Colorado Canyons Association

Position Description: Executive Director


Organizational Background

Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) fosters community stewardship, education and awareness of our National Conservation Lands with a focus on Dominguez-Escalante, Gunnison Gorge and McInnis Canyons National Conservation Areas in Western Colorado.

CCA brings together diverse, often non-traditional, public lands supporters to protect and restore our National Conservation Lands in Western Colorado. Our organization provides programs bringing over 3,000 students, 500 community members and several hundred volunteers out onto their public lands annually. As a river outfitter on the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers, CCA manages a robust and successful river education and stewardship program while managing our private science/adventure camp along the Colorado River. As one of the top Bureau of Land Management partner groups in the country, we work closely with public land managers to ensure the public is engaged with their lands. CCA also advocates for the Land & Water Conservation Fund and other programs important to the long-term health of the National Conservation Lands and our three National Conservation Areas in Western Colorado.

Position Summary

Based in Grand Junction, Colorado, CCA seeks an Executive Director to join a motivated board of directors, an experienced staff, and a strong national following at an important moment in our 9-year history. Building on our founding Executive Director's leadership and a thriving organization, we seek a new leader to meet our strategic vision and goals while ensuring a strong future for our community.

This position requires a seasoned non-profit leader with the ability to direct our growing organization with a budget over $500,000, seven staff, and a board of directors.

Responsibilities include oversight of all operations, development, programs, administration and strategic vision. Working closely with a professional board, this position needs a well-rounded, independent, seasoned leader with a strong ability to work across a broad political spectrum of interests.


• Advanced degree in a related field and 6+ years as a nonprofit Director

• A fundraising leader with senior level development program experience

• Strong strategic vision and planning with a long history of working with a board of directors

• A passion for the National Conservation Lands and our three National Conservation Areas

• Politically nuanced with an ability to work with donors and elected officials from all political affiliations and possesses a strong background in advocacy or managing issue campaigns

• An entrepreneurial can-do spirit with an ability to inspire others

• Firm grasp of land conservation and stewardship strategies

• Excellent organizational, presentation and verbal and written communication skills

• Persistent, yet patient, individual who has vision, the passion for the land and community, a love of the non-profit organization and a great sense of humor

Additional Information

Special Job Requirements: Periodic travel, flexible work hours, including some weekend and evening hours on short notice. A valid driver’s license is required.

Physical Demands: The Executive Director regularly walks long distances, uses a computer/phone, bends, and climbs stairs. Must be able to maneuver, lift and carry event materials, packages and sup-plies up to 35 pounds. Offices and buildings are totally smoke-free.

Compensation and Benefits: Salary ranges from $60,000-$70,000 plus health insurance, retirement match and generous paid leave. Position will remain open until Tuesday, October 22nd.

To apply:

Send a cover letter, resume and three references to Katie Steele at Please, no phone calls, this position will remain open until Friday, October 25th.