Careers at Colorado Open Lands

Colorado Open Lands is seeking candidates for the following positions: 

Donor Relations & Major Gift Officer
Position based in Lakewood, CO

Summary of Position:
Colorado Open Lands (COL) is excited to grow our charitable giving team with the new role of a Donor Relations & Major Gift Officer. This position will be primarily responsible for identifying, engaging, cultivating, and soliciting new annual donors at the $10,000+ level, while reserving a portion of time to cultivate gifts of $50,000 and above.

This is an opportunity to join a growing and dynamic organization dedicated to protecting Colorado’s remaining wild and working lands.  This position reports to the Director of Philanthropy, works closely with the President & CEO and Board of Directors, and is based in Lakewood, CO.

The mission of Colorado Open Lands is to preserve the significant open lands and natural heritage of Colorado through private and public partnerships, innovative land conservation techniques, and strategic leadership. Through our work, we demonstrate our core values of integrity, creativity, inspiration, and collaborative leadership.

Core Leadership Responsibilities:
– Identify prospects with an affinity for our mission and the capacity to make annual gifts of $10,000+ and major gifts of $50,000+.
– Engage prospects with a thoughtfully designed outreach and education approach, including spending significant time in the field meeting donors and arranging opportunities to demonstrate our work statewide. Significant travel and some overnight excursions expected.
– Create and deliver solicitations that reflect the mutual philanthropic and mission-based goals of both the prospect and COL.

Additional Responsibilities:
Intra-Organization Leadership
– Support COL’s President & CEO and Board of Directors in their efforts to engage their sphere of influence as thoughtful, informed, and strategic contributors to the development process.
– Attend Board of Directors meetings, including an annual overnight retreat.
– Collaborate with colleagues across departments to gain a working knowledge of our programs, as well as create and package donor proposals that are accurate, timely, and contextually appropriate.

Departmental Support
– Collaborate with fellow Development team members to ensure departmental and individual success.
– Support key departmental initiatives and events, representing the organization in external and donor-facing contexts.
– Lead, manage, and be accountable for additional special projects as needed, including planning, delivery, evaluation, and follow up.

General Office Engagement
– Participate in regular staff, planning, and other meetings.
– Attend the annual overnight staff retreat.

Role Expectations / Goals:
Colorado Open Lands is making an investment in this position with the reasonable assumption that, after 12 months, the Donor Relations & Major Gift Officer will generate $50,000 of new donor gifts. After 36 months, we expect this position to be yielding a new revenue stream of $300,000 annually and that, through the leadership of this role, Colorado Open Lands will have a pool of donors prepared to receive periodic solicitations of transformational or multi-year gifts of $50,000 or more.

Minimum Qualifications:
– Extensive background in major gift development, including prospecting, engaging, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding high-net-worth donors.
– Deep value of philanthropy, and for the individuals and families through whom we pursue our mission.
– Outstanding communication and presentation skills – written and verbal – with a practiced ability to adapt to meet the needs of a diverse range of individuals and families.
– Personable and trustworthy with exemplary ethics, professional poise, and presence.
– Proven ability to work independently as part of a team.
– Availability to attend evening and weekend events, as needed.

Preferred Qualifications:
– History of successful major donor fundraising within Colorado.
– Experience fundraising within the environmental sector.
– Experience in financial services, preferable family wealth management.
– Advanced degree/certification in relevant field – ex. JD, CFA, CFRE.
– Fluency with Donor Perfect, DRM software.

Compensation and Benefits:
This position is scheduled to be full time (40 hours/week) and is eligible for full benefits*.  Salary range is $70,000-$90,000 commensurate with level of education, skills, and experience.

* Colorado Open Lands offers a competitive benefit package including: 401k plan with corporate match, health insurance (medical, dental, and vision), health savings account (HSA), life and disability insurance, paid time off (sick, vacation, holidays, etc.) and a collaborative, flexible work environment.

To Apply:
Please email a cover letter, resumé, and three professional references to Brandy Bertram at BBertram@coloradoopenlands.org. The position will remain open until filled.

EEO Statement:
Colorado Open Lands provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics or other protected status. For information about Colorado Open Lands, please visit our website at www.coloradoopenlands.org.

Development Administrator

Position based in Lakewood, CO

Summary of Position:
Colorado Open Lands is excited to grow our charitable giving team with the addition of a Development Administrator. This person will be primarily responsible for COL’s donor management platforms, donor contact and gift recordkeeping, gift acknowledgement and receipting, reporting and list production, and grant research and administration.

