Development Director


Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among teens in the U.S. and the number one cause in Colorado, where Robbie’s Hope began. But what’s more staggering than the statistics is that there isn’t more being done to help the individuals affected most—teens.

As adults and as a society, we are failing our children. It is our goal to empower the next generation to cope with the stress and pressure of modern society. To redefine what “good” actually looks like. To help teens recognize warning signs and realize they’re not alone. To allow them to feel their voices are being heard, letting them know it’s ok to ask for help, and giving them the tools and resources they need to rally together and talk openly about their struggles. Through compassion, empathy and communication, we are building communities of support where it is not only acceptable, but normal, to talk about depression and anxiety.

At Robbie’s Hope it is our mission to empower a generation of teens to let each other know it’s ok, to not be ok. We are working to cut the rate of teen suicide in half by 2028.

Robbie’s Hope seeks a Director of Development to shape, grow , and sustain organization operations at an exciting time in our short history.  Robbie’s Hope is succeeding in driving positive change in Colorado and the broader United States.  We seek someone who is excited to be a part of shifting the lives of teens through destigmatizing mental health conversations and empowering our youth.

The Director of Development is responsible for oversight, proactive planning, and successful execution of a comprehensive fundraising program, and to position Robbie’s Hope for future success, growth, and sustainability.  The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director and plays a key leadership role in ensuring that Robbie’s Hope fulfills its mission, ensures a values-based organizational culture, and accomplishes it financial goals.

This is a Full Time Exempt position requiring flexibility to work evening and weekend hours as needed for meetings and projects.


The examples of essential functions listed below are intended to be illustrations of the types of work that will be performed.  Duties and responsibilities are subject to change by Robbie’s Hope as the needs of the organization and requirements of the job shift over time.

Leadership and Collaboration

  • Lead a partnership with the Executive Director and Board Finance Committee to design and fulfill annual fundraising strategies and goals
  • Provide leadership, direction, and management for Robbie’s Hope Foundation to drive successful fundraising and engagement/awareness strategies for the organization.
  • Oversee and direct the implementation of the annual development plan
  • Design strategies and tactics for acquisition, growth, and success as it related to donor pipeline development across all areas of fundraising
  • Monitor fundraising results and consistently report progress to the Executive Director and Board of Directors; participate in Board Meetings and Committees as requested
  • Collaborate with the Treasurer to develop budgets, monitor and forecast revenue and expenses, and drive financial results
  • Lead quantitative and qualitative evaluation of fundraising outcomes, resulting in informed, data-driven, and investor-centric strategies
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the Executive Director and Board Finance Committee to build and empower the Board’s capacity, capability, consistency, and confidence in fundraising
  • Generate new ideas that increase revenue and investor loyalty

Fundraising (Annual Giving, Major Gifts, Corporate Giving & Grants)

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Treasurer in the creation of a strategy for a large, sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Connect organizational mission and results to investor’s philanthropic goals and ambitions
  • Design and drive strategies for an annual giving program, including online giving and direct mail
  • Responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual donors at the Lead Annual and Major Gift levels.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director secure support for Robbie’s Hope initiatives through creative, innovative initiatives, and giving opportunities
  • Develop, in partnership with the Executive Director and Board Finance Committee, the annual strategy and goals for philanthropic revenue
  • Cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of LAG, MG, Corporate and Foundation prospects/donors and maintain relationship tracking in database (Kindful)
  • Manage staff and contractors in event logistics and administration, ensure impeccable event logistics and results
  • Develop a comprehensive giving strategy to engage corporations in supporting Robbie’s Hope
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and Board Finance Committee, develop an annual grant strategy and goals that build and sustain relationships with private foundations, write grant applications, and track proposals, outcomes, and reporting requirements for all grants
  • Manage Kindful including data entry and gift processing

Strategic Communications

  • In conjunction with the Executive Director and Board Finance Committee, develop a comprehensive, multi-channel, coordinated development-focused communications strategy, integrating into Robbie’s Hope larger plan for growing awareness of Robbie’s Hope’s impact and role in the community
  • Execute the development communications plan through innovative and creative approaches, consistent and aligned with the organization’s strategy
  • Manage donor communications for high-level, strategic fundraising opportunities
  • Provide personal outreach to high-level donors to deepen relationship with Robbie’s Hope
  • Communicate and report on fundraising goals throughout the organization and to the Board of Directors



  • Bachelor’s degree in non-profit management, business or related field preferred
  • 5 years of related and directly relevant development experience in non-profit organizations, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • CFRE preferred 

Desired Specialized Knowledge and Skills

  • Skilled communicator and relationship-focused leader
  • Strong belief in and Commitment to Robbie’s Hope’s mission
  • Willingness to communicate and meet with donors and prospects on a regular basis.
  • Technology savvy and knowledgeable including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Kindful, and MailChimp
  • Advanced knowledge of outreach marketing channels and best practices
  • High level of analytical ability. multi-tasked manner of thinking, self-motivated and directed.
  • Excellent administrative skills and a proven ability to set objectives, organize programmatic priorities and meet goals. Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Ability to listen to others and communicate honestly, responsibly, and professionally; verbally, written, and electronically
  • Strong entrepreneurial mindset
  • Ability to enthusiastically advocate for Robbie’s Hope’s mission.
  • Attentiveness to detail, extremely strong interpersonal skills, particularly regarding the judgement, discretion, confidentiality and patience necessary for dealing with a diverse group of donors.
  • Relationship-building, writing and editing skills with the ability to articulate accurately and persuasively the themes and issues associated with Robbie’s Hope’s mission.
  • Ability to perform several tasks concurrently with ease, effectively and efficiently
  • Commitment to impeccability and integrity


  • Ability to work in a team environment and has the courage to communicate openly and honestly
  • Possess a growth mindset: the willingness to be coached and to develop increased effectiveness, collaboration, and produce results
  • High functioning sense of humor, humility, and emotional intelligence

General Workplace

  • This position requires work to be conducted in our Lakewood, CO office at least three days per week. Remote work the remaining time is at the option of the employee.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • This position requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate phones, computers, and other office equipment, and the ability to sit and to use a computer for significant periods of time
  • This person must speak and write clearly using the English language to accurately convey information to donors
  • Generally good work conditions with little to no exposure to extremes in noises and temperature
  • Little or no safety or health hazards
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds
  • Ability to use stairs
  • Work performed in an office setting as applicable determined by activities


$60,000 – $90,000 commensurate with skills and experience.

Robbie’s Hope offers a benefit package that includes Medical, Paid Time Off, Sick Time, Holiday Pay and Floating Holiday Pay

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  We highly value a diverse workforce.


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