Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer
Full time
Organization Name: 
The Telluride Foundation
Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 25, 2021
Job Description: 

In 2000, a group of local residents recognized a need for community assistance to support the workforce in the region and to keep Telluride and its surrounding rural communities thriving. Thirteen individuals each donated $100,000, kicking off the beginning of the Telluride Foundation. Today, the Foundation has raised and invested over $65 million in the region to help improve the lives of those who live and work in the Foundation’s service area of San Miguel County, Ouray County, and parts of Montrose and Dolores Counties, Colorado.

The Telluride Foundation serves a unique, remote and rural region of Southwest Colorado. This is a region of diversity, innovation and natural beauty, where people from all over the world come to recreate and to live.

The Telluride Foundation is seeking an innovative and dynamic leader to serve as its CEO.

As only the second CEO in the Foundation’s history, this is a rare opportunity to take the helm of a bold organization, leading it into its next chapter following long-time CEO Paul Major, with an opportunity to have sustained and meaningful impact at the individual, community and national level.

Reporting to the Telluride Foundation Board of Directors, the CEO will provide vision and leadership for Telluride Foundation in service of its mission and is responsible for the overall strategic, financial and cultural success of the organization and its six staff and 33 Board members.

Read and download the full Position Profile here.

Compensation & Benefits

The annual base compensation for this role will start at $200,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Telluride Foundation also offers a competitive benefits package with all of the general benefits expected for a non-profit CEO, including paid vacation, health insurance and retirement benefits. The Foundation’s office is located in Telluride and its service area is across the Telluride region in San Miguel County, Ouray County and parts of Montrose county. The CEO will need to live in the Telluride region. Recognizing the challenge of affordable housing in the area, the Board of Directors is committed to providing housing assistance for the incoming leader, if needed.


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Kara Teising and Libby Cornelssen are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express interest in the role please visit this website. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential. Telluride Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages expressions of interest from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ leaders.