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Founded in 1894 on the summit of Mt. Hood, the Mazamas is a nonprofit mountaineering education organization located in Portland, Oregon that promotes climbing, responsible recreation, and conservation values through outdoor education, advocacy, and outreach. Over the years, the Mazamas has evolved from the industrialist roots of its founders morphing into more of a climbing club in the 1950s, then becoming a modern-day nonprofit organization that serves thousands of individuals and over 3,700 members.
Characterized by a culture of dedication and volunteerism, this is an exciting point in time at Mazamas as the organization celebrates 125 years of success and influence. Currently, the Mazamas offer over 700 hikes and 350 climbs annually. A variety of classes and activities are offered for every skill and fitness level and are open to both members and nonmembers. The Mazamas is governed by a nine-member Executive Council (i.e., Board of Directors), has an operating budget for the current fiscal year of approximately $1.3M and there are ten (10) staff positions budgeted.
A three-year Strategic Plan – Mazamas2020 – lays out a pathway for scaling the organization and deepening Mazamas' impact across five areas of focus: Education Opportunities; Activities & Events; Stewardship & Advocacy Efforts; Youth & Community Outreach: and Promoting & Protecting mountain culture.
The greater Portland, OR area is one of the most desirable and appealing places in the country in which to live, work and play. The state of Oregon is renowned for its natural beauty, unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities, topography that ranges from Pacific Ocean beaches to majestic mountain ranges, and temperate climate. For more than a century, the Mazamas have played a key leadership role in promoting and protecting this amazing landscape and the future holds untold opportunities to continue and expand this work for the organization.
Led by the new Executive Director, the Mazamas organization is uniquely poised to aim even higher, strive for broader impact, and make a lasting difference for the community. Reporting to and working under the general guidance of the Executive Council, the Executive Director acts as the Chief Executive Officer of the Mazamas and is responsible for the overall management of the Mazamas in accordance with its mission, vision and Strategic Plan. This includes playing a leadership role in developing a long-term vision for the organization, continual strategic planning efforts, operational planning, and driving the organization toward results.