**To be considered for the position, please attach a cover letter explaining your interest in the role and the Eastrail, along with your resume.**

Announcing an exceptional opportunity for an entrepreneurial leader committed to a great, welcoming, and livable Pacific northwest. This Executive Director will help to shape and support the Eastrail—the seminal regional trail and greenway in our region.

Location: TBD—Eastside (Renton, Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville, or Redmond), WA

Job Type: Executive Director

Reports to: Eastrail Partners Board of Directors

Salary: Depending on experience

The Eastrail Partners is seeking a well-connected and savvy leader to serve as our Executive Director. The Executive Director will play a lead role in transitioning the Eastrail Partners from a moment to a movement, helping to ensure that Eastrail is a world class recreational, community, and transportation feature in King County.

The Executive Director will be responsible for the leadership, management, and fundraising for the Eastrail Partners, according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.

About Eastrail Partners

The Eastrail Partners is a newly established non-profit with a mission to engage the private sector, adjacent landowners, and the surrounding community in making the Eastrail (formerly the Eastside Rail Corridor) the best it can be for all King County residents.

Built on a historic railroad line, the Eastrail will be more than a trail. It will be a place for recreation and a place to build community. It will be a centerpiece for urban and economic development, offering substantial advantages for local businesses competing to recruit and retain top talent.

This exceptional trail will require exceptional community support and partnership to complete.

Until now, development of the Eastrail has been led by the public sector. Expanded participation by the private sector will accelerate completion of the Eastrail and deliver a better outcome. Eastrail Partners will catalyze and facilitate that participation.


  • Represent the Eastrail Partners to the private sector, adjacent landowners, the surrounding community and local governments.
  • Work with Leadership Committee to develop operational and communications plans.
  • Lead implementation of operational and communications plans, including developing collateral such as website and printed marketing materials.
  • Communicate effectively with the Leadership Committee and engage Leadership Committee in carrying out outreach, advocacy, and fundraising activities.
  • Manage monthly and annual budget and ensure the Eastrail Partners operates within the approved budget and is sustainable. Because some of the Eastrail Partners’ funding will come from public sources, demonstrate scrupulous stewardship and transparency of how public funds are allocated.
  • Fundraise and develop other resources necessary to support the mission of the Eastrail Partners, including fostering relationships with foundations, drafting and submitting grant applications, and developing contacts with high-impact donors. The Eastrail Partners has received first-year funding from private contributors, the King County Parks Foundation, and the Eastrail Regional Advisory Council (the collaborative body working together to implement the Eastrail project).
  • Serve as primary liaison with the Eastrail Regional Advisory Council. Communicate and collaborate with this group on an ongoing basis.


  • Interest in trails and non-motorized transportation, land use, and public policy
  • Strong organizational skills, including program development; experience starting up an organization a plus
  • Experience in fundraising; grant writing experience a plus
  • Demonstrated understanding of effective board relations, such as leading, serving on, or working closely with a board of directors
  • Well-reasoned judgement
  • Budget management experience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong transactional skills; experience facilitating public-private partnerships a plus
  • Knows and has relationships in communities, local jurisdictions, and businesses along the Eastrail corridor (Renton, Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville, Redmond)
  • A willingness to roll up your sleeves and address any tasks necessary—some days will find you running high-level meetings with CEOs in the morning and manually updating a mailing list in the afternoon
  • Ability to inspire, oversee, and collaborate with a diverse group of volunteers, staff, and partners

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and the Eastrail and resume via LinkedIn.

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