American Hiking Society seeks new Executive Director

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With a new professional path for Greg Miller, American Hiking Society’s Board of Directors is looking for our next Executive Director.  Do you know someone who has a hikers heart and fits the qualifications below? Someone with proven leadership skills that is ready to take the helm of a respected and growing organization? If so, please spread the word.

AHS Overview

Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society (AHS) is the only national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that preserves and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience. As the national voice for hikers, AHS recognizes that foot trails and hiking are essential to connect people with nature, conserve open space, provide biological corridors for diverse plants and wildlife, and promote the health of Americans and our natural environment.  We represent the 47 million Americans who hike every year, and who believe that the preservation of trails is a critical legacy to leave future generations.

American Hiking Society champions conservation issues, works with Congress and federal agencies to shape public policy and legislation, builds public and private partnerships, supports volunteer stewardship, and provides critical resources to help plan, fund, and develop trails. We also provide resources to the public about how and where to hike and are committed to increasing the participation and enjoyment of hiking by everyone.

Core Values

  • The intrinsic value of hiking
  • Conservation through recreation
  • Stewardship
  • Sustainability


Executive Director: Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The AHS Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for fulfilling American Hiking Society’s mission to protect and promote hiking trails for all Americans. We seek an individual with proven leadership skills who can continue to grow and strengthen the organization. This person must have a passion for hiking and its benefits.

Currently, six full-time staff report to the Executive Director. The corporate headquarters are currently located in Silver Spring, Maryland, with a small satellite office in Golden, Colorado. The Executive Director’s state of residence is open to negotiation (including a location other than where existing offices are located).

The Ideal Candidate

AHS is seeking a visionary, inspiring leader who will manage the organization for effectiveness and growth. The ideal candidate will be:

  • Passionate about hiking in both words and deeds.
  • A strong manager who sets a vision and supports people in achieving it. Must have the skills to organize and lead remote staff (about half the AHS staff telecommutes).
  • A natural collaborator who is inclusive, in terms of diversity in thinking, backgrounds, and people.
  • Able to build support for the organization by working effectively with various constituents, including outdoor industry representatives, business leaders, club leaders, government officials and individual donors.
  • Entrepreneurial, a smart risk taker who balances big thinking with pragmatic skills.
  • Able to travel throughout the U.S.


Core Responsibilities

  • Provides overall vision and leadership with the concurrence of the American Hiking Society Board of Directors. Works with Board, staff, and outside advisors to develop short- and long-term objectives, strategic plans and overall direction.
  • Maintains a strong, cooperative relationship with the Board of Directors, keeping Board members informed and advised through direct communications and reports. At board direction, may also serve as an ex officio member on board committees, and may be engaged in board development.
  • Serves as chief financial officer. Oversees and monitors the financial operations of American Hiking Society consistent with the approved budget and standard financial management policies and practices.
  • Manages, oversees and plays a major role in all of American Hiking Society’s fundraising programs.
  • Supervises staff and contractors; responsible for all hiring and firing, and for promoting professional development among employees.
  • Initiates the development of strategic plans that respond to new opportunities and needs of the organization and ensures the planning process is a collaborative effort with the Board of Directors.
  • Ensures American Hiking Society programs are executed effectively and efficiently and their progress and completion are monitored.
  • Represents the interests and policies of American Hiking Society before a wide range of audiences, including federal and state agencies, legislators, members, supporters, the media, corporations, and the general public.



  • Ten to fifteen years of proven experience leading and growing an organization, preferably in a nonprofit setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in staff management, financial management, partnership development, solicitation of major gifts, and strategic planning.
  • Ability to engage and work with multiple stakeholders at all organizational levels, both internally and externally.
  • Ability to maintain an organizational culture which attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to manage a million-dollar organization with multiple funding sources and numerous strategic alliances and partnerships.
  • Existing network in the outdoor industry is preferred, but not required.
  • Working knowledge of hiking, backpacking, and recreational and environmental programs.
  • BS degree required, MS preferred.



Range is $90,000 to $110,000


Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage and a generous leave package.

To apply:

To be considered for this position, please provide the following to If you do not receive an acknowledgment of receipt within 5 days of submission, feel free to follow up and confirm receipt.

  • Resume;
  • Written statement (length at the applicant’s discretion) explaining why the applicant is a good fit to become the next leader of AHS; and
  • Names and contact information for three references.


Review of applications will begin on 20 December 2016 and continue until successfully filled.