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Clayton Early Learning is one of the nation's leaders in early childhood education, dedicated to improving the quality of learning that children experience before they begin kindergarten. When we have positions available, we seek early childhood professionals who want to spread their wings, share their talents, work collaboratively with other leaders in early childhood and actively incorporate research-based strategies into improving their practice.

Director, Development

Department: Development
Location: Denver, CO



The Director of Development exists to support development efforts and increase individual funding for Clayton Early Learning. This individual will help cultivate, solicit and steward mid-high level gifts. The ideal candidate should be a self-starter and dynamic ambassador of our organization working closely with the Vice President of Development, Development Manager and Director of Communications and Marketing. A passion for all things early childhood education is a plus. This position requires a strong understanding of fundraising principles, best practices, processes and strategies. With a dedicated focus on donor stewardship and community partnerships, Clayton Early Learning aims to create a stronger foundation of consistent and on-going donors – individual, corporate and foundation – in support of our mission and to help advance our brand and reputation.



  •  Cultivates, solicits and stewards mid-high level gifts from individuals – alumni, friends, partners, staff and others.
  •  Proven ability of prospecting and closing new donors.
  •  Establishes, builds and maintains positive business relationships with both individuals and organizations that have a passion for the Clayton mission.
  •  Responsible for obtaining sponsorships for Clayton events and programs.
  •  Achieves agreed upon development goals.
  •  Database management – proficient in fundraising or contact management software, preferable Raiser’s Edge.
  •  Responsible for updating CRM database weekly and generating monthly and quarterly activity reports.
  •  Helps organize Development/Communications led events – breakfasts/luncheons, annual fundraising events and corporate volunteer days, to name just a few.
  •  Provides input, recommendations and feedback around development, communications and marketing efforts.
  •  Highly motivated, self-starter who demonstrates responsible professional and courteous behavior by participating effectively within and across teams.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
  • Enhances department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
  • Must be willing to work non-standard hours as needed, including mornings, nights and weekends.


  •  Works on appropriate internal teams to help Clayton achieve its strategic goals
  •  Performs other duties as assigned



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Minimum education: Bachelor’s degree in related field – preferably in business, (sales, marketing, management), nonprofit management or a similar discipline.

Work experience in positions similar or related to this job: 5+ years of successful nonprofit fundraising experience. Demonstrated success in fundraising at the $10,000 level or above. Experience in fundraising for education or human services programs is a plus.

Special professional and/or job-related requirements: Current PPD-TB and physical examination, background check and compliance with other regulatory requirements as applicable.

Special training or experience: Experience with Raiser’s Edge, marketing and communications and nonprofits is desired.

Other: Encompasses traits of good judgement, confidentiality, and discretion in communicating with colleagues and constituents and possesses a personal/professional style that is ethical, diplomatic and of high integrity.  


  •  Conduct activities involving moderate standing and walking and moderate sitting.
  •  Lift, carry, push, and/or pull a burden weighing up to 20 pounds on a limited basis.
  •  Grasp and manipulate office and similar other tools and materials.
  •  Work with hands above shoulder height with a weight up to 5 pounds.
  •  Work with arms extended at shoulder height with a weight up to 5 pounds.
  •  Participate in routine conversation in person or via telephone, and distinguish telephone, radio/pager signals, alarms, and other auditory tones in a noisy environment.
  •  Distinguish small objects at near and far distances in conditions of bright or low light. Distinguish color and depth, and see objects in a wide field of vision.



This position is classified as a Category III risk within Clayton Early Learning work environment. Employees in Category III are those whose primary job responsibilities involve no exposure to blood, body fluids or other potential infectious materials. See exposure control plan for further details. The majority of this position's duties are performed within an indoor or a protected environment. The incumbent may be exposed to loud noises, to the threat of direct or indirect violence/conflict by other individuals, and to other unanticipated circumstances associated with the profession.


  •  Ability to interact effectively while demonstrating strong customer service skills with all levels of management and staff, outside vendors and partners.
  •  Experience in relating to others who represent various backgrounds. May involve interaction with persons whose first language is not English. Work with other people taking into consideration, among the dynamics, their needs, their personal styles, and the requirements of their jobs.
  •  Advanced level computer skills and excellent organization, writing and verbal communication skills. 
  •  Ability to create and deliver proposals and presentations with little oversight.
  •  Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive files and materials accessed, discussed or observed.
  •  Ability to develop and remember schedules, programs, policies, and other details, and apply good time management.
  •  Understand and perform intermediate level mathematical computations and beginning accounting principles.
  •  Ability to apply intermediate level problem-solving skills essential in developing solutions and new ways of thinking for solving current problems or unanticipated issues and challenges.
  •  Ability to coordinate and take initiative with a sense of urgency and a high level of motivation on concurrent projects and manage resources to achieve successful completion of intermediate level projects.
  •  Ability to remain calm and calm others in an emergency, stressful and/or confrontational situation.
  •  Ability to identify conflict, develop the procedures and take the steps necessary to resolve the issues while being sensitive to and aware of interpersonal differences and conflicts.
  •  Develop ability to understand and apply intermediate level organizational theories and practices and analytical skills essential in the development and implementation of policies, practices, programs, and employee communications.


Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualification associated with the job.


Clayton Early Learning provides national leadership to advance the field of early childhood education by researching, implementing and disseminating innovative teaching models. Join our highly-skilled team as we promote educational equity for young children through family engagement, teacher preparation, and effective early education policy.  



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