POSITION TITLE:  Development & Communications Manager

REPORTS TO :  Director of Development

CLASSIFICATION:  Full Time, Salaried/Exempt

SALARY - $52,500 - $56,500yr

HOURS:  40 hours/week

BENEFITS Individual Health & Dental Coverage, Life Insurance, Individual Retirement Account Contribution and PTO

Denver Kids Inc. - Every student graduates. Every student is prepared with life skills, equipped with a greater understanding of self, and empowered to pursue their meaningful pathway post-graduation.

The mission of Denver Kids is to empower students to positively shape their lives, successfully complete high school, and pursue post-secondary options. Denver Kids strives to help students use education and the development of social and emotional skills as tools to create career and college pathways. The Development & Communications Manager is a key position to help deliver on our mission.

Position Summary: The Development & Communications Manager is responsible for working in partnership with the Director of Development and the Development Team to implement the organization's development activities and events, leading the organization’s communications plans, implementing strategies to increase visibility for the organization, and ensuring brand integrity throughout the organization. Areas of fundraising and marketing activities include: individual giving; planned giving; corporate/business giving; events; marketing/messaging (volunteer, student and donor recruitment); advertising; and PR and social media. The Development & Communications Manager is also responsible for developing and implementing special event objectives, analyzing special event effectiveness, and stewarding special event participants. This position works in collaboration with the overall development team inclusive of interns, volunteers, internal and external partners, and the CEO.

Primary Responsibilities

Marketing & Communications:

●Ensure student voice, as well as staff, alumni, mentor, parent/guardian, and community voice are authentically and honorably represented in the collateral, programs,    and all other aspects of Denver Kids communications.

●Manage third-party vendor contracts, relationships, and product development related to collateral, videos, website, etc. including graphic designers, mail-houses, printers, etc.

●Lead and implement the organization’s development and marketing efforts, including but not limited to:

- Develop, implement, and evaluate an annual communications plan.

- Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities.

- Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, and Denver Kids website.

- Development and management of a marketing content calendar.

- Assistance with collateral generation and dissemination.

- Coordinate all e-newsletter communications including regular e-blast.

- Manage Denver Kids social media presence on various sites.

- Track and measure the level of engagement within the network over time.

- Lead story collection and storytelling; write student stories on a regular basis.

       - Used for social media, grant writing and reports, fulfilling Champions and Investing In Our Future

pledge benefits, website posts, etc.

- Produce Denver Kids publications, Annual Reports, and related documents.

● Serve as Denver Kids media contact; develop and maintain strong relationship with local media.

● Present information to internal and external stakeholder groups.

● Design letterhead and other collateral templates, write templates for thank you letters and other communications, and assist with writing executive speeches.

● In partnership with Denver Kids Leadership, develop and implement strategies to increase brand awareness in target markets (as defined by the current strategic plan), including but not limited to: Denver Public Schools, education and youth development leaders in the community, and corporate philanthropy leaders.

Event-Related Support:

● Work as a member of the Development Team to coordinate and implement the Denver Kids Annual Breakfast and Evening Gala fundraisers including but not limited to:

- Manage creation of print and electronic event materials related sponsors, table captains/table sales, and guests.

- Develop and implement the development of the various event programs, including:

■ Program elements, including theme and overall presentation

■ Production of video(s)

■ Identification and preparation of speakers and opening act, including rehearsal

■ Script and show flow

■ A/V, including music and on-screen presentation

■ Program related collateral, including underwriting/sponsorship packet, invitations, program, etc.

- Lead coordination and implementation of all efforts to publicize events.

- Assistance with donor acknowledgement and follow up process.

- Additional activities required for the successful implementation of the Annual Breakfast and Evening


● Lead coordination and development of collateral related to publicity efforts and implementation for special events and fundraising initiatives including, but not limited to: Colorado Gives Day, Colfax Marathon and additional in-house lead fundraisers, third party events (when appropriate), and cultivation events.

● Support the development and implementation of various donor cultivation activities, including preparing speakers with appropriate messaging.

● Additional tasks as necessary.

Development Support:

● Manage/Support, as appropriate, the implementation of various mail, email, and online campaigns appeals.

- Development of print and digital materials, themes, segmentation, and messaging.

- Appeals and campaigns including but are not limited to:

   - Three mailed appeal annually to at least five segmented groups

   - Planned giving

   - Colorado Gives Day

● Serve as a development team liaison to select community partners, including providing updates to partners, facilitating volunteer opportunities, and supporting other activities that arise.

● Participate as an active member of the Denver Kids Inclusivity Committee.

● Participate in and/or lead donor cultivation/solicitation meetings and presentations.

● Solicit, track, and record financial and in-kind donations.

● Support the analysis of various fundraising and event efforts and outcomes for effectiveness and future planning.

● Administrative support for the Development Team and CEO, including logistical support related to the Board of Directors, as appropriate.

