Colorado Freedom of Information Council seeks executive director

Submitted by LDieringer on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 11:54am

Update: The search for an executive director for CFOIC is closed. Thank you for your interest in this position.

The Colorado Freedom of Information Council (CFOIC) seeks an executive director to lead its fight for open government in the Centennial State. The ideal candidate for this Denver-based position will be well-versed in open government law and the legislative process; comfortable working with attorneys, lobbyists, legislators and citizen volunteers; adept at organizing seminars for citizens and officials; and skilled in communications, marketing fundraising and grant writing.

Essential job duties will include:

  • Education – The executive director will be expected to organize open government seminars around the state for concerned citizens, public officials, records custodians and media. Seminars will be augmented in time with telephone and online hotlines manned by volunteers.
  • Fundraising – CFOIC hopes to continue to move toward financial sustainability through donations, direct fundraising and grant writing.  Achieving sustainability will be among the executive director’s primary initial responsibilities.
  • Advocacy – Working closely with the Colorado Press Association’s lobbying team, the executive director will get word out to open government constituents about pending legislation that impacts transparency in Colorado.  
  • Communication – In addition to developing the hotlines, the executive director will be expected to produce a newsletter, press releases, social media messages or other forms of communication to raise CFOIC’s visibility and ensure that Coloradans are well-informed about all matters impacting open government in their state.
  • Litigation – The executive director will help CFOIC create an expert litigation team that will evaluate potential open government lawsuits and put persons requesting help in touch with attorneys who could handle their cases.

Since its inception in 1997, CFOIC has been an authoritative source of open government information, expertise and assistance to the public and news media. The executive director position is likely to be part-time at first but should grow to full-time as fundraising and revenue-generating efforts accelerate.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Don Lindley, CFOIC member and Durango Herald managing editor, at dlindley@durangoherald.com.

Colorado Freedom of Information Councila member of NFOIC, is a 501(c)(3) is based in Denver.--eds.