Operations / Administration President
Denver Tennis Park’s mission is to serve all kids and the whole kid.
We believe in the power of physical and mental fitness to change lives.
We at Denver Tennis Park live our commitment to this mission every day.
At Denver Tennis Park, you will also find:
- Programs that served more than 2,300 young people in the last year
- Lesson plans that integrate physical training with mental fitness
- Pilot location for Colorado’s first collaborative Junior Wheelchair Tennis initiative; first summer indoor host of tennis for Special Olympics athletes
- Partnerships with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Girls, Inc., USTA Colorado, Global Down Syndrome Foundation and others to extend our reach to more young people
- Facilitation and funding for rehabilitation efforts for dilapidated DPS courts at several schools
In a unique collaboration with Denver Public Schools and the University of Denver, Denver Tennis Park has been organized as a social enterprise that uses the medium of tennis to support the physical and mental fitness of young people across the metro area.
Our current annual operating expense budget is approximately $2 million, and we have a dedicated, professional staff of 26 full and part-time employees.
At Denver Tennis Park, we know that tennis is a leading lifelong sport for instilling mental resilience, personal accountability, and physical fitness in youth. The sport has low barriers to entry and no-cost access to plentiful public facilities throughout Denver and the nation. Through its own programs as well as collaboration with existing local youth-serving organizations, the Denver Tennis Park (DTP) increases tennis opportunities for Denver youth by providing publicly accessible all-weather facilities, programs, mentoring and financial assistance.
DTP converted a well-located but underutilized property into a facility serving three core users year-round: the breadth and mission alignment of this user base facilitates mentoring, coaching, and personal development opportunities across all ages, genders and socioeconomic backgrounds.
DU, DPS and DTP usages are complementary during the academic year when youth outreach programs are primarily conducted offsite. During the summer, the facility serves all partners with an emphasis on site-based outreach, advanced training, and collaborations with other youth-serving organizations.
DTP’s Community Impact Now and in the Future
Denver Tennis Park celebrates its second anniversary in November 2020, and we have already begun to make impact in the community, with an emphasis on serving kids who otherwise have few fitness opportunities. DTP’s offsite programs are typically offered at no cost to DPS schools and other mission-aligned organizations.
We continue to see evidence that tennis is a unique activity that builds physical and mental soundness for young people regardless of background.
We take our programs on the road to support kids in schools in Denver and Aurora and through our other partners such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and Girls, Inc.
Our unique business model also brings to life innovative thinking about how new organizations can develop and grow. Partnering with other robust institutions has allowed Denver Tennis Park to build a facility and to deliver significant service to the community in record time and with sound financial footing.
President Position Summary
The President provides mission-driven leadership of the Denver Tennis Park, a nonprofit 501c3 organization founded in 2017. The President
- Partners with the Board of Directors in establishing the strategic vision for the organization and manages operations to deliver on that agreed vision.
- Develops and implements an effective business model to sustain this social enterprise.
- Oversees the development and execution of all programs with effective measurement of impact
- Fosters a culture that values a diverse, inclusive workforce.
- Builds and maintains strong relationships with our primary business partners, Denver Public Schools and the University of Denver.
What Does it Take?
Leading the Denver Tennis Park requires a talented professional with executive experience in helping organizations deliver increased impact. This experience can be gained in the nonprofit or for-profit sectors, and some understanding of how public-private partnerships work effectively would be helpful.
The ideal candidate demonstrates a commitment to promoting equitable access for all youth, enthusiasm for cultivating an effective team, and proven entrepreneurial skills to foster a thriving youth-centered enterprise. In this role, success entails building innovative and inclusive programming as well as proactive engagement with diverse stakeholders, including Denver Public Schools, the University of Denver, and the general public. Proficiency in tennis or youth athletics is not essential.
- Significant experience in senior leadership roles at a youth-serving organization, having demonstrated proficiency in many or all of the above areas of responsibility; experience can come from staff or board service roles
- Proven financial management and revenue generation acumen including some experience in philanthropic fundraising
- Substantial staff and operational management experience
- Experience managing diverse partnerships across nonprofit, philanthropic, education and corporate sectors
- Exceptional interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and facility with technology
- Experience in a customer service or public service-related enterprise preferred
- Undergraduate degree preferred but not required
- Proficiency in Spanish preferred but not required
Important Personal Attributes
- Presence as a leader with evident passion and commitment to serving all youth
- Integrity, enthusiasm, and an exemplary work ethic
- Possesses personal humility
- Collaborative and inclusive leadership style
- Team oriented, cooperative, collaborative, professional, reliable
- Excellent relationship-building and partnership development skills
- Positive attitude with an innate ability to devise creative solutions
- Open to taking calculated risks, curious, creative
- Can balance the interests of different constituents while keeping eye on delivering core mission
- Values excellence
- Self-confident but not arrogant
Compensation & Benefits
The Board of Directors has established a competitive salary range for the President position that also aligns with DTP’s operating budget and local market conditions. This range starts at $125,000, and the actual starting salary for the new leader will be determined based on skills and experience. Denver Tennis Park also offers a competitive benefits program that includes healthcare and vision coverage as well as paid time off.
The DTP is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential to our culture and best supports excellence for all.