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Director, Western Region - 1844757
Oakland, CA
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 Are you passionate about shaping policies that lead to more sustainable and equitable communities? If so, then this may be the opportunity for you!  


POSITION: Director Western Region

SALARY: $108,000-$116,000 Annual Salary  

LOCATION: Oakland 

SCHEDULE: Full-Time, Hybrid Schedule (2 days a week in office)  

Company Overview

The organization is the nation’s largest trails organization, dedicated to building a nation connected by trails and reimagining public spaces to promote safe walking, biking, and outdoor activity. Founded in 1986, the organization's national office is in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in several states.

About the Role

The Director for the Western Region is responsible for implementing the organization’s program priorities in the Western Region, including fiscal management of budgets, grants, and contracts. This region encompasses California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and Arizona, with a primary focus on California.


  • Lead policy advocacy efforts, focusing on increasing state investment in trails and active transportation infrastructure.
  • Advocate for policy measures promoting safe walking and biking routes, with a primary focus on California.
  • Support federal policy priorities through engagement with federal representatives and partnerships with state-level advocacy groups.


  • Influence the implementation of regional, state, and federal policies by agencies in the Western Region.
  • Prioritize trail and active transportation networks in regional and state agency policies and programs.
  • Provide oversight for the organization’s top-priority state program, the Active Transportation Program at Caltrans.

Trail Development:

  • Co-lead the Bay Area Trails Collaborative (BATC) to develop an extensive trail system in coordination with key partners.
  • Support other impactful projects aligned with organizational priorities and capacity, such as the Great Redwood Trail.

Equity Advancement:

  • Provide support and expertise to underserved communities in California for trail and active transportation projects.
  • Seek government and private funding to support partnership initiatives for underserved communities.

Fiscal Management:

  • Develop and manage the budget for the Western Region.
  • Track grants and contracts within the region.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Hire and supervise staff, consultants, and interns within the Western Region, including the Trail Development Manager.

Basic Qualifications and Personal Attributes:

  • Minimum 7 years of relevant professional experience, including program and contract management.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of management experience, including staff supervision and budget management.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in advocacy and partnership cultivation.
  • Passion for trail development and active transportation.

Work Environment: Normal office setting with occasional travel required.

At Lion Heart Recruit, we embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We believe in equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of their race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other aspect that makes them unique. Our approach to diversity is more than a statement—it’s an integral part of our culture, our identity, and our success.

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