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Posted: 06/23/2010

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area

Legislation that will protect the cultural, historical and recreational resources of the area in the San Luis Valley, Colorado.

Executive Director
Professional Opportunity
San Luis Valley , CO
$30,000 - $35,000

Position Description

“Executive Director”

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage is seeking a highly motivated individual who is interested in overseeing the management of the organization.

Position Summary

Plan, organize, lead, manage, and evaluate the mission and the work of the organization. Develop strategic plans for programs, funding, staffing, and development of the mission and work of the organization. Lead and manage the work of the Board, volunteers, and staff to fulfill the mission and achieve key results established through plans. Cultivate, maintain and develop relationships with constituencies on local, state and national levels to assure effective program performance.

Position offered is .5 FTE (half-time, 20 hours/week) with potential to grow to full-time status.

Reporting Relationship

The position reports to the Board of Directors of the organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Implements and communicates the mission and creates a vision for the organization throughout the National Heritage Area.

• Develops and directs both long range strategic program plans and a comprehensive annual business plan and budget for the organization in accordance with the Partnership Management Plan.

• Provides leadership and direction for heritage development programs, services, finances, communications and constituency relationships.

• Manages and directs the work of paid staff, volunteer staff, and consultants including their recruitment, selection, orientation, and evaluation.

• Designs, develops, administers, and evaluates policies and procedures for the appropriate conduct of corporate and business operations including planning, budgeting, marketing, fund development, evaluation of programs, and contract administration.

• Directs and supervises all governmental relationships including legislative coordination at the State and Federal level as well as contact with representatives of State and Federal offices, commissions, bureaus, and services.

• Working in cooperation with development efforts, creates the case statement and functional fund development program that supports the budget and financial plans of the organization.

• Identifies, encourages, and coordinates the activities and programs of the organization with local, regional, state, national, or international groups whose activities are complimentary to, or whose activities may be beneficial to the organization.

• Directs staff in the marketing of the organization's programs and services and evaluates their effectiveness.

• Provides staff support for program committees of the organization including the preparation of agendas, reports, notices, and records of meetings.

• Directs an effective program of Board member identification, selection, development, and evaluation.

• Provides staff support to the Board of Directors including the preparation of agendas, reports, notices and records of meetings.

• Administers and manages the development, application, negotiation, and evaluation of grants, loans, and contracts for the organization.

• Prepares an annual report on the progress, accomplishments, services, and benefits of the organization.

• Develops community consensus and maintains positive project image with media and the community through regular briefings for civic and special interest groups, informational videos, outreach activities, presentations at community events, and media contacts and follow-up.

• Resolves complex politically sensitive problems encountered in performance of work assignments.

• Oversees fundraising activities including membership drives, annual endowment campaigns, grant proposals to government, corporations and private foundations, and the planning and supervision of special fund raising events.

• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of:

• Computer hardware, software and peripherals to enter, retrieve, research, and manage budget and grant compliance, development of brochures/pamphlets, news releases, and related software. Common applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

• Financial management and budget development practices and procedures.

• Spanish language (Bi-lingual is preferred but not required).

Skill In:

• Effective oral and written communications.

• Ability to network with public and private entities to solicit funding for historical and other authorized projects.

• Create and maintain a positive image among community groups, individuals, media and government entities.

• Ability to lead, supervise and delegate duties to organizational staff, Board of Directors (as applicable), etc.

• Handle and prioritize multiple tasks or priorities.

• Negotiate and mediate multiple contracts and agreements among Federal, State, Regional, community, private foundations and private developers or organizations.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Physical Requirements / Work Environment

• Vision is required to perform and monitor essential functions, and to complete data entry.

• Extensive public speaking, occasional standing, bending, and stooping are involved.

• Some travel/driving is required. SdCNHA is comprised of three counties, so some travel within NHA is required. Additional travel to national conference, regional or state meetings may also be required.

• Requires use of your private vehicle. Budgetary allowance may be made to purchase a vehicle upon approval of the Board of Directors. Individual must be physically capable of operating the vehicle safely, and must possess a valid Colorado Driver’s license.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, history, architecture, agriculture, or a related field, or equivalent qualifications and background in related field.

• Three years of progressive administrative experience in managing budgets, programs, staff and program implementation with demonstrated interest in cultural or heritage tourism.

• Demonstrated skill in communications, leadership, management, negotiations, budgeting and program evaluation.

• Interest and knowledge of heritage development, tourism, interpretation, and economic development as it relates to the mission and work of the organization.

• Deep commitment to learning and personal professional development.


Starting salary approximately $30,000-35,000. Standard benefit package may include vacation/sick leave, health insurance allowance, etc.

Contact Information

Barry Shioshita


Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area

P.O. Box 100

123 Gaspar Avenue

San Luis, CO 81152


(719)-589-4848 Telephone (Direct)

(719) 589-1900 Fax

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How to apply
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area. Executive Director (.5 FTE), with potential to grow to full-time status. The Executive Director will be responsible for planning and directing the mission and work of the NHA. Submittals should be addressed to Barry Shioshita, SdCNHA President, P.O. Box 178, Alamosa, CO 81101. For more information, please view the “SdCNHA Executive Director” job announcement at www.alamosacounty.org. Application deadline is July 16, 2010.
Barry Shioshita
Phone: (719) 589-4848
Fax: (719) 589-1900
P. O. Box 100
123 Gaspar AVenue
San Luis , CO 81152

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