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Who Are Our Staff?

The mission of the Western Slope Conservation Center is to build an active and aware community to protect and enhance the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed. Our staff is passionate about supporting the communities of the Lower Gunnison Watershed to establish intact and functioning ecosystems, clean and abundant water resources, well-managed lands with the highest level of protection, and an engaged citizenry who understands the connection between the vitality of both its ecological and social communities.

Our Commitment to Diversity

WSCC is committed to fostering a workplace that is welcoming and embraces difference, specifically by intentionally seeking to increase the diversity of our staff, board, and volunteers through active recruitment.

WSCC provides equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status, genetic information, or other protected statuses.

Open Positions

Position Title: Executive Director

Position Summary: The Executive Director leads the Western Slope Conservation Center (WSCC) in pursuit of its mission to conserve the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison River watershed. This is a full-time, exempt staff position.

Key responsibilities include programmatic leadership, fundraising (both donor and grants), financial management, staff management, board development, communications, and marketing. The Executive Director works under the guidance and supervision of the Board of Directors and collaborates with WSCC staff, board, and volunteers. 

The WSCC seeks a dynamic leader who is mission-driven, hardworking, and creative problem-solver. WSCC is committed to creating a diverse team that reflects our whole community of constituents. We strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds who meet the core competencies of this position to apply.

Salary: $50,000-$60,000 — based upon experience and with opportunities for near-term growth

Position Responsibilities:

Organizational Leadership & Management

  • Manage, assign and delegate duties, and coach WSCC staff (5+ person mix of full time, part-time and intern), including making hiring decisions;
  • Provide executive support for the Board of Directors; 
  • Facilitate effective communication and coordination between all levels of the organization, including members, volunteers, staff, and board; 
  • Maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders including members, local, state, and federal government officials, and partner organizations; 
  • Supervise organizational volunteer recruitment and management of volunteer committees structure and integrate volunteer management with data management systems and committee and program development
  • Represent WSCC publicly at events, community meetings, and media engagements
  • Manage and delegate organizational systems and day-to-day operations of WSCC

Development and financial management

  • Manage an annual budget of approximately $250k annual budget, direct annual budgeting process, meet monthly with the treasurer and finance committee and manage fiscal operations per policy and procedures to meet budget
  • Oversee grants, including identification, proposal writing, acquisition, management, and reporting
  • Lead donor cultivation strategy in coordination with the development committee and the board
    • Supervise and delegate grant writing needs for both programmatic and organizational grant applications
    • Coordinate grant reporting systems and effective report completion 


Program Development & Leadership 

  • Collaborate with staff and committee chairs to support strategic program management and leadership of Public Lands, Watershed, and Education programming
  • Delegate and support coordination of monthly program committee meetings, committee leadership management, and committee communication systems
  • Assure that WSCC programming seeks to engage the diversity of our community, is inclusive and is conscious of equity.

Communication & Outreach 

  • Develop and improve communication systems for the organization, including traditional and social media platforms; 
  • Supervise the daily implementation of communication systems at all levels of the organization; as necessary, provide direct support for communication content development including emails, website, social media, press release, and other materials; 
  • Develop and implement best management practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion in our outreach and communications

Core Competencies (essential):

  • 3-5 years of relevant professional experience in nonprofit management, program leadership or fundraising;
  • Work and life experience commensurate with described position responsibilities;
  • An empathetic and inclusive approach to community-based conservation work and ability to work with diverse backgrounds and perspectives to implement the WSCC mission; 
  • Exceptional work ethic, integrity, personal motivation, and commitment to the WSCC mission;
  • Excellent writing, public speaking, and interpersonal skills;
  • Exceptional organizational and office skills including technological proficiency with common office software and online platforms;

Ideal Candidate Attributes (desirable):

  • Experience working in the conservation field, in Colorado or the West
  • Established networks with the conservation, political, and/or foundation communities in Colorado
  • Ability to work independently, be self-directed, and lead a high-functioning team
  • Flexible and creative approach to prioritizing and accomplishing the work;
  • Collaborative, outgoing, personable, and enthusiastic
  • Experience and commitment to implementing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
  • Education or relevant work experience in environmental science, advocacy, non-profit management, public policy or related fields
  • Spanish language skills

Employee Benefits: 

Health insurance stipend of $400 per month, 10 paid holidays, paid-time-off (PTO), flexible work schedule, parental leave, professional development, and retirement plan match. Personal vehicle required with travel reimbursed at federal rate.

 Work Schedule: The Executive Director’s schedule is flexible (as coordinated with the Board of Directors), varying day-to-day and week-to-week, and based upon a minimum of 40-hour full-time work weeks. Flexibility allows for personal or family commitments and balancing work and life. Some nights and weekend work necessary due to meeting and event schedules. The position includes frequent travel within the region.

Application: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts. The application deadline is Friday, August 21, 2020, or until the position is filled. Please, no phone inquiries.