Job Opening: Development Director

Position: Development Director

Reports to: Executive Director

Location: Denver

Type: Full-time and requires flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends, with in-state travel 5-10 days/month

Application deadline: Open until filled, but priority will be given to materials received by January 14, 2019


One Colorado is a statewide advocacy organization dedicated to securing protections and opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Coloradans and their families. Our vision is a fair and just Colorado.

One Colorado is comprised of three organizations: One Colorado Education Fund, a 501(c)3 that leads the organization’s public education and awareness efforts; One Colorado, a 501(c)4 that leads the organization’s lobbying and advocacy efforts; and One Colorado PAC, a state political committee that supports the organization’s political endorsements.


One Colorado is seeking a talented Development Director with a proven record of success to lead the organization’s ongoing fundraising efforts, implement creative strategies for expanding organizational revenue streams, develop strong relationships within the organization and external audiences, manage staff and interns to support the organization’s fundraising efforts, support the fundraising efforts of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director, and solicit high-level individual, corporate and foundation prospects. As a statewide organization, a critical component of the work will be to lead expansion of our donor base outside the Denver Metro area.

The Development Director will work in collaboration with other team members and partner organizations to create a comprehensive organizational development plan to raise more than $1.2 million to support our growing team and programs.

Ideal candidates must be passionate about work for fairness and equality for the LGBTQ community, including a lens for racial, economic and transgender justice.


Specifically, the Development Director will own One Colorado’s development strategy, with specific tasks and goals related to three primary focus areas:

Individual, Corporate, and Foundation Fundraising (50%)

  • Develop and grow our individual donor base by managing our annual giving campaign and cultivating major gifts
  • Expand the donor base outside of the Denver-metro area
  • Cultivate and nurture donor relationships
  • Track and maintain detailed records of all former, current, and prospective major donors
  • Develop a comprehensive and actionable plan for annual cultivation of foundation and corporate donors, which includes grant writing and tracking
  • Identify and write grant proposals to corporate, foundation, and government funders

Strategy, Planning, and Budget Oversight (30%)

  • Provide day-to-day management of development activities with effective leadership and mentoring of staff
  • Develop short- and long-term strategic goals for the department, including timelines and budget, assessing areas for growth and providing leadership in the launch of new initiatives
  • Establish and monitor revenue goals for each fundraising area
  • Develop the organization’s annual report and other program materials

Staff, Board, and Committee Management (20%)

  • Manage fundraising and event efforts of the One Colorado staff and Board of Directors
  • Manage development team staff to ensure fundraising targets are achieved
  • Work with the development committee and all board members to ensure that achieve their fundraising commitment


  • 3-5 years of fundraising experience
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets of over $1 million annually
  • Proven management and leadership capabilities
  • Experience working with senior level executives and foundation staff
  • High energy, positive, can-do attitude, flexible, with strong attention to detail and a high degree of initiative and follow-up
  • Strong verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically with a thorough understanding of strategic development
  • Demonstrated ability to prospect, cultivate, and manage a diverse donor portfolio
  • Proven record of building partnerships
  • Strong event planning skills
  • Thorough understanding of all components of a diversified funding base
  • Strong computer skills and knowledge of fundraising databases
  • Familiarity with nonprofit legal structures of 501(c)3s and 501(c)4s


We seek an enthusiastic self-starter with high energy and a commitment to social justice. He/she/they must be independent and easily adapt to a fast-paced environment. This person must be flexible, resourceful and creative. This person will be capable of taking responsibility for specific goals and measurable outcomes within designated time frames and will be able to coordinate and complete organizational initiatives.

The successful candidate will have fundraising and management experience. The successful candidate will have exceptional “people skills” that will be used to work effectively with colleagues, partner organizations, and volunteers. The candidate will have a passionate work ethic that inspires others to give and inspires colleagues and board members to fundraise.

Candidates will also have the ability to maintain a flexible work schedule including weekends and evening hours and travel in-state 5-10 days/month.


To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Daniel Ramos, Executive Director, at Please include “Development Director” in the subject line. The position will be open until filled, but priority will be given to applications received by January 14, 2019.

Salary is competitive at the low to mid $60K range and One Colorado Education Fund offers a full benefits package with medical, dental, retirement plan with partial employer match, and generous time-off benefits. One Colorado Education Fund is an aggressive advocate of inclusivity and welcomes applications from all, particularly from people of color, women, LGBTQ people, immigrants or refugees, people with disabilities, veterans and people from low- or moderate-income backgrounds.

One Colorado Education Fund is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight disability status, veteran status, military obligations, marital status, political party affiliation or any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable federal, state or local law.