Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew

Position Description: Executive Director

 The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew (CLMTBC) is an affiliate of the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). CLMTBC member volunteers, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, provide extensive year-round construction and maintenance support for the singletrack trail system in and around the Cuyuna Country Recreation Center in Crosby-Ironton, Minnesota. Cuyuna Lakes Trails is one of only 15 IMBA-certified Silver Ride Centers in the world. The system includes two trail centers, more than 70 miles of trails, an innovative trail segment for adaptive riders, and year-round trails for all levels of mountain bikers in an area of heavily forested reclaimed open-pit iron mines interspersed with beautiful natural and mine lakes. More than 171,000 bikers rode the trails in 2021.

CLMTBC Mission:  To maintain our trails, expand opportunities for off-road bicycling throughout our area, and strengthen our local community through active living and cycling.

CLMTBC Vision: To be a year-round, international, family off-road cycling destination.

CLMTBC Values: We think positively. We respect others. We keep each other safe. We work hard.


The CLMTBC Executive Director reports to the CLMTBC Board of Directors and has overall strategic and operational responsibility for CLMTBC planning, fundraising, grants, operations, partnerships, and budgets—all in support of the CLMTBC mission, vision, and values as articulated by the Board of Directors.

  1. Key Responsibilities:


–Operations and Leadership: Provide strategic and operational leadership to ensure that CLMTBC is a sustainable organization for the long term. Utilize knowledge of the outdoor non-profit field and the business and culture of mountain biking to create systems for sustaining the trail system and enhancing the local community.

–Building Relationships and Community: Serve as the public face of CLMTBC by creating and maintaining effective relationships with the Crew Board, Crew members, trail and event volunteers, business and government partners, sponsors, donors, foundations, and local trail advisory boards. These include but are not limited to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the cities of Crosby, Ironton, Cuyuna, Deerwood, Trommald, Riverton, and Brainerd, the International Mountain Biking Association, other regional mountain biking organizations, Crow Wing County, local business partners, local healthcare systems, regional Chambers of Commerce and other economic development agencies, elected county, state, and federal officials, regional school districts, and other outdoor user groups in the area such as ATV, hunting, diving, fishing, and snowmobiling clubs.  Ensure that commitments made by CLMTBC with partners and the community are mutually fulfilled.

–Finances: Optimize fundraising and grant-writing to support and enhance CLMTBC’s ability to focus on its essential mission. In conjunction with the Board of Directors, prepare and monitor annual budget to align with short- and long-term strategic goals. Monitor funding and grant progress and objectives to ensure financial goals are met. Complete necessary reports.

  1. Qualifications and Skills:



–A Bachelor’s degree in outdoor education, business, marketing, non-profit leadership, or another related field.

–At least four years of relevant professional experience in non-profit management.


–Knowledge and successful experience in grant writing and other forms of fundraising.

–Strong marketing, public relations, and communications experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.

–Excellent computer skills and digital competencies.

–Strong writing and public speaking skills.

–The ability to lead effective meetings.

–Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse groups of people.

— A passion for leading a mission-driven organization.

–Experience in working independently and as part of a team, and in exercising good judgment, confidentiality, and discernment.

–The ability to manage multi-disciplinary projects.

–An entrepreneurial attitude, the ability to adapt to meet goals, and creativity in setting and achieving organizational goals.

–Attention to detail, strong time management skills, and the ability to meet deadlines.

III. Operational Responsibilities:


–Actively seek out and manage strategic grant, fundraising, and sponsorship opportunities—and write effective grant and other funding proposals in support of the mission of the CLMTBC

–Plan and manage CLMTBC fundraising events.

–In collaboration with the Board, create systems and mechanisms for sustainable sources of funding for the CLMTBC

–Build and maintain relationships to support the mission of the CLMTBC with local businesses, governmental agencies, Crew members, volunteers, community stakeholders, and funders.

–Work closely with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources staff at the Cuyuna Country Recreation Area and with all landowners (public and private) of land on which CLMTBC maintains trails.

–In collaboration with the Board, manage and maintain up-to-date memorandums of understanding and other formal documents as needed with all landowners.

–In collaboration with the President of the Board, organize monthly CLMTBC Board meetings and other Crew meetings as needed.

–Communicate with CLMTBC insurance agents, attorneys, and other legal or technical support professionals as needed.

–Actively engage and energize members, political and community leaders, volunteers, partners, and funders in support of the CLMTBC mission.

–Serve as ex-officio member of the Board, attend and lead meetings in collaboration with the Board President, and assist the Board in setting strategic direction and goals.

–Serve as a lead CLMTBC representative on local trail and outdoor advisory councils, and as the primary contact person for public inquiries.

–Utilize affiliation with IMBA to support goals of CLMTBC.

–Meet with CLMTBC Board Treasurer and accountant as needed and submit all required reports.

–In collaboration with the Board, participate in the annual budgeting process, and monitor finances with the Board Treasurer on a monthly basis.

–Monitor CLMTBC’s internal systems, operations, and processes; work with the Board to strengthen and streamline them as needed.


  1. Work Environment and Expectations


–A successful individual in this position will have the ability to self-start and self-manage, understand and balance multiple perspectives, tolerate interruptions without losing focus, solve problems, meet short- and long-term goals, and respond to direction from the Board of Directors. Fulfilling responsibilities will include travel to trail or other project sites that might be in isolated outdoor areas. It is expected that the Executive Director will be an active participant in Crew trail-maintenance and other events. They will be the primary public face of the organization in the community, and the first liaison from CLMTBC to other mountain bike and outdoor organizations in the region. It is also expected that the individual will be able to pass all background checks required within the parameters of the CLMBTC’s partnership with the Minnesota DNR.

  1. Terms


–This is a work-from-home-based position, but the job requires frequent work at businesses, government offices, trails, and other sites in Crow Wing County.

–Must be able to work evenings and weekends when needed.

–Some travel will be required.

–This is a full-time position with a variable work schedule based on project load, meetings, and events.

  1. Salary and Benefits


–The base salary for this full-time position is $60,000 to $70,000.

–The Board anticipates opportunities for the successful candidate to increase this base over time through partnerships and funding development efforts that are central to the role, as noted earlier in this description.

–Paid vacation and sick leave are included.

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