SEARCH FOR THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
AMERICAN ALPINE CLUB
The American Alpine Club (AAC), America’s premiere climbing organization, is seeking an experienced, mission-driven leader to be their next Executive Director. Reporting to, and working closely with, the Board and senior leadership team, the new ED will join this historic and community-driven organization as it embarks on an ambitious effort to meet the needs of today’s growing and diverse climbing community as it faces a shifting landscape of environmental, societal and political factors impacting access and engagement.
Founded in 1902 by the nation’s leading climbers and conservationists to promote and preserve the climbing way of life, AAC’s mission is to “share and support our passion for climbing and respect for the places we climb”.
The world of climbing has expanded well beyond alpine climbing to include rock climbing, gym climbing, bouldering, ice climbing, competitive climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing and other activities. AAC has made it a priority to embrace and support the evolution of climbing and, as climate change threatens the wilderness in new ways, to more clearly align its efforts to support preservation of the climbing environment in particular and the outdoors in general and ensure future generations can continue to experience the wonder of the outdoors.
The AAC stands at an exciting inflection point. The organization’s membership has grown steadily, and its mission of supporting climbers and protecting the wilderness – both front country and backcountry – has never been more relevant. The organization is poised to welcome a leader who will build on the Club’s achievements and commitment to serving an ever-expanding audience of climbers and outdoor enthusiasts. The incoming ED will lead the effort to define the next phase of AAC’s vision, ethos, and culture, while also refining its value proposition and role within the greater climbing community.
The salary range for this position is $170,000 - 180,000.
The successful candidate must have a passion and a deep appreciation for the AAC’s history and mission to inspire members, volunteers, donors, elected officials, partnering organizations, and sponsors to continue to support the climbing community writ large. The successful candidate will be a collaborative, strategic leader who understands how to execute a vision to drive the strategic planning process to ensure the Club fulfills its ambitious mission to serve the changing needs of the climbing community and create programs to meet those needs. As the leader of the AAC’s operations, the ED will be an accessible and supportive manager, modeling a culture of creativity, flexibility, shared accountability, and motivating staff to provide a high level of service across the organization. The American Alpine Club has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting this important search. Confidential inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications (including resumes and letters of interest responding to the opportunities and challenges outlined above) should be sent electronically to the Isaacson, Miller executive search team via the link below.
Dan Rodas, Partner
Gail Gregory Managing Associate