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Access Director

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Betsy Novak
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Boulder, Colorado
 public   policy   communications   government   relations 
Category:Nonprofit / Social Services
Listing Type:Job
Employment:Part Time
Company:American Mountain Guides Association

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The American Mountain Guides Association is seeking a part-time Access Director (AD). The American Mountain Guides Association is a national non-profit organization that is the premier source for training, credentials and services for professional mountain guides and climbing instructors in the United States. Access Director will be expected to work up to 20-hours/week, hourly wage commensurate with experience. Please submit resumes by 5 p.m on Thursday, April 1, 2010.

Qualification Requirements:
• Working knowledge of current access issues affecting national and international professional guides such as liability issues, the commercial use permit application process, variations of regulations between local and federal land managers, carrying capacity on public lands etc.
• Working knowledge of the government agencies responsible for managing public lands.
• Ability to be diplomatic
• Familiarity with the AMGA’s work
• Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, members, non-members, and partners.
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• IT literate: Familiar with using Mac computers and software, databases, spreadsheets, iwork, adobe writer, project management software and web applications including email, e-marketing, e-surveys, e-discussion groups, etc.
• Ability to use own initiative
• Ability to recognize and resolve problems quickly using sound judgment and diplomacy

Education and/or Experience:
College degree required

Job Responsibilities:

The Access Director (AD) will:
• Be responsible for researching current issues on public and private lands, developing scoping comments and AMGA position statements, and coordinating policy proposals and long-term strategies with industry affiliates to promote, build awareness and generate support for the AMGA training and certification program, credential-based access, and the AMGA in general.
• Be responsible for developing a Strategic Plan on access that outlines short and long term goals and objectives for the AMGA
• Stay informed and up-to-date on current guide practices, ethics, debates and standards.
• Serve as point of contact for the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA), regional representatives, state and federal land managers, the Certified Guides Federation, and other key groups and agency officials in providing information that addresses current and emerging access issues, external operations and outreach.
• Provide timely and direct guidance on issues and/or action opportunities that require AMGA involvement.
• Assist the AMGA Executive Director and Board in the development of key messages and strategies for outreach, focused funding and other activities intended to heighten awareness and support from key land managers, policy figures, and the public. Travel to areas when needed to deal with local issues or building support in the local community.
• Work with guides service operations to facilitate the formation of a Guide Exchange program.
• Sit on the AMGA’s Public Policy Committee and will prepare summaries and staff recommendations document for each BOD meeting.
• The AD is responsible for annual priority setting for direct action initiatives. The AD will prioritize initiatives in which the AMGA can make a significant contribution on a regional or national level.
• The AD will prepare monthly updates on pertinent issues, trends and news regarding AMGA activities involving outreach and access to AMGA Executive Director, AMGA Membership and IFMGA Executive Committee.
• The AD will also work closely with Membership Director to draft content for monthly E-News and quarterly Mountain Bulletin. The AD will ensure that all external communications are consistent, clearly and professionally written and support the organization’s mission.
• Maintain AMGA contacts and collaborative relationships with governing bodies, federal agencies, state agencies, interest groups, academic institutions, and guide services.

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