● Attend external trainings and report back to the Development Team, as needed.

Additional Support & Duties:

● Support management of the Young Professional Council (YPC) and provide support to YPC by attending and providing logistical support for meetings and events, including ensuring YPC has the support and resources necessary to successfully achieve their goals related the Annual Evening Gala (sponsorship & auction solicitation, event set-up, etc.).

● In collaboration with members of the Program Department, develop collateral and other materials required by the program staff to recruit and onboard students & mentors, develop/maintain a visual presence in schools, or other program related communication needs.

● As requested, create and send communications via email or mail. Make phone calls to key stakeholders on behalf of the Leadership Team, as requested.

● Attend all staff meetings and events.

● Attend Board and other volunteer committee meetings, as necessary.

● Assist with program events, as requested by the supervisor.

● Non-essential job duties and/or non-related tasks may be assigned from time to time.

Additional Opportunities based on skills and interest:

● Maintain a portfolio of current and potential donors, which includes participating in donor, research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities.

● Grant research and grant writing.

● In partnership with members of the Program Department, develop and implement opportunities for Denver Kids students to engage in the organization’s marketing strategies.

● Manage the recruitment, selection process, and management of development department interns.

Key Skills and Attributes

● Marketing and Communication: Proven experience in marketing/communications across multiple platforms including digital, media and web based-communications. Experience within the nonprofit sector is a plus.

● Fundraising: Proven experience as a fundraising professional via implementation of special events and/or fundraisers within the corporate or non-profit sectors; experience working with committees. Experience managing volunteers and sponsorship engagement is a plus.

● Self-Starter & Team Player: Takes initiative, possesses a strong sense of ownership, and is dedicated to ensuring quality and inclusive programs at all times. Inspires the trust and confidence of others in order to collaborate on projects and gain knowledge necessary to ensure success in coordinating activities and events.

● Organized & Effective: Thrives in an often fast-paced environment, is organized, communicates effectively, balances priorities, displays accountability to self and peers, and provides creativity and resourcefulness.


● Passion for Denver Kids’ mission and values.

● Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience.

● 3-5 years in marketing, communications, development, special events, sales, or life experience equivalent.

● Experience with various communication tools including Mailchimp (or similar), Webflow (or similar), Adobe products including Illustrator, InDesign, and Acrobat.

● Exceptional interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills with the ability to work collaboratively with all levels of staff, community volunteers, Board Members, donors, and prospective donors/investors.

● Ability to quickly move between projects, prioritize based on most urgent needs, and complete assignments in a timely manner.

● Excellent computer skills including MS Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.

● High attention to detail in order to maintain high quality and accurate data, reports, communications, etc.

● Valid Driver’s License and reliable transportation.

● Up to date auto insurance with limits of $100/$300/$100 and $5K in Medical Payments.

● Ability to pass a background check.

● Available to attend and implement Denver Kids’ major fundraising events (FY2023: Annual Evening Gala - November 12, 2022; Annual Breakfast - May 10, 2023; Colfax Marathon - May 20-21, 2023).


● Experience working in non-profit development.

● Understanding and knowledge of the Denver metro area philanthropic climate.

● Familiarity with or ability to learn donor database systems (DonorPerfect Online and/or Salesforce experience preferred).

● Familiarity with or ability to learn third-party event online event platforms (ex: Greater Giving, Rallybound, ColoradoGives.org, etc.).

● Experience managing volunteer committees.

● Experience with graphic design or managing contract graphic designers.


● Maintains positive “can do” attitude, takes initiative, strives for results, and enjoys being an active/engaged participant of a high-performing development team.

● Confidence and willingness to solicit current and potential donors for in-kind and financial contributions.

● Self-aware and believes in accountability and in our core value of continuous learning.

● Thrives in a fast paced work environment and able to quickly identify and step in to fill gaps.

● Friendly, courteous, and professional outreach to donors, Board Members, vendors, community partners, and internal staff.

● Ability to respond to changing circumstances and maintain a flexible approach.

● Motivated by the program’s high potential for widespread impact on reducing the dropout rate in the Denver Public Schools system.

Working Conditions

● Some evenings, early mornings, and weekends.

● Ability to transport materials in support of special events.

What You Can Expect

● A competitive salary, generous PTO, great benefits package.

● To be part of a dynamic team committed to the Core Values of this organization.

● Ongoing desire to be made stronger by our inclusiveness and diversity.

● To join an organization with all of the right ingredients for growth and success: a timely mission, a 75-year+ track record of graduating / completing more than 80% of our high school seniors, a productive partnership with Denver Public Schools, over 200 committed volunteers, an excellent reputation, a committed 30+ person staff, and an active 20+ person board.


Annual range is $52,500 - $56,500 with competitive benefits and time off package.

To Apply:

Send cover letter expressing interest in Denver Kids and this role as well as a resume showing experience relevant to the position to apply@denverkidsinc.org. No phone calls please.