Now Hiring: Director of Development

By Kelly Craugh

Reports to:               President

Title:                          Director of Development

Location:                  Denver, Colorado


Scholars Unlimited is a non-profit organization that provides high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs to elementary school children in metro Denver.  Our mission is to support low-income, academically struggling young learners by providing rigorous literacy instruction and enrichment in order to help students achieve measurable success and to inspire life-long learning.  We collaborate with school districts and generally provide our programs in the schools our students attend. Currently, our programs are offered in Denver, Aurora, and Westminster Public Elementary Schools.

Since its inception in 1993, Scholars Unlimited (formerly Summer Scholars) has been a premier provider of out-of-school time programs, and has served more than 30,000 scholars in the Denver metro area.

Scholars Unlimited offers: Summer Programs and After School Programs


In partnership the President and Board of Directors, the Director of Development leads all aspects of the development strategy and communication for Scholars Unlimited.  As part of the management team, the Director of Development participates in setting the development budget and collaborates on the strategic direction of the organization.  The Director of Development is a team member to that develops and maintain relationships in the community on behalf of Scholars Unlimited.  Fundraising responsibilities include grant development, writing and reporting, leadership in message for annual financial appeals, partner with the President to fully execute the donor, ambassador, and board cultivation strategy, including events.  Communication responsibilities include managing organizational communications including annual reports, e-newsletter, webpage design and content, media relations, and social media.

Essential functions of the position and responsibilities:

  • Planning and Executing for financial Stability
    • Increase organization’s resource development capacity, resulting in a broadening of the organization’s base of support, diversification, of revenue streams, and an increase in targeted revenue streams.
    • Based on evaluation of current revenue streams and visualization of new sources of revenues, help implement the structural changes that may be needed to maximize those new streams.

  • Fundraising
    • Increase the organization’s capacity to raise more money, and met (ideally exceed) specific, measurable, and timed public support/contributed income goals.
    • Implement all fundraising plans for annual giving, planned giving, and endowment, special events and projects, and all other solicitations for public support/contributed income.
    • Oversee the development of all written proposals for funding from all constituents, including individuals, corporations, foundations, and governmental entities, as well as civic and social funders.
    • A specific area of accountability and focus for this position is major gift fundraising in partnership with the President.

  • Development infrastructure and leadership
    • Supervise and lead development team, and monitor and report on team’s progress weekly, monthly, and annually to ensure that all financial goals are achieved.
    • Maintain a broad and deep knowledge of current best practices, rules, policies, guidelines and procedures related to fund development activities, and ensure that all development office conduct, activities, systems, and procedures strictly adhere to the highest ethical, accounting, reporting, and any other applicable standards.
    • Work with finance and program staff as necessary to ensure that all requirements of funding are met and funding reports are completed.
    • Oversee fund development office systems and procedures to support all fund development projects and operations, including but not limited to the following:
      • Supervision of donor and gift record keeping.
      • Coordination of prospect research activities.
      • Oversight of database management and all records, files, and gift processing.
      • Oversight of pledge reminder and acknowledgement processes.

Board of Directors and Development Committee

  • Support the Mission Support team in the development of strategic and annual fund development goals and strategies.
  • Based on annual budget and strategic fund development goals and strategies, develop an annual tactical resource development plan for recommendation to the Mission Support team and approval by the board of directors.
  • Develop and implement fundraising training for Board, Mission Support team, and other leadership volunteers, as well as staff.

Leadership Team and Cross-Functional Responsibilities

  • As a member of the Leadership Team, responsible for institutional and community relations and relationships; serve as a community liaison and agency representative when indicated; participate in annual agency program, operations, and budget planning and management; and work collaboratively to identify programmatic needs and alignment with funding resources.

  • Ensure the identification, recruitment, appropriate training, support and appreciation of a core group of volunteers to assist in fund development activities, including special events and other fundraising programs as needed.
  • Work closely with other departments to develop public relations, advertising, marketing and communications strategies, plans, and collateral that support fundraising efforts.
  • Work throughout the agency to create and nurture a “culture of philanthropy” and an awareness that securing the resources necessary to fund the organization is “everybody’s business.”

Communications/Marketing, Public Relations, and Advertising

  • Oversee communications/marketing function as it relates to resource development.
  • Oversee the production of all fund development-related publications and collateral, including (but not limited to) direct mail campaigns, electronic and print newsletters and other communications, the Annual Report, and website content to support Scholars Unlimited fund- and friend-raising goals and activities.
  • Create and implement communication and promotional plans for campaigns and appeals, including (but not limited to) annual campaigns.


  • A passionate commitment to Scholars Unlimited’s mission and students;
  • Excellent communications skills, including public speaking, interpersonal, and solid written communications;
  • Ability to inspire diverse groups of people, and skills in moving people from vision to action;
  • Demonstrated track record of successful fundraising;
  • Able to manage multiple priorities;
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism, integrity/ethics and confidentiality;
  • Experience in Raiser’s Edge donor database (or similar database software) preferred;
  • Comfort with data analysis and organizational systems management;
  • Sense of humor.


  • Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, PR communications, business administration, marketing or related field;
  • A minimum of seven years experience and demonstrated success in fundraising and/or equivalent combination of education, training and experience;
  • Leadership-level experience in strategic and tactical planning;
  • Knowledge of and experience with not-for-profit revenue streams, philanthropic contributions and government funding.


Competitive salary based on experience, compensation package, including comprehensive benefits, will be offered.


Through November 15, 2018, resumes and cover letters will be received at: