Responsibilities and Essential Functions

The E.D. is the strategic and organizational staff leader for SVP Denver.  In partnership with the board of directors, the E.D. establishes strategic and organizational goals, and is accountable for developing the tactical plan to achieve these goals.  The goals include building strategic relationships in the community, recruiting members, soliciting funds, and achieving financial growth objectives. The E.D. holds primary accountability for recruitment of individuals, businesses and foundations as members, as well as cultivating new streams of financial support for SVP. In partnership with SVP’s Program Director, they oversee the management of program operations, member engagement, nonprofit engagements, and impact evaluation.

The E.D. works closely with the Program and Philanthropic Services department staff of The Denver Foundation to meet 501c3 fiduciary requirements and achieve shared goals. The position is accountable to the SVP Denver Board and reports to the Deputy VP of Programs of The Denver Foundation. 


  1. Governance:
  • Works with board to govern and guide SVP in achieving its mission
  • Supports the board to develop and maintain a strong strategic and operating plan
  • Works closely with the board to grow and maintain a board of directors that:
    • represents sectors of the community engaged and served
    • includes strategic partners aligned with SVP’s strategic vision
    • is committed to actively supporting SVP’s growth and positive community impact
  • In partnership with board leadership, ensures that the board has access to information and resources necessary for the board to govern the organization effectively
  • Attends all board meetings and working committee meetings, as appropriate
  • Facilitates alignment and coordination between SVP and The Denver Foundation


  1. Partner Recruitment and Satisfaction, Fund Development, Strategic Community Relationship Development:
  • Responsible for recruitment and satisfaction of individuals, businesses, foundations, and professional association members.  This is achieved in collaboration with the board, staff and SVP members.
  • Responsible for broadening and diversifying revenue streams into SVP
  • Responsible for cultivating strategic relationships with individuals and institutions in the community to leverage and amplify SVP’s investments


  1. Business Operations:
  • Oversees all SVP business operations
  • Collaborates with SVP and Denver Foundation staff to ensure that systems, processes, and procedures support effective workflow for all aspects of SVP operations
  • Ensures that SVP finances and other business functions are maintained, goals are achieved, and accurate reports are shared with the SVP board and other stakeholders
  • Works closely with Denver Foundation staff to promote shared values, co-invest in shared philanthropic objectives, and optimize efficiencies in shared organizational practices.
  1. Program Delivery and Impact:
  • Supervises SVP Program Director to ensure that:
    • all SVP members are optimally engaged,
    • educational and social activities meet or exceed program and partner goals
    • investee engagements are executed effectively, per SVP process
    • opportunities to collaborate with other organizations are pursued and promoted


  1. Marketing and Communications:
  • Oversees all marketing and communications for SVP, including community news and public information platforms, SVP’s newsletter, website and social media
  • Actively pursues public speaking and strategic networking opportunities to represent SVP in the community

About Social Venture Partners Denver

SVP Denver, a program of The Denver Foundation, cultivates effective philanthropists, strengthens nonprofit organizations, and invests in collaborative solutions to tackle our community’s challenges. SVP Denver is one of 40 SVP affiliates worldwide, and is comprised of 65 members who join by making an annual tax-deductible contribution to the SVP fund of The Denver Foundation. SVP members then invest their time, talent, and financial resources in a portfolio of nonprofits. They do so by forming pro-bono consulting teams to work shoulder-to-shoulder with each nonprofit in areas such as governance, strategy, marketing, fund development, operations, evaluation and reporting on impact.

Our guiding principles are:

  • Engaged philanthropy: investing time, expertise, and money in nonprofit organizations to improve our community.
  • Fostering a learning environment: to create more informed and effective philanthropists.
  • Driving demonstrable change in the community: to generate sustainable, positive outcomes.
  • Building friendships and growing networks: who promote equity, support each other and enjoy spending time together.


  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible leadership experience in the nonprofit, business, or social enterprise arenas
  • A minimum of 3 years fund development experience
  • Knowledge and experience in philanthropy
  • Marketing & public relations experience
  • Strong volunteer management experience
  • Meeting and event planning experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient with Google’s G-Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, CRM tools and shared work platforms
  • Self-motivated, outgoing, excellent ability to manage multiple priorities and constituents
  • Ability to listen openly and facilitate difficult conversations


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in related area
  • Knowledge and experience with Salesforce
  • Experience with Agile or other workflow management tools
  • Organizational development and change management experience


The starting base salary for this position is $65,000 – $70,000 to be reviewed at six months, based on performance. The Denver Foundation offers a robust benefits package including generous paid time off, tuition assistance, medical, life, and disability insurances. At six months, this position will automatically receive 8% of base salary contribution to a retirement plan.

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