Are you looking for an exciting position that truly makes a difference in the lives of thousands of local kids and families? Join our team as the Executive Director and help guide the development and implementation of outdoor programs and events around Delta County and Olathe. Position requires a commitment to serving the diverse, rural youth and families in Delta County and Olathe, knowledge of business and/or non-profit management experience designing and implementing outdoor programming and education.

Under the general supervision of the Nature Connection Advisory Board and Delta County School District, the Executive Director oversees all outdoor and environmental education programs including, but not limited to, summer camps, school-based outdoor education, community program, high school internships and infrastructure development all designed to increase equitable access to the outdoors.

Some responsibilities will include:

Oversee and ensure the success of day-to-day operations at the Nature Connection; delegate management of program responsibilities to Leadership Team staff, full-time staff, seasonal employees and volunteers

Coordinate and conduct regular meetings with the Advisory Board, presentations, correspondence, and media coverage with partner organizations including: DCSD and Olathe Schools; communities of the North Fork (Hotchkiss, Paonia, Crawford), Cedaredge, Delta, and Olathe; and all public, private, and non-profit agency partners

Develop and manage an annual budget of over $750k including the administration of multiple state and federal grants, private donations, program revenue and in-kind contributions

Work closely with Delta County School District, Delta County fiscal agents

Develop relationships with funders to ensure long-term financial sustainability

Ensure safe outdoor programming through development and refinement of protocols

Maintain regular board and community communications, set board meeting agendas, publicize board meetings and report project updates to board.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Conservation, Crew, Development, Fundraising, Sales and Marketing, Support Staff

Required Skills:

Excellent organization, leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills

Computer literacy

Grant writing experience

Knowledge of business management, finance, and accounting including: budgeting activities, project management, board management, marketing through social media, fundraising, and team management experience

Possess a valid Driver’s License

About The Nature Connection

The Nature Connection is dedicated to eliminating the barriers to getting kids outside by providing fun, active, and educational outdoor experiences for youth and families in our communities.

Application Instructions

Please submit an online application through Delta County School District (https://www.deltaschools.com/en-US/open-positions-2198a503) with a resume with cover letter and three professional references reflecting on your eligibility for the position. Top candidates will be selected for an interview by the hiring committee.