Executive Director 
Posted November 3, 2016

Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA) is Michigan’s statewide voice for non-motorized trail users, helping people build, connect and promote trails for a healthier and more prosperous Michigan. Our goal is to build an interconnected network of trails and greenways reaching to every region of the state. The non-motorized trails we work with include multi-use (biking/walking), mountain biking, hiking, winter non-motorized (cross-country skiing, snowshoeing), and water trails. MTGA, in partnership with the Michigan Fitness Foundation, working together on a mission to inspire active lifestyles and healthy food choices through education, environmental change, community events and policy leadership.


The Executive Director (ED) has overall leadership responsibility for the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance organization and is responsible for consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. This includes leading the development of programs and projects to help improve and enhance non-motorized trails throughout Michigan and the management of MTGA’s budget and fundraising. This position is an employee of the Michigan Fitness Foundation reporting to the President and CEO and to the MTGA Board of Directors.

Essential Functions
Statewide Leadership and Advocacy

  • Represent the non-motorized trails community to federal, state, and local policymakers and personnel
  • Collaborate with other non-profit organizations to further advance causes which impact the progress of trail use and trail development in the state, such as non-motorized transportation, land use, health and fitness
  • Help establish local trail coalitions to advocate for the acquisition, development and maintenance of multi-use trails
  • Educate elected officials, parks and transportation agency personnel, conservationists, recreationists, community leaders, the press, and the general public about the many advantages of trails for bicycling, walking and running, wheelchair use, nature conservation and appreciation, tourism and other purposes
  • Present MTGA interests and concerns to the state legislature and state agencies, including the Department of Transportation, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Community Health, Travel Michigan and others
  • Lead and collaborate with statewide and local groups in the pursuit of solutions to trail system-wide challenges and opportunities


  • Prepare and administer grant applications, contracts, and other fundraising proposals to support MTGA’s work plan and operations.
  • Develop, implement and monitor the fundraising strategy for MTGA, including annual and planned giving, capital campaign programs and any other relevant fund raising events/activities.


  • Provide technical assistance and coordination on trail acquisition, development, and maintenance projects across Michigan
  • Work with public agency officials, organizations, and grassroots trail advocates.


  • Manage day-to-day operations and supervise MTGA employees
  • Develop and implement a 3 year strategic plan
  • Develop and monitor the annual budget, overseeing all aspects of finances
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization
  • Provide staff support to the MTGA Board of Directors and its committees
  • Oversee membership and member communications
  • Oversee MTGA website, social media, newsletters and other communication vehicles
  • Travel independently both in state and out-of-state
  • Attend evening and weekend meetings and events and travel overnight as needed

Job Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of experience with trail development and/or fundraising for non-motorized trail projects.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Excellent written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and facilitation skills
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Demonstrated problem solving and innovative and strategic thinking
  • Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office applications. Web and desktop publishing skills a plus
  • Ability to read, interpret and communicate financial statements
  • Comprehensive knowledge of all types of nonmotorized trails
  • Comprehensive understanding of local and state government legislative processes
  • Strong record of success in fundraising and audience development.

Other Information

  • While performing the responsibilities of this position, the employee will work in typical office conditions as well as in outdoor weather conditions
  • Employees must be able to constantly operate a computer and other standard office machines, and constantly communicate with internal staff as well as external partners
  • Employee must be able to frequently remain in a stationary position as well as move about in the course of general duties
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to provide proof of valid auto insurance.

The Michigan Fitness Foundation is an at-will employer. The above position description describes the position currently available and is not intended to be an employment contract. The Michigan Fitness Foundation reserves the right to modify the duties or position description at any time. This position is located in Lansing and is considered to be exempt.

  • Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package offered.
  • Job Type: Full-time

Required education

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Required experience

  • Trail development: 5 years
How to Apply

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Marketing and Events Intern
This position has been filled  through August 2017. 

Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, an affiliate of the statewide nonprofit, Michigan Fitness Foundation, is looking to hire an enthusiastic marketing and events intern to assist with carrying out our mission of helping people build, promote, and connect trails for a healthier and more prosperous Michigan.

Working under the executive director and assistant director,  qualified candidates are undergraduate seniors and/or graduate students seeking on-the-job experience. Excellent writing and communication skills required. Applicants should be task oriented, highly organized and possess excellent research skills, as well as a strong interest in trail development and trail towns tourism initiatives.

Main Tasks

Writing & Research

  • Writing for at least 2 Newsletter Articles for each of 4 quarterly MTGA newsletters.
  • Materials development for meetings and conferences.
  • Information gathering.
  • Fact checking online, by telephone and email.
  • General research.


  • Mail Chimp; Member eBlasts for trail events, trail initiatives, trail meetings and member newsletters.
  • Survey Monkey for collecting data regarding trails and trail events.
  • Social Media; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

Event Planning

  • Logistics from conception to completion for conferences and trail events.
  • Event assistant for The Michigander Bicycle Tour  (July 15-22, 2017).
  • Meeting planning for public meetings and conferences.


  • Microsoft Office, primarily Outlook, Excel and Word.
  • WordPress; updating content, link checking, photo updates.
  • Membership entry in Access and or Method Database.
  • Familiarity with mapping and GIS a plus.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite; InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop a plus.

# Hours Needed

  • Academic Year: 12 hours per week on average (to be set between with internship candidate prior to the start of the internship).
  • Summer: Up to 32 hours per week.
  • Full time (with overtime available)
  • Available for the Michigander Bicycle Tour (July 15-22, 2017).


Pay: $10 per hour (benefits not included)

Intern Year: September, 2016 – August, 2017

This is a paid internship located at the Michigan Fitness Foundation in a casual yet professional environment in Old Town Lansing. Located in the northern end of Lansing, Old Town overlooks the Grand River and the Lansing River Trail. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the North Lansing Historic Commercial District, the district was established in the mid-19th century and is filled with unique shops and award winning restaurants.

Transportation is available via the Capital Area Transporation Authority (CATA), Lansing River Trail (walk or bike) and by car.

How to Apply

We are not accepting applications at this time. This position will reopen to applicants in August, 2017.

Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance is an affiliate of the Michigan Fitness Foundation. All positions posted are based in Old Town Lansing.