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Executive Director - The Colorado Afterschool Partnership Network

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Colorado Nonprofit Development Center
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Front Range
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Education | Executive | Programs/Services
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The Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC) dba The Colorado Afterschool Partnership (CAP) Network is focused on fostering statewide partnerships that improve outcomes for children, youth, and families through high-quality, school-linked, afterschool, summer, and other expanded learning programs.   To achieve this, CAP focuses its work in the following areas:

  • Partnership and Policy Development:  Create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional, and local partnerships, particularly high-quality school-community partnerships, focused on supporting policy development at all levels.
  • Sustainability:  Support the development and growth of statewide policies and activities that will secure resources necessary to sustain new and existing school-based/school-linked afterschool, summer, and other expanded learning opportunities for all children in Colorado.
  • Quality:  Support statewide systems to ensure that all of these programs are of high quality.


Position Overview

CAP is seeking a full-time Executive Director.  CAP is one of fifty networks that comprise the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks, funded in part by the C. S. Mott Foundation.  The Executive Director  will work with key partners to develop, coordinate, and lead the CAP Network’s initiatives.  The successful candidate will possess strong project management and consensus-building skills, and the ability to bridge relationships between the public and private/nonprofit sectors. 


The successful candidate will exhibit evidence of the following qualities:

  • Results oriented – a results-focused orientation with a proven track record of exceeding goals
  • Agile learner – ability to think strategically, foresee opportunities and challenges, and adapt as needed.
  • Strong communicator – Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Detail oriented – exceptional capacity to manage details, organize chaos, and keep things moving forward.
  • Action oriented – enjoys working hard, tackling challenges, and is not afraid to take ownership of a situation.

Colorado Afterschool Partnership 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.  

Areas of Responsibility

Project Coordination and Management

  • Assist with identifying and soliciting public and private funding to support CAP, including development of proposals and budgets for grant opportunities.
  • Establish and maintain working groups, and assist with development of goals, metrics, and implementation for these groups.
  • Develop and implement strategies and approaches to facilitate communication to keep network partners apprised of and engaged with progress, opportunities, and resources.
  • Develop and implement tracking systems for projects and deliverables.
  • Coordinate, organize, and prepare for convenings, meetings, and events.
  • Coordinate and ensure internal CNDC processes and procedures are followed for all aspects of the initiative.


Partner and Community Outreach and Engagement

  • Fulfill administrative duties and act as liaison to the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks, funded in part by the C. S. Mott Foundation.
  • Oversee ongoing communication within the statewide network and ensure broad distribution of best practices, and policy and advocacy information.
  • Strengthen and broaden the network statewide to include a broad base of school leaders and personnel, community leaders, businesses, and other partnerships, in support of children, youth, and families’ afterschool and summer program needs.
  • Conduct presentations and other outreach programs to diverse audiences to support the network’s priorities and initiatives.


Policy Development and Oversight

  • Work with the Steering Committee to develop the network’s initiatives.
  • Lead, coordinate, and oversee the network’s initiatives and operations, including policy development and field projects.
  • Build and maintain ongoing relationships with policymakers in order to advance policy initiatives in support of effective school and community-based afterschool and summer programs.
  • Increase the network’s visibility, and represent the network as needed.
  • Oversee the organization of grassroots support for legislation and other policy initiatives.
  • Partner with national advocacy organizations to advance national and statewide public awareness of the importance of afterschool and summer programs.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, with emphasis in relevant fields such as child and youth development, education, communications, public policy, public administration, social work, or other related field.
  • Preferred experience includes several years of work in the area of policy development, afterschool programming, education, and/or coalition building.
  • Familiarity with statewide policy and budget development.
  • Understanding of local, state, and national afterschool and summer programming.
  • Ability to build consensus across diverse stakeholders around a common agenda.
  • Adept at working with a broad range of people and organizations, and facilitating collaborative work to identify and achieve shared goals.
  • Excellent communication skills, including listening, writing, public speaking, and social media.
  • Ability to setup conference calls (Zoom or otherwise), be able to use multiple mediums for presentations for diverse audiences, and troubleshoot issues therein.
  • Capability to work in a blend of locations including home, remotely and office area.
  • Project management skills; ability to prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Willingness and ability to travel as needed, primarily in-state.
  • A sense of humor and strong work ethic.
  • Dedication to systemic change to benefit children, youth, and families.

This is a regular, full-time position.  Salary range is $45,000 - $50,000, and the salary will be based on overall qualifications and years of experience.  Employees are eligible for benefits to begin on the first of the month following 30 days of employment.  Benefits include Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance/Long Term Disability/Holidays/Vacation/Sick and 401k. 

How To Apply

Applicants may apply by submitting a letter of interest and a current resume via email to , listing “CAP Executive Director” in the subject line.  No phone calls, please.  Application deadline is 5:00 PM (MST), January 25, 2018.  The successful candidate must pass background check. 

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