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Executive Director

Tread Lightly! Salt Lake, UT
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, 401k, Dental

About Tread Lightly! Tread Lightly! and its strategic partners lead a national initiative to protect and enhance recreation access, promote outdoor ethics, and improve stewardship to maintain healthy ecosystems for thriving populations of fish and wildlife. Through a myriad of programs and training, we educate recreationists on the importance of treading lightly through our award-winning programs.

Performance expectations: Tread Lightly! (TL!) is seeking a full-time Executive Director to provide strategic direction, oversee operations, spearhead key partnerships and offer leadership for all aspects of the organization to support the larger mission. With a visionary and relationship-driven approach, the Executive Director ensures consistency of internal and external activities.

Professional competencies: Strategic, agile and self-directed. Excellent verbal, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. Superior leadership skills with the ability to inspire confidence and build key relationships. Proven fundraising ability. Budget oriented. Politically savvy.

Conditions of employment: Full time with extensive travel.

Within the parameters of the Tread Lightly! Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Policies, the Executive Director is responsible for and should have demonstrated experience in the following:

Strategic direction:

  • Report to the Board of Directors to implement the TL! strategic direction set by the Board of Directors as the leading outdoor ethics organization in the nation.
  • Demonstrate and develop the TL! core values.

Business acumen:

  • Demonstrated financial acumen with significant past P&L responsibility.
  • A track record of managing revenue targets and adapting expenses as needed.
  • Unwavering professionalism with the highest ethical standards.
  • Proven track record of results, specifically with successful fundraising activities and obtaining grants.
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets to meet operational, fiduciary and multi-year objectives.
  • Uphold high-quality branding and protection of the brand/related symbols.

Key relationship management:

  • Ability to professionally present to, interact with, and implement feedback from a diverse board of directors
  • Foster and maintain relationships with state/federal/governmental agencies, private organizations, conservation and recreation groups, colleges and universities and companies to garner funding and maximize offerings.
  • Ensure internal and external organizational accountability and compliance.


  • High-energy leadership that inspires and empowers staff to reach goals by identifying individual strengths and career paths.
  • Motivate and manage through best practices to strategically and efficiently advance the mission.
  • Design implement and direct multiple complex projects through creativity.
  • Oversee human resources: personnel, compensation, and active recruiting.


  • Oversee all organizational fundraising activities: corporate, memberships, and volunteers.
  • Achieve fundraising growth that furthers the mission of the organization and enables expansion of stewardship programs.


  • Excellent public speaking, presentation, and written/oral communication.
  • Ability to compose effective appeals for membership, donors, and volunteers.
  • Decisive decision-maker with the ability to analyze data, prioritize actions, and communicate information internally and externally to build consensus.

Education and Experience

  • BS/BA degree required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Existing relationships preferred (state and federal agencies, private organizations, conservation and recreation groups, companies, etc.).
  • 5 years of experience in the management of a professional association, non-profit organization, or related managerial/supervisory experience.
  • Personal passion for, and commitment to, outdoor recreation and access.

Tread Lightly!

Why Work Here?

Tread Lightly! is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship.


500 N Marketplace Drive, Centerville, UT 84014
Salt Lake, UT


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