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Director of Development and External Relations

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Warren Village

Colorado Springs, CO

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Posted: May 10, 2018

Location: Colorado, United States

Position: Administrative, Executive, Fundraising, Program

Field: Community development, Education, Other fields, Social services, Youth

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Website: ****************************

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Category: Alumni affairs, Annual fund, Capital campaigns, Community outreach, Corporate and foundation relations, Direct marketing, Donor relations, Executive, Fundraising administration, Government relations and advocacy, Grant administration, Grant making, Grant seeking, Major gifts, Managing volunteers, Membership, Other administrative, Other fundraising, Other programs, Planned giving, Program administration and management, Prospect research, Special events

Employment Level: Full-time


Warren Village is actively seeking an energetic, passionate and skilled Director of Development and External Relations.

We desire candidates who are looking for more than just a job and instead are seeking the chance to create opportunities for those most disadvantaged in our community to improve their lives. This is a chance for a committed individual to apply their skills, invest their energy and help our organization grow.

Warren Village is a mission driven learning organization that is founded on six core values (collaboration, integrity, inclusion, accountability, empowerment, excellence) that drive our culture and our work. We believe in empowerment and that any person, given the right opportunities, can achieve true self-sufficiency.

We want to attract candidates for this job who believe in the transformative power of individual agency coupled with collective supports.

Our next Director of Development & External Relations will be a passionate believer in the Warren Village model and will bring a skill set and knowledge base to take our philanthropic practice to the next level. The ideal candidate will possess an asset-based world-view, find opportunity in every situation and seek to constantly improve our work. We desire a clear communicator who thrives in a diverse, team oriented atmosphere. We seek an individual who is conscientious about donor care and detail and, at the same time, possesses a strategic view for philanthropic growth. We want creative, critical thinkers who are not restricted by convention. We want candidates who bring ideas to the table, energy to the team and a sense of humor.

Please see the job description below for the details!

Salary & Benefits: This is a full-time position with an attractive and comprehensive benefits package and salary commensurate with experience.


Interested candidates should submit the following items (as separate pdf attachments to *************************):

- Resume.

- Cover letter including desired salary range.

The position will be open until filled. Warren Village values diversity and inclusiveness.

Director of Development and External Relations

Position Summary:

This position provides vital leadership for the contributed revenue, volunteer services and external relations functions of Warren Village. The Director of Development and External Relations has overall responsibility for the creation of an inspiring vision, planning, implementation and evaluation of the fundraising and external relations programs in alignment with the organizations strategic goals. The Director will mentor, manage and motivate 4-5 team members to ensure successful achievement of all department objectives. Warren Villages current contributed revenue budget is just under $2.4M.

Warren Village is a unique and well-respected family community in Denver helping motivated low-income, previously homeless single parent families move from public assistance to personal and economic self-sufficiency through subsidized housing, on-site nationally accredited childcare, intensive case management, education guidance and career development.

Core Development Responsibilities:

- Serve as an action-oriented leader and motivator for fundraising, volunteerism and communications, both internally and externally - generating support and revenue for Warren Villages mission and programs.

- Drive immediate and long-term strategic fundraising strategy, cultivation, stewardship, moves management and crossover engagement throughout the organization.

- Continually maximize fundraising for Warren Village programs, operations, special projects and capital improvements through foundations, corporations, individuals, civic organizations, United Way, and events.

- With the CEO, engage the Board in fundraising, stewardship efforts, identification of new donors, re-capture of past donors and moving donors to the next level in accordance with strategic priorities.

- Build, manage and grow a portfolio of donors capable and inclined to give $5,000 or more to Warren Village. Design and implement cultivation and solicitation activities for personal use, trustees and the CEO.

- In conjunction with the Manager, Foundation & Corporate Relations, identify, solicit and secure funds from current, lapsed, or new foundations. Maintain strong relationships with foundation staff, providing detailed information about programs, services and grant funds regularly, and in a timely manner.

- Facilitate the work of the Development & External Relations Committee, with trustees and the CEO.

- Direct all aspects of Warren Village fundraising events in coordination with staff and CEO, as appropriate.

- Actively engage program staff in developing investment opportunities and reporting of outcomes.

- Maintain an active presence in the community, attending events, forums, trainings and networking opportunities - always with the objective to broaden Warren Villages visibility and reach.

- Engage with corporations, civic groups, United Way or other venues as a means to inform, inspire, and ultimately seek financial support from a broad community constituency.

- Extend and build upon Warren Villages sophisticated, engaging and systematic process of prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and acknowledgement.

- Identify and build relationships with planned giving donors and prospects through high-touch communication and engagement.

- Identify, solicit and secure funds from current, lapsed or new businesses to support operations and programs of Warren Village. Integrate volunteer and sponsorship opportunities into business relationships to create mutually beneficial environment for corporate funders.

- With the team, prepare evaluations and reports of fundraising activities and organizational accomplishments for funders, the Warren Village Board of Trustees and the community.

- Oversee development of all written materials, including correspondence, solicitation materials, acknowledgements and regular communications as part of the stewardship program.

- Work closely with the Director of Finance to ensure financial accountability and appropriate reporting on revenues, expenditures and forecasts relative to the development department and overall budget.

- Participate on the Leadership Team, assisting the CEO with strategic and operational planning.

Core External Relations Responsibilities:

- Work closely with the Manager of Design & Communications and Media Consultant on messaging and communications to current and/or potential donors and the broader community.

- Continuously work to elevate the Warren Village brand through materials and communications.

- Draft messaging and content on key communications, and provide input on all written materials.

- Be active and responsive to media and partnership opportunities, ensuring smooth and prompt communication.

Professional and Personal Qualifications

- Broad understanding of fundraising principles and ethics; gift modalities; donor stewardship and accountability.

- Demonstrated fundraising success at or above current Warren Village contributed revenue levels.

- 5-8 years of directly related work experience with soliciting funding from a variety of sources, including foundations, businesses, individuals, civic organizations and special events.

- 3-5 years with direct individual donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Knowledge of and comfort with major donors essential.

- Deep sense of ownership and a strong commitment to leading a comprehensive development strategy.

- Possess a spirit of innovation and a love for learning new ways of working with a variety of constituencies.

- Keen ability to develop short-term and long-terms plans, then to measure and adapt the plans so they are most beneficial to the organization and clients.

- Excellent speaking/writing, intuitive communication skills and listening/interpersonal skills required.

- Well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with all audiences. Ability to engage other staff, community members and volunteers.

- Strong knowledge of budget planning, monitoring and reporting.

- Naturally creative, curious and interested in new approaches to the work.

- Strong leadership and management skills.

- Self-motivated and highly disciplined.

- Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office essential and knowledge of fundraising software desirable.

- Ability to maintain strict confidentiality

- Energetic and adept at working within a fast-paced, flexible environment.

- Ability to work flexible hours when needed.

- Bachelors Degree required.

- Familiarity with the Denver philanthropic community preferred.

- Strong commitment to the mission and values of Warren Village.

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