Position Opening

Executive Director
Colorado Association of Ski Towns

The Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST) is a non-profit membership organization of 31 municipalities and four counties whose economies are largely dependent upon the ski industry and/or tourism. Members include the mayors, managers and elected officials of mountain resort communities. The Association was formed in part to recognize that mountain communities face unique challenges in providing municipal services to residents and visitors.

Our member municipalities share the benefits of diverse knowledge, experience and leadership through meetings, conferences, surveys and other informational venues, as decided by the Board and members. CAST members use the power of coalition to seek support for legislation that will benefit and sustain our mountain communities. We support actions that keep our communities livable, protect our mountain environments, and promote responsible land use, viable transportation, affordable housing, and sustainable tourism, to name just a few.

CAST meets five times per year – January, March, June, August, October – to network and share information and listen to speakers who present on issues relevant to CAST members – be it housing, water, transportation, tourism, emergency preparedness, forest management, etc.

For more information about the Colorado Association of Ski Towns, please visit our website at: www.coskitowns.com


The Executive Director is a part-time contractor position reporting to a 5-member Board of Directors. This position allows you to work from home, so a home office with computer and printer is essential. The employment contract is annual and is reviewed annually by the Board. The Executive Director is paid monthly by reporting their hours in an invoice to CAST, and the Board approves all invoices before payment is issued. The average amount of hours spent per month on CAST is about 30, but this varies throughout the year depending on the amount of work, so candidates must not expect a consistent paycheck amount.

The Executive Director is expected to travel to attend meetings and overnight stays are required. The March meeting is held in Denver, the June reception is hosted wherever the Colorado Municipal League (CML) holds its annual conference, and the January, August and October meeting locations are rotated amongst our member towns.

This position has frequent contact with members of CAST along with external contact with individuals from state agencies, industry partners and vendors. Will also have frequent contact with the Board of Directors related to meeting planning, annual retreat and various issues as they arise on a case-by-case basis.

This description and list of responsibilities has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work expected of this position. The actual duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may vary from time to time based on the current needs of the organization.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

* Plan and organize four meetings and one reception per year.

* Determine agenda topics and bring in speakers.

* Work with host town to determine meeting space, lodging, restaurant, catering, activities, etc.

* Communicate regularly with CAST members and Board of Directors.

* Attend all meetings and oversee all logistics and take meeting minutes.

* Plan and organize one board retreat per year, setting agenda and topics.

* Recruit new members that align with CAST’s bylaws and policies.

* Stay abreast of developing and ongoing issues of importance to mountain communities and keep Board and members apprised.

* Along with Board, set annual budget and keep within budget, unless otherwise directed by the Board.

* Work in Quickbooks to maintain finances, bill paying, invoicing, etc.

* Design and write newsletters.

* Update and maintain website which is WordPress based.

* Update and maintain Facebook page and Twitter account.

* Develop and nurture relationships with individuals from various state agencies and industry partners.

* Maintain relationships and negotiate contracts with vendors.

* Maintain and manage record keeping and oversee all reporting.

* Project management – executive director is expected to participate at varying levels in implementation of special projects.

* Perform miscellaneous tasks and duties as they arise to assist the organization in every way possible to achieve its goals.

* As directed by the Board, Executive Director may be responsible for advising CAST on relevant legislation as it moves through the legislative process.

* Executive Director may be responsible for working with the Board to develop legislative strategies and will contact CAST members to organize testimony and letter writing.

* Executive Director may be required to attend other organizations’ meetings (such as CML, CSCUSA, I-70 Coalition, NWCCOG, Club 20, etc.) as requested by the Board.

Preferred Knowledge and Skills:

* Strong communications and relationship management skills based on integrity, diplomacy and professionalism.

* Demonstrated ability to build and nurture strong partnerships.

* Excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail.

* Proven leadership capabilities.

* Public speaking experience and comfort level necessary.

* Self-motivated independent worker but with strong collaboration skills.

* Strong written and verbal communications skills including demonstrated ability to write newsletters, letters, proposals and presentations.

* Strong event and meeting planning skills.

* Thorough understanding of running a non-profit.

* Excellent computer skills, knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Quickbooks and ability to learn new systems rapidly.

* Strong working knowledge of social media, the internet and other online sales/marketing channels.

* Essential Attributes: Clear, concise communication and writing skills; positive, “can-do” attitude; diplomacy; flexibility; teamwork; attention to detail; high degree of initiative; and strong relationship-building skills.

 Qualifications Recommended:

* The qualified candidate will have a 4-year degree from an accredited academic institution. Ideal candidate would have at least 5 years experience in a service industry and/or with a non-profit; experience working with, or for, municipal government; and general knowledge of Colorado state agencies such as CDOT, CML, DOLA, CTO, the Colorado State Legislature, and overall knowledge of government process, policies and procedures.

Salary: $55/hour with annual maximum of $25,000.00

Application deadline: 10/16/2015
Board selection of candidates: 10/22/2015
Candidate interviews: 11/18/2015
Position begins: 2/1/2016

Anyone submitting a resume must be available for the interview process, if selected, on November 18, 2015, in Frisco, CO. This is a fixed date when all members of the board can be present and is not changeable.

The selected candidate will begin February 1, 2016, and will commence training by the current executive director who will assist that person through their first meeting in Denver on March 10, 2016.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and at least three references to [email protected] or to CAST at P.O. Box 491, Frisco, CO, 80443.