Is Kyle MacDonald leaving BAWT?
Yes, Kyle is stepping down as CEO & Executive Director of Bay Area Wilderness Training.
Why is Kyle leaving BAWT? Is he leaving on good terms?
Just like he founded BAWT 12 years ago, Kyle is leaving to found a new organization that will replicate BAWT’s successful model across the nation. Earth Island Institute, the BAWT Board of Directors and staff fully support Kyle’s new endeavor.
When is Kyle leaving? Is he staying in the Bay Area?
Kyle is stepping down in September 2012, and plans to stay in San Francisco, where he lives with his wife and two children.
Who will take over when Kyle leaves? Is there a transition/succession plan?
BAWT will hire a new CEO & Executive Director to continue and grow BAWT’s mission. For over a year, a subcommittee of the Board of Directors has worked closely with Kyle, the BAWT board, staff and executive transition consultants to plan and implement a transition and succession plan.
What is the timeline for the transition?
The timeline for executive transition is designed to allow for a smooth and seamless transition between Kyle and the incoming CEO & Executive Director. Here are key dates for the executive transition:
- May 2nd: Executive Director job announcement is posted
- June 1st: Deadline to Apply for Executive Director Position
- June – July: Candidates are screened and interviewed
- August: Executive Director hired
- August/September: Kyle and incoming Executive Director transition
How will Kyle’s departure/transition affect BAWT? Will BAWT continue to operate?
BAWT will continue to accomplish its mission of helping you get youth outdoors! Our outdoor leadership courses will continue; our gear library will be here for you; you will still reach great peaks with Climbing for Kids; and most importantly, BAWT’s dedicated staff and volunteers will continue to be here for you too!
Kyle was my primary contact for fundraising/donations. Is there someone else I should work with now?
Mike Kawalek, Director of Development and Finance, can be reached at email@example.com (510) 452-2298 ext. 303
Who can I speak to if I have additional questions?
Blake Durtsche is the chair of BAWT’s Board of Directors and chair of the executive transition committee. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-730-1852.
What role is Earth Island Institute playing the transition?
Susan Kamprath will be a liaison to BAWT’s fiscal agent, Earth Island Institute, and will be involved in the interview process.
Executive Recruitment Questions
When will BAWT start recruiting for the CEO/Executive Director position?
BAWT will post the position on May 2, 2012.
Will BAWT hire internally or seek outside candidates?
BAWT looks forward to reviewing the qualifications of all candidates interested in becoming our next CEO & Executive Director.
What is BAWT looking for in an Executive Director?
Energy, passion and commitment to BAWT’s mission! Beyond that we’re interested in hearing from all interested candidates.
How can I provide input to BAWT on executive recruitment?
We encourage input in the executive recruitment process. Please contact Blake Durtsche BAWT’s Board Chair and member of the Transition Committee (email@example.com or 612-730-1852).
How can I apply for the Executive Director position?
BAWT will post the position on May 2, 2012. Be on the lookout for the job posting on our website: www.bawt.org/job-announcement/
When will BAWT hire a new CEO/Executive Director?
We anticipate we will have new CEO and Executive Director hired by August 2012.
How can I reach Kyle after he departs BAWT?