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Thank you for your interest in employment with the Colorado Mountain Club!

Organization Overview

The Colorado Mountain Club has been delivering education, conservation and recreational opportunities to the Colorado public since 1912. The CMC acts as a gateway to the mountains for novices and experts alike, offering an array of year-round activities, events and schools centered on outdoor recreation. The Club connects thousands of adventure-loving mountaineers and teaches the skills to safely and respectfully maximize living in an outdoor playground.

The CMC provides equal employment opportunities to all people regardless of race, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or any other basis protected by law.

 

STAFF POSITIONS
 

Director of Finance and Operations

 

PART TIME & SEASONAL POSITIONS

 

Youth Education Program -Summer Field Instructor

Youth Education Program -Summer Rock Instructor

 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
 

Marketing and Content Internship

Youth Education Program Intern- Summer


Director of Finance and Operations


Reporting to the Executive Director (ED) and serving as an integral member of the senior management team, the Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) will be the key steward of CMC’s financial management strategy and contribute to the development of the organization’s strategic goals. In addition to the strategic components, the DFO will be charged with developing key tactical policies and procedures both in the finance and general operational realms. This is an outstanding opportunity for a finance executive with operational experience, and a proven track record of creative problem-solving and change management to join a high-growth, mission-driven organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Advise the ED and other key members of senior management on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters.
  • Compile and present monthly financial reports to monitor and guide regular operations and any special projects.
  • Serve as a key liaison to the board of directors and its finance committee; effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at board and committee meetings.
  • Represent the organization externally, as necessary, particularly in banking, asset management, and facility negotiations.
  • Oversee, direct, and organize the work of the finance and operations teams including human resources, information technology, facilities, and accounting for a majority of our regional groups.  
  • Strengthen and monitor administrative and operational accounting services, such as treasury management, 403-B plan, grants payment processing, payroll, accounts payable, and purchasing.
  • Plan, coordinate, and execute the annual budget process.
  • Provide analytical support to CMC’s internal management team, including development of internal management reporting capabilities.
  • Strengthen, implement, and monitor an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures.
  • Ensure that CMC is adhering to the strategic plan, monitor progress on strategic initiatives, and deliver periodic reports to the board.
  • Oversee human resource support for the entire staff.
  • Work with the ED to establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments.
  • Manage information technology development, including support staff and contractors.  
  • Contribute to the development of CMC’s strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organization.
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the ED informed of all critical issues.

 

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Proven passion for outdoor recreation in wild spaces and regularly active in one or more human powered categories, including climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, backpacking, etc.
  • Business or Accounting degree mandatory, a Master’s in Business Administration is a plus.
  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience in a senior management role, ideally with both external audit and in-house financial management experience gained in a high-growth organization.
  • Knowledge and experience in managing human resources functions including employee benefits, training, and performance standards.
  • Knowledge and experience with small business information technology solutions including software, hardware, cloud-based solutions, and database development/management.  
  • Experience either as an employee or board member of a nonprofit organization; must be familiar with nonprofit finance and accounting regulations.
  • Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization.
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution.
  • Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise.
  • Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers.
  • Self-reliant, great problem solver, and results oriented.
  • Ability to utilize and implement predictive analytics across department and programs to improve operational planning and performance.
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical initiatives and their financing.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills. 

 

Compensation:
CMC will offer the successful candidate a competitive compensation and benefits package, comparable to a nonprofit our size. 

Application Process:
Cover letter and resume should be sent to pennburris@cmc.org.  Top candidates will be contacted for a preliminary phone interview.  No calls please.

Non-Discrimination: 
Colorado Mountain Club firmly supports the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity of all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, creed national origin, disability, veteran status or any other protected category, pursuant to applicable federal state or local law. 

 


Youth Education Summer Field Instructor

The Colorado Mountain Club’s Youth Education Program (YEP) provides active learning through outdoor and adventure education. YEP uses an experiential approach to connect youth with their local surroundings, making learning relevant and fun by utilizing Colorado’s greatest natural resource: the mountains!  Summer programming at YEP consists of week-long day and overnight adventures through Colorado for students ages 9-18. Adventures include rock climbing, hiking, paddling, backpacking, and more.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in the area of natural science, outdoor recreation/education or related field
  • Experience instructing rock climbing and teaching environmental education and/or adventure education
  • Strong communication skills-- able to work independently and in a team environment
  • Sense of humor, ability to relate to children and adults of all ages and backgrounds
  • Current Wilderness First Responder certification
  • Current driver’s license. Must be able to pass drivers test and have no moving violations within the past year
  • Submit a criminal background check
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Able to carry loads up to 45 pounds
  • Ability to provide personal transportation to and from the American Mountaineering Center in Golden each day

*Current AMGA Single Pitch Instructor or higher-level certification preferred.

