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COCO Inc. is hiring!

Development & Outreach Director

Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc is seeking a candidate for Development & Outreach Director.

Organization Type:  501(c)(3)/Nonprofit (Environmental/Natural Resource Protection & Capacity Development)

Job Location: Lake George, CO

Job Category: Fundraising, Public Relations, Event Coordination

Reports to: CEO


COCO is an umbrella organization that works with other collaborative conservation organizations, watershed groups, and similar nonprofits. It is closely affiliated with, and shares space and resources with, the Coalition for the Upper South Platte. Additional affiliates range from the Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative to the Colorado Fire Adapted Communities Network, the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed and the Greenway Fund. COCO is growing, and we anticipate more affiliates joining in the future.

The Development & Outreach Director is responsible for directly supporting COCO and CUSP, and providing technical assistance to other affiliates, through: organizing and managing media; grant writing; fundraising and other public engagement activities and events; public relations, organizational branding, marketing and promotional services. Duties also include website and social media development and management, outreach to, and engagement of, volunteers and volunteer groups.

The Development & Outreach Director is a public face of the organization(s), therefore he or she must be equally comfortable working in both the boardroom or the field with donor and volunteer groups, and representing us at gatherings large and small. It is important the Development & Outreach Director have a flexible schedule to be available for occasional evening or weekend events.

The Development & Outreach Director should plan on dividing time between working in the office (located in Lake George, CO), working from home, meeting with constituents, and working on-site for various events.

COCO is an equal opportunity employer and enforces a policy of non-discrimination with regard to race, color, religion or creed, national origin, physical or mental ability, military obligation, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, gender or gender expression.

Background Check: Because the Development & Outreach Director will be involved in activities and events where money changes hands, a background check will be required at the expense of COCO.

Salary: This is a full-time position with a competitive salary based on experience. Benefits include life insurance, paid holidays, sick time and vacation, as well as health insurance and retirement plan options.

Example Areas of Responsibility:

Board interface:

  • General Correspondence re: meetings, updates, etc.
  • Prepare agendas with other leadership team members
  • Coordinate in-person meetings/meals/tours
  • Take and distribute minutes
  • Other staff interface:
  • Work with other members of the staff to support projects and programs, such as reviewing and editing grant applications and project reports prepared by staff.
  • Create and implement a community and business outreach plan
  • Work with internal staff on regular updates re COCO activities/projects/etc.
  • Work with Board of Directors Outreach & Fundraising Committee
  • Solicitation, Recruitment, Screening & Management of Committee Members
  • Develop and manage an outreach/events budget
  • Tactical Networking Plan


  • Social Media/Press Releases
  • Monthly news articles/e-blasts/Newsletters/Annual Report
  • Website management (working with IT staff)
  • Event Promotion


  • Develop an annual outreach calendar including:
  • Events
  • Social Media posting
  • Print media
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Develop a signature annual branded fundraising event
  • Set Purpose & Goals
  • Identify Targets (audiences, businesses, partners)
  • Engage volunteers
  • Supervise events
  • Coordinate
  • Promote


  • Work with Office Manager/Games Manager on Raffle Protocol
  • Work with Outreach & Funding Committee on raffle item acquisition and holding raffles

CRM database management


The ideal candidate will have a combination of experience and education that allows them to work with a variety of stakeholders, to promote the organization(s). He or she will have extremely strong written and oral communications skills; the ability to effectively acquire and maintain data on businesses, groups and individuals as part of the development and management of a robust CRM tool; the ability to analyze, organize, report on strategies that are critical to the success of this position and the organization(s). A good eye for graphic design is helpful, and a keen sense of what is trending in social media and related fields is important for keeping current with branding, marketing and promoting the organization, activities, and events.


  • Minimum 5 years in related field with nonprofit focused advertising/ promotion/public relations
  • Extensive, successful work experience may compensate for education/degrees or certifications
  • Educational or work experience in environmental protection is a plus


BA with focus on one or more: Marketing, Journalism, Public relations, Business, Nonprofit Leadership. Minor in environmental or other related natural sciences helpful, but not necessary.

How to apply

Email cover letter and resume/CV in PDF format only to: Applications received in  formats other than PDF will not be considered.

Support CUSP on Colorado Gives Day – Tuesday, December 5th!

To all of you who have already made a donation to
support CUSP during Giving Tuesday
and today, Colorado Gives Day THANK YOU!
If you haven’t yet made a tax-deductble gift to
support our work in the
Upper South Platte Watershed
that protecst our natural resources,
we hope that you will consider doing so.
It’s easy – just click HERE to make an online donation
or mail your check to:
P.O.Box 726
Lake George, CO 80827

Mulch Available at Divide Slash Site

Need mulch? We have LOADS of it at the Divide Slash Site (just east of the intersection of Hwys 24 & 67 in Divide, CO- take Hybrook Rd. south -the site is on the left, past the post office).

You can load your own (unlimited) for free during regular operating hours 9a-3p, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (closed Sun., Sept. 3rd) until the site closes at the end of October, or until we run out of mulch – whichever comes first. Need help loading? We can help on Sat., Sept 9th. – $5 a pickup load.

Benefits of Mulching

  • Maintains soil moisture
  • Improves soil aeration, drainage, & structure
  • Serves as an insulating
  • Blanket for soil
  • Helps control weeds
  • Reduces potential damage from ‘weed whackers’ & other lawn equipment
  • Improves overall look of landscape

FACO Learning Exchange: Assessing Risk in the WUI: June 19th & 20th

Sign up now for next week’s FACO Learning Exchange

What: A two-day learning exchange focused on sharing principles, techniques, strategies and BMP’s for the collection, management and sharing of wildfire risk information.

Who: Professionals involved with wildfire adaptation within their community(ies). Space is limited and preference is given to FACO Core Members and Affiliates.

When: June 19 (11am- 5pm) and June 20 (8am to 12pm)

Where: Eagle County Emergency Operations Center –500 Broadway, Eagle, CO

Cost: FREE for a limited number of participants.

Lodging and Food: FACO will be offering a limited number of hotel rooms (evening of June 19th only). Lunch and dinner will be provided on June 19th.

Please visit the link below for more information on lodging.

More Information:

Questions? Contact Jamie Gomez at 970-765-0534/ or
Eric Lovgrenat 970-328-8742/

CUSP-run Slash Sites in Bailey, Divide and Fairplay – 2016 season closing dates

CUSP is wrapping up our 2016 slash site season. Last days for the Bailey and Divide sites are Friday, 11/4; Saturday, 11/5 and Sunday 11/6 – hours of operation: 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. The last day to bring slash to the Fairplay site is Saturday 11/5   9:00a.m. until 4:00p.m.

We had a very good 2016 season with many returning participants and a lot of new ones as well. CUSP opened the Bailey slash site in August of this year and the community is excited to have this resource. We look forward to seeing our returning patrons as well as new users in 2017!


Bailey Slash Site – October 29, 2016

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