Golden West was founded by the First Christian Church in 1965. Their efforts answered a need for senior housing in the Boulder area. Though no longer affiliated with the First Christian Church, their original vision of affordable and supportive housing for seniors continues. Golden West has led the way for affordable living options in the Boulder area and represents approximately 40% of all affordable housing for seniors in the area. Today, the community includes 254 affordable, independent apartments in the Towers and 56 assisted living apartments in the Mezzanine. The organization’s strength lies with the people. Staff, service providers, and residents combine to create a vital and rewarding experience. With only three executive directors in its 54-year history, there is a caring and continuity of service that is consistently delivered and protectively preserved.
The recent retirement announcement from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), after 25 years of leadership, requires that the Golden West Communities Board of Directors select a successor. The CEO provides strategic direction, operational leadership, and overall management and administration for organization and reports directly to the Board of Directors. The CEO effectively manages the team to meet the housing and assisted living needs of residents. The CEO is responsible for ensuring the organization is in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and for the prudent stewardship of the organization’s financial and human resources. The CEO ensures the implementation of policies and programs approved by the Board of Directors and serves as a resource for the Board regarding trends and issues in housing, long-term care and services for the elderly. Additionally, the CEO serves as the Development Officer for the Golden West Foundation and administers all aspects of fundraising for the organization.
The Board is seeking a candidate with the experience and skills to effectively lead the organization through the upcoming transition to a Low Income Tax Credit project (LITHC), the associated major renovations and carry the community into the future. Qualified candidates should have the following:
The incumbent in this position will need to effectively demonstrate the following skills: visionary leadership; project management; negotiation; relationship building; financial acumen; fundraising; ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences; personal awareness of the diverse needs of residents, family members of residents, staff, vendors, volunteers, donors and community organizations.
The incumbent will model the following: integrity; initiative; innovative thinking; strategic thinking; agility and adaptability to change; customer service; teamwork.
Questions may be directed to Donna Ruske, CAO
Bachelor’s Degree in business or related field; Master’s Degree preferred.
Retirement Housing Professional (RHP) or Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP), preferred
A minimum of 5 years’ experience in management/leadership.
A minimum of 3 years’ experience in senior housing and/or assisted living organization.
Experience in fundraising.
Experience in leading facilities project management, renovations and/or new construction preferred.
Experience in tax credit projects preferred.
Additional Salary Information: Full Benefits Package
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About Golden West Communities, Inc.
Golden West Communities is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization providing affordable housing and services for seniors in Boulder, Colorado.
Mission - To give hope to seniors of an affordable home in Boulder.
Vision – Create homes and communities where seniors thrive.
Values – Golden West CARES – Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence, Service