Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Deputy Director (DD) will have overall operational responsibility for EL’s s staff and programs and will support the ED in the execution and sustainability of EL’s mission and vision. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of core programs, operations, business plan and strategic initiatives. With guidance from the ED, DD will assume increasing responsibility to plan, organize, staff, direct and control all aspects of the operation.
As EL enters its 25th year, the non-profit is embarking on implementation of a long-term housing initiative and will also be managing one of Denver’s first Safe Outdoor Spaces. EL will need a dynamic and versatile DD as the organization undertakes this new role. S/he will be critical in successfully supporting the organization’s transition from a small, highly successful service provider to one of increasing visibility and influence in Denver as a non-profit that also offers housing to the city’s lowest income residents. The position requires unusual vision, flexibility and communication and management skills, grounded in EL’s mission, as EL navigates its growth and changing challenges. The DD will be able to showcase and promote EL’s unique model of Earth-centered trauma-informed care for expansion and replication.
EarthLinks was founded in 1996 in LoDo and is now located in the Sun Valley Neighborhood of Denver. EarthLinks’ mission is cultivation of transformation and self-worth with people experiencing homelessness and poverty. By creating opportunities through Earth-centered programs, individuals step out of isolation andinto community, restoring each other and the planet. Our culture is grounded in the principles of sustainability, equity, diversity and inclusivity.
Who We Serve
We serve individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty.
Our Program and Approach
EarthLinks (EL) works to sustain adults experiencing homelessness through a Social Enterprise Program that prioritizes connection to nature as a means of healing. Fundamental to this programming is a supportive community of peers composed of individuals who are also experiencingeconomic poverty and trauma. EL’s Workshop program helps to stabilize individuals in crisis andconnect them to self-empowerment and housing opportunities. In Workshop, staff social workers offer participants holistic, one-on-one support on the journey toward stable housing, accomplishment of personal goals, improved self-esteem, and a stronger connection to community and nature. The results of a 2013 study conducted by a student at the University of Colorado Graduate School of PublicAffairs found EarthLinks unique among 19 similar organizations in that it is the only organization serving those who are unhoused in its ability to connect the environment and nature into all participants’lives and in meeting the needs of the whole person according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (physiological, safety, social, esteem and self-actualization).