Southeast Regional Manager

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Shannon Millsaps

Southeast Regional Manager


The Southeast Regional Manager provides leadership, coordination, and support for Access Fund’s core program delivery in the Southeastern region of the U.S., including policy and government affairs, land acquisition and private landowner support, stewardship and education, and local climbing organization support programs. The Southeast Regional Manager will maintain and expand Access Fund’s established regional presence, partnerships, and projects to maximize program impacts in some of the most popular and iconic climbing areas in the United States. The territory includes, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Southeast Regional Director reports to the Vice President of Programs & Acquisitions.


Regional Strategy and Leadership (10%)

  • Set and manage strategic goals and objectives for Access Fund’s climbing-related programs in the Southeast, in partnership with the VP of Programs & Acquisitions; monitor progress and report to staff and board of directors.
  • Proactively identify, plan, and carry out new regional initiatives and projects to promote sustainable access to climbing and conserve the climbing environment, in collaboration with internal and external partners.
  • Manage a regional budget and assist the marketing and development teams in raising funds and awareness for regional initiatives.

Project Management and Coordination (50%)

  • Provide regional and local project management support and coordination, in partnership with relevant Access Fund programs teams and team leaders, local climbing organizations, and other local partners.
  • Partner with Access Fund’s stewardship team to support, expand, and activate Access Fund’s stewardship and education programs regionally, including the Conservation Team projects, Adopt a Crag events, Climber Steward events, and other initiatives and projects with local climbing organizations and other partners.
  • Partner with Access Fund’s policy and government affairs team to advance and support Access Fund’s national policy and government affairs strategy through projects and work at a regional and local level, including advocacy campaigns, action alerts, climbing management plans, resource management plans, legislative and agency outreach, and other initiatives.
  • Partner with Access Fund’s land acquisition and private landowner support team to identify and execute on land acquisition and landowner support projects that promote climbing access and land conservation, including acquisitions, easements, leases, and access agreements, as well as risk management support for landowners.
  • Support and manage development, monitoring, and reporting of regional, state, and/or local level climbing area information, geo-data, and metrics related to Access Fund work and impacts in the Southeast region, in coordination with relevant programs team members.

Organizational Partnerships and Relationships (40%)

  • Partner with Access Fund’s Affiliate-LCO support team to strengthen local climbing organizations in the Southeast region and provide local climbing organization capacity and support, including start-up, operations, fundraising, and other organizational consultation.
  • Partner with the JEDI Manager and other organizational partners on execution of Access Fund’s JEDI commitments.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key external partners, including local climbing organizations, land managers, major donors, outdoor industry brands, professional athletes, leaders in partner organizations, etc.
  • Partner with and support marketing and development teams to raise revenue in support of Access Fund programs and occasionally meet with donors, corporate partners, and other supporters to advance fundraising goals.
  • Provide and edit content for organizational communications such as monthly e-newsletters, social media posts, print publications; occasionally present, host, or moderate regional or topical webinars and conferences.
  • Represent Access Fund in the region at important public-facing events, climbing festivals, speaking engagements, and agency or community meetings.


  • Be comfortable representing Access Fund professionally and diplomatically to a wide variety of people and partners; be comfortable with meeting new people, connecting with others, and speaking to groups.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a team.
  • Familiarity with nonprofit organizations and fundraising tasks.
  • Passion for and understanding of (or willingness to learn) JEDI principles as applied to the work of nonprofit and community organizations.
  • Knowledge of climbing and an interest in climbing advocacy and the work of Access Fund.
  • Able to meet firm deadlines; comfortable with uncertainty and last-minute changes.
  • Proven passion for climbing advocacy, conservation, and stewardship, preferably in the Southeast.
  • Computer savvy (proficiency with Word/Excel, Google Suite, photo/video, internet, email, etc.).
  • Must be based in or able to relocate to live and work within the Southeast region.
  • Within a flexible workplace, an ability to work a 40 hour week and to travel and work occasional nights/weekends for meetings and/or industry events.
  • Regular travel is required, occasionally on weekends, including travel within the region for projects and meetings and nationally to staff retreats, annual summits, climbing workshops, industry shows, etc.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • A four-year degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Two or more years of relevant experience in nonprofits, climbing, or outdoor industry.
  • A sense of adventure and a positive attitude, flexibility, adaptability, and creativity.
  • Proactive problem-solving and an ability to be self-sufficient.
  • Strong skills in time and task management, scheduling, and balancing work and life.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Thorough working knowledge and passion for Southeast climbing areas, organizations, climbing communities, land managers, and gyms.
  • Professional experience in nonprofits, land conservation, stewardship/trails, natural resource interpretation or education, and/or public lands advocacy.
  • GIS and mapping experience is a plus.

Essential Job Functions

  • Sedentary work at a computer.
  • Visiting climbing areas that often have uneven terrain.
  • Setting up and breaking down events, which may involve moving and loading boxes, tables, and tents weighing up to 30 pounds (though accommodations can be made).
  • Regular travel both by air and car, for meetings and site visits.
  • Hosting a table for 4+ hours at a time during events.
  • Clean driving record and valid driver’s license.
  • Satisfactory completion of a background check.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or qualified exemption.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary: $42,000 - $52,000/year DOE
  • Benefits
    • Generous time off, including paid holidays, vacation, sick time, personal time, and flex time for nights and weekends worked.
    • Medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, as well as 403(b) retirement participation. Access Fund also offers 403(b) matching after one year of employment.
    • Participation in industry pro deals.
    • Climbing gym discounts, depending on location.
    • Flexible work schedule.


Access Fund will navigate this situation utilizing the best available national and local guidance. We are committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, board, volunteers, and supporters. Meanwhile, Access Fund will continue to operate at the fullest capacity possible to further our mission to keep climbing areas open and conserve the climbing environment. Currently, all Access Fund employees are working remotely. Stay tuned to our news channel for further updates.

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter describing pertinent professional and personal experience with “Southeast Regional Manager” in the subject line to [email protected] no later than March 4, 2022, 5 p.m. ET. No phone calls, please.

Access Fund is an equal opportunity employer, compliant with all federal and applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. Access Fund provides employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.