The Branch Chair-Elect works closely with the Branch Chair and Branch Past Chair to coordinate and support the efforts and initiatives of the Foothills Branch committees. During their year of on-boarding and training, they learn to work in concert with the broader organization to provide safe and inspiring activities, courses, and volunteer experiences that allow members on the Eastside to explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Learn more about the role of Branch Chair.
About The Mountaineers
The Mountaineers was formed in 1906 to explore the peaks and waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Our mission is to enrich lives by helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. With 14,000 members and branches from Olympia to Bellingham, The Mountaineers enjoys an outstanding reputation in its field of outdoor education and recreation and in the community. Our dedicated staff and volunteers are deeply committed to getting people outside to experience the power of the outdoors. In addition, we advocate for access and protection of recreational lands. The Mountaineers is run by a dedicated coalition of over 2,500 active volunteers, who are supported by small staff of about 40 employees. Please visit mountaineers.org to learn more.
Our Foothills Branch - representing members along the I-90/I-405 corridors - is a vibrant, fast-growing community with new programs in Nordic Skiing, Trail Running, Conservation, First Aid and Navigation, as well as expanding programs in Snowshoeing, Scrambling, Hiking, Backpacking, Family Programs, Events, and more!
Activities and Responsibilities
Length of Service
The Branch Chair-Elect’s role is part of a three-year commitment. During the first year as Chair-Elect, the primary function is training: to learn organizational policies and branch strategic priorities; to develop leadership and facilitation skills; and to become familiar with and build strong relationships with branch leadership, committee leadership, and Mountaineers staff. Throughout this year of training, the Chair-Elect has the close mentorship of the current Branch Chair and Past Chair. It is expected that the Chair-Elect will transition to Branch Chair after one year, and then after serving a year as Branch Chair, they are then expected to serve in a mentoring role as Past Chair.
The Branch Chair-Elect is expected to attend all Foothills Branch Council meetings and Branch Leadership Committee meetings, as well as the branch’s Annual Social and Volunteer Recognition Banquet. Foothills Branch Council meetings take place every other month (about 6 times per year), skipping summer months. Half of the Branch Council meetings are in-person, and half are held via conference call. The club-wide Branch Leadership Committee, which is comprised of all of the organization’s Branch Chairs, meets for 2-hours each month (teleconference participation is arranged).
During their year of training, the Branch Chair-Elect is also expected to be involved the budget process with the Branch Chair and Treasurer. The Branch Chair-Elect should expect to contribute 6-8 hours of time per month to this role (more if they decide to take on additional projects).
Each situation and opportunity is different. No previous experience in this kind of role is required.
Support and Reporting
The Branch Chair-Elect works with the Chair, Past Chair, and a committee of dedicated Branch Council members (committee chairs and branch officers) who share a love of The Mountaineers and the outdoors. Mountaineers staff in every role (accounting, development, marketing, leadership development, and member services) are available to assist the person in this position.
The Branch Chair-Elect works closely with the Branch Chair and Branch Past Chair to coordinate and support the efforts and initiatives of the Foothills Branch committees. During their year of on-boarding and training, they learn to work…
To apply for consideration as the Foothills Branch Chair-Elect, please send an email to email@example.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis to begin immediately. View the full position description on our website.
The Foothills Branch Chair-Elect is elected by the Foothills Branch membership, with the expectation that they will complete a three-year term as Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past Chair.
To apply for consideration as the Foothills Branch Chair-Elect, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis to begin…