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The mission of The Piñon Project Family Resource Center is to strengthen our community by providing comprehensive services for children and families. 

The Piñon Project Core Values:

Education: We value and support learning. Perseverance: Never give up. Honesty: Sincere intentions. Integrity: Adherence to core values. Respect: Acceptance. Collaboration: Working together. Excellence: Going above and beyond. Belief: Guiding principles.

Assistant Director

The Piñon Project seeks an Assistant Director to work cooperatively to achieve the mission of The Piñon Project Family Resource Center. Responsibilities include; develop, implement and sustain comprehensive programs/services and lead initiatives that promote positive outcomes for children and families. BA in related field required. Successful experience managing multiple programs, grants and contract compliance and supervising staff required.  Strong interpersonal, organizational and collaborative skills required.  Ability to conduct trainings and community meetings.  Successful experience writing and managing grants, including writing proposals, reports and adherence to contract deliverables.  Salary DOE.  Must pass criminal background and drug test.  Complete position description can be found at . Send resume with references and cover letter to

The Piñon Project

Assistant Director – Job Description


Job Title:                   Assistant Director

FLSA Status:             Exempt

Reports to:                 Executive Director

Salary:                       Negotiable

Benefit Package:       See policy manual


Summary:  The Assistant Director works in cooperation with the Executive Director to fulfill the mission of The Piñon Project Family Resource Center to lead initiatives and provide comprehensive services that promote positive outcomes for children and families.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. 


  • Provides direct supervision to Coordinators of youth, early childhood and family services.  Supports Coordinators in direct program supervision of staff associated with programs and services (interviews, hires, and trains employees; plans, assigns, and directs work; rewards and disciplines employees; addresses complaints and resolves problems)

  • Monitors organizational programs; responsible for program/grant management and compliance including writing program proposals and reports

  • Provides yearly performance evaluations for all program staff and appraises performance                                       

  • Leads initiatives and participates in community activities to develop opportunities to ascertain needs, serve clients, and promote agency goals

  • Establishes and maintains close working relationships with cooperating agencies to avoid duplication of services

  • Confers with staff and board members to develop, disseminate and implement written policies and procedures to achieve agency goals.

  • Recommends new policy and procedures to Executive Director.

  • Works in conjunction with the Board of Directors to develop community fundraising events

  • Actively participate in the organization’s strategic planning process

  • Assists with other tasks as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors and/or Executive Director


Required Competencies:

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:


  • Strategic – Ability to sort through ideas, evaluate potential obstacles and see the best path forward. 

  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.

  • Activator – Once ideas have been gathered and analyzed, the ability to bring key partners together to move forward. 

  • Project Management - Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and within budget; Manages project team activities.

  • Team Work - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed; Recognizes accomplishments of other team members.

  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

  • Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results.

  • Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Inspires respect and trust; Accepts feedback from others; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates; Gives appropriate recognition to others; Displays passion and optimism; Mobilizes others to fulfill the vision.

  • Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.                                     



Education requirement:  Bachelor’s degree in human services related field or equivalent; four years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience in writing and managing federal, state and foundation grants

Experience in fundraising and marketing strategies

Supervisory experience in managing and effecting positive performances in staff

Experience in program development and sustainability

Strong interpersonal and organizational skills

Experience in leading and developing community initiatives

Leadership and strategic thinking ability

Ability to work with local, state and federal funders 

Ability to work closely with people of diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

Ability to establish a sense of partnership between families and the larger community

Computer literacy (Microsoft Word, Publisher, Windows, etc.).

Must have a valid Colorado driver’s license, minimum auto liability insurance, and personal transportation when hired.

Must be able to pass a criminal background check and drug testing

Working knowledge of Montezuma County and its service infrastructure, and the community to be served (including unique customs, languages, government structure, etc.).

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Lead Infant Room Classroom Teacher

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Part-Time Cook Assistant

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Apply via Indeed or email a resume and cover letter to Kellie Willis, Executive Director, The Pinon Project.

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