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Our Hiring Practices

Tahoe XC is committed to inclusive excellence by striving to advance equity and diversity in all that we do. We encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. We have updated our hiring practices in 3 ways:

  1. Focus on relevant skills as well as years of related experience
  2. No longer require a Bachelor’s degree for applicants
  3. Ask prospective employees to write a Diversity Statement

Why a Diversity Statement?

We encourage our employees and community members to think more deeply about how we are experiencing and understanding diversity, especially in the outdoors. A Diversity Statement is a personal essay that explains how your past experiences have contributed to your personal and professional growth, which may include your values related to diversity, experiences working with diverse populations, and future plans related to inclusivity.

Current Job Openings

If you are interested in joining a team that values good work ethic, fun and teamwork, we may be the right fit for one another. We are currently hiring for the Summer Season. See the list below for current job openings. If you would like to be part of the staff and you do not see a positional listing that you qualify for or are interested in, please send us a cover letter with a resume. We will keep your application on file and contact you when future positions are available. View instructions on How to Apply.

Development Director

TITLE: Director of Development
DEPARTMENT: Tahoe Cross-Country & Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
STATUS: Exempt
SALARY: $75,000-$85,000 Depending on Experience

About Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association

Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association (TCCSEA) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of community members dedicated to developing and supporting lifelong passion for human-powered activities and the natural world. Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area (Tahoe XC) is a public benefit corporation which provides a year-round recreation hub near Tahoe City. Together, Tahoe XC and TCCSEA are on course for dynamic growth and change, including an ongoing $15M capital project to construct a new lodge and trailhead that will host TCCSEA programs and Tahoe XC activities.

Primary Function:

The Director of Development leads all major gift functions including capital campaign implementation, donor research and cultivation. With concrete support from experienced volunteers and staff, the position will implement plans and strategies developed by professional fundraisers toward securing the financial sustainability of the organization. The Director of Development is a key leader in motivating and coordinating staff and Campaign Committee volunteers toward the highest return fundraising efforts, including major gift donor strategy development, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.  The position can rely on an executive fundraising coach to leverage constructive and effective relationships with a wide range of people, including management, donors, volunteers, public and private sector colleagues, and partners including financial/legal advisors. The Director of Development joins an organization with an inclusive, collaborative, professional, and dynamic culture. Tahoe XC is dedicated to the North Lake Tahoe community and to a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable future for residents and visitors.

Responsibilities & Scope:

  • Lead strategic fundraising initiatives focused on the capital campaign for the organization’s new lodge. This ongoing campaign has created substantial organizing effort and experienced initial success.
  • With mentor guidance, implement and manage the existing capital campaign strategy developed by a professional consultant team. The strategy creates sector targets including lead and major donor potential, public agency grants, and corporation donations, among others.
  • Initial campaign target of $1 million - $3 million from private sources is a high priority.
  • Lead or assist Campaign Committee members to develop, submit, and implement written grant requests to public agencies, private foundations, and corporate interests.
  • Develop and lead a broad-based public phase for the capital campaign after the fundraising objectives of the quiet phase and public agency funding phase have been achieved.
  • Collaborate with the communications team for outreach to existing and potential donors and to track all donor communication activity.
  • Manage the donor database and ensure proper guidelines, policies and ethical practices are used for fundraising, record keeping, and data entry.
  • Serve on the organization and project leadership teams to maintain budget and fundraising plans, evaluate results, and develop corrective strategies as needed.
  • Manage strategic funding initiatives through collaboration with stakeholders and partner organizations, including initiating new ideas and new partnerships to broaden the organization’s funding base.
  • Direct and/or participate in negotiations for complex, high profile or sensitive agreements.
  • As the capital campaign objectives are achieved, the position will transition into a leadership role for developing and securing annual support.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years related fundraising experience, which can include capital campaigns or other high value donor relationship fundraising.
  • Enthusiasm and energy to lead a diverse team of staff and volunteers toward a signature goal.
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, best practices in land stewardship, forest health and reciprocity.
  • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents such as individuals, foundations, and corporations.
  • Experience in planning and delivering budgetary responsibilities.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in, principles, practices, and procedures of charitable giving, particularly in the areas of capital campaigns and major gifts. Support for obtaining certification in fundraising practices can be negotiated.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills via presentations, conversations, and documents.
  • Knowledge of current and evolving trends in major gifts giving and solicitation.
  • Computer literacy and knowledge of donor databases or ease in learning database basics. Tahoe XC and the lodge project uses Network for Good for this purpose.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and collaborative skills.
  • Self-starter; able to work independently, and as part of a team.
  • Ability to feel and exude the pulse of life in North Lake Tahoe, either as a resident or on a remote work basis.

How to Apply

E-mail a cover letter describing your interest in the position; your resume; a diversity statement, which we will count as a writing sample; and three relevant references who can attest to your qualifications.

Please direct inquiries or applications to:
Sue Rae Irelan, Tahoe Cross Country Lodge Project Finance Team Leader at sueraeirelan(@)
Ben Grasseschi, Executive Director at ben(@)

Tahoe XC is committed to equal employment opportunities. We make our employment decisions based on organizational needs and individual qualifications; not on race, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief, national origin, or physical/mental disabilities.
No phone calls please.

Summary of 4 Application Documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter indicating how your experience has prepared you for this job
  • Diversity Statement, indicating how your work and/or life philosophy and practices promote diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion in sports and in the broader community
  • Names and contact information of 3 professional references

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Prior to a final offer, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, SafeSport certification and criminal background check.

This position will remain open until filled

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