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Chief Development Officer

Denver Scholarship Foundation
Denver, CO 80203
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    133535963

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) is seeking a Chief Development Officer to join our team. We are looking for passionate, driven individuals who desire to excel within an evolving organization. In 2019 and 2020, DSF was named one of the Denver Post's Top Workplaces, a testament to our team and to our intentionality in co-creating a positive, inclusive work environment and culture. When you join the DSF team, you will enjoy a supportive, dynamic, and innovative environment where your work has an impact. As an organization, DSF strives to be a leader in the community by embodying the values of equity, innovation, leadership, learning, relationships, and integrity in everything we do.

DSF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and empower DPS students to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education, by providing the tools, knowledge and financial resources essential for success. Our core values guide our work. DSF is dedicated to learning and innovation, as we constantly seek to improve our services. By doing so, we seek to demonstrate leadership within the community. We build strong relationships with college staff members, partners, and the broader community. We are committed to equity and inclusivity, believing in the value and ability of all students.

We seek candidates who will model, live, and reinforce DSF's mission and core values with colleagues, students, families, and the broader community. If you agree with the DSF philosophy and mission then, we invite you to join us and help make college possible for Denver's students.

Job Summary

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) serves as part of the Executive Leadership Team of Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and is responsible for the vision, oversight, and management of all fundraising and resource development strategies. Serving as a thought-partner with executive leadership, the CDO energizes and connects DSF staff; empowers and supports the Board of Directors; mentors, manages, and inspires the Development Department; crafts meaningful donor communications, and informs and engages our community. In the spirit of collaboration and creativity, the CDO leads an energetic and experienced team of fundraising and development professionals toward a goal of identifying, building, and nurturing donor relationships and engagement, and increasing revenue year over year.?

Job Responsibilities

Organizational Strategy & Operations

Participates with the Chief Executive Officer, staff, and governing body to define the organization's direction, strategy, and operations.

  • Provides vital input in short- and long-term strategic and operational planning and positioning within the organization.
  • Helps leadership identify and address organizational development issues that challenge and support health and effectiveness.
  • Evaluates the effect of internal and external forces on the organization and its fund development and creates and implements short- and long-range fund development plans and programs that support the organization's values, mission, and general objectives.
  • Remains informed of developments in philanthropy and fund development as well as the general fields of management and the not-for-profit sector; informs the Chief Executive Officer, development committee(s), and board on current trends, issues, problems and activities in order to facilitate policy making. Recommends policy positions concerning fund development.
  • Helps develop a balanced funding mix of donor sources and solicitation programs tailored to the needs of the organization that will enable it to attract, retain, and motivate donors and fundraising volunteers.
  • Helps establish performance measures, monitors results and helps the Chief Executive Officer, development committee(s), and board evaluate the effectiveness of the organization's fund development program.

Development Oversight

Provides general oversight of all the organization's fund development and manages the day-to-day operations of those functions, and monitors adequacy of activities through coordination with staff, appropriate committees, and board of directors.

  • Assures proper planning including goal setting, strategy identification, benchmarking, and evaluation to support fund development.
  • Assures sound fiscal operation of development function including timely, accurate, and comprehensive development of charitable contributions income and expense budgets, reporting, monitoring, and implementation.
  • Integrates Development-related communications into overall Development strategy.
  • Initiates content for all donor facing written communications and works closely with Marketing Communications & Events to confirm messaging that is meaningful to donors and protects the organization's brand among donors, potential donors and general community.
  • Ensures compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintains accountability standards to donors and ensures compliance with code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fundraising executives. Ensures establishment of and compliance with the organization's own fund development and philanthropic principles, policies, and procedures.
  • Assures stability by creating a working environment that is rewarding to staff and volunteers.
  • Appropriately represents the institution, its board and chief executive to donors, prospects, development committee(s), and fundraising volunteers.
  • Fosters a smoothly operating development function through timely and effective resolution of disruptions.
  • Builds cohesion and shared communication practices within the team to ensure strong operations as individual departments and aligned impact for the full organization.