Position Responsibilities:

  1. Facilitate a safe, positive, cooperative, and fun group environment with youth ages 9-18
  2. Meet & greet small group of participants each morning and communicate with parents
  3. Lead instructor on day and overnight programs; responsible for group management, safety and well-being of youth participants
  4. Understand and follow all YEP risk management and safety procedures
  5. Create daily lesson plans as needed and lead activities in the following topics: teambuilding, outdoor discovery, natural/environmental science, and survival skills
  6. Instruct and coach students in climbing concepts including belaying, knot tying, rappelling, back-up systems, equipment use and technique
  7. Co-lead multi-day wilderness backpacking trips, and/or multi-day camping excursions with teen participants. 
  8. Assist with set up and break down of technical rock climbing systems as needed
  9. Prepare, clean-up and inventory equipment and materials daily as needed

Dates of Employment: June 1-August 8, 2020 (earlier start possible)

Compensation $110-130 a day depending on experience.

* Mileage Reimbursement of $.25/mile

How to Apply

Submit cover letter, resume and three references via email to kathynguyen@cmc.org. Deadline Feb 14, 2020, interviews/hiring on a rolling basis until filled. 

 

Youth Education Summer Rock Instructor

The Colorado Mountain Club’s Youth Education Program (YEP) provides active learning through outdoor and adventure education. YEP uses an experiential approach to connect youth with their local surroundings, making learning relevant and fun by utilizing Colorado’s greatest natural resource: the mountains!  Summer programming at YEP consists of week-long day and overnight adventures through Colorado for students ages 9-18. Adventures include rock climbing, hiking, paddling, backpacking, and more.

Position Qualifications:

  • American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor certification or equivalent (or higher cert)
  • Two or more years of significant rock climbing experience, including anchor building and institutional climbing instruction. Must be able to lead traditional climbs up to 5.8
  • Ability to coach & supervise a wide range of personalities, abilities, and people of all ages.
  • Familiarity with other youth rock climbing programs, statewide, and/or nationally.
  • Ability to work independently, and support a team.
  • Ability to lead and direct other staff and interns.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to mentor technical skills.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder certification.
  • Current driver’s license. Must be able to pass drivers test and have no moving violations within the past year. Submit a criminal background check.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Able to carry loads up to 45 pounds
  • Ability to provide personal transportation to and from the American Mountaineering Center in Golden each day.

Position Responsibilities:

  1. Facilitate a safe, positive, cooperative, and fun group environment with youth ages 9-18.
  2. Set up and break down of technical top rope systems at specified outdoor crags & at our indoor wall.
  3. Understand and follow all YEP safety and risk management procedures. 
  4. Demonstrate and instruct safe climbing skills including: belaying, rappelling, knot tying, back-up systems, artificial gear placement.
  5. Coach students in proper climbing skills and technique.
  6. Inventory and maintain climbing equipment daily.
  7. Ensure safety of self while setting up and breaking down technical systems and model this behavior
  8. Assist with training and supervision of volunteer/interns during climbing programs.
  9. Assist education team with group management and well-being of youth participants on multi-day educational courses and classes.
  10. Co-lead multi-day camping excursions with teen participants. 

Dates of Employment: June 1-August 8, 2020 (earlier start possible)

Compensation $110-130 a day depending on experience.

* Mileage Reimbursement of $.25/mile

How to Apply

Submit cover letter, resume and three references via email to kathynguyen@cmc.org. Deadline Feb 14, 2020, interviews/hiring on a rolling basis until filled. 

