Associate Director, Grand Staircase Escalante Partners

Southern Utah

Job Title: Associate Director

Organization: Grand Staircase Escalante Partners

Location: Southern Utah

Position Overview: Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Associate Director (AD) will focus on growing relationships and revenue sources to meet the organization’s program objectives and long-term goals. The AD will partner closely with the ED and Board of Directors to chart GSEP’s strategic response to achieve organizational impact and ensure organizational viability through creative fund development strategies. The AD also serves as an advisor and strategic thought-partner for the ED and board members. The AD will play a critical role in shaping and implementing the organization’s strategy, including annual program development and fundraising.

The AD leads the development and implementation of the organization’s fundraising plan, as well as a few strategic initiatives and special projects each year, and supports the implementation of GSEP’s justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion goals. As a senior staff member, the right candidate will be a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic, and process-minded leader. The role requires significant independence, analytical skills, strong relationship building, fundraising experience, ample people and project management experience, flexibility, agility, and creativity.


Organizational Leadership:

  • Provide effective and inspiring leadership by being actively involved in all programs and services, developing a broad and deep knowledge of their purpose, role and contributions to the organization.
  • Serve as an advisor and co-strategist to the ED.
  • Supervise employees as assigned by the ED.
  • Ensure GSEP’s external programming and internal culture, policies and practices align with the organization’s commitment to justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and engagement.
  • Work with and support the ED, program staff, and the communications coordinator to develop and implement organizational communications that effectively communicate impact.


  • Participate as a lead member of the development committee, working with staff and board members to develop an annual fundraising plan that includes identification and analysis of prospects, creation of content and materials for donor cultivation and retention, and representing the organization at external events and meetings to increase and strengthen relationships with funders.
  • Oversee and analyze success and challenges with current programs and services and viability based on funding availability and future fundraising initiatives.
  • In collaboration with the entire GSEP team, design and develop program offerings and metrics in accordance with the strategic plan, and in support of organization’s mission, to increase depth and breadth of impact.
  • Work with GSEP staff to ensure data collection and evaluation metrics are achieved.

Financial and Systems Management:

  • Work with the ED and Operations Manager (OM) to ensure proper systems are in place to manage all financial activities.
  • Lead the annual fund development process in response to the organization’s fiscal needs, including developing a fundraising calendar, researching prospects, completing grant proposals, developing a planned giving program, and leading all donor cultivation and appreciation.
  • Manage the donor database management and ensure donor records are kept up to date.
  • Participate in donor communications strategies and ensure integration of donor feedback into strategies.
  • Research grant opportunities and work with the ED and program staff to prepare and submit grant proposals, manage the grant calendar, and submit grant reporting.
  • Work with the ED and OM to prepare the annual budget and rationale for review and approval by the board of directors.
  • Manage the fundraising budget effectively within the organizational budget.
  • Work with the ED and the leader of each program to help create program budgets, offering a critical eye regarding financial and program impact assumptions, and help deliver an organization-wide budget based on input from each program area and fundraising projections.
  • Oversee long-range strategic financial and budgetary planning and cost management in alignment with the fundraising plan and the strategic plan.
  • Ensure continued financial viability through sound planning and fiscal management.
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the board/staff Development Committee.
  • Effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at board of directors and committee meetings.
  • Provide strategic recommendations to the ED based on financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/expense analysis.


  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain employees.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance, and alleviate and address individual and group concerns as necessary.
  • Ensure staff members under direct supervision receive timely and appropriate evaluations, training, and development.

Special Projects and Initiatives:

  • Lead development, planning, implementation, and analysis of special projects and initiatives as needed.
  • Provide cross-functional supervision to staff members who have assignments that support special projects.
  • Perform analysis and strategic consultation on major issues impacting the organization; and prepare briefings, memos, or presentations to communicate findings.


  • Attend and participate in all staff meetings, Board of Directors meetings and Executive Committee meetings (as requested).
  • Represent the organization externally, including speaking at public events and meetings.
  • Help to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all individuals in regards to diversity which may include geography, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, immigration status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, sex, age, ability and religion.
  • Perform other job duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education or experience in nonprofit management.
  • 3-5 years experience in nonprofit fundraising.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Understanding of Utah’s public lands and appreciation for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
  • Strong work ethic, ability to problem solve, creative thinking and attention to detail.
  • Strong organization and project management abilities, including interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to handle deadlines, determine and juggle priorities, and work in a fast paced environment.
  • Demonstrated competency in donor management systems, donor relations, fund development and revenue generation.
  • Highly developed writing skills and the ability to generate original content.
  • Experience organizing events and conferences, public speaking, engaging officials, working with reporters, and public relations.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel); GIS competence desired.
  • A passion for public lands and conservation.

Salary/pay: $70,000 – $80,000 depending on experience with medical and 401K retirement benefits, and generous vacation/leave. 

How to Apply: Email a resume and one-page cover letter detailing interest and qualifications to Sarah Bauman, Executive Director at Finalists will provide references and writing samples. To view the full job description as well as other opportunities, please click here.