Director of Programs

Position Summary

The Program Director role will concentrate on the design, strategy, management and funding of First Southwest Community Fund’s programs to support underserved small businesses and entrepreneurs. First Southwest Community fund has a range of existing programs that provide grants, education, workshops and coaching to small business owners – especially women, BIPOC and veteran owned businesses. The Program Director will be responsible for creating and implementing FSWCF’s programmatic strategy, fundraising for programs, creating partnerships and ensuring a high standard of delivery across all programs. The Program Manager will work closely with the Executive Director, Community Advisory Committees and our Entrepreneur Success Coordinator on the design and implementation of a range of initiatives to support underserved businesses in rural Colorado. 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities Management

  • Program Design/Management: Development of FSWCF grant-funded programs providing technical assistance and funding for rural businesses, with a focus on designing a range of educational programs to support underserved businesses in rural Colorado and the Four Corners region.
  • Development and Fundraising: Work closely with the Executive Director to fundraise and partner with private foundations to support FSWCF’s programmatic work. This will include preparing grant and other applications for funding resources.
  • Strategy: Following and developing FSWCF’ strategic plan, implement new and innovative programs to fulfill FSWCF’s mission.
  • Program Implementation: Work closely with FSWCF’s Entrepreneur Success Coordinator and partner organizations to coordinate and collaborate on implementing educational opportunities.
  • Grant Management: Design evaluation methods and track impact for all areas of programming and complete quarterly financial and impact reporting for all FSWCF grant funding.
  • Outreach and Communications: Coordinate marketing and outreach through social media, website, newsletters, radio and other channels for opportunities.

Job Qualifications

  • A flexible, creative, entrepreneurial spirit and a demonstrated passion for the mission, vision and values of First Southwest Community Fund
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills
  • Exceptional Leadership and Team Building skills required
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to take ownership and drive activities to completion
  • Proven organizational and project management skills
  • Bilingual/Proficient in Spanish

 Training/ Education

  • A bachelor’s degree in relevant field; Master’s degree preferred


  • 3-5 years program design and implementation required
  • Experience working at a financial institution or in a nonprofit is highly beneficial
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software programs, use of e-mail and internet, and willingness to expand skill base.

Salary Range

$72,500- $105,000

Working Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an  employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

Required to talk and hear; frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls. Ability to stand and sit, reaching with hands and arms; kneeling, crouching. Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.  Depending on location and time of year, extreme high and low temperatures within the building will be experienced. This is a remote position with some travel required.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.


Please submit your resume, references, and cover letter to with the subject line “Director of Programs – [insert your name]”. Your cover letter should explain your reason for wanting to work for FSWCF, an example of how you demonstrated success in a similar position, and a description of how this position fits into your long-term career plan.

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.