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Executive Director

Posted: 12/4/2020


A strong leader with knowledge of indoor climbing, indoor sports, member-based organizations and/or growing businesses. The Association needs a trustworthy individual who can speak to and learn from its members and who has a thirst for learning and a constant curiosity about the industry’s needs and opportunities is essential for success.

The Executive Director must serve as a figurehead for the Association and the industry and be comfortable leading in a public setting. This position will often be quoted in media, presenting at conferences, and speaking privately and publicly with everyone in the indoor climbing industry.


The Executive Director will be responsible for leading the Association, creating a stable growth environment, and positioning the Association at the head of the industry. This position will be responsible for creating systems to anticipate the evolving needs of the industry and creating new departments and initiatives to move the industry forward.



  • Standard bearer for the values and vision of the CWA. Working towards continual organizational improvement to maintain core values, vision, and culture.
  • Leads the association and industry towards their justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion goals.
  • Recruits, trains, and leads the Association staff with full responsibility for promotion, mentorship, professional development, human resources, and termination.


  • Utilizes collaborative approach with the Board of Directors, industry professionals, and CWA staff to develop a long-term vision for the CWA and the industry overall.
  • Leads creation of long-term, annual, and quarterly strategic plans.
  • Continuously monitors and adjusts priorities to align with long-term strategic objectives.


  • Maintains effective relationships with the executives of associations, non-profits, businesses, and industries related to indoor climbing.
  • Identifies the industry’s needs for public policy initiatives and creates effective strategies to safeguard the industry from regulatory overreach.
  • Represents the Association and the industry in public settings.
  • Promotes interest and participation in the committees, boards, and programs by members through the Association and personal contacts with the membership.


  • Executes all contracts and commitments authorized by the Association.
  • Oversees the development and management of an annual budget.
  • Invests the reserves of the Association in accordance with established policy.
  • Works with an accounting firm in overseeing all financial management including the payment of bills, depositing money, preparing, and analyzing internal financial statements and annual audit or review, authorizing payroll and signing company tax returns.


  • Keeps the Board of Directors and staff fully informed of the condition of the Association and issues influencing its members. Reporting at all Board meetings.
  • Formulates and recommends modifications to organization policy to the Board of Directors.
  • Ensures the Association is in full compliance with all local, state, and federal rules governing corporate and program activities.
  • Carries out other responsibilities and duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in discipline that fosters business acumen, communication, and working with people.

Experience: 10 years of combined education and experience in business or project management, people management, and financial management. 1-5 years of experience in the indoor climbing industry or a similar business category preferred. Previous experience leading an organization to add the necessary departments, staff, and resources to meet growing needs and expanding objectives is highly desirable.

Skills: Excellent interpersonal skills. Polished verbal communication skills, including, presentation, writing, and public speaking. Ability to distill and communicate complex professional and advocacy issues.

Working Environment: Work environment is a typical office environment. This position may work remotely full or part time throughout the pandemic.

Travel: Position will require attending and/or participating in events and meetings worldwide.

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Note: This document describes the position currently available. The CWA reserves the right to modify job titles, job duties, and job requirements at any time. This job description is not an employment contract.