Actively Recruiting: Yes
Position title: Associate Director
Type of Position: Staff (Full-Time)
Town, City, Park, etc: Denver
State / Territory: Colorado
Groundwork Denver is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to partner with youth and community to build a healthy, equitable, and sustainable environment. Please see our website to learn more: www.GroundworkColorado.org.
Reporting to the Executive Director and supervising the Program Directors, the Associate Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for all program areas. The position will serve as a strategic thought partner and collaborator with the Executive Director to drive the overall strategy for the organization. The Associate Director will develop deep knowledge of each project, program operations, and strategic plan, and will focus on program leadership and management and team development and management. The Associate Director will also provide leadership with both program and organizational budget management.
PRIMARY ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsibilities in Program Leadership and Management
- Oversee Program Directors to ensure program directions are aligned with and implementing the strategic plan.
- Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence and high-quality project management.
- Manage, attract, develop, coach, and retain high-performing Program Directors, empowering them to manage high-performing programs and teams.
- Closely oversee program budgets and ensure Program Directors understand and are working within their budgets.
- Hold Program Directors responsible for meeting grant reporting requirements and deliverables.
- Strengthen partnership between Program Directors and Finance Manager to ensure reports and financial draws are concurrent.
- Work closely with the Executive Director, grant-writer, and program staff to conceptualize grant proposals. Oversee execution of grants by Program Directors and ensure deliverables, budgetary, and reporting requirements are met.
Responsibilities in Team Development and Management
- Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality. Take a lead role in developing a healthy and inclusive workplace culture.
- Ensure staff members receive timely and appropriate training and development within budget.
- Establish and support Program Director performance and professional development goals by providing continuous feedback, regular check-in meetings, and conducting annual performance reviews.
- Attend and oversee regular Program Collaboration meetings.
- Mentor and develop Program Directors using a supportive and collaborative approach while ensuring accountability for roles and responsibilities.
- Provide leadership in development of inter-team communication and cohesiveness, sustaining culture and supporting staff during organizational growth and change.
Responsibilities as a member of the Groundwork Denver Team
- Actively participate in Groundwork Denver’s journey towards Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) including discussions, readings, strategic planning, self-reflection, action, and more.
- Participate in Groundwork Denver fundraising events and appeals.
- Participate in volunteer days when needed.
- Participate in shared office responsibilities.
- Contribute to a positive office culture.
- Collaborate respectfully and productively with co-workers to achieve Groundwork Denver’s overall mission.
- Attend all staff meetings and other program meetings as assigned by the Executive Director.
If physical ability allows, participate in occasional opportunities with Groundwork Denver staff in field work or volunteer activities. Activities may include walking or hiking in natural areas and parks, picking up trash, water sampling in rivers and streams, and other outdoor physical activity on a case-by-case basis.
QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION, & EXPERIENCE
- Passion for Groundwork Denver’s mission and alignment to our values and goals.
- At least 7 years work history in non-profit, natural resource, or social service industry.
- At least 3 years of direct leadership and staff supervision experience.
- Experience managing federally funded grants highly preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree or 4 years equivalent related work experience required. Master’s degree preferred.
- Demonstrated strong project management and financial management skills.
- Excellent communication skills in English, both written and oral. Spanish language skills highly desired.
- Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also as a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside of the organization.
- Supervisory experience and history of success in mentoring staff in ways to meet program goals through their programs/projects.
- Understanding of racial and class equity and a commitment to continuous personal learning and growth around issues of race and class equity.
- Those with experience working with populations that Groundwork Denver serves, or who have similar life experiences or backgrounds, will be prioritized. Individuals from communities that have been historically marginalized or under-represented in the environmental field are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Ability and willingness to drive Groundwork Denver’s 15-passenger van is preferred.
- Per Groundwork Denver’s insurance policy, vehicle(s) may only be operated by GWD authorized drivers who are at least 21 years old, possess a valid Colorado driver’s license, and have at least two years of driving experience.
- Passionate and Hands-on: dedicated to Groundwork’s mission, passionate about social, environmental, and climate justice who enjoys both rolling up their sleeves and wearing many hats.
- Communicator: proficient and effective communicator across all mediums, and skilled at building and developing relationships at all organizational levels, both inside and outside the organization.
- Proactive and Strategic: a self-starter ideas person who is inquisitive, always learning, can formulate long-range goals and devise a path to get there using well-researched ideas, identified trends, and GWD strategic plan.
- Organized: exceptional organizational skills to prioritize and balance multiple, sometimes shifting, deadlines and requirements effectively; excellent project management skills.
- Leadership and Teambuilding: a collaborative leader who empowers others by sharing information; inclusive decision-making; and utilizes transparency, diversity, and equity as their cornerstones.
Compensation: $80,000-$85,000 per year, depending on experience
Status: Full-time salaried exempt
Work Model: Hybrid
Benefits: paid sick, vacation, and holiday time off; health and dental insurance for employee, RTD EcoPass. Optional and at the employee’s expense: employee vision insurance; health, dental, and vision coverage of family members.
Please apply via https://groundworkcolorado.apscareerportal.com/j/022dll3. Please submit a 1-2 page cover letter and no more than a 2-page resume.
In the cover letter, please describe:
- Why you are interested in this position.
- Your experience managing multiple diverse program areas and successes in cross-collaboration with these program areas, including supervising team members.
Applications will be reviewed starting on Monday, January 8, 2024 Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
- Our main office is located in the Cole neighborhood of Denver, accessible by public transportation and is ADA compliant.
- Required to be on site a minimum of 20% of scheduled work time (equivalent to 1 day per week, but hours may be flexible or split as needed).
- This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time.
- A background check will be completed prior to the start of the job and as often as annually.
Groundwork Denver provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status or civil union status, past or present military service, or any other protected classification. This policy applies to all employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, compensation and training.