The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) was formed through federal legislation that will preserve and promote the cultural, historical, and recreational resources of Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla counties in the San Luis Valley.


Professional Opportunities


San Luis Valley, CO


$45,000 – $50,000 annually

Position Description

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is seeking a highly motivated individual who is interested in overseeing the management of the non-profit organization.

Position Summary

Plan, organize, lead, manage, and evaluate the mission and the work of the organization. Develop strategic plans for programs, funding, staffing, and development of the mission and work of the organization. Lead and manage the work of the Board, volunteers, and staff to fulfill the mission and achieve key results established through plans. Implement and manage projects related to an approved management plan for the organization. Cultivate, maintain and develop relationships with constituencies and partners on local, state and national levels to assure effective program performance.

Position offered is full-time.

Reporting Relationship

The position reports to the Board of Directors of the organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implements and communicates the mission and creates a vision for the organization throughout the National Heritage Area.
  • Develops and directs both long range strategic program plans and a comprehensive annual business plans and budget for the organization in accordance with the Management Plan.
  • Oversees fundraising activities including membership drives, annual endowment campaigns, grant proposals to government corporations and private foundations, and the planning and supervision of special fund raising events.
  • Directs and supervises all governmental relationships including legislative coordination at the state and federal level as well as contact with representatives of local, state and federal offices, commissions, bureaus, and services.
  • Provides leadership and direction for heritage development programs, services, finances, communication and constituency relationships.
  • Manages and coordinates the work of paid staff, volunteer, staff, and consultants including their recruitment, selection, orientation, and evaluation.
  • Designs, develops, administers, and evaluates policies and procedures for the appropriate conduct of corporate and business operations including planning, budgeting, marketing, fund development, evaluation of programs, and contact administration.
  • Works cooperatively in development efforts in creation of case statements and functional fund development programs that support the budget and financial plans of the organization.
  • Identifies, encourages, and coordinates the activities and programs of the organization with local, regional, state, national, or international groups whose activities are complimentary to, or whose activities may be beneficial to, the organization.
  • Directs staff in the marketing of the organization’s programs and services and evaluates their effectiveness.
  • Provides staff support for Board committees of the organization, including the preparation of agendas, reports, notices, and records of meetings.
  • Provides staff support to the Board of Directors, including the preparation of agendas, reports, notices and records of meetings.
  • Administers and manages the development, application, negotiation, and evaluation of grants, loans, and contracts for organization.
  • Implements and manages projects related to the approved Management Plan, including the oversight of a project’s scope of work and budget.
  • Prepares, in consultation with the Board of Directors and staff, an annual workplan and budget.
  • Prepares an annual report on the progress, accomplishments, services, and benefits of the organization.
  • Develops community consensus and maintains a positive project image with media and the community through regular briefings for civic and special interest groups, informational media, outreach activities, presentations at community events, and media contacts and follow-up.
  • Resolve complex, politically sensitive problems encountered in performance of work assignments.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
  • Maintains a professional relationship and communicates with the National Park Service, the cognizant Federal agency for the organization.

Knowledge of:

  • Computer hardware, software, and peripherals to enter, retrieve, research, and manage budget and grant compliance, development of brochures/ pamphlets, news release, and related software. Common applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Financial management and budget development practices and procedures.
  • Spanish language (Bi-lingual is preferred but no required).

Skills In:

  • Effective oral and written communications.
  • Ability to lead, supervise and delegate duties to organizational staff, Board of Directors (as applicable), etc.
  • Handle and prioritize multiple task or priorities.
  • Negotiate and mediate multiple contracts and agreements among Federal, State, Regional, community, private foundations and private developers or organizations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Project management from implementation, monitoring and completion.

Physical Requirements/ Work Environment

  • Extensive public speaking is involved.
  • SdCNHA is comprised of three counties, so some travel within the NHA is required. Additional travel to national conference, regional or state meetings may also be required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, history, architecture, or a related field, or equivalent qualifications and background in related field.
  • Three years of progressive administration experience in managing budgets, programs, staff, programs implementation with demonstrated interest in cultural or heritage tourism.
  • Demonstrated skills in communication, leadership, management negotiation, budgeting, and program evaluation.
  • Interest and knowledge of local heritage, cultural tourism, interpretation, and economic development as it relates to the mission and work of the organization.
  • Deep commitment to learning and personal professional development.

Salary/ Benefits

Annual starting salary is approximately $45,000 – $50,000. Standard benefits package may include vacation/sick leave, health insurance allowance, etc.

Open until:

Position filled.

How to apply:

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area Executive Director will be responsible for planning and directing the mission and work of the NHA. Submission must include a cover letter, resume, and three letters of recommendation. Materials should be addressed to Dr. Nick Saenz, SdCNHA President, P.O. Box 844, Alamosa, CO 81101. Job candidates must be willing to undergo a background check.