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Executive Director, Community College of Denver Foundation & Governmental Affairs

Community College of Denver
Colorado, United States
$96,660.00 - $106,620.00
Closing date
Sep 15, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Other Fundraising
Community Foundations, Education
Employment Type
Full Time
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Title:  Executive Director, Community College of Denver Foundation & Governmental Affairs


Department:  Community College of Denver Foundation                    


Community College of Denver is seeking individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and work environment.  CCD values the ability to work effectively with students, families, faculty, instructors and staff of diverse backgrounds.




The Executive Director of the Community College of Denver Foundation & Governmental Affairs (ED-CCDF) is a member of the President’s senior leadership team, reporting directly to the President. The ED-CCDF is responsible for providing Executive leadership for the CCD Foundation and the development office for CCD. The ED-CCDF has supervisory responsibilities over and provides leadership for alumni relations, governmental relations, and the acquisition of philanthropic investments to the college. The ED-CCDF collaborates with the Executive leadership team and college constituents to develop and implement a College-wide culture and climate of philanthropy and the strategic plan for the Foundation. As a member of the Executive leadership team, this position also materially contributes to the college’s strategic planning process, provides oversight of implementation, and may be charged with leading the operationalization of strategic initiatives for the President. The ED-CCDF regularly represents the President and the college to external constituents.


The ED-CCDF collaborates with the College’s leadership team to advance the mission of the college in championing equity, opportunity, innovation, and excellence while transforming students’ lives and communities, and positioning the institution for a sustainable future. The primary purpose of this position is to raise funds for the College through planning, developing, and implementing a broad-based program of financial and in-kind support. This includes the identification, cultivation, involvement, solicitation, and stewardship of donors to the College. The successful candidate will maximize third-party gift support for CCD’s priority projects and programs while assuring strict compliance with donor intent, and all applicable State and Federal regulations. This position is responsible for the leadership and oversight of all operational and fiscal aspects of the CCD Foundation and working with the CCD Foundation Board of Directors.





Fundraising and Development

  • Serves as the Executive Director of the Foundation & Governmental Affairs
  • Integrates CCD and CCD Foundation’s fundraising efforts to assure the highest quality professional effort and to maximize effectiveness and productivity
  • Coordinate the activities of the CCD Foundation Board of Directors
  • Establish guidelines for assessing the feasibility and compatibility of philanthropic initiatives
  • Monitor and supervise the Foundation’s accounting and investment activities
  • Plan and direct the college’s external fundraising and philanthropic grant efforts – in collaboration with CCD Grants Manager – including federal, state, local and private development opportunities
  • Ensure that fundraising efforts are aligned with college priorities and long-range plans
  • Provide leadership for all college activities that raise funds from alumni, current staff, and the community
  • Provide the administrative infrastructure and centralized services necessary to support the optimal development effort
  • Working with the Chair of the Foundation Board and the college President, plan and direct the identification and solicitation of potential significant donors
  • Develop fundraising campaigns and events, including capital and major gift campaigns, planned giving and stewardship programs
  • Oversee the fulfillment of scholarship funds, program grants and discretionary grants awarded to the Foundation, as well as preparation and submission of reports required to comply with donors’ conditions and applicable government regulations
  • Provide strategy and leadership to develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive alumni program designed to provide meaningful opportunities for volunteerism, service, personal and professional development, and events and programs for alumni to enhance loyalty, dedication, and support for CCD
  • Promote the College’s vision, mission and core values while maximizing private gift support for CCD
  • Develop and advance a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization, the College, and with the CCD Foundation Board of Directors
  • Create opportunities for a diverse group of volunteers to participate in the mission of CCD through advocacy and fundraising and advising the Foundation on programs and practices
  • Seek to maximize the effectiveness of each member of the Board by matching their talents with the needs of the organization
  • Communicate regularly with all Board members and present regular reports concerning fundraising business operations, assets, investments, etc.
  • Develop and implement innovative gifting strategies and cultivation and solicitation activities for major individual and corporate prospects that strengthen relationships
  • Maintains a current knowledge base about fundraising trends, ethics, laws, community fundraising events, and national programs, as well as fundraising activities within the Colorado Community College System
  • Develops and implements an effective internal and external communication program and oversees the development of written materials including donor communications, newsletters, annual report, and the CCD Foundation website
  • Provides supervision of staff and work-studies to achieve optimal activities related to donor engagement and outreach, events, and Foundation operations



Office of the President

  • Serves as a member of the President’s Executive Leadership team and actively participates with the President and leadership team colleagues in strategic institutional planning, policy/procedure development, and problem resolution
  • Assists with organizing and prioritizing initiatives to achieve strategic goals, monitor and track metrics, and drive the design and/or execution of deliverables
  • Effectively handles various projects and advises the President
  • Develops communications from the President’s Office to prospective donors, existing donors, alumni, and various community members/entities and represent the President, as needed, with internal and external constituents
  • Participates in civic and community organizations to represent the college and to develop and cultivate relationships with community leaders and potential donors
  • Serves as legislative liaison and supports the President and the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) in advocacy efforts at the local, state, and national level
  • Cultivates and maintains professional contacts with other higher education institutions and professional organizations and associations and seek opportunities for joint ventures and partnerships
  • Maintains effective working relationships with the CCCS office, members of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, Auraria Higher Education Center leadership and the leadership of the Auraria Higher Education Center institutions
  • Identifies and works in tandem with College personnel to create community partnerships designed to develop programs and projects to benefit students and the community at large that meet the strategic goals of the College and Foundation. Serves as a catalyst for community development activities and monitors fulfillment
  • Assists the College President in responding to issues, concerns, or complaints raised by the Foundation Board, students, faculty, and staff or individuals from the community, as applicable to the role



  • Other duties as assigned








Associate degree in a related field.  



