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Development Manager

Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Full Time
Posted September 28, 2021

Development Manager

Full-time, Exempt position

The Development Manager is responsible for supporting the fundraising success of the organization, working closely with the Director of Development, Executive Director, Development Committee, grant writer, and Marketing and Communications Coordinator. This position will serve as the main organizer of day-to-day fundraising operations, and will serve as a leader on sponsorship, individual annual fundraising, event management, and data management.


Specific Responsibilities

  • Manage gift acknowledgements, data entry, membership benefits, and donor stewardship processes.
  • Conduct prospect research and work with Development Director to build relationships with new private and family foundations.
  • Take the lead on building out corporate sponsorship opportunities for programs and events such as Lit Fest, including identifying and securing new sponsors.
  • Support all annual mailings and campaigns.
  • Support and occasionally take the lead on development events, including fundraisers, cultivation and stewardship events, from initial planning to night-of execution.
  • Collaborate with Development Director and Marketing and Communications Coordinator to create messaging around fundraising opportunities and share the story of our impact with current and prospective donors.
  • As needed, assist with preparing materials for the capital campaign and other fundraising campaigns, gathering information from program staff, etc.
  • As needed, collaborate with grant writer on writing LOIs, proposals, and reports and related financial and programmatic attachments.
  • Stay up to date on best practices in fundraising and local arts organizations, bringing new ideas and a readiness to try new approaches to an evolving team.


Experience and Education

Candidate should possess at least a bachelor’s degree and at least three years in nonprofit fundraising, or equivalent experience. The candidate should be comfortable working with people in all levels of the organization as well as diverse external partners. The candidate must be able to organize and execute large projects, conduct research, and use data to inform fundraising practices. Candidate must be an impeccable writer, a clear and friendly communicator, and open to frequent collaboration. They should also be a passionate reader and writer, as well as a tireless advocate for the power of literature in our culture.

The ideal candidate is a flexible, enthusiastic, goal-driven, and organized self-starter who enjoys creating positive and inspiring relationships with all members of the Lighthouse community. The ideal candidate also thrives under casual supervision and will also be prepared to occasionally work weekends and nights. Must be able to work outdoors, possess a valid driver’s license, and be able to lift and move objects up to 40 lbs.

Necessary Skills:

  • Three to five years’ experience in for nonprofit fundraising; knowledge of Denver philanthropic and/or arts communities preferred
  • High degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office suite; experience with DonorPerfect or similar donor databases a plus
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Highly insightful and effective storyteller
  • Highly organized and able to anticipate, plan for and reach deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills
  • Willingness to learn new skills to support team growth and efficiency


Compensation and Benefits

Benefits include 15 days of paid time off (PTO) which can be used as sick, vacation, or personal time. This position also includes medical insurance for the individual and dependents, a SEP-IRA retirement account, and a flexible medical spending account. Finally, it also includes one free eight-week workshop, and one free one-day workshop per season.

This position pays between $50,000 and $60,000 per year to start and is full time, 40 hours per week. This position currently requires that you are in person sixteen (16) hours per week.


Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Lighthouse Writers Workshop is a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace, where all participants, employees, and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feel valued and respected. We value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are heard. To that end, we uphold a commitment to a diverse community by nurturing an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming work environment.


How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter online on our Development Manager submission page.

Lighthouse has instituted a Covid-19 health and safety policy that adheres to City and County of Denver and state of Colorado guidance. That policy can be found here.

Compensation: $50,000 - $60,000 per year to start

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