Executive Director
Colorado Youth At Risk focuses on transforming youth, mentors, & the community as a whole.

Job Description

Colorado Youth at Risk (CYAR) is seeking a dynamic, forward-thinking Executive Director to steward the organization through its next stage of growth and development. With a mission to empower teenage students to make life choices that positively impact their future, CYAR pursues its goals through community-based mentoring and intensive training of teens and adult mentors.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will be deeply passionate about and committed to CYAR’s vision for a community transformed by the power of teen-adult mentoring relationships. The ED’s role is both strategic and operational, working in close collaboration with the Board to develop and implement a strategic plan for sustainable growth and to effectively lead and manage the organization’s programs and policies toward the realization of its strategic plan.

The ED will represent CYAR as chief spokesperson for the organization by cultivating relationships with stakeholders and collaborating with partners. Working to identify and develop diverse streams of revenue, the ED will maximize opportunities for the stability and future of the organization.


Strategic and Operational Leadership; Partnership with the Board of Directors

  • Collaborate with the Board to clarify, align, and uphold CYAR’s mission and vision.
  • In partnership with Board and staff, develop and operationalize a strategic plan to implement CYAR’s objectives.
  • Maintain oversight and responsibility for the overall execution of the organization’s strategic plan and operations; keep the Board fully informed of important factors influencing the organization’s well-being.
  • Develop and implement planning and evaluation processes to assess the impact of programming, and effectiveness of board and staff.
  • Provide leadership and resources to the Board and cultivate a strong working partnership, including helping to recruit new members to the Board.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant trends and opportunities in youth development and non-profit management.
  • Establish, lead, and develop
    • an effective management team, with approximately eight program staff and interns, including team building and fostering a cohesive and connected environment with staff
    • and network of approximately 400 volunteers
  • Plan for succession and ensure continuity of the organization’s programming.

Financial/Legal Monitoring and Compliance

  • Develop and monitor annual budget of approximately $500k with support and guidance from the Finance Committee of the Board.
  • Ensure compliance of the budget and financial processes and reporting systems; provide timely and accurate financial reports; analyze financial data and trends and provide recommendations for updates as necessary.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, and properly maintain official records and documents.

 Operating Funds Development

  • In conjunction with the Development Committee and Board of Directors, maximize Colorado Youth at Risk funding development efforts.
  • Ensure adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
  • Engage and cultivate current and prospective funders, including, but not limited to foundations and individual major donors who have contributed more than $5,000 per year, with Board support in cultivation of individual donors who have contributed $1,000 or less per year.
  • Research, identify, and apply for grants with support of grant writing staff or contractor.

External Relations

  • Ensure that the mission, vision, core values, and programs of Colorado Youth at Risk are represented to parents, agencies, organizations, partners, government entities, and the general public.
  • Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
  • Lead external relations efforts including media relations, community relations, and marketing, including supervising/ leading efforts related annual Gala.


  • Proven track record of effectively leading and managing the responsibilities and resources identified above for an organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a Board of Directors.
  • Knowledge and skill in interpreting the interests of public, private, and government organizations for the purpose of developing collaborative alliances.
  • Assertiveness and willingness to diplomatically challenge the status quo.
  • Demonstrated experience managing an organization through change.
  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Ability to develop and communicate a vision.
  • Bachelor’s Degree (minimum) from an accredited college or university in business, nonprofit management or related field; or equivalent experience.
  • Proficient user of technology and systems including Google apps and Customer Relations Management systems (experience with CiviCRM a plus)

Compensation/ Location/ Schedule

  • Competitive salary and benefits for position and size of the agency and commensurate with experience of applicant.
  • Primary location at 3532 Franklin St STE V2, Denver, CO 80205; with travel in the Denver Metro area required.
  • Requires a flexible work schedule that includes evenings and weekend events.
  • Full-time exempt position.

To Apply

Please submit all documents in a single PDF by email to: jobs@coloradoyouthatrisk.org – No phone calls please.

  1. A cover letter stating your interest and specific qualifications for the position;
  2. Salary history and requirements;
  3. A resume outlining your education, experience, and achievements;
  4. Contact information for three references;
  5. A written statement of interest providing answers to the following questions:
    1. What makes the Executive Director position the ideal position for you?
    2. Provide an example of a result that you produced which demonstrates your ability to be detail-orientated, follow-through, and achieve the desired results.
    3. Provide an outline of your priorities and accomplishments during in the first 90-days leading the organization.

Colorado Youth at Risk is committed to equal opportunity and does not discriminate against its employees, volunteers, member organizations, clients or the public on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, age, gender or gender variance, sexual orientation or veteran status. This policy of nondiscrimination prevails throughout every aspect of the employment, including recruitment, selection, placement, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, layoff, recall and termination.  It also prevails throughout all client and volunteer activities and interactions.

More About Colorado Youth at Risk

Colorado Youth at Risk is a community-based nonprofit organization that is passionate about transforming the lives of youth and volunteers in our community. We exist to create positive generational cycles and improve the overall well-being of our community by ensuring that all teenagers who want an interested adult in their life have access to one. We reduce the number of high school dropouts, match students with an adult mentor through 1:1 mentoring programs, and partner with schools to provide our curriculum in a school-based setting. We offer young people a sense of the future and their place in that future. We are a financially stable, sustainable, growing, creative organization that works in close collaboration with our volunteer and partner networks.