Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Job Opening: Yampa Valley

Audrey Danner is leaving Yampa Valley Partners in Colorado and being called to even greater community service on the County Commission. She has done a remarkable job, and we wish her the best of everything in her new role.

But that means the position of Executive Director at Yampa Valley Partners is now open, and I thought I'd share that job posting with the readers here.

Yampa Valley Partners (YVP)
Position Description
Position Title: Director
Reports To: YVP Board of Directors (BOD)
Supervisor: Chair, YVP Board of Directors
Date: December 2008

Organization Description:
Purpose: YVP is a non profit organization of Routt and Moffat counties that provides community information in the form of Community Indicators Reports and regional Forums and Summits. YVP facilitates community discussions and regional forums based on indicator data and issues critical to the community.

Mission: Yampa Valley Partners will support healthy communities in Routt and Moffat counties through development and analysis of community indicators, anticipating emerging regional issues and facilitating communication, cooperation and collaboration among valley communities to address these emergent challenges.

Vision: YVP is recognized by our community and its leaders as a vital resource and partner for collaborative work among local government, citizens, and voluntary civic groups, the business community and philanthropic organization in communicating and addressing critical issues of regional concern.

Position Overview:
Under the direction of the YVP BOD, the Director is responsible for the overall management and operation of YVP to consistently achieve the purpose, mission, vision, strategic plan goals, and financial objectives of the organization.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
 High school degree or equivalent required, bachelor degree is preferred. Three to five years related work experience preferred.
 Strong belief in the collaboration, regionalism and the power of non profit, community organizations.
 Ability to work independently and be self-motivated to work successfully in a small organization.
 Successful track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with community, government and business leaders and organizations.
 Ability to think, plan and act in a highly strategic and effective manner to achieve organizational goals. Strong critical thinking and decision making skills.
 Highly competent administrative clerical skills such as computer literacy and effectiveness, data management and analysis, marketing, accounting and clerical support. Current electronic programs include Microsoft Office Suite, BaseCamp (project management), Constant Contact and QuickBooks.
 Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as inter- and intra personal skills.
 Experience and/or ability to fundraise and maintain strong financial condition.
 Ability to carefully and efficiently manage time and priorities in an environment of shifting priorities and rapid change to ensure successful completion of tasks.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
 Responsible for successful overall management and operation of YVP to consistently achieve the purpose, mission, vision, strategic plan goals, and financial objectives of the organization.
 Responsible for translating the purpose, mission, vision and strategic plan into action and programming through development, implementation and accomplishment of an annual task list or work plan.
 Responsible for assisting BOD in developing current and long-term organizational goals and objectives through strategic planning. Includes development of necessary programming, products, policies and procedures.
 Responsible for sound financial management of the corporation, including the development and implementation of an annual budget.
 Responsible for overseing all accounting functions including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial analysis, and payroll in accordance with generally accepted accounting principals, and other applicable rules and guidelines under the supervision of the BOD Treasurer.
 Responsible for managing marketing and public relations for the organization and programming to insure name recognition, branding, positive perception and understanding among stakeholders, partners, and the community at-large.
 Responsible for handling all aspects of human resources or contract labor management including but not limited to: development and implementation of scope of work, work requests, Request for Information, Request for Proposal, vendor/contractor selection, and/or hiring, management and termination of employees as needed. Analyzes and evaluates vendor services that best meet the needs of YVP and makes decisions or recommendations to the board.
 Responsible for grant and contract management including negotiating agreement terms that reflect the needs of YVP, coordinates with professional experts to finalize agreement terms; monitors progress of agreements and maintains documentation to ensure fulfillment including receipt and expenditure of funds.
 Responsible for undertaking or supervising work to ensure successful outcomes for Community Indicators Reports, regional forums and other YVP products and programming. Prioritizes projects, develops time lines and manages changing programs for sucessful project completion.
 Responsible for maintaining official records and documents for all programming to ensure accuracy and compliance with applicable regulations and guidelines.
 Responsible for maintaining community focus and programming/product objectivity as a neutral source of useful information and processes. Maintains a corporate climate and strong organizational infrastructure that encourages volunteerism and a robust and diverse BOD.
 Responsible for establishing sound working relationships with stakeholders throughout the community and with all applicable partners.
 Responsible for keeping BOD fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
 Responsible for timely and efficient decision making as needed to facilitate effective organizational management.
 Responsible for other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the direction is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. The position requires extensive computer use so the employee must have sufficient dexterity and ability to use a computer. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The director must be able to travel extensively and attend meetings, functions and events in Routt and Moffat Counties. Director will occasionally travel to other locations in Colorado and beyond.

Position is exempt, salaried and full-time. Although typically a standard Monday -Friday schedule, many evening events and weekend obligations are typical to ensure the successful execution of the responsibilities.

Competitive compensation package to be negotiated based on experience and qualifications.

To Apply:
Position is open until filled. Send cover letter and resume with business references electronically in Word 2003 or 2007 format to or file with Colorado Workforce Center in Craig and Steamboat Springs. Job Description posted at


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