Development Director

Background

The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child well-being in health, K-12 education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child well-being and organizing an extensive statewide network of dedicated child advocates.

As the leading voice for Colorado’s children at the State Capitol and in communities across the state, the Children’s Campaign has been at the forefront of hundreds of policy wins for kids. Among the numerous laws and programs we’ve helped establish are the Colorado Preschool Program, Child Health Plan Plus, and the Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act.  The Children’s Campaign is committed to integrating values of diversity, equity and inclusion into daily work with intention, action and humility in order to advance racial and economic equity within our organization, our networks and partnerships.

Position Description

The Development Director develops and leads implementation of the fund development plan for the Colorado Children’s Campaign.  The Development Director manages the Development Team and leads efforts to support and advance the mission of the Children’s Campaign through grant management and funder relationships, donor solicitation and stewardship, and fundraising activities including special events and activities to continuously improve the organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervise, guide and develop team members focused on grants, donor relations, special events and related activities. Provide direction to and support for grant development and grant stewardship;
  • Develop, update and lead the implementation of the Children’s Campaign’s strategic fund development plan in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan;
  • Track and communicate outcomes of the fund development plan;
  • Promote the Children’s Campaign to potential funders and the wider community;
  • Provide direction and work collaboratively with staff, Circle of Friends supporter network, and board members on a coordinated donor stewardship strategy that builds and enhances relationships with established and prospective donors in order to maximize funding;
  • Work collaboratively with the Communications Director to write compelling and strategic fundraising communications that align with our strategic communications plan;
  • Create a strategy for, and provide strong direction of, the Children’s Campaign special events, including our signature Annual Luncheon attended by more than 700 guests;
  • Actively use development databases and systems to drive efficient and responsible donor relations, as well as track solicitations and donations received;
  • Other duties to advance the mission of the Children’s Campaign as needed.

Qualifications and Job Requirements

  • B.A. or equivalent experience and at least five years of progressively responsible experience in fund development;
  • Deep knowledge of fundraising vehicles and experience in implementing a variety of development strategies, with a demonstrated history of managing fundraising programs;
  • Experience in successfully preparing grant proposals and reports;
  • Experience with direct supervision and professional development;
  • Experience in successfully cultivating and stewarding foundation relationships and donors;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives including but not limited to: colleagues, partners, stakeholders, and supporters;
  • Experience engaging, coordinating and managing volunteers;
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to tailor messages to a variety of audiences;
  • Ability to travel statewide to visit prospects and donors;
  • Established relationships with Colorado-based foundations and corporate donors or proven ability to develop such relationships;
  • Flexible, innovative, energetic, and able to work as a member of a larger team;
  • Ability to work with colleagues in an inclusive manner that demonstrates openness to differing perspectives and experiences;
  • Commitment to supporting a culture of continuous improvement and organizational excellence;
  • Commitment to the mission and work of the Colorado Children’s Campaign.

Compensation

This is a full-time position. The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and includes a strong benefits package including health insurance and paid time off.

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Chandra Bezjak at apply@coloradokids.org.  Please include in your cover letter, where you heard about this position, and your salary requirement. We review applications on a rolling basis and look forward to reviewing your application as soon as possible. The Colorado Children’s Campaign encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

For more information about the Colorado Children’s Campaign, please visit www.coloradokids.org.

The Colorado Children’s Campaign is an equal opportunity employer that values workplace diversity. The Children’s Campaign strives to create an inclusive work place that embraces diverse backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives.  The Children’s Campaign prohibits discrimination of employees or applicants on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.