Executive Director

Founded in 1894 on the summit of Mt. Hood, the Mazamas is a nonprofit mountaineering education organization located in Portland, Oregon that promotes climbing, responsible recreation, and conservation values through outdoor education, advocacy, and outreach. Over the years, the Mazamas has evolved from the industrialist roots of its founders morphing into more of a climbing club in the 1950s, then becoming a modern-day nonprofit organization that serves thousands of individuals and over 3,700 members.Characterized by a culture of dedication and volunteerism, this is an exciting point in time at Mazamas as the organization celebrates 125 years of success and influence. Currently, the Mazamas offer over 700 hikes and 350 climbs annually. A variety of classes and activities are offered for every skill and fitness level and are open to both members and nonmembers. The Mazamas is governed by a nine-member Executive Council (i.e., Board of Directors), has an operating budget for the current fiscal year of approximately $1.3M and there are ten (10) staff positions budgeted.The greater Portland, OR area is one of the most desirable and appealing places in the country in which to live, work and play. The state of Oregon is renowned for its natural beauty, unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities, topography that ranges from Pacific Ocean beaches to majestic mountain ranges, and temperate climate. For more than a century, the Mazamas have played a key leadership role in promoting and protecting this amazing landscape and the future holds untold opportunities to continue and expand this work for the organization.Led by the new Executive Director, the Mazamas organization is uniquely poised to aim even higher, strive for broader impact, and make a lasting difference for the community. Reporting to and working under the general guidance of the Executive Council, the Executive Director acts as the Chief Executive Officer of the Mazamas and is responsible for the overall management of the Mazamas in accordance with its mission, vision and Strategic Plan. This includes playing a leadership role in developing a long-term vision for the organization, continual strategic planning efforts, operational planning, and driving the organization toward results.The Executive Director will be passionate about the outdoors and be committed to the Mazamas’ mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience ideally with experience reporting to or working closely with a volunteer Board of Directors. Preferred concrete, demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with at least 5 years of senior management experience; track record of effectively leading a performance and outcomes based organization and staff.• Ability to point to specific examples of having taken an organization through significant culture change and to the next stage of growth.• Excellence in organization development and management with the ability to develop high performance teams, coach and manage staff, set and achieve strategic objectives, develop a budget, and effectively manage organization finances.• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.• Experience with fundraising and the ability to engage, steward and cultivate donors.• Past success in governance and working with Boards of nonprofit organizations.• Marketing, public relations, and/or communications, experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.• Experience working with government agencies and in partnership with like-minded organizations on advocacy, and diversity, equity and inclusion outreach efforts.• Ability to craft, hold and communicate a vision.• Effective written and verbal communications skills.• Experience in program development and implementation, identifying new opportunities to generate revenue, and facilities management.The Mazamas is a progressive employer and is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all. Mazamas and The Valtas Group embrace diversity of thought and personal experience, and encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.For immediate consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter of no more than two pages at www.valtasgroup.com/openings.  Questions can be directed to Mr. Ed Rogan, Senior Consultant, The Valtas Group at ed@valtasgroup.com or by calling 206.697.8428. The position is open until filled. Candidate review is on-going and begins immediately. Please respond as soon as possible.