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Executive Director

The Executive Director position reflects a recently reimagined and reorganized 27-year-old prestigious nonprofit based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Catamount Institute is dedicated to connecting kids to the outdoors using a mix of education and adventure through meaningful outdoor experiences.


We are seeking a self-driven, passionate and competent Executive Director to lead our mission’s impact in our community.  The Executive Director influences our organization towards favorable growth, and designs and directs strategies that support and enhance organizational operations.  This leader builds a fulfilling organizational culture where team members thrive and contribute their best. 

Role & Qualifications

Executive Director Position

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the fulfillment of the mission and the financial management of the $700,000 budget.  The Executive Director manages the senior-level staff and oversees the planning, implementation and evaluation of programs.  In committed partnership with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director develops and implements an annual fundraising plan, including working with individual donors, foundations and corporations, and manages the organizations’ finances.  The Executive Director is the primary spokesperson for Catamount Institute and cultivates opportunities to participate in community initiatives and strategic partnerships.    

The position is based at the Catamount Institute offices in the Beidleman Environmental Center at Sondermann Park in west Colorado Springs.  The salary range begins at $75,000 with opportunity to increase dependent on experience. Additionally, Catamount Institute offers robust and flexible PTO with a healthcare stipend for qualifying employees and the Colorado Secure Savings retirement plan. 


-Minimum 3 years of experience in nonprofit leadership

-Degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience

-Proven experience in fundraising and development

-Experience leading and motivating professional staff and volunteers

-Excellent public speaking skills to articulate the work of Catamount Institute

-Experience managing complex and multi-layered projects and budgets

-Technical expertise with office computer applications

-Ability to build relationships with a variety of constituents

Role Overview:

Leadership & Administration

-Provide leadership to the organization and work closely with the Board to maintain high performance standards

-Oversee and implement policies needed to manage a nonprofit organization

-With the Board, develop and implement a long-range strategy to guide the organization

-Develop the organization as a learning community; keep abreast of trends in science and environmental education

-Work with school districts to promote educational partnerships

-Oversee job descriptions and evaluations for each staff member

-Ensure program goals and objectives are carried out with professionalism 

Development & Fundraising

-Develop, oversee, and implement annual fundraising plan and budget

-Identify and cultivate individual donors, foundations, and corporations identified in annual fundraising plan

-Prepare proposals and final reports for grants

-Oversee design and implementation of special appeals and events

Public Relations

-Serve as primary spokesperson representing Catamount Institute within the community

-Identify and participate in appropriate community initiatives and strategic partnerships

-Manage internal and external communication and ensure the organization’s branding activities align with strategic objectives


-Create annual budget with input from board and staff

-Maintain strong financial management and accountability, including monthly cash flow and appropriate controls and systems 

-Approve all financial disbursements

-Review monthly financial statements with board and staff

To apply:

Please submit your resume, a minimum of 3 professional references, answer the following supplemental questions, and an optional cover letter to  hiring@catamountinstitute.org. We will accept applications until this position is filled. 

Supplemental Questions:

  1. Provide us with an example of your financial development experience and your approach to establishing a financial development strategy.
  2. Provide example(s) of how you successfully led a team or organization through a difficult time.
  3. What is your leadership style and how do you motivate staff?
  4. What is your experience and approach to strategic planning?
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