El Pomar Foundation
  • Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • $40,500
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Competitive benefits package included

Location: Colorado Springs, CO



El Pomar Fellows serve as Program Associates for El Pomar Foundation, a $600 million private grant making organization dedicated to bettering the lives of the people of Colorado. Located in Colorado Springs, this entry level, full-time position provides recent college graduates with leadership development opportunities most people will not experience until late in their careers, if ever. Each year, the Fellowship brings together talented and driven individuals from diverse backgrounds. Incoming Fellows arrive with varied educations and experiences but also share critical commonalities: a connection to Colorado, a desire to lead, a willingness to learn and a commitment to make a difference. The dynamic nature of the work, complemented by the opportunity to intentionally develop leadership and professional skills, serves as a springboard as Fellows transition into graduate school or careers in the nonprofit, private, or public sectors.

When grant dollars alone aren't the solution, El Pomar creates and operates programs that encourage leadership and promote community development. The primary responsibility of the Fellows is to staff and direct the Foundation's community stewardship programs and provide support to the central functions of the Foundation.

Fellows spend approximately 80% of their time on program management and 20% on leadership and professional development.

The Fellowship begins in mid-July and lasts approximately two years from the date of entry into the program. Specific entry and completion dates are based on Foundation requirements and individual considerations including future employment opportunities.



  • Review and analyze grant applications, create grant summaries, and provide recommendations to the Board of Trustees
  • Serve as a point of contact and support person for one of El Pomar's 11 regional councils, which are responsible for the strategic distribution of $200,000 in annual discretionary grants
  • Conduct research, schedule, facilitate, and prepare materials for Council meetings
  • Build relationships with nonprofit organizations through outreach and site visits
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with grantees and Council members
  • In collaboration with other staff members, lead El Pomar's community stewardship programs through tasks including, but not limited to: marketing and communications, event planning and coordination, meeting facilitation, budget development and oversight, strategic planning and program evaluation
  • Represent El Pomar Foundation at community events and programs throughout Colorado
  • Other administrative duties assigned based on the Foundation's needs



To cultivate leadership and professional skills, Fellows participate in a number of professional development opportunities, such as:

  • Investment Challenge: Designed to provide Fellows with an understanding of basic financial investing and personal financial skills, while also educating Fellows on the connection between the investment management of the Foundation's corpus and its annual grant making activities
  • Nonprofit Management: Taught by a faculty member of the University of Colorado and explores various aspects of the nonprofit world such as marketing and communications, financial statements, fund development, ethics, strategic planning, and board governance
  • Nonprofit Financials: A theoretical and practical tutorial of basic organizational financials that helps Fellows in the grant review process and encourages their development as nonprofit leaders, professionals and board members
  • Outward Bound: A six-day outdoor leadership course with Colorado Outward Bound School (dependent upon availability )
  • Personal Leadership/Career Development: Leadership insights through behavioral self- assessments and 360-degree feedback.



  • Strong leadership capability and potential, a strong work ethic and an interest in public service or civic engagement
  • Strong verbal communication and writing skills
  • Creativity and resourcefulness
  • The highest standards of professionalism and behavior
  • Personal initiative and determination
  • Attention to detail and the ability to develop and work within project plans and timelines
  • Flexibility and ability to work effectively under pressure
  • The ability to work as a member of a team



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. A successful candidate must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with exceptional multi-tasking skills. Well-developed organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills are required. Applicants should be honest, confident, personable and professional.

This position requires the ability to work in a professional courteous manner with the public and honor the Foundation's RITE values (Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Excellence).

The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A successful candidate must have a bachelor's degree by start date, a valid driver's license and capable of traveling throughout the state of Colorado on official Foundation business. It is preferred that the candidate demonstrates a connection or commitment to Colorado.

Hiring is subject to employment pre-screening (background check).



  • Letter of Intent (not to exceed two pages): Describe your interest in the Fellowship and your commitment or connection to Colorado. In addition, please cite a specific example from your resume highlighting a leadership experience you are most proud of.
  • Resume
  • College transcript(s) Unofficial will be accepted
  • Two references who can speak to your leadership abilities and work ethic and can answer these three questions:
    • Please describe what this candidate could gain from a program that is focused on professional development and leadership like the Fellowship.
    • Please describe the candidate's receptiveness to critical feedback and their ability to be coached.
    • Please tell us about a time this candidate went above and beyond.



Applications and all required attachments must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. MST on January 6, 2021.



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