Executive Director, One Colorado

One Colorado
Mission Statement: 

One Colorado is seeking a passionate and experienced leader to guide the vision and strategy for this next stage of our organization’s growth and impact. Ideal candidates will be committed to advancing equity and equality, understanding the unique needs and struggles of the LGBTQ community as well as the intersections of various identities. One Colorado pursues systems change through public education and advocacy, and our next Executive Director will have the experience, insight and instincts to engage effectively with the General Assembly, executive branch, and local governments to build a more just Colorado. This position calls for a movement leader who can inspire, connect, and champion our community.One Colorado is the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families. We believe in a fair and just State for all Coloradans.Incorporated in November 2009, One Colorado (501c4) and One Colorado Education Fund (501c3) were founded in response to an October 2009 statewide assessment of Colorado’s advocacy effort. Based in Denver, Colorado, One Colorado and One Colorado Education Fund, in partnership with advocates on behalf of Colorado’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. These organizations have built a statewide network and presence in support of their shared vision and mission.

Position Description: 

One Colorado’s and One Colorado Education Fund’s shared Executive Director position has the ultimate responsibility for leading these organizations and will have an initial focus on implementing all programs and strategies identified by the organizations’ Board of Directors. The Executive Director will be responsible for fundraising, organization and program development, public relations, staff relations and development, and community organizing and partnerships. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to further the vision and mission of One Colorado and One Colorado Education Fund. The Executive Director (ED) of One Colorado and One Colorado Education Fund will be a dynamic and proven leader who will work with the Board and staff to fulfill the organizations’ vision and mission.The Executive Director has six major areas of responsibility:

  1. Staff recruitment, development and retention;
  2. Strategic partnerships, organizational and programmatic development;
  3. Lobbying and Legislative Oversight;
  4. Fundraising;
  5. Marketing, Public Relations, and Communications;
  6. Operational Leadership, board development and engagement.

Use the link to see the full position description and also to apply.


We’re looking for someone with the following:Experience

  • 5+ years of experience in senior management-level positions in non-profit, social justice, governmental, or corporate sectors
  • 5+ years of fundraising experience, including donor relations and stewardship
  • Demonstrated ability to shape public policy, influence institutional reform or effect organizational change
  • Experience in political or social-change campaigns
  • Budget creation and management, including fiscal management and non-profit accounting practices
  • Strategic planning
  • Working with and reporting to a Board of Directors
  • Working in or with statewide organizations and organizing efforts
  • Experience managing 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations
  • Working within campaign finance rules and regulations, including reporting with the Colorado Secretary of State


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written
  • Exceptional speaking and presentation skills
  • Outstanding relationship-building skills
  • Consistent attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to develop, execute, and maintain new programs
  • Ability to create effective, efficient, and high-functioning organizational structures
  • Demonstrated ability in building, growing, and managing organizations through transition
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time and people, evaluate progress, and adjust activities as necessary
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and high-pressure environment

Personal Attributes

  • Self-motivated and self-managed
  • Knowledge of and commitment to LGBTQ issues and activism
  • Bold vision for justice and equality
  • Exceptional work ethic
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion, including an understanding of systemic and institutional racism
  • Ability to see and understand varied and conflicting points of view
  • Ability to work with grasstops and opinion leaders, and maintain confidence and “grace under pressure”
  • Resourceful
  • Persistent and determined
  • Political acumen

Applicants must have reliable transportation, with the expectation of in-state travel 5-10 days a month.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, November 2, 2020
Application Instructions: 

The position link also contains a link to the online application.  All applications should be made online through this link.

Position Level: 
Roey Thorpe
Country/US Territory: 
United States