Deputy Director/Chief Operations Officer

  • Friends of Cedar Mesa
  • Bluff, UT, USA
  • Feb 08, 2019
Full time Administrator/Executive Advocacy and Policy Business Development Conservation/ Natural Resources Cultural Resources Management

Job Description

Friends of Cedar Mesa is hiring a Deputy Director/COO who will have the overall responsibilities of managing program staff, maintaining and enhancing land management agency partnerships, ensuring fiscal/legal obligations are met, and assisting the Executive Director in organizational leadership and strategic planning efforts. The Deputy Director will work closely with the Executive Director and act on behalf of the organization in his/her absence. This is a full-time, exempt position requiring an exceptional commitment to FCM’s mission. The position will involve frequent regional and sometimes national travel, as well as work on weekends and weeknights.



Program Management – 40% of time

  • Work directly with the Executive Director and staff to sustain and grow core programs including education, advocacy, stewardship, communications & monitoring
  • Oversee Agency partnerships including securing and implementing Federal financial assistance agreements

Staff/Team Management – 20% of time

  • Develop annual work plans to implement organizational strategic plan
  • Communicate weekly with staff and organize staff meetings
  • Assist with Board engagement and communications, including preparation for Board Meetings

Additional Responsibilities – 40% of time

  • Assist Executive Director and Communication & Development Manager with fundraising and donor database management
  • Oversee event planning, including Celebrate Cedar Mesa
  • Assist the Executive Director with budgeting, finance and bookkeeping tasks.
  • Coordinate grant reporting requirements
  • Assist in develop of FCM positions and write official comments on land management decisions and policies that will impact cultural and natural resources in San Juan County.
  • Work with Communications/Development staff to ensure Board, supporters, donors, and others up to date with policy actions, decisions and positions.
  • Work with partner organizations and coalitions on policy and legislative strategy that impacts Southeast Utah.


Required Qualifications

The Deputy Director will be thoroughly committed to FCM’s mission and her/his professional development. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience;
  • Knowledge of public lands issues;
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, with at least 5 years of professional experience;
  • Track record of effectively working with staff to develop policy, education, outreach, and stewardship programming;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and cultures;
  • A professional work ethic that is action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and an innovative approach to nonprofit work
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people and independently when needed.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office platform and a demonstrated ability to learn new online platforms and databases.
  • Ability to work positively and efficiently with a team in a fast paced, hard-working environment.


Preferred qualifications

  • Advanced degree, ideally in natural resource or land management
  • Strong skillset in WordPress platform, Adobe Cloud Suite
  • Expertise in cultural resource policy including Section 106 Compliance of the National Historic Preservation Act
  • Experience with budgets, bookkeeping, fiscal management


Location: Must be willing relocate to with 45 minutes of Bluff, Utah.


Status: Exempt, full-time employee


Compensation: $45,000 to $60,000 depending on experience, health care insurance and the best backyard in the world!


Friends of Cedar Mesa is an equal employment opportunity employer. We seek a broad and diverse pool of candidates and strongly believe that our organization benefits from the perspectives and talents of a diverse staff. No applicant will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender variance, marital status, otherwise qualified handicap or disability, pregnancy, pregnancy or childbirth-related condition, genetic information, or veteran status.


To Apply

Please send resume and a cover letter to Position open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting February 13, 2019.


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