Southeastern Climbers Coalition is excited to announce that we are hiring for a new Executive Director! If you fancy yourself a climbing advocate, non-profit professional, excellent fundraiser, community builder, or climber steward and want to play a major role in supporting the preservation of climbing throughout the Southeast, check out this great opportunity.

Executive Director Job Description 

The Executive Director (ED) is a full-time position that reports to the Board of Directors. As the chief executive officer of SCC, the Executive Director will provide professional oversight of the organization, as well as handle day-to-day administrative and programmatic tasks. The ED must be independently driven, highly motivated, an exceptional multi-tasker and able to balance many different projects, programs, and events at one time.  Overall, the ED must be a fervent supporter of the Southeast Climbing Community, with a strong passion to see the SCC grow and succeed. 


As the lead fundraiser for the organization, the Executive Director will develop, sustain, cultivate, and identify new and existing sources of philanthropic support, including events, major gifts, foundation support, individual support and corporate sponsorships. The Executive Director will work with the Treasurer and finance committee to oversee the fiscal operations of the organization. The Executive Director will oversee the Marketing Coordinator on all outreach, events, and fundraising efforts and Stewardship Coordinator to manage all fee-simple properties and work with local partners to manage the climbing resource at non-SCC owned properties.


The ED is the face of the organization, a recognizable leader providing identity and increased visibility for SCC in our region. In collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff, they will be able to plan, articulate and convey a vision for the future of the SCC and translate strategic goals into achievable objectives. 


Duties of this position include: 

  • Serve as the primary land manager for 8 fee simple properties. 
  • Work directly with land managers throughout Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia to maintain positive relationships, negotiate access and maintain stewardship of climbing areas. Advise and consult land managers and land owners on climbing management.
  • Secure annual grant funding and ensure all grant reporting is complete. SCC relies on grant funding to thrive. The ED must be punctual in applying for grants and finding new grant sources, as well as actively engaging grant funders. 
  • Ensure successful fundraising events and capital campaigns. The ED is responsible for overseeing all fundraising events and ensuring each event is successful and supports the mission of the SCC. ED will provide P&L statements from each event.
  • Manage organizational finances with the SCC Treasurer, including creating an annual budget and annual reports. The ED is responsible to ensure the organization is hitting fundraising benchmarks and adhering to the budget set forth by the finance committee and board.
  • Manage board committees: SCC has several committees that meet monthly, including: fixed hardware, acquisition, finance, education, and equitable access. Be present at committee meetings when necessary. The ED will need to ensure all committees are following through with committee requirements and fulfilling tasks as assigned. 
  • Steward large donors and corporate partners. This includes promoting and growing the Conservation Legacy Program and securing donations for fundraising efforts as well as identifying new donors by making direct face-to-face solicitation.
  • Conduct day-to-day administrative needs. As a grassroots organization, the ED manages all administrative and programmatic tasks of the organization, including running the online swag store, bank and post office visits, ensuring invoices and bills are paid, responding to general inquiries from the website, and more.
  • Manage SCC’s Membership Program, including recruiting new members, sending membership packets, engaging current members and building the member benefits program.
  • Oversee Stewardship Program and Stewardship Coordinator. The Stewardship Coordinator will report directly to the ED. The ED is responsible for finding grant funding and projects for the stewardship program.
  • Oversee Marketing and Communications and Marketing Coordinator. The Marketing Coordinator will report directly to the ED. The ED is responsible for overseeing the website, social media accounts, monthly newsletters, press releases and articles.
  • Manage volunteers and interns.
  • Work closely with Access Fund’s Southeast Regional Director. 
  • Provide a visible presence for SCC at events, tabling, regional meetings, etc.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in business, non-profit management, natural resource management, recreation, or public administration is a plus. 
  • Leadership and management experience in a for-profit or non-profit organization.
  • Experience in leading fundraising efforts, developing and managing budgets, and managing organizational finances is highly preferred. Grant writing experience.
  • Demonstrated capabilities in strategic growth orientation, board administration, team leadership, employee management, and effective internal and external communication.
  • Exceptional public speaking, relationship building and communication skills.
  • Experience in land management and/or demonstrated ability to maintain positive relationships with public land managers as well as private landowners.
  • Deep personal connection to outdoor rock climbing and a passion for the mission of the organization required. 
  • Must be willing to relocate to Chattanooga, TN and be willing to travel frequently throughout TN, AL & GA. Remote work within the TAG region may be considered.



Pay and bonus commensurate with experience.


Full time, Exempt.


SCC Headquarters is based in Chattanooga, TN. Travel within TN, GA & AL will be required. Remote work within the region may be considered.


To Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to with the subject title “SCC Executive Director Applicant” by Friday, June 11th. 


SCC preserves climbing areas for current and future generations in the Southeast. We do this through acquisition, stewardship, and community, so that all climbers can enjoy equitable access to the outdoors. We believe all people should have the opportunity to explore the vast natural landscapes in our region. We do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, religion, or any other identity and we will not tolerate prejudice on our properties or within our organization. We believe the outdoors is for all people to enjoy without fear of discrimination and we will continue to work to ensure public protected climbing areas exist in perpetuity.