience with organizational planning, delegation, program development, and task facilitation, or equivalent. - Ability to convey a vision of SORP’s strategic future to board, donors and members. - Collaboration and motivational skills. - Demonstrated track record of fundraising, grant writing, or business development. - Familiarity with and passion for the outdoor recreation profession. Including an understanding of issues surrounding federal, state, and local land management policy. - Strong written, oral communication, and public speaking skills.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation will be negotiated based on the candidate’s experience.
The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals, founded in 1983, is the nation’s leading association of outdoor recreation and related professionals who strive to protect our natural and cultural resources while providing sustainable recreation access. Our 400+ plus members represent all sectors of the outdoor recreation industry professions.
SORP’S mission is to promote, advance and serve th...e outdoor recreation professionals in research, planning, management and policy development.
PEOPLE - Our strength is the passion, diversity, and leadership of our members.
COMMUNITY - We thrive in the cultivation of shared purpose and the opportunity to make lasting connections.
COLLABORATION - We embrace collaboration to advance the outdoor recreation profession and foster meaningful results.
SUSTAINABLE RECREATION - We encourage innovative approaches to manage outdoor recreation.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - We believe that a distinguished career includes life-long learning.