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CCDC Executive Director

Status: Full-time, Exempt

Reports to: Board of Directors


Organization Overview: Canyon Country Discovery Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Monticello, UT. The mission of CCDC is to create lifelong learning experiences about the Colorado Plateau through adventure, education and stewardship.


Summary: The Executive Director will be responsible for daily operations at the organization in accordance with the mission, strategic plan, budget, and board priorities. The ED will provide strategic vision and program leadership, manage all aspects of operations, ensure financial oversight, lead on development activities, and ensure the organization’s sustainability for the future. The ED will work closely with and report directly to the Board of Directors. 


Essential Roles and Responsibilities:

Organizational Management:

  • Work with staff and Board to ensure sustainable development of mission-based programs and activities.

  • Work with the Board to update strategic plans to ensure financial sustainability of Center operations.

  • Serve as primary contact for Board Members, elected officials from the region, community members, and the general public.

  • Exercise business judgment to ensure healthy, sustainable organizational operations.

  • Direct development and oversight of annual budgets, manage cash flow projections, and oversee financial sustainability of the project.

  • Ensure proper care and maintenance of a multi-facility campus and grounds.


Fundraising and Communications:

  • Serve as primary fundraiser for the organization, working closely with program staff to ensure financial stability.

  • Manage all grant applications and reporting requirements.

  • Provide regular stewardship and recognition for donors.

  • Develop positive relationships with current and potential major donors.

  • Continue to expand networks with key community stakeholders and peers.


Staff Management and Leadership:

  • Direct and supervise staff to ensure quality programs.

  • Lead staff meetings and other needed meetings to ensure good communication across the organization.

  • Oversee hiring and staffing plans, adapting staff needs as programs grow and development.

  • Serve as a key human resources point person for the organization.


Marketing and Advertising:

  • Oversee all marketing and advertising needs for the organization, including social media, website, and email communications with support from key staff.

  • Provide input and oversight over the expanded development of marketing and advertising strategies to grow business operations.

  • Develop and implement marketing strategy that meets the needs of local residents as well as seasonal tourists visiting the area.



  • Non-profit leadership experience; preferably with a museum, science center, nature center, or other similar organization.

  • Minimum four years senior management experience.

  • Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred.

  • Commitment to the organization's mission and vision.

  • Results in successfully receiving grant funding from philanthropic, corporate, and government funding sources.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, a persuasive communicator with excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people.

  • Self-directed professional with a positive attitude that can accomplish mission-driven goals of the organization with integrity.

  • Results in planned giving, major gifts, direct mail, and donor stewardship.

  • Passion for outdoor education, natural sciences, conservation science, astronomy, and outdoor adventure.

  • Knowledge of the natural and cultural treasures of the Colorado Plateau, preferred.



Salary Range: TBD

Benefits: The organization offers health, dental, vision and supplemental insurance options. Paid vacation/sick time off, plus holidays.  


Some travel will be required.


The above is intended as an overview of the job responsibilities, but is not inclusive of all job requirements.


CCDC is fully committed to ensuring an environment in which non-discrimination and equal opportunity are fundamental values. CCDC prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, age, pregnancy, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, sexual preference, gender expression, gender identity, medical condition, ancestry, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law.


For questions, additional information, or to apply please send a cover letter and resume to



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