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Executive Director

Teens To Trails

Position Description





At Teens To Trails (or “T3”), we believe that life happens outside, and a connection to the outdoors is critical to healthy and happy lives. Adults generally formed their connection to the outdoors as kids, but, unfortunately, not all young people have the opportunity to experience the outdoors, even in Maine where the outdoors is so accessible. We are passionate about giving all teenagers the opportunity to form a connection with nature and the outdoors, and we accomplish this through the establishment and support of high school outing clubs.


In operation for over ten years, T3 has already dramatically increased opportunities for Maine teens to get outside through grant and equipment assistance to outing clubs, safety and leadership training for outing club leaders and students, and hosting of weekend outdoor events to gather outing clubs from across the state. In 2007, before T3, there were less than a dozen high school outing clubs in all of Maine and now there are over 60 outing clubs statewide. In this time, T3 has distributed 125 direct grants totaling $60,000 to 65 schools across Maine, directly improving the lives of over 3,000 Maine teens. This translates to over 250,000 outdoor hours generated for these young people. T3 is at an exciting stage in its life cycle; with established and successful programming, T3 is now looking to scale its overall operation.


T3 is in search of an Executive Director to advance this critical mission and join its team of a small dynamic staff and dedicated Board. The Executive Director will work closely with educators and students, in a role that will frequently be outside, collaborating with others that love the outdoors. The Executive Director will continue to cultivate the close connection that T3 has established with many other like-minded organizations and outdoor industry supporters, including L.L.Bean, the National Park Service, the Quimby Family Foundation, the Chewonki Foundation, and Sterling Rope. The successful candidate is resourceful and self-driven with proven ability to manage priorities and staff.




Strategic Planning

  • guides the setting of annual objectives to accomplish long-term goals as outlined in the 10-Year Strategic Plan
  • oversees overall organizational structure and the changing needs of the organization
  • works to grow existing connections with like-minded partners and to develop new, long-term 
partners for the organization


Budget and Finances

  • develops a long-term financial strategy for the organization
  • works with Board Treasurer and Executive Committee to draft annual operating budget and works 
through needed changes to accomplish full Board approval at start of fiscal year
  • oversees expenditures and ensures financial accountability and stability


Fundraising and Communications

  • works with Development Committee to develop and execute donor recruitment strategies
  • identifies grant opportunities consistent with the T3 mission, sets priorities, oversees writing of 
grant proposals and fulfillment of reporting requirements
  • oversees acknowledgment of gifts and effective stewardship of T3 donors
  • maintains positive community outreach and strengthens brand recognition
  • sets donor meetings and solicits major gifts


Staff Supervision and Retention

  • manages staff and distribution of responsibilities among staff
  • recruits and hires new staff, as necessary
  • holds staff meetings and communicates regularly with staff
  • conducts periodic reviews of employee objectives and progress toward their annual goals and T3’s 
  • shares training opportunities to support professional development and increase organizational 


Board and Advisory Council Development

  • develops, maintains, and supports a strong Board of Managers & provides staff support to the Executive Committee
  • leads recruitment of new Board, Committee, and Advisory Council Members to fill gaps in leadership and skills required to run the organization efficiently and effectively
  • ensures ongoing communication among Board members and with staff
  • holds regular Board & Executive Committee meetings





  • demonstrated leadership experience
  • experience with budgeting, accounting systems, and fiscal management
  • highly developed communications skills (verbal and written)
  • strong organizational skills and ability to manage donor database
  • acutely detail oriented with precise follow through
  • prior experience managing a team and prioritizing and delegating duties
  • non-profit or business management experience
  • strong computer skills


Critical Attributes

  • strong connection to the outdoors and belief in our mission
  • passion for improving the lives of young people and interest in working with students and teachers
  • ability to act as a strong ambassador for the organization


Education Level

  • bachelor’s degree or higher


This role is expected to be a full time or near-full time (32-40 hours/week) position. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The position is located in Brunswick, Maine. If not already living in Maine, relocation to Maine is required.


To apply, send a cover letter and resume to: hiring@teenstotrails.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in early June.

Teens To Trails is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit.

Additional Job Information

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to: hiring@teenstotrails.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in early June.
Executive/Senior Management
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Statewide/Regional Travel
Brunswick, Maine
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