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Director of Development

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Forward Steps
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Denver Metro
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The Director of Development’s main goal is to initiate, cultivate, and secure a dynamic base of support from a variety of funding sources and constituents, which include: individual donors; foundations; corporations; special events; government grants; and other sources.

This position reports to the Executive Director and collaborates with the Board of Directors to ensure the organization meets its fundraising goals. This position will ensure that Forward Steps is expanding its base of support, engaging current donors and supporting its leadership as we work together to fulfill our mission.

About Forward Steps

Forward Steps empowers former foster youth so they can reach their full potential as independent, healthy and contributing members of their communities through providing financial scholarships and mentoring.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

Forward Steps is an inclusive and equitable workplace, where all participants, employees, and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feel valued and respected. We value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are heard. To that end, we uphold a commitment to a diverse community by nurturing an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming environment.

Areas of Responsibility

Essential Functions:

  • Plan, execute and evaluate all of the organization’s on-going fundraising activities and strategy. This is including, but not limited to: annual fundraising campaigns, special events, major gift solicitation, grantwriting, corporate outreach, in-kind gift solicitation, and prospect research.
  • Oversee development department budget and participate in overall development department planning.

Development and Administrative Responsibilities

  • Implement and lead full-cycle donor relations efforts
  • Create and adhere to a development plan that includes a comprehensive strategy for recruiting new donors
  • Administer and maintain donor database
  • Create and manage a major gifts program and work collaboratively with the Board and ED to secure those gifts
  • Support the Board and ED in developing relationships with prospects and donors

Grantwriting & Corporate Relations

  • Research, write, edit, submit and track grant applications
  • Manage reporting requirements for successful grant applications
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with foundations and sponsor organizations that believe in our mission and support our work via grant awards.
  • Seek new foundation and corporate relationships as opportunities aris


  • Coordinate and implement all special events including: all pre-event, on-site and post-event logistics, creation and production of all materials and communication, event program, sponsorship outreach, attendee outreach and communicating with the Board of Directors to ensure maximum engagement and fundraising results.

Marketing and Communications

  • Oversee the maintenance of the website, including writing and updating copy; reviewing/updating site architecture; and leading web improvement projects
  • Manage direct mail efforts, including newsletters, appeals and annual reports
  • In collaboration with the ED, implement marketing and public relations efforts of organization
  • Manage all social media channels and analytics
  • Knowledge of nonprofit fundraising techniques, the Colorado funding and development landscape, and of vulnerable/at-risk youth populations
  • Forward Steps
  • Understanding of general accounting practices, budget management, and financial management
  • Proficiency with MS Office, Wordpress, and email marketing and donor management platforms
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferable in nonprofit management, business management or marketing, or related field.
  • 7-10 years experience in nonprofit development/fundraising.
  • The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic, goal-driven, and highly organized self-starter who enjoys collaborating with team members, clients and leadership to achieve our goals.
  • This person thrives under hands-off supervision, and will also be prepared to occasionally work weekends and nights attending fundraisers and community events.

Forward Steps offers competitive salary, health insurance, retirement plan, paid time off, and flexible schedules. 

How To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to the hiring committee at

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