This is an opportunity to join a growing and dynamic organization dedicated to protecting Colorado’s most significant land-based resources.  This position reports to the Director of Philanthropy, and is based in Lakewood, CO, with teleworking options available.

The Mission of Colorado Open Lands is to preserve the significant open lands and natural heritage of Colorado through private and public partnerships, innovative land conservation techniques and strategic leadership. Through our work, we demonstrate our core values of integrity, creativity, inspiration, and collaborative leadership.

Responsibilities:

Data Entry, Management, and Reporting
– Execute all development-related data entry, including contacts and gift processing, into COL’s donor management platforms including, but not limited to, DonorPerfect, Constant Contact, and WealthEngine.
– Produce on-demand and regularly scheduled reports to support accounting, fundraising, outreach and communications efforts.
– Ensure that data is accurate, ‘clean’, and organized to support donor-centric communications.
– Review donor data through the lenses of organizational and departmental initiatives, as well as donor preferences activity, to identify meaningful trends and opportunities that may inform development functions.
– Ensure that the donor management platforms are effectively optimized, updated and maintained.
– Regularly evaluate platforms to determine additive value of new or additional features in the context of COL’s strategic and departmental initiatives.

Donor Acknowledgement
– Manage the processing and distribution of all gift and pledge receipts, and any added value collateral and/or staff engagement associated with such, in a timely and accurate manner.
– Assist in producing acknowledgement letters and related donor documentation

Grants Administration:
– Research and identify potential grant opportunities for the organization.
– Assist as appropriate with submission of grant applications.
– Execute all data entry of grants, including gift processing, receipting and compliance forms.
– Maintain accurate and current data in grants management tracking system.
– Effectively schedule and track relevant deadlines such as disbursements and reporting deadlines.
– Assess opportunities to enhance grants management procedures to improve efficiency.
– Assist as appropriate with post-award management.

General Office Engagement
– Collaborate with other staff to develop Annual Work Plan and other strategic documents.
– Participate in regular staff, planning, and other meetings.

Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge and Experience
– Advanced experience administering donor management platforms, DonorPerfect preferred
– Entering data into, and managing the maintenance of, donor relationship management software
– Creating and interpreting highly customized data reports for use by internal and external stakeholders
– Familiarity with grant management, specifically, tracking of awards, due dates and reporting requirements
– Experience using email marketing and wealth screening software, Constant Contact and WealthEngine preferred
– Developing and executing projects within deadlines and established budgets
– Advanced proofreading/editing skills

Skills and Attributes
– High attention to detail and accuracy in a fluid, high-demand environment
– Ability to think creatively and proactively about customer / donor data in the context of departmental and organizational goals
– Effective at translating stakeholder data requests into accurate, functional reports
– Fluency with common office software including Word, Excel, Outlook, etc., as well as donor relationship management software

Preferred Qualifications:
– Familiarity with grant management, specifically, tracking of awards, due dates and reporting requirements
– General familiarity with accounting and finance as related to the recording of charitable contributions
– Ability to work, problem solve, and add value in an independent manner.
– Tenacity, sense of humor, and team-oriented attitude.

Structure and Compensation:
This position is scheduled to be full-time (40 hours/week) and is eligible for full benefits. Salary range is $38,000 – $45,000 commensurate with level of skills and experience.

Benefits:
Colorado Open Lands offers a competitive compensation package including: 401k plan with corporate match, health insurance (medical, dental, & vision, health savings account (HSA) account), life and disability insurance, paid time off (sick, vacation, holidays, etc.) and a collaborative, flexible work environment.

To Apply:
Please email a cover letter describing your desire and capacity to fill the role, résumé, and three relevant references to Brandy Bertram at BBertram@coloradoopenlands.org. The position will remain open until filled.

EOE Statement:
Colorado Open Lands provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics or other protected status. For information about Colorado Open Lands, please visit our website at www.ColoradoOpenLands.org

 

 

Colorado Open Lands invites you to consider a career in conservation. Our staff is comprised of talented, passionate conservation professionals with a passion for helping landowners positively impact Colorado forever.

Colorado Open Lands Staff

For a list of job opportunities in the conservation field, please visit the Land Trust Alliance Careers Page or the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts Careers Page.

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