Kittleman & Associates Seeks Leaders for Two Key Denver Non-Profits

August 20, 2018 – Chicago-based executive search firm Kittleman & Associates has been selected to find new leaders for two consequential Denver non-profits, Conservation Colorado and Food Bank of the Rockies. Raylene Decatur, a principal with the recruitment firm, is spearheading both searches.

Conservation Colorado, an environmental group, is seeking an executive director. The organization wants a leader who is passionate about protecting the Centennial State’s unique environment, said Kittleman & Associates. This individual, the organization’s chief executive officer, is expected to be a tireless advocate for Conservation Colorado’s mission, inspiring others to support the group’s position on issues and policies. The new executive director will also be charged with elevating voices of diverse communities historically disenfranchised from discussions of environmental policy.

The role calls for a leader who is part entrepreneur, part politician and part environmental sector leader, said Kittleman & Associates. This individual will be expected to commit to building a diverse staff inclusive of many different backgrounds, identities and philosophies and creating an equitable and inclusive work environment.

Job Requirements

Candidates must demonstrate experience in organizational management and leadership. The ideal candidate will possess knowledge of government relations, policy development and politics, and be driven by a love of the outdoors, said the search firm. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to operate effectively within a non-profit governing environment. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university is required.

Conservation Colorado’s mission is to protect Colorado’s unique environment. The organization has a long history of collaborating on key environmental issues, working collectively at the state capitol and establishing strategic partnerships to find success on a variety of levels. Those include: ensuring that more than three million acres of wilderness stay wild; setting a statewide renewable energy standard, then increasing it to make it one of the strongest in the nation; working to minimize the effects of oil and gas drilling by updating public health, drinking water and wildlife protections and continuing to push for further reforms; passing more than 130 different conservation bills at the state legislature in the past six years on a host of environmental issues ranging from water efficiency to air quality to energy efficiency to transit; and electing pro-conservation candidates and holding government officials accountable.

Food Bank of the Rockies

Food Bank of the Rockies is seeking a new president and CEO. The group wants a leader who will fight to ensure that everyone has access to nutritious food, said Kittleman & Associates. This individual is expected to be a tireless advocate for the food bank’s mission and impact and inspire others to support successful outcomes.


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The new president should demonstrate a career path of progressive leadership experience in the non-profit, corporate or government sectors. The individual will have a background that includes strategy development, high-level decision-making, and implementing best organizational practices, said the search firm.

Candidates must have an ability and desire to raise private contributions for operating and capital as well as a successful track record in revenue diversification. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to operate effectively within a non-profit governing environment. Also required is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university.

Non-Profit Specialists

Food Bank of the Rockies is committed to meeting unmet food needs in Colorado and Wyoming by providing food to nearly 700 hunger-relief programs and directly to clients through their programs. It is a member of Feeding Colorado, a statewide coalition of food banks serving the entire state and Feeding America, a national network of food banks. In fiscal 2017, Food Bank of the Rockies distributed nearly 49 million meals (60.6 million pounds of food and non-food essentials) for hungry children, seniors and families.

Kittleman & Associates, which was established in 1963, is one of the nation’s oldest executive recruitment firms exclusively serving non-profit organizations. Search services include recruitment counsel, organizational assessment, development of position specifications, prospect research, source identification, candidate development, background assessment & verification, reference checking, offer preparation and transition assistance.

The firm has led searches for executive directors for PEER Services, People’s Resource Center, Moore Farms Botanical Garden Foundation, South Suburban PADS and Boys & Girls Country, among many others.

Ms. Decatur has served the non-profit community for more than 25 years, working primarily in museums. She joined the search firm in 2006 and manages its western regional office in Denver. Her professional experience includes positions at well-respected institutions. These include: president and CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, COO of the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, and director of exhibitions of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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