Development Manager


Title: Development Manager

Position Status: Full-time, exempt

Reports to: Vice President of External Affairs

Hiring Range: $68,000 - $75,000

Benefits: Full benefits including three weeks of vacation, every other Friday off, paid health days, paid family leave, retirement, health insurance, and more.


Founded in 1982, CWEE fosters personal and professional transformation for low-income families through confidence building, customized skills training, and career advancement. CWEE believes that regardless of personal situations and other barriers to employment, when an appropriate level of education and support is provided, individuals can and will succeed. CWEE has a long history of expertise and knowledge in the field of workforce development. CWEE is now seeking to expand its funding base and dramatically accelerate the impact of its services.



In support of CWEE’s mission, the Development Manager will have primary responsibility for daily management and execution of the fundraising and development plan to grow CWEE’s financial resources. This newly created position reports to the Vice President of External Affairs and works in close partnership with that position and the CEO. The Development Manager will work across the organization to diversify and increase CWEE’s resources and impact.


The Development Manager must be a self-starter, highly responsive and organized with strong interpersonal skills to effectively manage donor relationships. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, commitment to continuous learning and an established track record of impact amidst organizational change required.



  • Manage and support the CEO and VP of External Affairs in the execution of the strategic fund development plan
    • Create and actively manage portfolio system of individual and corporate donors in support of CEO and VP of External Affairs
    • Provide resources to support ongoing cultivation and stewardship of major donors
    • Analyze giving data to help achieve ambitious donor expansion and retention goals
    • Develop and refine processes and procedures related to donor management
    • Develop and manage plans for various fund solicitation campaigns, including all direct mail and Colorado Gives Day execution
    • Support research and coordinate the approval, execution and communication of all grant-related items


  •  Manage the day-to-day Operations of the Development Department
    • Supervise the Development and Events Coordinator position
    • Establish and manage annual fundraising budget, in coordination with the VP of External Affairs and the CEO
    • Work across teams to support implementation of grant funded programs
    • Oversee donor database best practices and protocols
    • Lead organization in best practices for fundraising procedures and operations


  • Manage CWEE Ambassador Council (formerly Leadership Council)
    • Develop, cultivate and steward donor relationships with CWEE’s Ambassador Council - a key constituency group of change makers and emerging leaders
    • Host Ambassador Council stewardship events


  • Oversee all CWEE fundraising and volunteer events
    • Cultivate corporate event sponsors and manage fulfillment of benefits
    • With Development and Events Coordinator, oversee all logistics for execution of events
    • Develop and manage budgets and vendor relationships for all events


  • Manage and effectively communicate CWEE’s brand and impact to internal and external stakeholders
    • Represent CWEE in a variety of settings including with civic groups and donors
    • Work across teams to maintain an awareness of the program impact and work to promote the positive individual and social change that CWEE’s mission embodies
    • Ability to understand and champion the CWEE Advantage for internal and external stakeholders



  • Broad understanding of fundraising ethics and principles, donor stewardship, and accountability
  • Ability to understand, anticipate and respond to donor needs within organizational parameters
  • Passion for working cooperatively and effectively with others to enhance organizational effectiveness
  • Commitment to CWEE’s mission and working with diverse populations
  • Demonstrated success in utilizing state of the art communication and engagement strategies
  • Critical thinker with ability to synthesize data and make evidence-based decisions
  • Goal oriented with ability to operate in a dynamic environment as well as perform in a self- directed manner
  • Professional maturity, excellent written and oral communication, listening, and interpersonal skills in order to engage all audiences and build relationships
  • Familiarity with the Denver philanthropic community
  • Mastery of Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint, and social networking platforms
  • Experience with fundraising databases (Donor Perfect preferred)
  • Need consistent mode of transportation, job requires frequent travel for local meetings and events
  • Occasional nights and weekends required for events and meetings



Send cover letter, resume, and professional writing sample to careers@cwee.org. Resumes will be reviews, and interviews scheduled as qualified applications are received.



CWEE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Minorities and individuals dedicated to diversity and multiculturalism are encouraged to apply.

A criminal background check of 7 years is required.


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