Job Description: 

The Outdoor Lab Foundation is looking for a bright, creative, charismatic Executive Director to lead our collaborative, mission-driven and innovative team in our Wheat Ridge office. This leader will be responsible for telling Outdoor Lab’s story, leading a successful marketing and development team, representing the Foundation and advocating for the Outdoor Lab program in Jefferson County and the greater Denver area.  This is a hands-on position that wears many hats and works closely with internal staff as well as schools, community groups and vendors to support and advocate for our team, mission and Outdoor Lab.  This is first and foremost a fundraising position and reports directly to the Foundation Board and you’ll be responsible for managing a $1,000,000 plus organization that changes the lives of over 7,000 people every year through fundraising and advocacy.

Areas of Responsibility

The specific areas of responsibility for the Executive Director are as follows:


  • Drafting, implementation and management of a powerful fundraising plan
  • Engagement of all Board members in various aspects of fundraising
  • Network within the community to grow funding of the organization to increase gifts and advance the mission of the organization; knowledge of potential Board members with fundraising abilities
  • Ability to form and direct at Fundraising Committee of Board and non-Board members
  • Familiarity with Colorado’s philanthropic community
  • Lead staff toward developing new funding sources
  • Lead and direct all fundraising work by example

Strategic Leadership

  • Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the Foundation
  • Be personally accountable to the Board for implementation of the strategic plan based on measurable performance metrics
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the Foundation
  • Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the Foundation’s activities
  • Foster effective team work with both the Board and the staff
  • In conjunction with the President of the Board, act as a spokesperson for the organization
  • Represent the organization at community and Foundation activities to significantly 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. Establish performance metrics for staff that align with that strategic direction, and mentor staff to fulfil the overall strategic plan.
  • Provide hands-on management and leadership to oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, donors, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization

Program planning and management

  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services, including any special projects
  • Ensure that the programs and grants made by the Foundation contribute to the organization’s mission, reflect the priorities of the Board and align with the strategic plan
  • Regularly meet with Outdoor Lab staff to foster collaboration among stakeholders and to understand their needs

Human resources planning and management

  • Work in conjunction with the Board of Directors to ensure the implementation of and compliance with necessary human resources policies, procedures and practices.  Determine staffing requirements for optimal organizational efficiency and fundraising goals.
  • Implement a performance management process for all staff.

Financial planning and management

  • Work with staff and the finance team to prepare a comprehensive annual budget.
  • 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.
  • Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the financial position of the organization.
  • Ensure the organization is and remains in compliance with all legal, financial, governance, and regulatory requirements.

Risk management

  • Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization’s people (clients, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and implement measures to mitigate and manage risks
  • Ensure that the Board of Directors and the organization carries appropriate and adequate insurance coverage & understands that coverage.

Community Engagement

  • Ensure that the Staff has the resources needed to create events, speaking engagements, other outreach efforts intended to effectively communicate The Foundation’s mission.
  • Oversee efforts to educate the general public and small donor constituencies about the specific mission of OLF, the impact of current research and the need for developing STEM and EE education programs through Outdoor Lab while ensuring the message being communicated is effective, accurate and compelling.
  • Undergraduate degree in a related field, CFRE or Masters preferred
  • 5 years of non-profit management experience or comparable
  • Proven success with foundations, major donors including gifts above $10,000 and individual donor campaigns or extensive sales and account management experience
  • Sales and Marketing experience will be considered
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Knowledge of financial management
  • Knowledge of operational management
  • Public speaking and ability to capture the mission through compelling story telling

The salary for this position is a range of $75,000-$90,000.  Benefits also include health, dental and life insurance, 3% matching Simple IRA and paid vacation

How To Apply

Submit your cover letter and resume to Our board of directors is responsible for hiring this vital position.  The posting closes on 10/26

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