 

 

Youth Education Intern - Summer

The Colorado Mountain Club’s Youth Education Program (YEP) provides active learning through outdoor and adventure education. YEP uses an experiential approach to connect youth with their local surroundings, making learning relevant and fun by utilizing Colorado’s greatest natural resource: the mountains! Summer programming at YEP consists of week-long day and overnight programming for students ages 9-18. Programming includes week-long climbing and multi-adventure camps throughout Colorado.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Positive attitude and sense of humor.
  • Ability to relate to school-age children and adults of all backgrounds.
  • Self-directed, innovative thinker.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • One or more of the following:
    • Experience in natural science or related field.
    • Experience working in outdoor hiking and climbing programs.
    • Experience teaching youth from diverse backgrounds in environmental education and/or adventure education. 

Position Responsibilities

  • Work with YEP Field Instructor as an assistant instructor on climbing, hiking, and overnight programs.
  • Assist instructor in risk management for all group activities.  
  • Facilitate a positive, fun learning environment and group culture.
  • Lead youth in games and activities.  Topics may include teambuilding, outdoor discovery, natural/environmental science, and survival skills.
  • Coach students in climbing concepts such as knot tying, belaying, back-up belaying, and climbing technique.
  • Assist with set up and break down of climbing sites as needed.
  • Prepare activities, materials, and equipment for programs as needed.  Clean up program areas.
  • Provide program feedback and ideas to the YEP.

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Interest in the outdoors, particularly science, natural history or recreation.
  • Experience working with youth.
  • Rock climbing experience, demonstrating competency in the fundamental skills including: belaying, back-up belaying, knot tying, equipment, and communication, highly preferred.
  • First Aid and CPR desired.
  • Able to carry loads up to 45 pounds.
  • Ability to provide personal transportation to and from the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO.
  • Ability to work 1-3 weeks of overnight programming.

Time Commitment & Compensation

  • June 1-August 8, 2020
  • 5 day training prior to summer programs
  • 30-40+ hours per week, depending on programming.
  • Typical work day is 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday unless on an overnight program.
  • Interns are paid a monthly stipend, depending on experience.
  • Free CMC membership to gain pro-deals with hundreds of outdoor brands and access to free outdoor skills classes with the CMC.

How to Apply

Submit a resume and a cover letter with your goals and why you would be a good fit for the position via email to kathynguyen@cmc.org. Deadline Feb 14, 2020, rolling basis until filled. 

 

Marketing and Content Intern 

Reports to: Marketing & Communications Manager

Role: The Marketing Content Intern will create, edit and organize content in support of the external communications goals of the Colorado Mountain Club.  

Overview: This outstanding individual will be a self-motivated and talented communicator with the ability to follow through simultaneously on various projects. The ideal candidate will have a strong attention to detail and superior written and verbal skills. Enjoy a flexible schedule, working in beautiful and historic Golden, and spending time with passionate mountaineers and their equally passionate dogs. After work, take a tour of the Coors brewing facility, tube down Clear Creek, or enjoy some of the nation’s best rock climbing in Clear Creek Canyon—all within walking distance of the office!

Responsibilities:           

  • Write short, engaging digital posts for the CMC blog, The Clubhouse
  • Provide articles for Trail & Timberline, the CMC’s biannual magazine
  • Create, edit and update website content
  • Assist with marketing collateral, such as brochures and sponsorship packets
  • Draft manuals, handbooks and other technical documents
  • Manage social media content  (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Write and distribute press releases
  • Provide copy for digital newsletters, member communications, membership campaigns and other marketing e-mails
  • Represent the CMC at outdoor industry events
  • Gather and/or create graphic images to support marketing e-mails, website content, print materials and social media posts
  • Special projects as assigned 

Education/Work Experience:

  • Minimum of college level Junior classification; at least 1 year of previous work experience
  • Knowledge of and significant interest in journalism, marketing, communications, social media and public relations preferred
  • Some graphic design experience a plus

Recommended Skills:

  • Expert user of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience creating and managing social media content
  • Experience with WordPress or similar online blogging software
  • Familiarity with AP style
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience with websites, content management systems and basic HTML code 

Hours & Compensation:

  • The Marketing Content Intern works between 8-16 hours per week depending on desired hours
  • Preferred start date June 2019 with a flexible end date
  • Occasional evening or weekend work may be requested for special events
  • This is an unpaid internship, offering plenty of perks and valuable experience in the outdoor industry
  • The CMC can coordinate with accredited universities to provide credit for hours completed

How to Apply

Submit a resume and a cover letter with your goals and why you would be a good fit for the position via email to marketing@cmc.org.