Disability Services of Colorado

Manager of Development Services

Deadline: Until position is filled.

Position Description:

Successful candidate will write grants, develop funding sources, & coordinate fundraising activities for a Colorado Springs non-profit agency focused on serving a community of people with both disabilities and special needs. Bachelor degree + 5 yrs' related experience in a related or similar field desired. The successful candidate must demonstrate exceptional competence in oral & written communication and interpersonal skills in order to ensure success for the agency. Proven experience in grant, research or proposal work to include independent research, preparation and writing required. Must be able to step-out quickly with minimal direction, and yet work well as a member of a diverse, highly motivated team. Must prove ability to plan for, and execute high level donor cultivation strategies, be able to organize and execute special fund raising events, and attract, motivate and oversee volunteers. Products include, but are not limited to, written communications, oral presentations, event plans, event execution, and donor solicitations.


        * Implement and manage all fundraising activities including annual giving, direct mail campaigns, endowment and capital campaigns, special events, corporate sponsorships, special projects, and other solicitations.
        * Coordinate all donor cultivation and recognition activities.
        * Maintain/initiate contact with and develops grant proposals for foundations, corporations and government agencies, and manages grant contract compliance and reporting
        * Develop a comprehensive planned-giving program as the need becomes appropriate
        * Conduct regular prospect research and expand donor prospect database
        * Develop and implement the Development Department budget
        * Oversee annual fund, creating compelling themes, programs, communications and marketing         materials.
        Board Relations
        * Work with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors, the President of the Board, and the Executive Director to develop strategies to meet aggressive fundraising goals.
        * Educate community, Board members, administration, staff, and volunteers about their roles in fundraising and works to create a "culture of fundraising" within the agency.
        * Generate and present regular fundraising performance reports to the Development Committee and Board of Directors.
        * Engage in strategic planning processes and long-term fundraising planning with the Development Committee.
        Office Infrastructure
        * Work with others in a team environment to develop funding.
        * Oversee office systems to efficiently support office projects and operations.
        * Supervise donor database files, gift record-keeping, and acknowledgement systems.
        * Conduct development research activities.
        * Short range: Develop a department capability engaged in development, grant writing, event planning, and other activities related to the department.
        * Long range: Develop a viable program to permit hiring, training, and managing a Development Department staff.

        * Assists the Programs Coordinator in identifying potential projects.
        * Meets with key city officials and grant makers to promote the agency's outreach activities.
        * Maintains all contract files and ensures compliance with government funded programs.
        * Attends meetings of various business groups and nonprofit organizations, participates in collaborative efforts related to outreach activities.
        Public Relations and Communications
        * Develops and implements new strategies to promote the organization's mission both internally and to the community at large.
        * Oversee development communications, including newsletter, annual report, website, and acknowledgements.
        * Work with the Development Committee to develop all campaign case statements, plans, and related promotional activities.


* Extensive experience motivating and leading volunteers, committees, and development staff a must to reach fundraising goals.

* Experience leading direct mail, development, major gift and endowment campaigns.

* A demonstrated ability to prepare grant proposals and reports and to communicate with funders - experience in a social service organization preferred.

* Experience coordinating fundraising events and galas.

* Exceptional writing skills with the ability to digest complex concepts and distill them into clear, easily understandable documents.

* Must quickly develop and apply knowledge of current legal, tax, and other standards relevant to fundraising.

* A demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, manage competing priorities, and maintain confidentiality.

* Strong attention to detail.

* Flexibility and capacity to prepare for and adapt to rapid growth.

* Outstanding interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop and sustain trusted relationships.

* Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team-oriented environment.

* Facility with Microsoft Word, Excel; knowledge of PowerPoint, fundraising databases and accounting software preferred.

* A commitment to the goals and values of serving a community of people with disabilities and special needs.

* Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred.

This position offers medical, dental, a 401(k) plan, and generous vacation days. The organization represented does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin. Applicants will be subject to background checks.


Position Compensation:

To Apply:
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: [email protected]