Job Summary:Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Development (DOD) serves on the Senior Leadership Team of Urban Peak (UP) and is responsible for the oversight and successful execution of all strategic and annual fundraising in support of UP’s $9 million annual operating budget. The DOD will direct and manage departmental staff and will work with the CEO, the Senior Leadership Team, and the Board of Directors to lead UP’s development and stewardship efforts including prospect research; donor c


Who You Are:

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 7 to 10 years of relevant and successful development and donor relations experience required; experience leading development teams/efforts highly preferred.
  • Lived experience reflective of the youth we serve encouraged but not required.
  • Strong foundation of best practice fundraising knowledge with a proven track record of creating and implementing effective strategies and developing successful long-term relationships with individual donors, corporate and foundation partners, and community leaders.
  • Exceptional ability to build, manage and sustain relationships with staff, board members and stakeholders through professional, effective, and timely communication in a fast-paced environment while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful, and efficient.
  • Proven ability to prioritize, organize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously, ability to work independently and collaboratively and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented, has initiative and follow-through to execute projects from initial stage through completion.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office and Raiser’s Edge donor database (or similar database software) as well as the ability to operate standard office equipment.
  • Understanding of the provision of and commitment to trauma informed care and positive youth development.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, and establishing professional network.
  • Must be insurable as a driver on Urban Peak’s auto liability policy in order to conduct business on behalf of the agency or transport youth using an Urban Peak vehicle and an approved personal vehicle.
  • Ability to use second language in written and verbal communication desired (Spanish, Vietnamese, ASL)
  • Ability to pass both federal and state background checks, and a pre-employment TB screening.

What You Will Do:
Leadership & Strategy

  • Establish and oversee all short- and long-term development strategies, including goals, objectives, benchmarks, and budget.
  • Create annual fundraising strategic plan, including team performance goals and metrics; monitor progress and report results; regularly evaluate effectiveness of plan.
  • Use internal UP donor data as well as broader studies of donor behavior to drive development strategy.
  • Build, develop and provide direct supervision to development team.
  • Create and manage development team annual budget; ensure financial accountability.
  • Engage the board of directors in all aspects of fundraising strategy with a focus on identification, cultivation, and stewardship of new, lapsed and upgrading donors.
  • Lead and provide support to board of directors Development Committee, staff monthly committee meetings.
  • Collaborate with program and evaluation staff to ensure alignment of need and revenue opportunities, and coordination of reporting outcomes/metrics.
  • Collaborate with finance team to project and monitor development revenue and ensure accuracy of gift tracking and reporting.
  • Participate in weekly senior leadership team meetings, monthly board of director meetings, weekly development team meetings, 1:1 meetings with team members, and special events.

Fundraising & Donor Relationship Management

  • Design and implement relationship-based moves management activities for development team.
  • Routinely analyze donor revenue (to goals); implement changes as needed.
  • Serve as UP’s major gift officer by growing a portfolio of major individual donors.
  • Cultivate key relationships and build funding relationships through strategic stewardship calls, site visits, tours, etc.
  • Lead efforts to strategically identify, cultivate and grow corporate partnerships.
  • Oversee and manage local, state and federal government grants, and foundation grants.
  • Serve as lead and manage one signature annual fundraising event as well as other smaller events throughout the year.  Responsibilities include setting and monitoring budgets, development of sponsorship packages, solicitation of sponsorships, table and ticket sales, engaging board of directors and event hosts/committees, recruiting volunteers, and overseeing post-event gift tracking, reporting and donor communications.
  • Oversee and manage marketing and donor campaigns and appeals.
  • Ensure effective donor and prospect tracking through utilization of Raiser’ Edge donor database and other tools and resources.
  • Oversee volunteer efforts, including on-going recruitment and engagement.

Marketing & Communications

  • Direct all written donor materials, event promotions, newsletter and other communications aimed at elevating UP visibility and increasing revenue.
  • Provide oversight to UP website to ensure relevant, timely content and easy user experience.
  • Collaborate with UP consultants on marketing, PR, and communications efforts and events.

What We Offer:

  • Salary Range: $100,000 to $130,000
  • Shift: Monday through Friday 9 am to 5pm
  • 100% Employer paid Medical and Dental plans – Buy-up plans available
    • Tele-health & Dispatch Health included
  • FSA & Dependent Care
  • Vision | Accident Coverage | Critical Care & Hospital Extended Stay Plans
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with company match
  • Robust Employee Assistance Program
  • RTD Eco Pass
  • 10 Paid Holidays & Paid Sick Time
  • 120 hours of vacation to start
  • Second Language pay differential
  • Staff support for lateral growth through training and mentorship

Who We Are:
Founded in 1988, Urban Peak is the only non-profit organization in Denver that provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Our goal is to meet youth where they are and to provide them with the assistance and support, they need to become self-sufficient or obtain the necessary services they need to exit a life on the streets.

Urban Peak provides numerous programs and services that are founded on the principles of trauma-informed care and Positive Youth Development to assist youth in reaching their potential and living a successful life off the streets. Services include street outreach, a 40-bed shelter for youth ages 15 through 20, a daytime drop-in center, supportive housing, education and employment services, case management, life skills courses, behavioral health evaluations, meals and more. The youth served at the shelter come from a variety of backgrounds, and we strive to be a safe community for all youth, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, class, educational background, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability status.

The Denver Urban Peak embraces diversity and considers all qualified candidates that have an interest in the non-profit sector.  We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, HIV/AIDS status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. We encourage all candidates to apply.

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