Fund Development

Designs and assures implementation of cost-effective fund development programs, employing economy while maintaining an acceptable level of quality and solid return on investment.

  • Helps board members, chief executive, other fundraising volunteers, and staff identify, cultivate and solicit charitable gifts.
  • Develops and grows individual portfolio of donors.
  • Solicits contributions on behalf of the organization.
  • Assures development and writing of foundation and corporate grants and solicitation materials.
  • Assures fundraising strategic planning and management
  • Works closely with Events team on design and production of all fundraising/donor events.
  • Assures design and maintenance of donor and prospect records, gift management systems, and informational reports.
  • Assures appropriate prospect research.
  • Assures design and implementation of cultivation, acknowledgment, and recognition programs.

Management & Human Resources

Ensures attainment of the organization's fund development activities through the selection, development, motivation, and evaluation of human resources, both professional and volunteer.

  • Helps the board and development committee(s) determine accountabilities for board members and fundraising volunteers and helps evaluate performance regularly.
  • Supervises and establishes personnel accountabilities for development staff and evaluates performance regularly, including direct management of the Director of Major Gifts, Director of Corporate Relations, Director of Development Operations, Grants Manager and other team members as needed.
  • Creates, implements and regularly assesses appropriate meeting structure and schedule for individuals, teams, and department, serving as manager, thought-partner, coach and mentor.

Board of Directors

Works with the Chief Executive Officer, development committee chair, and board chair to ensure fulfillment of fund development roles and facilitate the optimum interaction between management and board of directors.

  • Engages people in process, encourages questioning, and promotes participatory decision making. Gets the best thinking and involvement of each board member; and stimulates each one to give their best.
  • With the development committee chair, develops agendas for meetings so that the committee can fulfill their responsibilities effectively; develops an annual calendar to cover all crucial development issues in a timely fashion. Works with the chief executive and volunteer leadership to make development committee and the board function effectively in fund development.
  • Informs the chief executive and board leadership on the condition of the organization's fund development program and on all important factors influencing it.
  • Evaluates the performance of the board of directors and reports to the Chief Executive Officer with recommendations for board candidacy.


  • Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 10 years of successful executive leadership, fundraising, and management experience.
  • Comprehensive management skills and experience including short and long-term planning, evaluation, directing and motivating staff, oral and written communication skills, marketing and financial management, values clarification, organizational behavior and development, and governance.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and implementing a comprehensive fund development program and producing charitable contributions.
  • Knowledge and experience in the nature and dimensions of philanthropy, ethics, motivations for giving and volunteering, research and cultivation practices, standard fundraising techniques including face-to-face solicitation, proposal writing, special events, telephone solicitation, and direct mail, and, development office functions including gift processing, prospect and donor histories, and fundraising reporting.
  • Strong management and leadership skills with the ability to motivate and lead a team to deliver results collaboratively and successfully.?
  • Ability to communicate, collaborate, and work cross-departmentally.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with a donor centric approach.?
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of major donors in order to develop meaningful relationships with DSF.?
  • Dedication to promoting DSF's fundraising priorities through developing excellent working relationships with DSF staff, board, committees, and other volunteers.?
  • Ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate, and alter strategic development plans.?
  • Experience working with all Microsoft Office applications.?
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, analytical, and organization skills.?
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.?
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.?
  • Ability to deal professionally and courteously with a wide variety of people, both in person, virtually, or via telephone.?
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Optimistic attitude and flexibility in a changing work environment.?
  • Sensitivity to the needs of a diverse community.?
  • Commitment to the DSF mission.?
  • Experience with Raiser's Edge and/or Raiser's Edge NXT preferred.
  • Membership in a professional fundraising association and baseline certification in fundraising is preferred.

Compensation & Benefits

$100,000 to $140,000

401(k) plan $ for $ Match up to 5%

Group health, dental, and vision insurance (low to no cost premium plans offered)

Paid holidays and Winter Break

Trusted Time Off (unlimited vacation policy following 90 days)

Professional Development

Summer Fridays 1/2 days (June and July)





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Posted: 2021-04-06 Expires: 2021-05-08

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