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Executive Director,
National Trails


Location: Washington, DC (hybrid/remote)


The Partnership for the National Trails System is the only nationwide, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the extraordinary value of America’s 32 National Scenic and Historic Trails within the National Trails System. 

These include iconic scenic trails such as the Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail; and significant historic trails such as the Lewis and Clark Trail, the Trail of Tears, and the Selma to Montgomery Trail. 


The Partnership is hiring an Executive Director to lead this essential work.

See the detailed job brochure:












Major roles and activities include:

  • Convening a community of National Trails.

  • Generating resources and awareness to elevate National Trails.

  • Leading a coalition to advance National Trails advocacy and policy priorities.


Experience sought:


A strong candidate would be comfortable navigating the following areas, with deep expertise in some of these areas:

  • Nonprofit leadership experience, including knowledge and involvement with advocacy and policy.

  • Demonstrated affinity for the Partnership’s mission of supporting national scenic and historic trails.

  • People management experience encompassing day-to-day team leadership, employee performance reviews, conflict resolution, recruiting, hiring and termination. Remote team management experience preferred.

  • Demonstrated competencies in diversity, equity, and inclusion to foster a workplace culture of belonging; to strengthen relationships with the Partnership’s diverse partners and stakeholders; and to build a broader and more collaborative national trails community, in keeping with the Partnership’s Statement of Inclusion.

  • Nonprofit development experience including major donor relations, fundraising campaigns, and pursuit and management of grants.

  • External communications/public relations experience to represent the Partnership to its partner organizations, in its member communities, and in the media.

  • Financial and administrative management experience, notably in budget management, as well as other areas including audit compliance, and human resources administration.

  • Familiarity with nonprofit governance for successful engagement with a nonprofit Board of Directors.

For more information:

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