Slate Valley Trails – Operations Manager

Slate Valley Trails
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Location: Rutland County,
About the Job

The Position

Slate Valley Trails (“SVT”) is seeking an Operations Manager to advance our mission through providing administrative and systems management across all areas of the organization. If
you’re a systems thinker with strong organizational skills, an avid trails advocate with a passion for outdoor recreation, an engaging communicator, and love being rooted in community then this is the job for you.

This full-time, salaried position is based in Poultney, VT. The Operations Manager will work independently and in partnership with the SVT Board and Committees. This position offers opportunity for growth and development, and we encourage all interested candidates to apply.

The Organization

SVT is a chapter of the Vermont Mountain Biking Association (“VMBA”). SVT’s mission is to build, maintain and promote foot and bicycling trails in the Slate Valley region of southwestern Vermont. Through this, SVT seeks to build community, support the local economy, and encourage the positive health benefits of being active outdoors. SVT is a fast-growing organization managing about 50 miles of existing trails with more than 10 miles planned for construction in the near future.

Key Responsibilities

Administration & Finance
Manage the general administration of the organization including but not limited to:
● Maintain the SVT office and files
● Respond to emails and other correspondence and direct to the Board or Committee as needed
● Manage accounts payable and receivable and complete basic bookkeeping using QuickBooks (in coordination with Treasurer)
● Prepare and manage contracts with vendors and other service providers (e.g., mowing, plowing, etc.)
● Participate in the budget preparation process with the Executive Committee
● Manage merchandise inventory and sales
● Oversee grant deliverables and reporting

Trail Maintenance Coordination
Support the Trails Committee in implementing a comprehensive trail maintenance program:
● Train, direct and supervise seasonal staff; recruit, train and lead volunteers
● Conduct periodic visual inspections of the trail network for maintenance and sustainability issues, maintain first hand knowledge of trail network conditions
● Plan projects and coordinate workflows
● Act as point person for communicating with the public and volunteers about trail maintenance

Strategic Communications
Maintain and update website and social media accounts, prepare and send mass email campaigns, develop and update website content, and assist with all aspects of the
communication strategy including:
● Contribute to the writing, editing and production of publications including e-newsletters, newsletters, media releases, fact sheets, blogs, project deliverables, and other
communications as needed
● Help SVT to maintain a cohesive “brand” for the organization, such as letterhead, fonts, report style, presentations, tone, messaging, etc.
● Respond to emails; Maintain email database

Fundraising & Events
Collaborate with the SVT Board, Marketing, Promotion, and Fundraising (MP&F) Committee, and Events Committee to develop and execute successful organizational fundraising efforts, membership structures, and special events, including:
● Manage and maintain donor and member databases (Little Green Light and VMBA)
● Help develop and implement Membership, Annual Fund and Business Sponsorship campaigns
● Prepare and manage accurate and timely entry and tracking of all donor, funder, and membership data, correspondence, contacts and deadlines, send thank you letters, etc.
● Assist with the research, writing, and submission of public and private grant proposals and contract opportunities
● Coordinate logistics for special events
● Market and promote outings and act as point of contact for board, event leaders and public

Qualifications and Experience
● Organized, motivated, and able to manage multiple demands and prioritize projects to most effectively use time
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills; graphic design proficiency a bonus
● Proficient with Microsoft Office, Canva, MailChimp, social media platforms, and Google Analytics (or similar alternatives)
● Strong project management skills and demonstrated ability to work on multiple timelines, including with project and administrative deadlines
● Applied experience in fundraising and development (including grant writing), and communications (developing content and strategies for print and online media)
● Self-starter with a positive attitude, sense of humor and the ability to adapt quickly to changing needs
● Exceptional initiative and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work independently and collaboratively, listen well, build trust, and model healthy conflict resolution
● Must be able to work at a desk on a computer during regular work hours AND be comfortable working outside in inclement weather
● Flexibility to work some evening and weekend hours is required

How to Apply

We offer a competitive compensation package including stipends for healthcare insurance and retirement contribution, an idyllic setting with great quality of life and outdoor recreation options, and the opportunity to play a role in growing an organization. Compensation based on
qualifications and experience.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references in a single PDF to If you have any questions, please call Steve at 802-779-3580.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis and must be submitted electronically. The position will be posted until filled and is available immediately. SVT is an inclusive organization that welcomes qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate on the
basis of age, ancestry, color, crime victim status, disability, gender identity, health insurance coverage status, HIV+ status, national origin, place of birth, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, all as described in Vermont’s Fair Employment Practices Act.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

SVT is a chapter of the Vermont Mountain Biking Association (“VMBA”). The VMBA and associated chapter pledge is to develop vibrant communities emboldened by outdoor recreation and natural environments connected to all Mountain Bikers not defined by a stereotype or riding ability.

Visit for more information on the diversity, equity and inclusion pledge.