Director, Development and Grants

Colorado Springs
Posted 1 month ago

Job Family
: Non-profit

Classification / Position Type: Exempt / Full Time

Reports To: CEO

Salary Range: $60,500 – $70,000

Job Summary

The Director of Development and Grants is a hybrid position.  This individual would be responsible for the strategic growth of financial donors for sustainability and longevity through partner engagement, development, fundraising, as well as philanthropic opportunities. It also includes grant writing, report writing, grant management, program planning, as well as submission for federal, state, and local grants and evaluation.  Identifies funding opportunities for clients or potential clients and successfully manages client relationships with respect to fund development projects.  This individual will be a key member of the organization’s leadership team and partner with our visionary CEO.

Essential Functions

Development Duties: 

  • Responsible for planning, developing, organizing, implementing, directing, and evaluating all philanthropy activities to ensure all short and long-term objectives are fully achieved.
  • Create workflow and focus on organizing and directing philanthropic activities across our markets to accomplish both short- and long-term goals of CSC.
  • Analyzes market conditions and strategically improves the company’s market position for financial growth.
  • Lead CSC’s advancement programs, including capital campaign and planned giving.
  • Researches the competition and generates potential leads.
  • Gathers information on potential clients and builds client relationships.
  • Builds partnerships with other organizations and represents CSC in the Community.
  • Participate with the CEO and Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to plan the agency’s fund development path and programs.
  • Establish a strong donor relationship, balanced mix of donor sources and fundraising programs to attract, retain donors and volunteers.
  • Establish performance measures, monitor results, and evaluate the efficiency of the fund development program.
  • Foster a culture of philanthropy and ensure that fund development is executed in keeping with organization’s values, vision, and mission.
  • Keep abreast of developments in philanthropy and fund development.
  • Create Quarterly Newsletters.
  • Responsible for taking the lead in the coordination and execution of the Annual Gala event.

Grant Writing Duties:

  • Study and understand the history, structure, objectives, programs, and financial needs of the organization.
  • Communicate with CSC leadership and other key stakeholders in the organization (including staff, parents, students, partners, supporters and the Board of Directors) to understand and outline current or future initiatives and projects within the organization and funding needs associated with those initiatives and projects.
  • Takes initiative to seek out new funding leads and research grant opportunities from government and non-government agencies.
  • Takes systematic approach to writing and drafting grant proposals and supporting documents based on the funding requirements of the organization.
  • Create grant drafts and templates that display the supplement their creativity with data-driven research, sharing information about the organizational goals that appeals to each grant provider’s unique mission and displays why the organization will be a good steward of the grant money.
  • Respond to internal and external queries on drafted and submitted proposals.

*The organization reserves the right to add or change duties at any time. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree combined with a minimum of 2-4 years of fundraising and grant writing experience.
  • Demonstrated experience soliciting donations and managing gift program in non-profit setting highly preferred.
  • Philanthropy experience preferred
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Revenue Development experience
  • Leadership role in Board and Donor relations
  • Leadership and Team Development
  • Donor Stewardship
  • Branding and Marketing, in partnership with Marketing
  • Finance and Administration, as it relates to Philanthropy and in partnership with the Director of Finance

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to effectively work at both strategic and administrative levels.
  • Must be motivated and passionate about philanthropy.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other associates and leadership team
  • Must be able to create, develop and execute fundraising strategies to meet revenue goals
  • Strong strategic planning abilities
  • Proven track record in grant writing and securing funding
  • Knowledge of budgeting principles related to development activities
  • Ability to collect and analyze data to drive fundraising decisions


  • 401(k)
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off Benefits


  • Supervisor Responsibilities – Direct Reports
  • Position Type – Full time position. Days and hours vary based on the workload.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Colorado Springs Conservatory (CSC) does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.  CSC is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.

Job Features

Job CategoryNon-Profit

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