The Big Sky Community Organization (BSCO) engages and leads people to recreational and enrichment opportunities through thoughtful development of partnerships, programs, and places. BSCO is a not-for-profit organization committed to connecting the Big Sky community. For 20 years, BSCO has been serving Big Sky by creating exceptional facilities, trails, public spaces, and experiences through community collaborations and recreational opportunities. With community fundraising, grants, and public funds, the organization recently completed Big Sky’s largest capital campaign of $20+ million for BASE, a community center for all of Big Sky. Construction has begun and is scheduled for completion in late 2021. BASE will fill a much-needed void, providing a centrally-located space and parkland where residents and guests can gather, recreate, and learn.
The goal of BSCO is to support a healthier, happier, and more connected lifestyle for the entire Big Sky community. Managing 19 miles of public trail networks, 91 acres of public parks, over 15 different community-based programs, and leading several community development and planning efforts, BSCO serves both as the voice and operator of the community’s assets and sets the vision and plan for parks, trails, open space, recreation, and community programming.
With an annual revenue of $1.5 million and having just completed a $20 million capital campaign, BSCO is on strong financial footing, well-respected in the Big Sky community, and ready to enter its next chapter as it opens a first-of-its-kind community space and parkland in 2021. To learn more about BSCO, visit the website: www.bscomt.org.
The overarching opportunity for the CEO will be to serve as a strategic leader, one who fosters a culture that highly values staff development, community member engagement, communication, and responsiveness to all stakeholders. Efficiency and transparency in all aspects of parks, trails, and the BASE community center are highly important. The new CEO will be joining BSCO in the early phase of construction for the new community center and the completion of a new parks and trails management plan. Seeing both projects through to completion will be essential. The ideal candidate must provide the leadership and direction that will ensure that the organization continues to sustain its current level of success and impact while allowing staff to grow and develop within the positive culture of the organization. These efforts will depend upon the successful development and maintenance of relationships at all levels of the organization and within the greater Big Sky community.
This is a unique opportunity to lead an established and trusted core community organization in Big Sky, Montana, an unincorporated, census-designated resort community growing rapidly each year. Big Sky is nestled high in mountain meadows surrounded by national forest, wilderness, and the Gallatin, a Blue-Ribbon trout stream. Known for having “the Biggest Skiing in America,” Big Sky Resort gets an average 400 inches of snow a year. The community is also known for having an exceptional educational system with an IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Less than an hour from Yellowstone National Park and the city and airport of Bozeman, this community has grown 21 percent over the last five years and is a beacon of opportunity for the right visionary leader.
Key Responsibilities for this leader include:
Partnering with the Board of Directors and senior leadership team in developing an annual strategic plan and priorities with supporting operating and fund development plans to ensure their implementation.
Collaborating closely with the Board of Directors and staff to continually hone and implement a vision and plan of action for increased impact, long-term growth, and sustainability.
Identifying resource development opportunities to include public, program, and private philanthropic revenue.
Leading and supporting staff with a special focus on performance management, retention, and implementing practices that strive for a diverse and inclusive work environment.
Developing systems, policies, and procedures to support effective management of all facilities, projects, and programs.
Ensuring the values of trust, health, leadership, community, excellence, integrity, stewardship, and collaboration.
The most competitive candidates for the position will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:
Facilities, Trails and Parks Administration
The CEO will bring a broad understanding of the management of community parks, trails and facilities and will have a track record of responsiveness, flexibility, and collaboration. The new CEO will be joining the organization during the completion of the BASE project and as such should bring a commitment to identifying opportunities to streamline the operations of a large community center in partnership with the staff and Board. The CEO will be an exceptional communicator who has experience responding to a variety of community needs and priorities and will bring a positive and can-do attitude to any project, large or small.
The CEO will bring to the role a measurable track record of success in resource development, including a strong background in supporting a Development and Communications team in implementing an annual fund development plan. With an impressive networking capacity, this charismatic fundraiser will have the ability to diversify BSCO’s revenue stream and grow its donor base, both with year-round and seasonal Big Sky community members. The CEO will be a confident and self-motivated thought partner who will work with the Board in identifying and devising development strategies for BSCO in order to strengthen its resource base and will be excited to identify new strategies for revenue in conjunction with the opening of the BASE community center in 2021. The ideal candidate will bring experience promoting a culture of philanthropy across an organization and will be a strong communicator and networker.
Staff Leadership and Operational Oversight
The CEO will bring experience building and leading high performing teams and guiding team members’ growth and development. They will possess the ability to inspire staff at various stages of their careers with a diverse set of skills and provide a productive work environment and professional growth opportunities that result in team cohesion and camaraderie. They will be an experienced manager who engenders trust in the staff through a collaborative management style, helps them achieve their potential, and holds them accountable to clearly defined expectations and goals. They will bring fiduciary oversight experience in order to be successful as they work alongside the Finance & Operations Director to manage organizational spending, monitor budget compliance, and mitigate financial risks.
Community Relationship Management
A passionate advocate for BSCO and the greater Big Sky community, the CEO will have the gravitas needed to be the public face of the organization. This charismatic leader will be able to communicate effectively with a broad group of stakeholders and to tailor communications to suit each audience.
The CEO will be adept at building and sustaining excellent relationships with community leaders, volunteers, funders, and government officials, harnessing their networks in support of BSCO. In doing so, they will elevate the level of leadership, influence, and recognition of the organization within the community. Specifically, the CEO will build and maintain strong partnerships with non-profit, for-profit, and public organizations throughout the region and will cultivate continued trust in BSCO throughout the community.
The CEO will bring experience working in close partnership with a Board of Directors. They will draw on the expertise of the Board to set and maintain a clear vision for BSCO and will work closely with the Board to enhance the governance of the organization. They will identify issues as they arise and provide information, guidance, and recommendations to the Board in order to accomplish strategic priorities. This leader will be a facilitator of staff and Board teamwork and will be skilled at providing clear expectations and accountability measures for team deliverables while ensuring the organization follows all governance and fiduciary guidelines as set by the Board and CEO. They will bring experience working alongside a Board of Directors to strategize collaboratively on diversifying revenue streams, galvanizing Board member involvement in organizational fundraising and community relationship management.
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Kara Teising and Libby Cornelssen are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit this link or email [email protected]. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.