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Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) in the search for an
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will lead ELK and serve as its primary representative in the community. In partnership with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will plan, develop, and implement policies and objectives that further ELK's mission. The Executive Director will maximize the effectiveness and impact of the organization through oversight of all department heads, utilizing an entrepreneurial approach to ensure the success of the organization, both financially and programmatically. ELK is located in the Montbello neighborhood of northeastern Denver; however, the Executive Director can choose to live anywhere within the Metropolitan Denver area. The salary range for this position is $90,000 to $105,000 annually, based on experience.
ELK cultivates a passion in science, leadership, and service in a diverse community of learners. ELK serves more than 5,000 underserved urban youth (ages 5-25) each year through year-round intensive programs and in-school/after-school programs in Denver, Adams, and Arapahoe Counties. ELK works directly with local schools, teachers, and community groups by providing a wide variety of outreach activities. Students attend day-long field activities that provide them with an opportunity to grow as individuals and to enjoy the natural world in an educational, adventurous manner.
ELK reaches out to students who have been traditionally overlooked and under-encouraged in science and science-related careers, including youth of color and females. ELK opens new doors of opportunity by engaging and mentoring youth through science education and leadership development programs that provide a real-life context for learning. Youth experience Colorado's natural world, increase their academic science skills, become involved in their neighborhoods, and get exposure to careers in the field of natural resources. They grow into stewards and engaged citizens, while cultivating strong educational values to ensure high school and college graduation.
Environmental Learning for Kids is an organization that is built on diversity, equity, and inclusion – it is part of ELK's vision for a better world and the values that it practices every day. ELK’s Executive Director will be required to model and champion access for all regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or any other component of identity; embrace the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) of the organization to tell ELK’s story, share the organization’s impact, and expand the reach of programming; lead and oversee continued review and improvement of ELK’s programming and workplace with a DEI lens to foster a truly inclusive community; and demonstrate an understanding and growth mindset towards identity intersectionality and how to bring community together through mutual appreciation and respect.
A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least six years of related experience. Experience living and working in Colorado is a plus, as is fluency in English and Spanish. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should express a commitment to ELK's vision of a world in which all people are caretakers of themselves, each other, and the natural world as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the prospectus.