Ithaka has been housing low-income members of our community for 40 years. We are committed to providing support and community to all our residents so that they can achieve a self-determined vision for their own lives.

We provide safe, affordable, and supportive transitional housing services for approximately 100 residents; including seniors, immigrants, families in housing crisis, those leaving incarceration and those exiting homelessness. 

We believe that everyone deserves a home and seek to house those with the highest barriers who need more time and support than most transitional housing programs can provide. Our programs provide a pathway for people out of poverty and crisis and into permanent housing.

The Executive Director is responsible for Ithaka’s organizational infrastructure, financial management including development of an annual budget and budget component targets, community relationships, public speaking, grants and contracts management, fund development, supervision of senior staff, oversite of programs, and leadership of paid and volunteer staff in fulfillment of Ithaka’s mission, vision, and values.


  • Mission-driven and action-oriented when leading an organization.
  • Entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Leader who is passionate, ethical, positive, and self-directed.
  • Proven ability to provide prompt, thorough and accurate financial information to the board to keep members appropriately informed of the organization’s performance.
  • High level strategic planning skills.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, and develop high performance teams.
  • Strong fundraising expertise as well as a demonstrable history of generating new individual, foundation and corporate donors. 
  • Proven track record in improving financial position of organizations
  • 5+ years senior nonprofit management experience minimum.
  • Bachelor's degree in nonprofit management, business, or related field.
  • Skilled in working effectively with a Board of Directors and volunteers.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to passionately convey Mission, Vision and Values of the organization.
  • Track record in building strong community relationships that will benefit the organization.


  • Experience in working with homelessness and/or disadvantaged populations.
  • Experience in developing supportive housing.
  • Experience in managing a capital campaign.  


Finance and Accounting

  • Ensure consistent and high-quality fiscal management of all the agency's financial resources. 
  • In conjunction with the Board of Directors’ input, create a strong annual budget as well as a long-range financial plan.
  • Ensure staff members follow all appropriate accounting procedures and internal policies.
  • Oversee budget to include accurate, realistic forecasting of revenue and expenses.
  • Assure submission of monthly financials statements in a timely manner that accurately reflect the financial condition of the agency.
  • Monitor budget-to-actual results, identifying significant differences for the Board
  • Ensure maximum resource utilization.
  • Maintain the agency in a strong, positive financial position.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to ensure timely preparation of annual audit and filing of annual Form 990 report.

Fundraising, Development, Community Relations and Marketing

  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion while simultaneously retiring building debt.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with all partners, government agencies, foundations, grantors, the business community, and private funders.
  • Recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve goals
  • Acts as spokesperson and representative of Ithaka Land at community events, with constituents, the media, and the general public
  • Actively engage and energize Ithaka board members, event committees, volunteers, alumni (as in those who have been recipients of the services in the past), partnering organizations, and funders
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
  • Proven record in attracting new donors- individuals, business and foundation

Board and Governance

  • Ensure that Ithaka abides by its By-laws and Nonprofit Laws of the State of Colorado
  • Serve a key role in developing and maintaining an effective Board of Directors
  • Communicate all issues necessary for the Board of Directors to have a clear understanding of Ithaka and ensure that the board is always appropriately informed 
  • Participate with the Board of Directors in the creation and implementation of a three to five year Strategic Plan for Ithaka.

Human Resources

  • Collaborate with the Operations Director to lead, coach, develop and retain a high performing staff.
  • Ensure employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions, positions, and for the day-to-day operations of the agency are up to date, follow legal requirements, and reflect best practices in the industry.
  • Ensure compliance with all national, state, and local employment laws.


  • Collaborate with the Operations Director to ensure ongoing program excellence.
  • General oversight and management of all Ithaka programs.
  • Assure that rigorous program evaluation is conducted on all programs.
  • Create timelines and tactics necessary to achieving the agency’s goals and objectives.


  • Assure that all the Ithaka facilities are well maintained and meet all federal, state, local laws, and agency standards for safety.
  • Coordinate all reporting with compliance agencies.


  • Accountable to the Board of Directors and directly supervised by the Board Chair with oversight by the Executive Committee.
  • Directly Supervises the Operations Director.
  • Builds and maintains strong relationships to the funding community, government agencies, and community.
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