Executive Director

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Full Time





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United States



Executive Director


MENTOR Colorado was founded in April 2014 by the passion and vision of a number of grassroots organizations implementing formalized mentoring programs. These organizations established the partnership to improve their ability to strengthen communities through mentoring. To amplify the impact of mentoring, MENTOR Colorado supports the growth and development of over 65 organizations throughout the state, resulting in greater collaboration, more high-quality mentoring programs, better use of resources, and most importantly, more young people matched in quality mentoring relationships.

MENTOR Colorado has served the mentoring field in Colorado by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. Together with its 65 affiliates, MENTOR Colorado engages with the private, public and nonprofit sectors to ensure that all youth have the support they need through mentoring relationships, to succeed at home, school and, ultimately, work.

Findings confirm that mentoring helps youth academically and socially, builds leadership skills, and prepares them for healthy transitions into adulthood. In addition, adult mentors report a strong feeling of not only benefitting the individual they are mentoring, but also about building a better and stronger society. If you are called to “make a difference” in the lives of young people, and in our society overall, this may be the opportunity for you.


The Executive Director is the key staff leader of MENTOR Colorado, reporting directly to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach.

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL HAVE: a passion for youth mentoring; Inspiring leadership skills: the ability to listen, connect and collaborate with different stakeholders; a proven ability to develop successful and creative fundraising programs; demonstrated creativity in working with limited budget (use of volunteers, interns, etc.)

Leadership & Management

Leads both MENTOR Colorado and the mentoring movement in Colorado through the following activities:

·       Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence and rigorous program evaluation to measure successes that will achieve the mission of the organization and can be effectively communicated to the board, funders and other constituents

·       Responsible for the enhancement of MENTOR Colorado’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.

·       Responsible for leading MENTOR Colorado in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission and strategic plan as defined by the Board of Directors.

·       Participate and interact with the Board Committees to execute the strategic plan.

·       Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

·       Engage, support and collaborate with mentoring agencies, government entities, foundations, board members, committees and community members

·       Oversee the development and refinement of all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.

·       Oversee the development and implementation of a marketing strategy for the organization including messaging, campaigns, events, public relations, and social media.

Fund Raising, Development & Management

·       Develops and manages resources sufficient to ensure the financial health and sustainability of the organization

·       Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support MENTOR Colorado’s mission.

·       Identify and cultivate corporate, individual and foundation sponsors, with the goal of expanding financial contributions in these categories

·       Working with the appropriate Board members, develop and submit a proposed annual budget for review and approval by the Board

·       Works in collaboration with the Treasurer of the Board of Directors to provide monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.

·       Responsible for the fiscal integrity and fiscal management of MENTOR Colorado that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

Organizational Operations

·       Oversees staff and organizational policies and procedures to ensure that the operations of the organization are effectively administered.

·       Responsible for effective administration of MENTOR Colorado’s operations.

·       Responsible for the hiring, support and retention of competent, qualified staff.

·       Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other contractual instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

·       Ensure commitment to and compliance with all applicable laws, policies and regulations across the organization

·       Create a culture of transparency and communication throughout the organization

·       Work with the Board of Directors, staff and Board committees ensuring the effective development and delivery of MENTOR Colorado initiatives


Qualifications: Experience, Skills and Knowledge

·       Experience working successfully with diverse groups of people

·       Strong interpersonal, writing, and presentation skills.

·       Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting

·       Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation

·       Demonstrated success in fund development

·       Skilled in working with and motivating staff, board members and other volunteers

·       Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships

·       Bachelor’s degree,

·       5 years minimum experience in nonprofit leadership

Qualifications: Personal Attributes

·       Passion for the mission of MENTOR Colorado is of utmost importance!

·       A “self-starter” who is goal driven to achieve success

·       Highly organized, with strong “follow through” on tasks and goals

·       Displays a positive attitude, shows concern for people and community, demonstrates presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability

·       Ability to convey a vision of MENTOR Colorado’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors

Other Requirements

·       Must pass a thorough criminal background investigation

·       Must be willing to work varied hours, including occasional weekends and evenings

·       Must have independent transportation and ability to travel around Colorado


·       The opportunity to be a part of significant, positive community impact, making a difference in the lives of young people. The opportunity to be at the forefront of advancing the quality of youth mentoring. The opportunity to help Colorado become the leader in the nation in youth mentoring.

·       Partnering with a committed and dedicated board

·       Leading a competent professional staff that is passionate about the work and devoted to the cause

·       Collaborating with mentoring organizations around Colorado, working together to achieve shared outcomes

·       A competitive salary and benefits package

Mentor Colorado is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC) and all employees are CNDC employees. CNDC is dedicated to equal employment opportunities in any term, condition, or privilege of employment. CNDC prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age 40 and over, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or any other characteristic protected by state or local law. This policy applies to all employees.  


We offer Medical, Dental, Vision, Life/AD&D, Short and Long Term Disability and 401k benefits.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


By midnight, September 21, 2018, please forward, via email, your resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, address how you meet Qualifications of Experience/Knowledge/Skills, and Personal Attributes, and include your salary requirement. Email materials to the MENTOR Colorado ED Search committee: mentorcoloradosearch@gmail.com

All application information must be received via email with “ED MENTOR Colorado” in the subject line. No hard copies or phone calls, please.

For more information about our organization, go to http://comentoring.org/