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Position Title:            Chief Executive Officer

Reports to:                 Board of Directors

FLSA Status:              Exempt

Organizational Background

The Colorado Mountain Club ( was founded over 100 years ago by a collection of early-day conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts united in their love of the mountains and other wild places. Headquartered in Golden, Colorado, at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC), the CMC has approximately 5,500 members organized into thirteen local groups state-wide,, hundreds of volunteers, and 17 paid staff.  Volunteers and staff lead around 3,000 hikes a year in Colorado; teach mountaineering and outdoor skills; sponsor adventure travel throughout the world; work to sustain Colorado’s wilderness, wildlife and native ecosystems; and publish books through the “CMC Press.”

Position Summary

The CEO is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the CMC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  The CEO is responsible for maintaining positive membership relations, supervising professional staff, developing and administering an annual budget of approximately $2 million, and fundraising.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • ·                     Works in partnership with the Board of Directors and staff to plan for and secure the CMC’s future.  Assists in the development of the organization's current and long-term vision, goals and objectives, as well as the policies and procedures for CMC operations.  Establishes plans to achieve goals set by the Board of Directors and implements policies, subject to board approval.

  • ·                     Manages, as the chief operating officer, the program areas of membership, conservation, education, and CMC Press.
  • ·                     Builds and sustains partnerships with the community, the CMC’s partners, the outdoor industry and other organizations, including the Colorado Mountain Club Foundation, the American Alpine Club, the Colorado Trail Foundation, governmental land management agencies, the Scientific Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and SCFD Tier II organizations, and the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative.  He/she is the chief ambassador representing the CMC to the news media, stakeholders and the community. 

  • ·                     Oversees all accounting functions including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial analysis, capital asset and property management, and payroll in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, board policies and procedures, and all other applicable rules and guidelines.

  • ·                     Handles all aspects of human resource management, including but not limited to hiring and termination, developing position descriptions, setting compensation, and applying board-approved employee policies and benefits in accordance with federal and state requirements.

  • ·                     Works in partnership with the American Alpine Club to successfully operate and manage the AMC.  Monitors and maintains other CMC infrastructure, including the website, IT systems, controls, computers, software, and related business protocols.

  • ·                     Works in conjunction with the staff, Board of Directors, the Colorado Mountain Club Foundation and key volunteers and members to develop and maintain CMC membership; charitable contributions, including the 21st Century Circle; and earned income.  

Core Competencies

Leadership.  The CEO should be a visionary, creative and strategic leader who can work effectively with volunteers and members, all partner and community stakeholders, and private, public and corporate donors. Key qualities of such leadership include strategic vision, creativity in problem-solving, and the ability to both innovative as well as pragmatic.  He/she must be an open-minded, confident professional who enjoys exploring issues while also recognizing the ownership of ideas is less important than the result of the collaborative effort with volunteers and members. He/she will bring the capacity to encourage others to explore new terrain, and will be able to engage and convene others in a process of exploration and dialogue. He/she will be an enabler, a facilitator and consensus builder who will have the strength of character and conviction to work with a strong, engaged Board and with the many volunteers and members dedicated to the mission and vision of the CMC. 


Love of Mountains/ Volunteerism. The CEO should have a demonstrated commitment to mountain recreation, education and conservation, as well as volunteerism, the non-profit sector, or related public service work. (Please tell us about this in your cover letter.)


Management.  The CEO should have strong organizational, administrative, and financial management skills, gained in either a for-profit or non-profit setting, including knowledge of the legal statutes and regulations that impact the organizational and administrative aspects of the CMC, such as those related to fundraising, the maintenance of the CMC’s 501(c)(3) status, and employees.  Demonstrated experience in fiscal management, special project oversight, and reviewing and negotiating strategic agreements is expected as part of the CEO’s skills. 

Communications.   The CEO should have excellent written and oral communication skills and be effective and persuasive in presenting the CMC and its programs, values and mission to members, the community, the media and stakeholders. 

Fundraising/Marketing/PR.  The CEO should have proven fundraising, marketing and public relations knowledge and experience and be comfortable in playing a hands-on role in these arenas. 


Governance.  The CEO should be able to understand and work effectively within the CMC’s complex operating structure, which consists of the Board of Directors, the State Council comprised of representatives of 13 semi-autonomous local Groups, the Groups themselves, engaged volunteers, members and staff. 


Required Education and Experience

Minimum B.A. /B.S.; preferred MBA, MPA or MNM, or equivalent.

At least five years comparable experience; entrepreneurial experience a plus.

Conditions of Employment

Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment. Moderate physical activity.  May require physical effort including lifting up to 25 pounds and some extended periods of standing or walking. No or limited exposure to physical risk. Must be legally authorized to work in the USA.  

Salary and Benefits

The CMC offers a competitive salary and benefit package.

For More Information

Please visit the website at  No telephone calls or unsolicited email please. 

To Apply

Send a cover letter (maximum two pages), and a detailed resume including salary history and requirements by EMAIL ONLY to:  Applicants are encouraged to apply by June 1, 2014 for best consideration, although the position will remain open until filled.  The receipt of all applications will be acknowledged via email.



Fundraising & Event Planning Intern (Summer 2014)


Type: College Credit or Volunteer
Reports to: Events & Corporate Sponsorships Manager
Purpose: The Fundraising intern will work in cooperation with the Events and Corporate Sponsorships Manager to meet the event fundraising goals of the Colorado Mountain Club. The focus will be on assisting with event planning for the CMC’s fundraising events, including the Backcountry Film Festival, Banff Mountain Film Festival, Speaker Series, Backyard Benefit, ect. Internship with also include administrative duties related to events and donor management, including data entry in Raiser’s Edge.


Critical Duties and Responsibilities:
• Help plan and prepare for the Backcountry Film Festival Spring Tour, Banff Mountain Film Festival, Speakers, ect.
• Provide marketing support for events, including calendar postings, posting flyers, sending emails to media contacts
• Provide administrative support for development activities associated with foundation, individual, and corporate fundraising
• Ensure proper and timely entry of contributions and in-kind gifts into the Raiser’s Edge system
• Create and distribute timely, accurate, and thoughtful gift-acknowledgement letters


Additional Duties May Include:
• Assist in the marketing efforts for special events
• Communicate with donors, corporations and foundations via email, postal mail and phone calls
• Assist in designing and implementing email campaigns and social media posts
• Solicit and track donations and sponsorship agreements with outdoor industry partners
• Material preparation and assembly related to events and fundraising
• Complete special projects as assigned


Education/Work Experience:
• Minimum of college level Junior classification; at least 1 year of previous work experience


Recommended Skills:
• Experience with PC Microsoft Windows and the software programs associated with Windows, particularly but not limited to Word, Excel, and Outlook
• Database-entry skills, is a plus (not required)


Hours & Compensation:
• The development intern works between 8-36 hours per week depending on desired hours; hours and schedule is very flexible. Starting and ending dates are also flexible.
• Preferred start date April 15, 2014 and end date is negotiable (4 month commitment preferred)
• Occasional evening or weekend work may be requested for special events, including film festivals and fundraisers.
• This is an unpaid internship, offering the right candidate program credit and invaluable experience in fundraising, event planning and management, and donor communication using Raiser’s Edge.
• Benefits include access to some pro-deals on outdoor industry gear


How to Apply:
Send a cover letter and resume to Kristin Vanderver at The position is open until filled.

CMC provides equal employment opportunities to all people regardless of race, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or any other basis protected by law.