  • Five (5) years of successful development experience with increasing responsibilities in an academic setting or for a nonprofit organization
  • Proven record of working with major donors to secure large gifts
  • Significant record of progressive fundraising experience with increasing levels of responsibility
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working with boards, volunteers, and a wide range of constituents
  • Proven ability to develop and implement fundraising special events and projects
  • Evidenced competence in budget planning and management
  • Evidenced experience supervising, coordinating, and evaluating direct reports, departments, and programs – adhering to appropriate policies and procedures
  • Experience with social media and other web-related communication tools



  • Considerable knowledge of fundraising regulations and grant management
  • Ability to orchestrate special events for potential and current donors
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Established ability to lead, manage, coordinate and supervise staff and volunteers, with a broad and diverse range of activities and people
  • Demonstrated ability to promote collaboration, teamwork and partnerships with internal and external constituents
  • Knowledge of current software applications
  • Demonstrated public relations skills
  • Responsible for the protection and safe-keeping of confidential data acquired during work
  • Ability to perform complex functions and analysis under limited supervision
  • Strong diagnostic, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to present and disseminate data and information to all levels of the college workforce and external constituencies
  • Ability to interact and effectively communicate with a diverse employee and student population
  • Contributes to and maintains an inclusive and collaborative College environment
  • Commits to the philosophy of a comprehensive community college





Bachelors or Master’s Degree from an accredited institution



  • Experience working with Colorado state and local legislative delegations to secure funding for capital projects
  • Progressive fundraising experience in a community college environment



CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) credential or equivalent certification preferred


Other Considerations:

  • The CCD Foundation office is housed at the Auraria campus and the College has multiple campuses
  • This position is highly mobile within the Metro-Denver region and requires reliable personal transportation
  • This position functions primarily during normal business hours, but regularly includes evening and weekend activities
  • Travel outside of the Metro-Denver area is typically confined to attendance at professional conferences nationally and meetings within the state of Colorado
  • Travel outside of the CCD service area for prospect and donor visits should be expected




OPEN DATE:                      July 28, 2022


     CLOSING DATE:                 Continuous


SALARY:                           $96,660.00 - $106,620.00 Annually       




Our campus is located in downtown Denver, adjacent to two light rail stations, and just minutes away from shopping, restaurants, and event venues.  When you visit our campus, it will be immediately evident that our faculty, staff, and instructors are passionate about serving our diverse student population. At CCD our passion is to help others, and we offer career pathways that will make a difference in the lives of our students. 




If you are interested in sharing our passion for student success, CCD offers generous medical, dental, vision, life, and retirement options. We also offer the opportunity to expand your education, and those of your dependents, through our tuition reimbursement program.


CCD is a Learning College where policies, programs and practices support learning as the major priority. The Community College of Denver is an Equal Employment Opportunity Educational Employer. 


Background checks will be conducted on all finalists for employment consideration.


CCD recognizes that administration, faculty, instructors, and staff reflect the diversity of its students and community and prohibits employment and student discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.


For a complete review of the benefits we offer, please click on the following link:




Preliminary screening will be made on the basis of completed application packet submitted by candidate.  Completed application packet includes: a letter of interest of no more than five pages, addressing in general the items under "Primary Duties" and specifically each item under “Minimum Qualifications”; an online application; resume; and transcripts.  All candidates, including current Community College of Denver

employees must submit a complete application packet which includes all material listed above.    


Only completed application packets will move forward for screening.  Please review the job duties and minimum requirements carefully. Meeting the minimum qualifications for a particular position does not assure the applicant an interview.  Selected applicants will be invited by the screening committee for interviews. All application materials become the property of Community College of Denver and cannot be copied. 






Interested applicants must submit a complete application packet at which includes:


  1. Electronic Application, Click ‘New Resume’ at the bottom of this page
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Resume
  4. References - Names, phone numbers, addresses, & email addresses of three professional references
  5. Copies of transcripts, unofficial preferred
  6. Copies of appropriate credentials, if applicable



**All included attachments should be saved with the following nomenclature:  Last name, First name Document; for example Doe, John Resume; Doe, Jane Transcripts




***Your resume should clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications.  Those applicants that do not meet the minimum qualifications will not be considered.  Part-time experience is ½ the equivalent of full-time experience. Example:  Four (4) years applicable part-time experience equals 2 years full-time equivalency.




For information regarding Community College of Denver Security, including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding area, please see the CCD Campus Security website under “student’s right to know”: For a hard copy report please contact 303-352-3042.

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