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 with "Executive Director, Leadership Giving" in the subject line.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

No phone calls or drop ins please.

Salary Range:


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.

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