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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.

CUSP to commence Pile Burning, Weather Permitting


WHAT:The Coalition for the Upper South Platte’s (CUSP) certified fuels management crews are scheduled to begin pile burning over the next few months.

Crews will begin burning piles located north of Divide within the Ute Lakes Fishing and Recreation Club and southwest of Woodland Park, off of Arapahoe St.  Burning will only occur as weather and conditions allow.

WHY: As evidenced by recent, devastating wildfires, high intensity wildfire continues to pose a major threat along the Front Range, particularly in the wildland/urban interface (WUI) were development meets the forest.  Proven wildfire mitigation techniques greatly reduce the risk of wildfires to lives and property. Fire is an essential an cost-effective forest health tool. Reducing leftover slash from forest mitigation projects through pile burning is an importation part of reducing the amount of fuel available when a forest fire burns.

PRECAUTIONS: Smoke may be visible on Highway 24, CR 5, Hwy 67, Rampart Range Road and Loy Creek Road. Smoke-sensitive residents should consider staying indoors and keeping doors, windows and outside vents closed.

Prescribed fire smoke may affect your health.

 How to protect your health from wood smoke

Most healthy people have no more than minor and short-term health difficulties with wood smoke. However, excessive smoke can result in unhealthy or hazardous air quality. If smoke is affecting your health, contact your doctor or other health professional. Also, try to move to a place with cleaner air and follow the tips below.


  • Close windows and doors and stay indoors. However, do not close up your home tightly if it makes it dangerously warm inside.
  • Be extra vigilant at night. Nighttime the air is usually more still than during the day and smoke can be worse. Smoke in nighttime air often flows down valleys and settles in low lying areas. Close windows at night.
  • Filter your air by running your air conditioner or evaporative cooler, but only if the system is filtered. You may also run the fan on your home heating system, with the heat turned off, if the system is filtered. Keep the outdoor air intake closed and be sure the filter is clean. Running these appliances if they are not filtered can make indoor smoke worse.
  • Use HEPA room air filtration units if you have them.
  • Avoid exercise or other strenuous activities in heavy smoke.
  • Do not rely on commercially-available dust masks, which do virtually nothing to filter out the particles and gasses in smoke.
  • Consider temporarily locating to another area if it is safe to do so. Seek out locations where air is filtered such as malls, movie theaters or recreation centers.
  • Be prepared to evacuate by planning ahead. Plan your evacuation route and your destination. Put together a kit that contains medications and other important items that you can’t be without.

Who is most likely to be affected by smoke?

  • Elderly people.
  • Young children (especially under 7).
  • Pregnant women.
  • People with pre-existing respiratory or circulatory conditions like asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cardiovascular disease.
  • People with respiratory infections such as colds or flus.
  • People with smoke allergies, although this is rare.

What are symptoms related to smoke exposure?

  • Eye, nose and/or throat irritation–runny eyes and/or nose.
  • Coughing, sore throat.
  • Trouble breathing or tightness of the chest, which may be symptoms of a health emergency.
  • The onset of symptoms related to pre-existing respiratory ailments like asthma or emphysema.
  • Weakened immune system after prolonged exposure to smoke.

What is the air quality like where I am?

You can refer to the chart below and estimate the visibility in smoky air to come up with a corresponding air quality category based on the federal Air Quality Index.


Air Quality Index Visibility
Good 10 or more miles
Moderate 5 – 10 miles
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups 3 – 5 miles
Unhealthy 1.5 – 3 miles
Very Unhealthy 1 – 1.5 miles
Hazardous less than 1 mile


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

2017 Park County Fall Clean-Up Days

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
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