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Freedom from Sexual Violence


Executive Director

Executive Director
  • Full Time
  • Durango

Website Sexual Assault Services Organization

Job Title:        Executive Director
Reports to:     Board of Directors
Salary:            $50,000-$65,000+ annually, based upon education, experience and determined by the Board of Directors.
Benefits:         Health and dental insurance, retirement, wellness, paid time off (Sick, Holiday, Personal), flexible schedule.
Hours:            Full Time, Salary, M-F, 9-5 w/ some flexibility, on-call duties, some travel required

Required Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in related area with 3 years of experience, Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years of experience in victim/human services and/or non-profit management.

FLSA Status: Exempt


The Executive Director (ED) will provide dynamic leadership and vision to integrate operations, services, and organizational culture. The individual will be an advocate and spokesperson, capitalizing on opportunities that enhance the role of the Sexual Assault Services Organization’s (SASO) role in providing crisis intervention to anyone affected by sexual assault and preventing gender violence throughout LaPlata and San Juan Counties.

In partnership with the Board of Directors and keeping within the framework of SASO’s policies, procedures and by-laws, the ED will provide direction and guidance in the development of goals and objectives to meet the needs of the community. Internally, the ED has oversight for the effective management of all internal operations.  The Executive Director of SASO ensures that SASO’s affairs are conducted in a manner consistent with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.


The Executive Director has ongoing responsibility to:

Vision, Leadership and Strategy

  • Direct the organization to accomplish its mission and vision statements by being financially healthy, with sound management and governance;
  • Provide a clear and contemporary vision that guides all of SASO’s activity and places SASO’s programs on the cutting edge of relevancy in the community;
  • Direct the strategic planning process by providing direction and guidance in the formulation and implementation of long and short-term operating objectives and actions;
  • Stay abreast of emerging and innovative strategies in the victim services, outreach and prevention education fields and capitalize on new opportunities for SASO.
  • Maintain and enhance SASO’s commitment to diversity in all its programs, activities, and operations; employ creative strategies to expand SASO’s outreach initiatives to the whole community, including underserved and underrepresented populations;
  • Demonstrate understanding of, and commitment to, culturally relevant, empowerment, and strength-based strategies within an anti-oppression and social justice framework;
  • Initiate and strengthen relationships and collaborations with organizations and leaders who are connected to SASO’s mission; build appropriate strategic alliances within and beyond the development arena to advance SASO’s mission;
  • Collaborate with statewide organizations such as CCASA to carry out the activities as appropriate for our region;

Fundraising and External Relations

  • Serve as an advocate for SASO by representing the agency to the general public, corporate community, funders, and the media, and by building community awareness and support for SASO
  • Help to further brand the agency; distill the core message of SASO down to something relevant and compelling, providing a platform for cultivating new agency support;
  • Work closely with the Board and staff to develop and implement a plan to diversify and greatly expand SASO’s funding base;
  • Have effective grant writing skills and the ability to maintain current grants while seeking out new funding opportunities and resources;
  • Engage and ensure funding to maintain fiscally responsible annual budget;

Management, Finance and Administration

  • Provide leadership and guidance for the design, development, and implementation of volunteer management and human resource systems to ensure a diverse and well-qualified volunteer base and employed staff;
  • Ensure the financial health of SASO by employing sound fiscal controls and management by effectively managing SASO’s resources;
  • Implement collaboration and efficiencies between regional SASO offices;
  • Collect, disburse, and accurately account for all funds raised.

Board Relations

  • Energize and engage the Board; advise and assist the Board in the formulation of policies governing SASO and implement the policies and directives of the Board;
  • Ensure the organizational and/or legal responsibilities of SASO are fulfilled by keeping informed on legislation and current legal requirements and by keeping the Board informed on pertinent trends and legislative activities that affect SASO;
  • Communicate consistently and effectively to the Board of Directors on significant operational, financial, and programmatic issues; ensure appropriate and active collaboration, and timely and accountable decision making;
  • Serve as staff advisor and provide technical direction to the Board’s Committees; identify current and projected needs of SASO and identify qualifications for SASO elected Board Members.

The ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualifications:

  • Three to five years (depending upon education) proven senior-level managerial, strategic planning, budget development, fundraising and financial management experience in the private, not-for-profit, or public sectors to support a complex, multisite organization;
  • Credibility and experience to connect SASO to a broad array of external resources and opportunities; a successful track record of raising money from a variety of sources, ideally including planned giving efforts;
  • Demonstrated success building relationships, creating partnerships, collaborating, facilitating consensus and fostering trust in a dynamic organization; proven effectiveness in managing and empowering a large staff, as well as volunteer leadership;
  • Understanding of sexual violence issues and commitment to best practice and current research in the field.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, culturally relevant, empowerment, and strength-based strategies within an anti-oppression and social justice framework.
  • Experience with QuickBooks, experience in bookkeeping and/or accounting; ability to interpret financial reports; proven ability to apply critical budgeting and fundraising practices.
  • A passion for people, a commitment to gender equity, and a passion for intervention and prevention of sexual assault;
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, including excellent public speaking skills and the ability to represent SASO to a broad public;
  • The ability to analyze data, assess trends, and use information to formulate strategic directions;
  • Expertise in planning, coordinating, and executing fundraising events;
  • Sustained success in grant writing and reporting; working knowledge of local, state, and federal funding practices;
  • Proven track record in creating and implementing programs;
  • Ability to impart trust, integrity, stability, sensitivity, common sense and tolerance and motivate others to do the same; ability to employ strong ethics and good judgment and decision making.
  • Must have current driver’s license and current car insurance
  • Must be able to clear CBI background check
  • Must be able to sit for periods of time, lift up to 50lbs.
  • Must be fluent with word, adobe, publisher, excel, client database systems

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