Central Colorado Conservancy Salida, Colorado
Job Type Paid permanent
Deadline Sep 01, 2019

Central Colorado Conservancy is seeking an innovative and dynamic Executive Director to build on steady growth and to help take the organization to the next level of impact within the current strategic plan. The opportunity is based in Salida, Colorado; known as the Heart of the Rockies. The stunning mountain community is experiencing rapid growth in population and visitation. Land and water conservation on private agricultural lands and on public lands is an urgent challenge. Area citizens are supportive, having passed a cutting-edge ballot measure in November 2018, funding healthy lands, waters, and wildlife. Central Colorado Conservancy leads the regional conservation efforts, protecting not only land and water, but also a special quality of life. The Conservancy protects open lands using traditional tools and new approaches to keep working lands working. It protects local quality of life by leading innovative programs that engage the community to develop new approaches to enhance forest health and help manage the impacts of outdoor recreation growth.

Overview The Executive Director will lead these innovative programs, connecting a strong board, talented staff, and an engaged community to deliver on-the-ground results. The role will focus on inspiring the community, developing diverse funding streams and supporters, and maintaining organizational leadership/ management and land protection. The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the nonprofit corporation and has active control of its affairs, business and supervision of its employees.

A successful applicant will demonstrate:

  • Passion for the Conservancy’s mission: To protect and maintain the lands and waters sustaining our quality of life as Central Colorado grows, through leadership that creates collaborative solutions.
  • Leadership and a track record of accomplishment delivered through engagement of staff, community, agencies, government and partner organizations.
  • Fundraising and development results.
  • Ability to manage people (staff, contractors, partners) and finances.
  • Technical skills to connect partners, stakeholders and community, to leverage existing tools and funding mechanisms, and to create new approaches that protect land, support agriculture, and manage the impacts of rapid growth to natural resource health.

Primary Qualifications


  • Commitment to the Conservancy’s vision and mission.
  • Ability to inspire and connect community, agencies and government to develop new solutions to the shared challenges of managing growth in balance with retaining a special quality of life.
  • Vibrant work approach: Action-oriented, self-starter, skilled listener, and a communicator who can inspire confidence and create collaborative action.
  • Skilled in the development and collaborative work relationship with a nonprofit Board of Directors.

Funding and Supporter Development

  • A record of accomplishment in diverse fundraising, including: membership, major giving, annual appeals, capital campaigns, planned giving, corporate giving, and grant writing/management.
  • Experience in marketing

Land Protection and Conservation

  • Background with private land conservation, including conservation easements and fee acquisitions.
  • Innovative, entrepreneurial approach, coupled with the desire to develop new methods to keep working lands working and to conserve land, water, and wildlife as the community grows.
  • Experience with diverse partners, including landowners, developers, agencies, and government.


  • A solid knowledge of nonprofit accounting, budgeting, financial management, and the laws/regulations applicable to nonprofit organizations.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, donor databases, QuickBooks, GIS, web development, and social media platforms.

Other Qualifications

  • Minimum of five years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Able to pass background/credit checks, lift 50 pound objects, and hold a driver’s license.
  • Willingness and ability to travel in the Conservancy’s six-county service area.

Reporting and Compensation The Executive Director reports to the President of the Board of Directors. The position is a full-time commitment requiring a flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends. Compensation is based upon experience, with approximate salary between $60 and $75k. The position includes paid vacation time, office space, and cell phone. The Central Colorado Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Location Central Colorado Conservancy is based in Salida, Colorado. The region is well known for its outdoor recreation opportunities, including: skiing, hiking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, big-game hunting, kayaking, and rafting. Chaffee County has 15 of Colorado’s 14,000 foot mountains and the most-rafted river in the world. Salida routinely tops Outside Magazine’s list of best towns in the United States.


To Apply Please send a cover letter, resume and references to Cindy Williams, president of the Board of Directors at boardpresident@centralcoloradoconservancy.org with “Executive Director Position” in subject line. The Conservancy plans to fill the position this summer; action-oriented application is recommended.

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