Development Specialist (Denver, CO)

  • American Red Cross
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • Nov 08, 2017

Job Description

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By joining the American Red Cross you will touch millions of lives every year and experience the greatness of the human spirit at its best. Are you ready to be part of the world's largest humanitarian network?

Job Description:

As one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. We depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs. If you share our passion for helping people, join us in this excellent career opportunity.

We are currently seeking a Development Specialist, Grant and Stewardship (Denver, CO) to work in our Denver office. This position will work 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, and some weekends and evenings will be required during times of business need. Minimal travel will also be involved.

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The Development Specialist, Grant and Stewardship is responsible for researching, writing, developing and implementing the strategy to increase revenue through workplace giving campaigns and grant proposals.

Enhances relationships with foundations and government agencies in support of funding needs.

This position will be responsible for planning and carrying out donor stewardship activity, grant writing and grant reporting activity, and for providing marketing and event support to the for the fund raising team.

Some Responsibilities:

  • Provides strategic vision, tools, resources and training to help Red Cross fundraisers create fundraising strategies.
  • Works closely with colleagues to ensure that the organization takes full advantage of programmatic funding opportunities.
  • Implements and creates best practices on workplace giving for United Way and other foundations.
  • Conducts in-depth analysis and exploration in order to advise others regarding which foundations, agencies or corporations would be suitable to approach for the organization’s funding needs. May be personally responsible for researching and writing grants.
  • Identifies, pursues, cultivates, and enhances relationships with foundations and government agencies in support of funding needs. Creates guidance, tools, and resources to assess relationships.
  • Initially carrying out the current Stewardship plan and then annually updating and executing the plan, in partnership with direct fundraisers. This is about ensuring our donors have not regrets, that promised benefits are provided, and that donors are thanked and appreciated in such a way that they are inclined to give again.
  • In the Grants area, responsibility includes developing financial information (budgets by geography and program), making sure that standard information is readily available (audit, 990, IRS certification, etc.), developing and maintaining grant proposal templates by location and program, ensuring that grant reporting is done on schedule, and working with direct fundraisers in preparing and submitting grant requests and grant reports.
  • Other responsibilities include working with marketing staff and event management staff to develop collateral, ensure promised recognition, and carry out project management duties for things like Colorado Gives Day, etc.
  • Grant Management - Developing a grant plan and executing the same (including identification, submission and reporting).
  • Donor Stewardship - Developing a stewardship plan and executing the same.
  • Project Management - Developing and executing project plans so that desired outcomes are achieved or exceeded on time and on budget.


Education: A Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in Communications, Business, Organizational Development or a relevant field.

Experience: A minimum of five years’ experience working for a nonprofit organization or in public relations, marketing, sales, communication or project management. Corporate fundraising or workplace giving experience preferred. Experience working with community foundations and the United Way preferred.

Management Experience: 2-4 years of management experience preferred.

Skills and Abilities: Microsoft Office, Donor Management System (like Raiser’s Edge or Team Approach) is highly preferred.

Other: Excellent written and oral communication skills, Including strong presentation skills. Excellent planning and organizational skills, including attention to detail and data management. Strong customer service orientation is necessary. Demonstrated ability to work well within a team. Demonstrated initiative and ability to handle deadlines, pressure and changing priorities with good judgment. Operational flexibility to meet sudden and unpredictable business needs, willingness to work outside standard established business hours.

Travel: Limited, less than 20% of time.

Apply now! Joining our team will provide you with the opportunity to make a difference every day.

The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The American Red Cross is a diverse nonprofit organization offering its employee’s professional development and growth opportunities, a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a collaborative team spirit environment. To be considered for this position, please visit to apply.

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