Director, Why Marriage Matters Colorado

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Title: Director, Why Marriage Matters Colorado

Reports to: Steering Committee

Program Overview: A coalition of local and national organizations is planning a grassroots public education campaign to win the freedom to marry in Colorado. This newly formed program will work with Colorado businesses, faith communities, community groups and opinion leaders to increase support for allowing gay and lesbian couples to be legally married.

Position Overview: The Director will lead the marriage campaign, including all aspects of overseeing staff, designing and implementing educational programs, building the coalition, coordinating with lobbyists and raising money. This is the first position hired for the project; the Director will hire and oversee additional staff and/or consultants, growing a statewide team.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Draft and implement a public education campaign plan with oversight from the leadership team and campaign steering committee
  • Coordinate overall statewide education and legislative campaign, including fundraising, communications, media, field organizing, coalition building and administration
  • Hire and supervise paid staff and coordinate use of donated organizational staff; manage contracts with outside vendors and consultants
  • Work with volunteers and volunteer leaders to advance the program’s mission
  • Broaden the coalition for marriage, especially among right-of-center leaders and organizations, clergy and faith organizations, Latino and African-American communities, and businesses
  • Participate in all leadership team meetings/calls and subcommittee meetings as needed, and provide regular, comprehensive updates on campaign activities
  • Work with legal advisors to ensure full compliance with federal/state/local laws and ordinances, and supervise internal campaign administration
  • Provide regular updates to the campaign steering committee


  • 5+ years experience in campaigns, organizing or advocacy
  • Experience working with coalitions, including developing shared work plans, directing volunteers, coordinating internal and external communications and understanding internal dynamics among partner groups
  • Demonstrated experience working with right-of-center organizations and opinion leaders as well as with communities of color
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and meet tight deadlines
  • Experience building and supervising diverse and highly motivated staff teams
  • Ability to work long, irregular hours (including nights and weekends) and at a very fast pace; regular travel in Colorado
  • Understanding of management and fiscal systems for 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations
  • Knowledge of Colorado political landscape and players preferred

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience.  Generous, comprehensive health benefits included.

To apply: Send resume, cover letter and names and contact information for three professional references to Write “COLORADO MARRIAGE APPLICATION” in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted on a rolling basis beginning April 18.

A PDF version of this job announcement can be found here.

Why Marriage Matters Colorado is an advocate of inclusivity and welcomes applications from all, particularly from people of color; women; LBGTQ people; immigrants or refugees; people with disabilities; and people from low- or moderate-income backgrounds.

Why Marriage Matters Colorado is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, disability status, veteran status, military obligations, marital status and political party affiliation, or on any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable federal, state, or local law.