Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Independence (Grand Junction, CO)

  • Closing / removal date: May 15, 2022
  • Posted: April 27, 2022

This is a unique opportunity to lead an exceptional, mature, non-profit organization with a critical mission to the western Colorado communities we serve. Grand Junction sits in the middle of Mesa County, population 155,703, and is one of the premier outdoor recreational places in the country. Grand Junction is the largest city on the western slope of Colorado and is the home of the largest university on the western slope of Colorado, Colorado Mesa University. The quality of life here is family friendly, affordable, rich in art & music, and enjoys numerous local archeological & historic sites.

The new leader will inherit a financially stable, mission-driven organization with a strong culture that actively practices its disability rights values and is energetically working to improve its diversity, equity and inclusion practices.

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JOB DESCRIPTION: The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) leads the organization’s purpose by addressing systems issues that affect the lives of people with disabilities. She/he ensures proper administration of contracts, budgets, finances, personnel, operations, agency and contract goals, resource development, and marketing. She/he carries out the policies and direction established by the Board of Directors and ensures that CFI complies with all the laws and requirements that govern Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in Colorado.


  • BA/BS in Social Sciences, Public Administration, or Business Administration or related field and five years’ experience in the nonprofit sector as a senior manager.
  • Experience providing services to people with disabilities, and knowledge of independent living philosophy.
  • Thorough understanding of the regulatory requirements under which nonprofits businesses operate.
  • Experience with government contracts, meeting multiple deadlines with specific data-based outcomes, and delivery of results in a detail report.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.

All resumes, cover letters and evidence of minimum qualifications (as outlined in the job description), should be submitted to:; Attn: Succession Committee.


  • 70% Cost sharing on Medical Insurance
  • Matching 403(b) Retirement benefit after 1 yr
  • Paid sick and vacation leave
  • 13 paid holidays
  • $70,000 – $80,000 based upon qualifications and experience

Resumes will be accepted through May 15, 2022. Individuals requiring accommodations during the application process should communicate specific requirements when submitting their cover letters and resumes, and to the chair of the search committee during the interview and selection process.

Position is expected to start after July 1, 2022.



  1. Creatively Driving Programmatic Growth and Development
  2. Revenue Strategy and Generation
  3. People Leadership and Development
  4. Financial Oversight and Legal Compliance
  5. Advocacy for CFI Mission
  6. Board of Directors Relations
  7. Future Focus

The Center for Independence is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring staff who reflect the diversity of the community. Persons with disabilities, women, veterans and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

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