The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.
ABOUT THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is the only organization dedicated solely to protecting and promoting the world’s most famous long-distance hiking trail, providing outdoor recreation and educational opportunities for Trail visitors.
Founded in 1925, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a $9.6 million, 501c(3) organization, headquartered in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, with regional offices in Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. ATC is both a confederation of 31 local Trail-maintaining clubs, with each having the responsibility to maintain a specific section of the Trail, and a membership organization with about 45,000 members. Under agreements that date back to the 1930’s, buttressed by federal legislation, ATC leads a cooperative management system for the Trail in close collaboration with more than 70 federal, state and local agencies and Trail maintaining clubs.
Volunteers participate in and support ATC outreach and education programs; in turn, ATC assists the Trail-maintaining clubs by providing trail crew support, training, leadership development, and funding. ATC’s volunteers, staff and activities are all dedicated to the preservation and management of the natural, scenic, historic and cultural resources associated with the 2190-mile Appalachian Trail.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is committed to nurture and protect this sacred space through education and inspiration. We strive to create an
ever-expanding community of doers and dreamers and work to ensure that tomorrow’s generations will experience the same mesmerizing beauty we behold today.
ABOUT THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
The Trail is the longest continuously marked footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2190 miles in length. An estimated three million people visit the Trail every year, and about 4,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the Trail annually. The Trail was completed in 1937 and is a unit of the National Park System. It is managed under a unique partnership between public and private sectors that include, among others, the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, an array of state agencies, and the 31 local Trail-maintaining clubs. Volunteers from these clubs are responsible for most of the day-to-day work of keeping the Trail open—building and repairing shelters and other structures; monitoring and protecting the corridor; monitoring rare plants and invasive species; and developing management plans for their respective Trail sections.
ABOUT HARPERS FERRY, WEST VIRGINIA
Located 60 miles outside of Washington, DC, 70 miles outside of Baltimore, and easily accessible from beautiful, rural Loudoun County, Virginia, Harpers Ferry is a historic town found at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. As the easternmost town in West Virginia, Harpers Ferry is situated where Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia meet. Notable attractions include Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the Harpers Ferry Historic District. It is one of only a few towns through which the Appalachian Trail passes directly. Predominant outdoor activities include white water rafting, fishing, mountain biking, tubing, canoeing, hiking, zip lining, and rock climbing.
Reporting to a 15-member Board of Directors, the President of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will provide strategic leadership and vision to 60 vibrant and committed professional staff, ensuring that ATC’s fiscal, operations, fundraising, marketing, human resource, technology, and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization. The incumbent will provide visionary leadership and foresight, in order to broaden the influence of the ATC, capitalize on opportunities, and identify challenges and the resources necessary to meet those challenges. Collaborating with Board, staff, and volunteers, the President represents ATC through interaction with a wide range of entities. These include but are not limited to:
- Current and prospective donors, including individuals, corporations and foundations
- National Park Service (The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is an official unit of the National Park System.)
- U.S. Forest Service (The Forest Service manages more than 800 miles of the Trail.)
- Leadership of Trail-maintaining clubs
- Federal and Congressional officials based in Washington, D.C.
- State conservation, recreation and land management agencies
The President provides leadership in the development and execution of organizational strategy consistent with the ATC’s five-year Strategic Plan, which was adopted by the Board in 2014, and is updated each year for revenue and expense projections and annual Action plans developed by staff. The Strategic Plan encompasses five Plan goals, including: Effective Stewardship, Proactive Protection, Broader Relevancy, Engaged Partners, and Strengthened Capacity and Operational Excellence (http://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/about-us/accountability-and-transparency