Community Builders is looking for a dynamic new team member to join us in shaping livable communities throughout the American West.  

About Community Builders:  We’re a small, but mighty, nonprofit that works to build healthy, equitable, and prosperous communities that improve people’s lives today and ensure a sustainable tomorrow.  

We believe meaningful progress and lasting change must be community-driven and rely on strengthening civic health and leadership. That’s why we provide tools, training and assistance to empower local leaders—from community officials to citizen advocates and business leaders— that are working to create more livable places. 

We work shoulder-to-shoulder with community partners to envision the future they want and identify practical solutions to get them there. Along the way, we build their civic capacity so they can tackle new challenges down the road. Because we can’t be everywhere, we also provide training, tools and insights to give local leaders the resources and support they need to drive positive change in their communities. Our team is creative, collaborative, and strategic. We get stuff done and we have a lot of fun doing it.  

As a values and mission-driven organization, we focus on realizing meaningful change in communities that need and are ready for our help. We seek projects that take on real problems and present the opportunity to offer creative solutions that can inspire progress in other areas.  

About the Job: We are seeking a new team member to help lead, manage and support different types of projects within our core activities of Training, Community Assistance, and Tools and Insights. The Senior Associate role blends project management as well as higher level program development and execution. We are looking for someone who can lead projects collaboratively, taking ownership of their role while effectively utilizing their team and delegating as needed. This person must also be able to collaborate with a variety of external partners, maintaining strong relationships and effective communication between local partners, funders, and other partners. 

What you might do in a day…

  • Work with local partners to design an approach to an upcoming community assistance project. 
  • Facilitate a community team during one of our Community Leadership Trainings. 
  • Guide a team through design of an online toolkit to help communities expand housing affordability. 
  • Plan and execute a design charrette with a team of CB staff, local leaders, and technical consultants. 
  • Present the findings of a public engagement process to a City Council. 
  • Lead an internal work session to develop a project approach for a new community assistance project.
  • Work with our team on creative ways to deliver a plan through writing and visualizations. 

This job might be for you if: 

  • You want to bring people together. You love community engagement and get pumped thinking about ways to get more people meaningfully involved in shaping the future of their community. 
  • You have the desire and capacity to help build more livable places. You have passion, skills and experience that you want to apply towards building more livable communities and regions. 
  • You believe in empowering communities and local leaders. You get excited talking about building local capacity and inspiring community-driven action. 
  • You are a planning nerd. ​Do you find yourself taking pictures of intersections or Missing Middle housing when you travel? Do you have a cat named Jane (Jacobs)? Do you look up places on the H+T Index for the fun of it? Does conducting a market analysis sound exciting and not at all boring? If any of these resonate with you, you’d likely fit in here.  
  • You love guiding tough conversations. ​You have worked your way through some challenging facilitation gigs and like finding creative ways to engage the community in important discussions.  
  • Collaboration is your jam. ​You enjoy working closely with a tight-knit team. You are comfortable collaborating as a leader and manager, but equally comfortable playing a support role on projects.  
  • You have a black belt in project management. ​You are deeply organized, can move ideas into action, and love checking boxes off your to-do list. 

Things we are looking for: 

  • Significant experience managing, leading and working as a team member on complicated community projects or initiatives, ideally within community planning or economic development fields. 
  • A Masters’ Degree or similar work experience that provides significant levels of technical practice in community planning / development fields (urban planning, economic development, housing, etc). 
  • Demonstrated experience / skills within one or more of the following technical competencies (urban design, policy analysis, community engagement, graphic design, writing, research, land use law, etc). 
  • Significant experience in community outreach and engagement. 
  • Strong analytical and planning skills. 
  • Excellent management skills and experience.  
  • Strong communication skills: interpersonal, written and presentation.  
  • Solid understanding of local government procedures and processes.  
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail.  
  • Passion for the communities we serve and the work we do.  
  • Ability to work as a cohesive team with a small group of highly skilled professionals to achieve outstanding outcomes for our communities. 
  • A strong work ethic and desire to grow personally and professionally.  
  • Minimum of five-years of relevant work experience.  
  • Proficiency in Spanish is highly preferred. 

Details: The Senior Associate is a full-time, salaried position with a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Ability to locate in proximity to the Glenwood Springs, Colorado area is preferred (e.g. the Eagle, Roaring Fork or Colorado River Valleys, Grand Junction, etc). We are open to someone who lives in another part of Colorado with the understanding that travel to Glenwood Springs will be required up to twice a month. Periodic travel to communities where our project work is located within the Rocky Mountain West can also be expected for this role. 

The salary range for this position is between $60,000 and $80,000. Additionally, you’ll have access to health and dental benefits with Community Builders covering 100% of the premium for a bronze level health insurance plan (with buy-up options available) and 100% of the premium for a basic level dental plan (with a buy-up plan available). We’ll also match up to 3% towards an IRA.

We want our team to enjoy a healthy work/life balance. Our time off package starts with 8 paid holidays, 3 paid floating holidays (use them when you wish), and a whopping 22 days of paid time off. That’s 33 days of paid time off in your first year of employment! Due to the nature of our work, we ask that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19; however reasonable accommodations will be considered. To learn more about us, visit us at 

To Apply: If the above sounds like you, please navigate to this link (full link below). 

Please contact [email protected]  with any specific questions you may have. 

The deadline for getting your application in for initial review is October 3rd. Applications will be reviewed the week of October 4th. First round interviews will take place the week of October 11th. Second round interviews will take place the week of November 1st. Additional conversations, reference checks, and short assignments may be required between the first and second interview. Please let us know if you have unresolvable conflicts with the interview schedule. We can find alternate times if needed. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Posted September 20, 2021, 9:19 AM PDT

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