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27 Nov 2023

Full-Time Coldharbour Chair and Faculty Lecturer

Western Colorado University – Posted by beastep Gunnison, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Position: Western Colorado University seeks a Chair and Faculty Lecturer for the Coldharbour Institute, a regional nonprofit and learning laboratory focused on regenerative living practices which plays a pivotal role in advancing ecological literacy, sustainable living experiments, and community engagement. This position engages undergraduate and graduate students in partnership with the community to innovate toward regenerative solutions for the community and on the 300-acre Coldharbour Institute ranch and historic Gunnison home. We seek candidates with teaching and mentoring skills which complement their ability to lead a partner-oriented, grant-funded, student-centered non-profit.

The Coldharbour Chair and Faculty Lecturer will mentor 8-10 graduate projects and teach 1-2 courses annually.  In collaboration with the Coldharbour Institute staff and Board, the Coldharbour Chair and Faculty Lecturer will lead fundraising efforts through donor relations, grant writing and management of the budget, oversee the Graduate Fellowship Program, and lead an innovative team in partnership with the university and community to implement regenerative solutions through projects and research.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree and academic qualifications in environmental studies, regenerative agriculture, non-profit management, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in nonprofit leadership, sustainable practices, and community engagement.
  • Proven commitment to and action toward creating a diverse, inclusive, equitable, just and sustainable organization.
  • Demonstrated success in fund raising leadership including donor relationships and grant writing.
  • Experience with strategic planning and budget management
  • Outstanding teaching and mentoring skills.
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, and organizational abilities.
  • The ability to cultivate local, regional and national partnerships.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with and an understanding of property management
  • Successful Event Planning
  • Proficiency with collaborative tools and social media

Compensation: $60,000-$80,000FLSA exempt. In addition to the salary, the position offers numerous supplementary benefits. For more information about the complete benefits package, please inquire within Human Resources. Western offers an excellent benefits package including shared premiums for a comprehensive health insurance plan, dental insurance, retirement plan, life insurance, and other insurance options. After one year of employment, Western provides free tuition for dependents enrolled full time in undergraduate programs for up to four years.

What you need to apply: Required attachments for online application include a letter of application, resume, and contact information for 3 references.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2023.

Please direct questions to Dr. Micah Russell, ([email protected]), Dean of the Clark Family School

Note: Master’s degree required. Official transcripts (unopened or delivered directly to HR) are required upon hire.

Additional Information on Western and Gunnison/Crested Butte

Western Colorado University is a public institution with an enrollment of ~3,700 graduate and undergraduate students, the majority of which reside on the campus and in the community.  With average class sizes of 17 students, faculty and staff share a strong commitment to inclusivity and personalized, immersive education. They are student-oriented, collegial, enthusiastic, and engaged in the campus and community. Western is committed to continual growth in regard to diversity, equity, and inclusivity and promotes participation in DEI initiatives from students, faculty, staff, and the community. Please see our diversity statement, and our DEI Committee charge.

The University is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver and the gateway to Crested Butte, a world class ski community.  K-12 students are served by the award-winning Gunnison Watershed School District. Both communities value the arts, quality of life, community-based wrap around services for children and adults, and continued personal growth and learning opportunities. At an elevation of 7,700 feet in the southern Rocky Mountains, the Gunnison Valley provides exceptional year-round outdoor recreational and cultural opportunities including summer arts and music festivals, mountain biking, skiing, kayak/rafting, rock climbing, hiking and camping… all within minutes of the campus.

Visit to learn more about the university.

An Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/vets.

Western Colorado University believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. Western is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (for state classified positions, with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. Please see our diversity statement, and our DEII Committee charge.


Western Colorado University is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Western will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or performing essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to the Office of Human Resources at [email protected] or (970) 943-3140.


How to Apply

Please apply on Western Colorado University's Careers Website via this link.

Job Categories: Sustainability. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: executive director. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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