Due to the $25,000 grant awarded by the San Luis Valley Regional Council of the El Pomar Foundation and generous local donations our dream of a one-of-a kind Event and Recreation Complex in Creede, CO,  until now just in our hearts and minds, is brought to life on paper, and is therefore one step closer to becoming reality. The grant request sought funding to develop a schematic conceptual design of the Upper Rio Grande Events and Recreation Complex - design work needed to advance the next phase  in fundraising efforts. The request explained our intent to provide year-round, all-age recreation, learning opportunities as well as cultural, arts and  entertainment events. In addition we emphasized our commitment to a design that would compliment our landscape and heritage, and include environmentally responsible features.

The Board and its advisors worked closely with the award-winning architectural firm 51% Studios to articulate the vision for the Events and Recreation Complex. The result? A portfolio of studies, plans and vivid drawings that help us communicate our ideas in a tangible way. This newsletter includes a few of these illustrations, so you can begin to get a feel for our vision.

Now we need YOUR help to take the next step as we have gained the support of the Timber Framers Guild, a non-profit organization dedicated to the art and science of timber framing, to erect our first, multipurpose building in 2014. Volunteers as well as donations are needed for this exciting project. Call us at 719-658-2376 to find out how YOU can help!

The Mineral County Fairgrounds has a new name: The Upper Rio Grande Events and Recreation Complex. This long-range regional project is expected to play a significant role in economic development and year-round recreation. By providing activities previously unavailable to the community, this complex will enhance the quality of life for generations. In considering the impacts that the recreation complex will have on Creede, MCFA sought to dream big. Not only will the recreation center serve local residents, but it will offer opportunities to the entire San Luis Valley: swimming lessons and competitions, tournaments for regional sporting events, an annual pro rodeo that would draw entries from all across the West, large concerts, car shows or conferences, and any number of other seasonal (including Winter) events!

Through the hard work and dedication of the Board of Directors and Creede’s amazing community of volunteers, the project continues to make significant progress.

 FULL TIME Director - Upper Rio Grande Events and Recreation Complex

We are seeking letters of interest and resumes for a full time director with an anticipated start date January 2011.  In addition to the qualifications listed below, we seek a long term employee committed to making a difference in the community of Creede and enhancing quality of life for the entire San Luis Valley.

Organization: Founded in 2001

Our Mission: To provide outstanding recreational educational cultural and entertainment programming in harmony with the interests of the community while collaborating with regional partners.

Our Vision: The Mineral Country Fairgrounds Association will enhance quality of life by providing activities for Creede area residents and visitors through the development of a regional all-season facility.

Our Values: *Promoting the safety, health, and well-being of our community *Providing superior services and programs *Recognizing, encouraging, and valuing our community, residents, and visitors *Serving as stewards of our fiscal, human, and natural resources *Managing growth responsibly *Advancing partnerships *Respecting our cultural heritage

Position: Reporting to the Board of Directors and President, the Executive Director will perform daily office tasks and field work involved with:

  • Office administration, record keeping, grant/report writing, and budget development/oversight.
  • Marketing and communications.
  • Interpretation of the organization’s goals and objectives to the public and affinity organizations - including public education and collaboration on tasks and projects of mutual interest.
  • Implementing fundraising, membership, and sustainability goals.
  • Communicate with architects as directed by the Board.
  • Other tasks as assigned or prioritized by the Board.

Desirable Skills, Qualifications, Qualities:

  • Direct experience and educational background in one or combination of:  Director of small to medium size non-profit organization…  marketing, communication and fundraising development… director of agricultural/cultural program and events management… property management… recreation director….other?
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and generalist’s skills suitable to scope and purpose of the organization and development plans.
  • Grant writing
  • Adaptable, resourceful, innovative, self-directed, multi-disciplinary, hands-on.
  • Able to work collaboratively with diverse groups in a rural/frontier small town context.

Responsibilities (A-D below): To promote and advance the key objectives and goals of the organization relating to but not limited to the following:

**Note: Given time and financial constraints of the present position, A-F responsibilities below to be prioritized by the Chair/President and Board in concert with the Executive Director for manageable short and long-term objectives.

A. Community Development:

  • Collaborate with County and area schools, recreation, agricultural/ranching, and other affinity groups - to support and expand physical and other educational and recreational opportunities.
  • This includes making presentations of educational, cultural, and/or recreational importance; offering experiential activities through programs and events;
  • Enlisting and broadening opportunities for volunteer involvement and employment as budget allows. Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates involvement by the Board, volunteers, employees.

B. Communication and Collaboration:

  • Maintain and deepen communication – via website, e-mail and official correspondence, PSA’s and press releases, office accessibility and visibility.
  • Maintain broad public awareness and interest - by helping to implement and oversee special programs, annual events,  seeking public involvement and input via presentations, updates, and community surveys.
  • Advocate for and help implement organizational goals for partnering and sustainability for each phase of development.
  • In concert/under direction of Board and President/Chair, represent the programs and point of view of the organization to the public, organizations, and community groups.

C. Grants, Membership and Financial Support:

  • Generate and expand funding for initial and ongoing operations and development - through memberships, fundraising campaigns/events, and donations from individuals and granting entities.
  • Maintain accurate records, cultivate, and increase membership and donor base.

D. Administration and Board:

  • Maintain official records, documents, and communications to assure compliance with federal, state, local regulations and granting organizations.
  • Work with the Treasurer and President/Chair in preparing a budget and see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
  • Provide monthly reports to the Board and help prepare monthly agenda in concert with the President/Chair.
  • See that the Board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.

Compensation Commensurate with Experience

Please call 719-658-2376 for more information, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.