Job Posting- Executive Director

Citizens Project is looking for its next leader! Learn more about our organization HERE.


About Citizens Project

Citizens Project is a bold, fearless advocate and engaging voice that challenges the Pikes Peak region to embrace equity, inclusion, and justice.

Position Overview

The Executive Director is a strategic leader, partnering with the board of directors to frame and fulfill a robust and inclusive vision for Citizens Project and the community.  Reporting to the board of directors, the Executive Director has operational responsibility for Citizens Project’s programs, staff, volunteers, and for implementation of the mission.

Key Roles

  • Works closely with the board of directors to develop and articulate the vision and mission of Citizens Project
  • Ensures that Citizens Project has a long-range strategy that achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress
  • Provides leadership in developing program and organizational plans with the board of directors and staff
  • Implements programs consistent with the organization’s strategic plan
  • Works to grow Citizens Project’s capacity and impact through the management and implementation of best practices in program development and delivery, community relations, administration and human resource management, financial management and legal compliance, fundraising, and board relations

Key Responsibilities

Program Development and Delivery

  • Works closely with the board of directors to develop strategic goals and objectives for the organization and carries out all work in accordance with those objectives
  • Tracks and reports program activities and trends to the board of directors on a monthly basis
  • Advises the board on legislative initiatives and community actions and directs program activities related to those initiatives, as approved by the board

Community Relations

  • Builds and maintains relationships with donors, grantors, community members, nonprofit organizations, elected officials, and members of the media and represents Citizens Project to those constituencies
  • Serves as an effective spokesperson for Citizens Project, representing the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public
  • Maintains a visible presence at community events, representing the interests of the organization

Administration and Human Resource Management

  • Recruits, supervises and retains an effective staff and volunteer force and conducts annual evaluations for all paid staff
  • Ensures compliance with personnel policies and state and federal regulations on workplaces and employment

Financial Management and Legal Compliance

  • Works with the staff, board treasurer, and the board in preparing a budget and ensures that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
  • Assures adequate control and accounting of all funds, including developing and maintaining sound financial practices, and ensures compliance with all financial reporting and bookkeeping requirements
  • Provides the board treasurer with the requisite materials for monthly financial reports to the board
  • Maintains official records and documents and ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations and reporting requirements


  • In conjunction with the Development Committee, develops an annual fundraising plan, involves others in fundraising, and supports all fundraising activities of the organization
  • Works to meet or exceed revenue goals, ensuring that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work
  • Establishes positive relationships with individual donors and government, foundations, and corporate funders
  • Establishes appropriate development and fundraising policies and procedures in keeping with best practices

Board Relations

  • Maintains a strong relationship with and provides support to the board, including working closely with the executive committee to plan board meetings and retreats, and provides information critical to board decision making
  • Serves as an ex officio member on and provides support to all board committees
  • In collaboration with the board, develops annual program goals, an annual budget, budget narrative, and cash flow projections to be approved before the fiscal year begins
  • Ensures that the board is kept informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it


We recognize that life experience is often as important as formal education or employment experiences. A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate all or most of the following qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in nonprofit management, public administration, public affairs, business, or other related field
  • Seven or more years of nonprofit experience
  • Budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation
  • A clear understanding of and ability to implement advocacy and engagement strategies
  • Ability to convey a vision of Citizens Project’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers, and donors
  • Knowledge of and experience with fundraising strategies and donor relations in nonprofit organizations
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
  • A passion for the vision and mission of Citizens Project


Projected salary range for this position is $50,000-$70,000 annual compensation.  Benefits package includes a fully funded Health Services Account ($3,500), 4 weeks paid vacation annually, plus 10 federal holidays.

Desired Start Date:         1 October 2020

How to apply:

Please send a letter of interest and resumé to  Applications received through 15 August 2020 will get full consideration.  Citizens Project strongly encourages applicants from all backgrounds to apply.  Citizens Project is an equal opportunity employer.