Chief Executive Officer - Running USA

Job Description 


Running USA is a non-profit organization that is a leading force in the multi-billion dollar running industry. The organization was founded in 1999 and, since then, has been fully committed towards advancing the growth and success of the running industry.  

Over the years, Running USA has established itself as a valuable resource for event organizers, vendors, sponsors and media throughout the running industry. The annual Running USA Conference is the flagship event for the organization, uniting all facets of the running industry to share best practices and engage in business networking. 

Running USA is at a critical inflection point in its development, as it stands poised for rapid growth. We are looking for an experienced, knowledgeable person with a vision and drive to lead the organization through its next phase of growth.  


  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, public speaking and presentation skills 

  • Solid working knowledge of budgeting, marketing, business development and strategic planning  

  • 8-plus years in leadership and/or at a professional non-profit organization with an understanding of the running industry 

  • Exceptional capacity for managing and leading people; a team builder who has experience in scaling up organizations; ability to connect staff both on an individual level and in large groups; capacity to enforce accountability, develop and empower top-notch leaders from the bottom up, lead from the top down, cultivate entrepreneurship, and learn the strengths and weaknesses of the team so as to put people in a position to succeed.  


  • Enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; not afraid to take charge of a situation; can overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stands when necessary.  


  • Ability to generate respect and trust from staff and external constituencies. 

  • Self-reliant, good problem solver and results-oriented 

  • Demonstrated experience in financial planning and analysis 

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and commitment  

  • Flexible and able to multi-task; can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions; demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding investment in people and systems.  

  • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills 



The job responsibilities include the following: 

Leadership + Strategic Growth 

  • Serve as head of the senior management team, working to ensure growth and effectiveness in the organizations initiatives. 

  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement a vision and strategic plan to guide the growth of the organization. 

  • Manage all day-to-day activities of the organization

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