Job Description: 

Colorado Horse Rescue (CHR) is seeking an Executive Director to lead a thriving organization and industry leader dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the horses and people in our community.   CHR is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving improving the lives of unwanted horses in Colorado by keeping them in their homes, finding them new forever-homes or providing lifetime care at our facility in Longmont, Colorado.  The executive director reports to the President of the Board of Directors, supervises staff members and creates a productive, positive work environment.

Areas of Responsibility

Job Responsibilities include:

    Maximize Funding Development

  • Assure CHR has long-range strategies which achieve its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
  • Lead the development of a realistic annual budget and provide regular, timely, internal fiscal statements that compare performance to budget and to the previous benchmarks established.
  • Lead fundraising efforts, including Board participation, personally cultivating and soliciting donors, and supervising implementation of fundraising plans and policies.
  • Conduct multiyear financial analysis, reviewing trends, and engaging the Board in discussions of financial stability, sustainability and the establishment of adequate operating reserves. 

Marketing and Public Relations

  • Promote CHR’s image and assure sound working relationships with the media and other organizations
  • Serving as the primary spokesperson for CHR, increase visibility, public relations, and public awareness of CHR’s missions, goals, activities and achievement.
  • Maintain and cultivate cooperative relationships with the community, other animal related non-profits, local law enforcement and animal control.
  • Foster collaborative efforts to extend outreach capabilities both regionally and as a national resource for other organizations in accordance with CHR’s missions.
  • Supervise and actively participate in the distribution of communication to donors, volunteers, community leaders, and other appropriate individuals, organizations, and government officials.
  • Supervise CHR’s marketing efforts including, but not limited to:  marketing strategies, newsletters, website, social media, graphics, branding and promotional materials.
  • Oversee and provide guidance regarding fundraising events.
  • Provide leadership and actively participate in developing outreach opportunities and educational events.

    Operations and Personnel

  • Responsible for recruitment, employment, development and release of all personnel
  • Ensure job descriptions are developed and updated as the organization grows; and that sound human resources practices are in place.  Conduct annual staff reviews.
  • Foster and maintain an environment that motivates, educates and attracts a diverse staff of high quality people to carry out CHR’s missions and goals.
  • Ensure that staff has the resources necessary to succeed; be accessible to staff for discussion support and guidance.

Key Relationships


  • Maintain and build relationships with donors, vendors, equine agencies, community outreach organizations, and local businesses.  


  • Engage Board members effectively
  • Create a positive work environment for staff and volunteers

Principal Accountabilities

  •     Fundraising
  •     Financials
  •     Marketing and Public Relations
  •     Personnel
  •     Upholding CHR Mission Statement
  •     Outreach and Education


  • Education and/or relevant experience in business development, management, and fundraising
  • Strong leadership and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, experienced public speaker
  • Knowledge of equine industry and working knowledge of horse health, care, and training
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Skilled in social media strategies
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and QuickBooks software

CHR is a growing, dynamic organization and has benefited from strong leadership. The executive director salary will be commensurate with a qualified candidates’ experience and, in recognition of our growth, may be higher than historical non-profit tax filings.  Competitive PTO policy 


How To Apply

Submit cover letter and resume electronically to: by November 15, 2017

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