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Executive Director


Grand Junction, CO, USA

Job description

Position title: Executive Director

Reports to Board of Directors

Position summary 

The Executive Director for CDA is a full-time, 40 - 45 hour per week position. The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. This position requires good writing skills, good communication skills, flexibility, and the ability to work with a variety of people.

The Executive Director should demonstrate competence in the following areas:

  •  Leadership • Ethics • Decision Making • Public Speaking • Relationship Building
  •  Effective Organization & Planning • Strategic Thinking • Team building • Problem Solving
  •  Effective Communication • Focus on Client Needs • Creativity & Innovation

Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Director performs a wide range of duties, including some or all of the following:

  •  Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization;
  •  Identify, assess and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization;
  •  Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the organization’s activities;
  •  Foster effective teamwork between the Board and the Executive Director and the and staff;
  •  Act as a spokesperson for the organization;
  •  Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board when appropriate;
  •  Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization’s community profile. Operational Planning and Management:
  •  Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization;
  •  Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of clients, Board and Funders;
  •  Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization;
  •  Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate;
  •  Ensure that personnel, client, donor and volunteer files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained;
  •  Provide support to the Board by preparing meeting agendas and support materials. Program Planning and Management:
  •  Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services;
  •  Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board;
  •  Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality;
  •  Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of special events and projects. Human Resources Planning and Management
  •  Ensure that all staff receives an orientation to the organization and that appropriate training is provided;
  •  Implement a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring the performance of staff on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review;
  •  Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance. Fundraising:
  •  Work with Board to establish a fundraising plan that incorporates a series of appropriate vehicles, such as special events, etc;
  •  Work with fundraising committee in their efforts to raise money;
  •  Take the lead in certain types of outreach efforts, as agreed upon with the Board;
  •  Research grant opportunities and submit applications to appropriate foundations; and
  • Monitor fundraising efforts to ensure that ethical practices are in place, that donors are acknowledged appropriately, and that fundraising efforts are cost-effective. Financial Planning and Management:
  •  Work with staff and board (Finance) to prepare comprehensive budget;
  •  Work with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization;
  •  Research funding sources, oversee the development of fundraising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization;
  •  Participate in fundraising activities as appropriate;
  •  Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board;
  •  Work with the Finance to ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed;
  •  Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization;
  •  Work with the Finance Committee/Treasurer to ensure comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization are provided to the Board. Community Relations/Advocacy:
  •  Strengthen communications with the organization's supporters including past donors, community partners, newsletter subscribers, and social media followers;
  •  Communicate with funders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community served by the organization;
  •  Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization.

Risk Management:

  •  Identify and evaluate the risks of the organization’s people (clients, staff, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measure to control risks;
  •  Ensure that the Board of Directors and the organization carries appropriate and adequate insurance coverage;
  •  Ensure that the Board and staff understand the terms, conditions and limitations of the insurance coverage.

Additional Requirements:

This position requires the use of personal or the CDA vehicles on CDA business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating vehicles safely, possess a valid drivers’ license, and have an acceptable driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for CDA business will be prohibited if the employee is not authorized to drive an CDA vehicle or if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage.

QUALIFICATIONS Minimum Qualification(s) Required:

  •  Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Nonprofit Management or a related field (required).
  •  A minimum of five years of progressive management experience in non-profit sector. Preferred/Desirable Qualification(s):
  •  Master's Degree (a plus).
  •  Experience working with people with disabilities and knowledge of adaptive sports (a plus). Special Requirement(s):
  •  Must possess a valid Colorado Driver's’ License by hire date. Knowledge, skills and abilities
  •  Leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit organizations;
  •  Current community challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization;
  •  Project management;
  •  Financial management;
  •  Grants/Fundraising, and Corporate development.

Proficiency in the use of computers for:

  •  Word processing
  •  Simple accounting
  •  Databases
  •  Spreadsheets
  •  E-mail
  •  Internet

Personal characteristics

The Executive Director should demonstrate competence in all of the following:

  •  Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices, and ensure that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization
  •  Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
  •  Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  •  Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.
  •  Focus on Client Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
  •  Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  •  Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interests of the organization.
  •  Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
  •  Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.
  •  Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
  •  Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.


  •  A minimum of five years of progressive management experience in non-profit sector preferred.

Working Conditions

  •  The Executive Director is expected to work a standard work week, and, depending upon the season, may be required to work some evenings and weekends to monitor or implement fundraising, outreach and program activities.


As an organization dedicated to inclusiveness, CDA values and celebrates the diversity and individuality of every child, participant, volunteer, employee, board member, and family and community partner. CDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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