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Denver Metro
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Development | Executive
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The Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center is a non-profit legal organization with the mission of advocating for children and youth, driving systemic reform, and boldly challenging the status quo so that every young person who has experienced trauma or instability has the opportunity to thrive. Our work builds on a 38-year history of advocacy with a current annual budget of approximately $1.6 million. The Development Director is responsible for budget, strategy and implementation of the organization’s financial development and communications efforts as they relate to fundraising including, but not limited to: major gifts, corporate & foundation relationships, special events, planned giving, direct mail, and marketing. This person will oversee development-related staff and high-level volunteers, and will work closely with the Executive Director, who sees herself as a key part of the development team. The Development Director is someone with solid work ethic and graceful persistence, always working with a strong commitment to the organization’s mission and a sense of urgency towards those we serve.

Areas of Responsibility
  • Collaborate with Executive Director and Director of Operations to establish annual fundraising budgets and strategies to achieve budget goals.
  • Lead organization in identification, cultivation, and development of corporate and foundation relationships as they relate to sponsorships and grant opportunities.
  • Actively engage in strategic planning to ensure ideas are marketable to the philanthropic community.
  • Work cohesively with Executive Director on plan for major gifts through systematic process of prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgement, and stewardship.
  • Ensure timely and accurate response/acknowledgement of donor gifts, concerns, and requests.
  • Direct the execution of all special event fundraising activities including, but not limited to: sponsorships, annual dinner, young professionals event, Lawyers Run for Kids, house parties, and other third-party events.
  • Develop and implement monthly giving campaign to target young professionals and other new donors to the organization
  • Supervise development team members, including contract grant writer, contract event planner, and contract communications agency, and any development/communications interns, through routine communication, meetings, designation of areas of responsibility, and annual contract renewals.
  • Correspond with Board of Directors regarding development activities, marketing efforts and relationship building programs.
  • Implement and manage a profitable direct mail program.
  • Coordinate overall marketing and communications efforts to include, but not limited to: all organization-related collateral, electronic communication, social media, media relations, advertising, video and photography, and other promotional efforts.
  • Oversee quality control of donor database system including gift processing, tracking, and acknowledgement, as well as ensuring current donor information and appropriate donor communication.
  • Oversee the grants pipeline, including grants calendar, research, applications, progress reporting, and trend analysis.
  • Work with Executive Director on support and engagement of Associate Board members.
  • Other duties as required by the Executive Director.
  • Leverage organization leadership including Executive Director and Board of Directors toward building relationships to meet fundraising goals.
  • • Passion for the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center’s mission
  • • Bachelor’s degree in related field required; master’s degree preferred
  • • Proven aptitude in the field of fundraising and development with minimum of 3 years of implementing successful fundraising strategy and clear leadership capacity
  • • Knowledge and experience in primary fields of development: corporate, foundation, major gifts, events, direct mail, monthly giving, and planned giving
  • • Strong relations in Colorado’s philanthropic community
  • • Strong interpersonal skills regarding judgment, discretion, confidentiality, patience, reliability, accuracy, and expedience
  • • Strong written, verbal, and public speaking skills
  • • Excellent ability to tell compelling stories of work in an empathetic and human-centered way
  • • Highly organized and able to create and oversee organizational systems
  • • Self-driven and persistent with flexible and willing attitude
  • • Team-focused with a willingness to jump in with tasks large and small
  • • Previous experience with e-Tapestry or equivalent donor database

Reports To: Executive Director

Salary Range: $65,000 to $80,000, dependent on experience, plus benefits

How To Apply

Interested parties must submit a resume and letter of intent addressing the questions below to Betsy Fordyce, Executive Director, at with the subject line: Development Director Application.

  • Why you? Why this position? Why the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center?


The Children’s Law Center does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic characteristics or information, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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