The Outdoor Foundation (TOF) is a national, $2.5MM not-for-profit or 501(c)(3) organization, established in 2000, by the board of Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), and is dedicated to inspire and grow future generations of outdoor leaders and enthusiasts.
The Foundation earns revenue through several sources. These include grants from industry and non-endemic organizations (restricted and unrestricted), event registration and sponsorship, and match donations from OIA membership.
The money raised by development activity funds action-oriented outreach and education programs from youth to college-aged individuals. This programming is two-fold. The first type of programming is administering grant programs on behalf of 3rd party organizations. Examples include the North Face Explorer Fund and the National Park Service Challenge grant. The second type of programming is the development and management of Foundation-created and run youth engagement initiatives. Primarily, these programs are Outdoor Nation and Campus Challenge, focused on activating college-aged students.
In addition to programming driven to increase participation, the Foundation conducts extensive research to include overall participation and specific activity reports. Overall, the Foundation successfully carries out its core mission and produces consistent results.
Starting in the fall of 2016, the Foundation’s Board of Directors have been driven to develop a new three to five-year strategic plan to improve upon this success. The incoming Executive Director will be included in this process, and it has intentionally put on hold until this point, as the Foundation must fill its most critical role.
Now, an outstanding opportunity exists to be considered as a candidate for the Executive Director of the Outdoor Foundation. We are looking for an entrepreneurial, creative, and passionate leader, with strengths in fundraising and youth-oriented programming, to define the Foundation’s vision and mission, build upon its culture, and set meaningful goals and milestones to achieve impactful results.
Please consider joining other young leaders and key partners at an organization that ultimately strives to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans into the great outdoors.
The Executive Director is responsible for leadership toward and execution of the Outdoor Foundation’s strategic goals. The Executive Director serves as a leader in attracting new capital, allies, and resources to advance TOF’s mission. The Executive Director manages an organization staff, operations, external communications, assessment, and external partnerships, including representing TOF in communications and relationships with a diverse array of audiences and stakeholders. Outdoor Industry Association provides shared services for finance, human resources, marketing, and research.
This position works extremely close with the Foundation’s board in setting direction and in strategic planning and fundraising. It reports to the Executive Director of Outdoor Industry Association.
The successful candidate will:
Rely on strong strategy, collaboration, leadership, and management skills;
Demonstrate a proven track record of tying grant-making and TOF programs to outcomes that increase outdoor participation in the U.S.;
Increase the dollars received from the outdoor industry while expanding TOF support to include companies engaged in the health and wellness of Americans;
Increase the Foundation’s external profile and impact, and;
Establish TOF as the industry’s go-to non-profit for increasing outdoor participation.
Strategy Development & Organizational Leadership:
In collaboration with OIA’s Executive Director and the Foundation Board and in consultation with external subject matter experts, develops strategic goals and initiatives aligned with TOF’s strategy and long-term goals.
Sets organizational goals and related performance metrics, executes upon processes and plans for assessing progress against TOF’s goals and milestones, and shares results, lessons, and knowledge to target audiences.
Manages the TOF team, including hiring and managing staff and consultants, creating and maintaining a culture of excellence, and developing and implementing effective processes for managing organizational activity.
In partnership with shared services in finance, develops and maintains annual budgets, manages financial activities, supports rigorous accountability standards for income, expenses and budget tracking, and ensures compliance with all legal and donor requirements.
Supports TOF Board operations by advising and informing Board members, managing preparation of Board agendas and background materials, contributing to planning processes, and implementing board policies and plans.
In close collaboration with OIA staff, seeks opportunities to leverage key internal partnerships as a core strategy for success.
Fundraising & External Relations:
Oversees communications and positioning of TOF as an effective, vital, go-to resource on the engagement of youth in the outdoors.
Represent TOF and raise its profile and visibility to funders, partners, policymakers, and the public. Leads fundraising to cultivate and solicit major donors, foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
Cultivates and sustains a network of relationships in the field and effectively collaborates with partnering organizations and funders.
A minimum of 10 years of work experience, including three to five years at a senior management level in the nonprofit or business sector.
Strong leadership capabilities, with an entrepreneurial spirit and proven management skills; demonstrated ability to inspire and motivate staff and potential partners.
Fundraising experience or aptitude, with a particular focus in cultivating and securing investments from major donors, foundations, businesses, and government funders.
Demonstrated experience in developing programs or initiatives, ideally in the space of youth development and engagement, with strong vision and well-defined outcomes and overseeing execution to success, including coordinating the work of key staff and partners, meeting financial goals, and assessing results and lessons.
Demonstrated ability to plan and think strategically, articulate realistic goals and objectives, and balance multiple priorities.
Exceptional ability to network and build partnerships.
Knowledge of or experience in field-building and coalition-building.
Excellent oral and written communications skills; the personal presence to represent the Outdoor Foundation in diverse forums and organizational relationships.
A successful track record in entrepreneurial environments, holding positions of increasing complexity and responsibility.
Strong analytical skills and experience with due diligence and/or grant-making processes.
Strong commitment and passion for Outdoor Foundation’s vision and mission.
Organizational savvy, diplomacy, and outstanding interpersonal skills.
Thrives professionally in an innovative and dynamic work environment.
A sense of humor, flexibility, and the ability to contribute to a collegial and respectful office environment.
Willingness and ability to travel as required.
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s or other graduate degree a plus
The Outdoor Foundation has retained Jobplex, a DHR International company, to assist them on this search. Please send your resume and expression of interest to:
Additional Salary Information: Comprehensive total compensation package, including base salary and at-risk performance bonus, commensurate with qualifications and experience, as well as an outstanding health, welfare, and benefits program.
Based in Boulder, Colo., with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. Outdoor Industry Association unites and serves over 1,200 manufacturer, supplier, sales representative and retailer members through its focus on trade and recreation policy, sustainable business innovation and outdoor participation. For more information, visit outdoorindustry.org.