The Friends Foundation is seeking a person to lead the marketing and communications efforts of the Foundation.


Position Profile

Leader of Marketing & Communications


The Denver Public Library Friends Foundation is the supporting 501(c)3 organization for Denver Public Library. 

Founded in 1889, Denver Public Library has been serving the community for 135 years. The library’s vision is a strong community where everyone thrives and the mission is to create welcoming spaces where all are free to explore and connect. With 27 locations throughout Denver, the library provides essential programs, services, and resources to meet the community’s most pressing needs.  Please visit to learn more about the library.

The Denver Public Library Friends Foundation (DPLFF or Foundation) traces its roots to 1940. The Foundation transforms generous donations into resources that change lives. It provides critical support and advocacy for free literacy programs, lifelong learning, workforce development, and equitable access to resources for millions of adults, children, and youth. Please visit  to learn more about the Foundation.

The Denver Public Library Friends Foundation (DPLFF) provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender,  gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, age, marital or parental status, or military/veteran status.

DPLFF supports social and racial justice, and the Foundation supports the Denver Public Library’s work on social and racial justice. 

Title and Role

Based on experience, this role will be titled either Manager or Director of Marketing and Communications. It could also be a part-time or full-time position. If part-time, the minimum expectation is 30 hours per week.

Reports to:

Executive Director

Job Description Summary

The role's primary responsibility is to build awareness of the library and Foundation through marketing and communications efforts so that fundraising, outreach, and advocacy work is successfully carried out.

The role will work closely with all Foundation team members and the library's marketing and communications staff. The Foundation's key business areas are membership, development, advocacy, book sales, and events. Background in these business areas is desired. 

Primary Responsibilities include: 

  • Developing and executing an annual marketing and communications plan that raises brand awareness and supports the organization’s fundraising, outreach, and advocacy efforts. 

  • Working collaboratively with library Communication and Community Engagement staff so that the goals of both the library and the Foundation are achieved, and marketing and communications efforts are aligned and complementary.

  • Supporting each business area of the Foundation, in partnership with respective business unit leaders, with awareness-building activities for development, membership, books, events, and advocacy. 

  • Working as an individual contributor, team member, and team leader (depending on the project or situation) to help the Foundation achieve short-, medium-, and long-term goals. 

The following experience, skills, personal characteristics, and qualifications are desired:

  • Direct experience related to the summary above.  

  • Ideal background is successfully serving as an outsourced or in-house Marketing and/or Communications professional for a successful nonprofit or business organization.

  • The ability and desire to develop and execute strategies to accomplish goals. This role is both that of a thought leader and a producer.

  • Project and Process management skills and experience to deliver desired outcomes on time and on budget.

  • Excellent relationship-building skills with the ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders. 

  • Ability and desire to work as an individual contributor, a team member, and/or a team leader, depending on the project and situation.

  • An operating style that enhances both the achievement of desired results and the team experience.

  • A track record of achieving tangible financial results through marketing and communications efforts.

  • An interest and/or affiliation with the library field and the missions of the library and Foundation.


The budgeted annual salary for this position is approximately $70,000. In addition, the position is eligible to participate in Foundation benefits, which include insurance, PTO, parking, wellness, holiday, and retirement plans.

Application Information

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.  This position will remain open until filled.

To apply please submit resumes to:

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