Request For Services: Organizational Development & Interim Executive Director for the Great Redwood Trail Agency

This request for services seeks consultant assistance to support organization development and interim staffing of the Great Redwood Trail Agency (GRTA). The goal of this contract would be to support the GRTA with organizational development during a start-up period of two years during which time the contractor would work with the GRTA Board of Directors to establish policies and procedures to govern its operation, to create a business plan, and to hire professional staff for the GRTA.

The Great Redwood Trail Agency owns the rail right of way for the approximately 252 mile section from the Sonoma/Mendocino County line to its end on the Samoa Peninsula in Humboldt County. The GRTA is created to, among other things, (1) inventory any parcel, easement, or contract related to its rail rights-of-way, (2) complete an environmental assessment of the conditions of its rail rights-of-way for purposes of trail development, (3) plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain a trail in, or next to, the rail rights-of-way, and (4) complete a federal railbanking process for the rail rights-of-way.


Specific goals and objectives for this scope of work include:
1. Develop and update agency policies and procedures for new public agency.
2. Provide an interim executive director for two years.
3. Coordinate with the Great Redwood Trail Master Planning consultants and Coastal Conservancy staff to provide review and information to support the development of the Master Plan and rail banking efforts.
4. Develop a business plan for the GRTA, including inventory of real assets, review of existing and potential revenues and expenditures and a funding strategy for the GRTA.
5. Support a hiring process for the GRTA Board to hire staff.

An electronic copy of your proposal should be submitted by email to Submittals should be received by ***5pm on May 2, 2022***.  (Please ignore the mention of May 1 in the RFS; the deadline is May 2!)

The full RFS, including submittal information, can be found here.


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