Job Description: 

Primary Function:  The Development Officer is responsible for raising approximately $500,000 annually in contributed income for the Chorale’s $1.8 million operating budget and gifts to the Chorale’s Endowment Fund.   While the primary emphasis of this position is major gifts, the development officer is also responsible for planning and executing special events, some of which contribute net income towards the Chorale’s budget.

Reports to:  Executive Director

Status:  Full time – 40 hours per week, salaried with benefits

Areas of Responsibility

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Works with the Artistic Director, Executive Director and Board of Trustees to identify, cultivate and solicit donations from individuals and corporations
  • Manages major gifts program (with focus on gifts of $1,500 and above) which includes:
    • Sustaining Partners
    • Maestro Society
    • Directly soliciting major gifts from individuals
    • Directly soliciting sponsorships from corporations
    • Making community connections with new donors to introduce them to the Chorale
    • Developing and maintaining ongoing, positive relationships with current major donors
    • Establishing and maintaining a stewardship program to ensure new major donors are developed and current donors are encouraged to increase their level of support
    • Managing appropriate acknowledgement process for major gifts
    • Writing proposals, letters and other solicitations
    • Maintaining an active calendar of face-to-face meetings with major donors and prospects
  • Manages Endowment fundraising activities


  • Manages all special events which include, but are not limited to:
    • The Beach Ball
    • Scholarship Breakfast
    • Maestro Society Season Kick Off
    • Anniversary Gala
    • Strikes for Song
    • Golf Tournament
    • Sustaining Partner dinners
  • Event management duties vary but include:
    • Producing high quality events on time, within budget, that meet expectations;
    • Working with vendors and venues to confirm event logistics;
    • Negotiating contracts with vendors and venues;
    • Maintaining and managing attendee databases;
    • Assuring that events come in at, or under, budget.


  • Works with the Development Committee in identifying donor prospects and building/maintaining effective relationships with current donors;
  • Attends Board of Trustees’ meetings and other committee meetings as appropriate; 
  • Oversees the development of the major gifts budget by creating and achieving revenue goals and ensuring adherence to expenses;
  • Works closely with administrative staff and/or volunteers to produce high quality special events.
  • Superior skills in building relationships and comfort in asking individuals to commit their money, time, and energy to a cause.
  • Strong knowledge of, and be well respected in, the Denver philanthropic community.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills: must be friendly, outgoing, professional and respectful, and able to manage opinions and expectations of various personalities.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously to meet deadlines. Ability to develop long-term plans, set objectives, and track progress towards achieving goals.
  • Excellent written communication and presentation skills.
  • Proficiency with office technology and information systems.
  • High ethical standards, strict adherence to donor confidentiality, and genuine interest in developing authentic relationships.
  • Personal initiative and a sense of humor in order to maintain balance and perspective.
  • Team player who inspires collaboration and functions decisively; flexible and well-organized.
  • Ability to work occasionally beyond the traditional workday and workweek.
  • Must have 3-5 years of experience with a proven track record in fundraising and donor relations. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.


The Colorado Children’s Chorale is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We believe that having a board and staff with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive.  The Chorale does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. We are committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment.

How To Apply

Email a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to the Colorado Children’s Chorale (include “Development Officer Application” in subject line) to:  No phone calls, please.  Position is open until filled.


If needed:  Colorado Children’s Chorale, 2420 W. 26th Ave., Suite 350-D, Denver, CO  80211

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