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Cottonwood Gulch Executive Director

Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87114
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Description of Position

The Executive Director role at CGE is an exciting opportunity for a proven, collaborative leader to build on CGE’s 90 plus year history. 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Organizational Development - Starting with an assessment of current policies, processes, and systems, the Executive Director will work with staff to ensure effective and efficient internal communication, decision-making, record keeping, and compliance with internal and external requirements. Working closely with the Board, staff, external stakeholders, and funders, the Executive Director will clarify current and future direction. They set priorities for programs and budgets in alignment with that strategy and cooperate with the Board in creating a strategic plan.  

  • Financial Management - Executive Director will oversee all financial matters of the organization. The Executive Director develops budgets to align with CGE’s annual operating plan and tracks performance during the year. The Executive Director ensures that contributed and earned income are sufficient to meet CGE’s operating needs. In partnership with the Board Finance Committee, the Executive Director maintains oversight of CGE’s endowment and investment accounts. The Executive Director is responsible for necessary financial audits and timely IRS 990 filings.

  • Development and Fundraising - The Executive Director has a lead role interacting with major gift donors including cultivation, support and solicitation of gifts. The Executive Director works closely with Board of Directors to meet development goals and help facilitate the Board’s active involvement in development. They are expected to clearly communicate (written and verbally) CGE’s mission and goals of the organization in compelling ways. The Executive Director actively participates and supports the Development Committees work, goals and objectives. They ensure the conduct of the organization’s development efforts are integrated and timely. The Executive Director pursues a collaborative approach to fundraising through the coordinated efforts of the Board, staff, key partners and donors.


  • Operational Planning and Management - Working with CGE’s program staff, the Executive Director will oversee and ensure the ongoing care and maintenance of CGE’s tangible assets: vehicles, buildings, gear and real properties, including forest and stream health. The Executive Director will oversee CGE’s contract with Bernalillo County’s Open Space Division. 


  • Relationship Management and Community Engagement - The Executive Director will maintain and seek to enhance all critical CGE community relationships that align with CGE’s mission. These relationships include alumni, the Navajo family that helped CGE put down roots in New Mexico 83 years ago, our CGE families and friends, neighbors, government land administrators, agencies and regulators, vendors, the Board of Directors, current and potential donors, schools, non-governmental and trade organizations. The Executive Director will be responsible for organizing and coordinating external events such as five-year reunions, and other significant CGE events.


  • Team Leadership - The Executive Director will consistently evaluate and determine optimal staffing structure to maintain high quality programming. The ED will communicate CGE’s strategy to staff and how their specific roles contribute to CGE’s goals.  The Executive Director will supervise staff performance in accordance with current human resource practices, conduct annual performance reviews, have regular development dialogs and timely address any performance or team issues. 

Ideal Candidate

The Executive Director is a highly effective leader who creates a solid organizational foundation by developing strategy, setting goals, empowering staff, and providing clear expectations. This person possesses superior organizational development, financial management expertise, development & fundraising experience, operational planning & management, relationship management & community engagement, and team leadership. 

Reporting to a national Board of Directors and overseeing a team of program staff, the Executive Director will be the public face of a multi-faceted organization. The Executive Director must work effectively with a diverse constituency: Trekkers, staff, parents, alumni, neighbors, government agencies, schools and other stakeholders. The Executive Director’s ability to adapt as situations change, and to demonstrate diplomacy under pressure, is critical to their success.

The Executive Director establishes an inclusive environment that encourages collaboration, supports innovation, and creates opportunities to grow, learn, and develop. Supporting an evolving workforce, the successful candidate embraces a team that celebrates milestones, nurtures change and flexibility in the work environment; thereby, attracting and retaining a motivated team of quality professional staff.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time exempt salaried position. The base salary, $70,000, is determined by experience, qualifications and skill level. CGE currently offers eligible employees 100% premium paid health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, and paid vacation time.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

CGE provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 5 years’ leadership experience in a nonprofit, educational, or community setting, including experience working with volunteers. 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (various disciplines accepted) with an advanced degree a plus.

  • Ability and proven history of fundraising success, cultivating and maintaining relationships with donors and grantors. 

  • Successful operational leadership, high level strategic thinker, and an ability to manage multiple competing high priorities.

  • A leadership style that embodies respect, teamwork, collaboration and mentorship.

  • Travel within the United States is required. Travel between CGE’s Albuquerque office and Base Camp (110 miles away) during CGE’s two-month summer season. 

  • Must have a valid Driver’s License and pass an FBI background check


To Apply:

Email resume and cover letter to EDsearch@cottonwoodgulch.org. Your cover letter should include how your experience, skills, and values are a fit with CGE’s mission, the required qualifications and the ideal candidate characteristics. Applications received by November 29, 2019, a 5 pm (MST) are given full consideration. Applications are given an email acknowledgment and held confidential within the search committee. To learn more visitwww.cottonwoodgulch.org



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Posted: 2019-11-19 Expires: 2019-12-19

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