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Executive Director

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The Executive Director is the key management leader of DRIVE SMART COLORADO. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors. General job duties of the Executive Director span the gamut, but are in line with most non-profits.  Among “other duties as assigned”, you will be reporting to, and working closely with the Board of Directors; operate and plan the annual budget; write grants and fundraise and other revenue generating activities; oversee marketing and other community efforts; oversee organization of board and coalition meetings, serve as “Public Information Officer”; and, the most fun part, actually get to engage with the public in outreach and education. Founded in 1989, DSC is committed to enhancing traffic safety in Colorado by working on a variety of campaigns to reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities.  In 1992, DSC became a 501 (c) 3 non-profit.  Based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, the activities of DRIVE SMART COLORADO reach the different corners of Colorado by working with individuals to enhance traffic safety programming. The key to DRIVE SMART’s success stems from the extended partnerships in each community who have buy-in to the mission.  The term motor vehicle traffic includes motor vehicle occupants, motorcyclist, pedestrians and bicyclists injured on a public road with a motor vehicle.  Nationally and locally, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury and death ages 1 – 34.  Evidence-based recommendations include awareness-raising campaigns with continuous reinforcement messages as well as community-wide programming that combine education and enforcement.  DRIVE SMART incorporates these recommended strategies in all of its programs and campaigns.

Professional Qualifications Needed   

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • Injury prevention experience required/traffic safety awareness preferred.
  • Experience developing and working with community coalitions.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • Experience working in the non-profit arena/ management preferred.
  • Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors.
  • High level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and donors.
  • Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to donors, volunteers and the overall community.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
  • A history of successful grant writing to generate new revenue streams, which improves financial results.
  • Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community.
  • Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and volunteers.
  • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong public speaking ability.
  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy.
Areas of Responsibility


Injury prevention is the focus of any program DSC engages in.  Someone with a background in injury prevention is required and management experience is preferred, and experience in a related field and non-profits are excellent enhancements to any candidate. There are only two employees of DSC, the Executive Director and the Program Coordinator (who at this time works 32 hours per week).  Due to the size of the non-profit, and the amount of activities that we do, you will basically be the “chief cook and bottle washer”, with both employees doing a multitude of jobs as required.  That said, be prepared to work in the best job anyone could ask for.  You will not be bored, work with amazing community members, and most of all, have a wonderful time and an extremely fulfilling career. 

  • Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.
  • • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff.
  • • Responsible for signing all documents, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into on behalf of the organization.
  • 1. Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.
  • 2. Be responsible for the recruitment, employment and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
  • 3. Collaborate with DSC staff and volunteers. Strategic planning and implementation.
  • 5. Planning and operation of annual budget.
  • 6. Serve as DSC’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the general public.
  • 7. Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance DSC’s mission.
  • 8. Engage in grant writing, fundraising and developing other revenues.
  • 9. Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  • 10. Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.
  • 11. Oversee organization Board and committee meetings.
  • 12. Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the non-profit.
  • 13. Review and approve contracts for services.
  • 14. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

The position is grant funded. The salary is $60,000.00 per year and includes health and retirement benefits. DSC is housed at the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Gold Hill Substation located at 955 W. Moreno Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905. The candidate will be required to pass a background check. 

How To Apply

For more information about the job, contact, Maile Gray, Executive Director. (719) 444-7534 Please email your cover letter and resume by July 31 to    

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