Executive Director of Leadership Giving

April 22, 2021

The Executive Director of Leadership Giving oversees Major and Mid-Level Giving; Legacy Giving; and emerging fund-raising initiatives. The Executive Director sets and implements fundraising strategies; oversees and coaches the gift officers on the execution of a specific plan for donors in their portfolios; tracks gift officers’ performance against goals; and oversees event-planning for stewardship and cultivation of donors.

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Major Gifts
  • Oversee and coach team of major gift officers as they execute their annual plan for each donor in their portfolio, moving donors through cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Review and track gift officers’ fundraising strategies that will result in leadership level gifts (five figures plus) within twelve to eighteen months.
  • Incorporate fund-raising strategies for KRCC and Denverite into plans.
  • Achieve annual department revenue goal.
Mid-level Gifts
  • Oversee the mid-level gift officers as they identify donor interests and build relationships around donor interests to deepen the donors’ commitment to CPR with the goal to retain and/or upgrade their level of support.
  • Coach mid-level gift officers to identify and cultivate and upgrade those mid-level donors who have the capacity and readiness to become major donors to CPR.
  • Achieve mid-level revenue annual goal.
  • Incorporate fund-raising strategies for KRCC and Denverite into plans.
Legacy Giving
  • Oversee legacy giving recruitment initiatives, including communication strategies and on-boarding of new Legacy Circle Members
  • Oversee on-going communication and stewardship plans for members of the Legacy Circle.
Capital Gifts
  • Work with the Sr. VP of Development to create and implement Capital Campaign strategies.
  • Develop fund-raising strategy for foundations and individuals.
  • Participate in solicitations.
  • Write grants for capital support.

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Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Identification with the mission and purpose of Colorado Public Radio.
  • Minimum of seven years fundraising experience that includes demonstrated success in securing six or seven figure gifts, as well as legacy gifts.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in managing fund-raising staff.
  • Mastery of principles and techniques of successful fundraising as they pertain to the identification, cultivation, and stewardship of major donor prospects.
  • Highly disciplined, organized and goal-oriented with the ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced team.
  • Self-starter driven to achieve results.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage high level confidential information with integrity and sensitivity.
  • Hands-on knowledge of donor database systems.
  • Salesforce experience preferred.
  • Experience with Veritus ® systems preferred.
  • Capital Campaign experience preferred.
  • Creativity and a sense of humor a plus.

Application Requirements:

To apply, submit a cover letter that includes where you learned of the job opening, resume, and three professional references to hr@cpr.org with "Executive Director, Leadership Giving" in the subject line.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

No phone calls or drop ins please.

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Benefits Summary:

Colorado Public Radio is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package that reflects our culture of caring. Our employees have access to: 100 percent employer paid individual health, dental, life, and disability coverage; an outstanding paid family medical leave policy plus paid holidays and a very generous sick, vacation, and personal time off plan; voluntary offerings such as vision; a competitive retirement plan match with no waiting or vesting periods; flexible schedules; engagement and development opportunities; and a casual atmosphere.

Colorado Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer and encourages workplace diversity.