Director, Development Communications

  • Glendale, CO
  • National Jewish Health - Galleria Office Towers
  • Development Administration
  • Full Time - Day Shift
  • Supervisory/Management
  • Req #: 14734
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Position Summary    

Responsible for the formation and implementation of the Development Department’s national communication strategies that reflect National Jewish Health’s strategic plans, institutional priorities, audience affinities and for brand identities through the constituency base throughout the United States. Responsible for enhancing the Development Department’s visibility and reputation throughout the country utilizing all media channels.

Essential Duties    

  1. Manages and develops an effective staff: providing effective communication, leadership, guidance and resources. Determines staff qualifications and competency:  recruits, interviews, selects, hires, trains, orients, mentors, evaluates, coaches, counsels, disciplines, and rewards.  Establishes and monitors staff safety and regulatory compliance.
  2. Create strategic communication objectives focused on goals of major gifts, campaign, events, annual fund and planned giving areas and work with teams to develop plans to implement programs that support these goals. Functions hand-on for implementation of programs and provides evaluation, including changing course as needed. 
  3. Development of all collateral support for the strategic initiatives of the Development program. 
  4. Serves as the Development Department’s national brand leader, ensuring that Development Department’s communications are in line with institutional brand strategy and standards across the country.
  5. Oversees the development and production of donor/disease specific proposals and reports as required, as well as responsible for the maintenance of materials essential to creating said documents. Also oversees the development and production of writing and reviewing grant proposals.
  6. Oversees the production of collateral including but not limited to letters, speeches, proposals and reports for the President and CEO, Board of Directors, faculty and staff representatives.
  7. Creates strategy for and oversees the production of Development Social Media and Website content.
  8. Collaborates with Public Affairs and Marketing Departments to share information, prevent duplication of effort and to help brand National Jewish Health with strong institutionally approved messages.


  1. Accountability: Accepts full responsibility for self and contribution as a team member; displays honesty and truthfulness; confronts problems quickly; displays a strong commitment to organizational success and inspires others to commit to goals; demonstrates a commitment to National Jewish Health.
  2. Attention to Detail: Accomplishing tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time. Setting high standards of performance for self and others; assuming responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
  3. Building Strategic Relationships: Identifying opportunities and taking action to build strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, departments, units, or organizations to help achieve business goals.
  4. Collaboration/Teamwork: Cooperates with others to accomplish common goals; works with employees within and across his/her department to achieve shared goals; treats others with dignity and respect and maintains a friendly demeanor; values the contributions of others.
  5. Creativity and Innovation: Applies creative problem-solving skills to develop solutions to problems; recognizes and demonstrates the value in taking “smart” risks and learning from mistakes; develops multiple alternatives and understands the feasibility of each; effectively shares and implements his/her ideas. Generates innovative solutions in work situations; tries different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities.
  6. Informing and Communicating: Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
  7. Managing Work and Time/Project Management: Effectively managing one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently. Effectively manages project(s) by appropriately focusing attention on the critical few priorities; effectively creates and executes against project timelines based on priorities, resource availability, and other project requirements (i.e., budget); effectively evaluates planned approaches, determines feasibility, and makes adjustments when needed.
  8. Problem Solving: Uses issue identification, data relation and comparison, pattern recognition and information gathering to create analyses and make recommendations.

Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility    

Manages one to three employees.


Minimal travel may be required. 

Core Values    

  1. Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time.
  2. Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others.
  3. Be well groomed, appropriately for your role and wear ID Badge visibly.
  4. Be in compliance with all departmental and institutional policies, the Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct and completes NetLearning by due date annually.
  5. Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the institution.
  6. Adheres to safe working practices and at all times follows all institutional and departmental safety policies and procedures. 
  7. Wears appropriate PPE as outlined by the infection control policies and procedures.
  8. Demonstrates compliance with all state, federal and all other regulatory agency requirements.

Minimum Qualifications


Master’s Degree in journalism or other related field required.

Work Experience    

A minimum of seven (7) years of recent and related experience as professional writer required, including three (3) years management experience. Portfolio must include published materials reflecting experience in one (1) or more of the following areas: public relations, medical reporting, fund-raising, grant writing, marketing or persuasive writing. 

Special Training, Certification or Licensure    


Salary Range: $104,689 - $137,375


At National Jewish Health, we recognize that our outstanding faculty and staff are the essence of our organization. For every aspect of health care, our employees are our greatest asset.

With that in mind, we have designed a valuable, comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and their families.

  • Medical Plans, Dental Plans and Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • FSA and HSA
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Life Insurance and AD&D
  • Voluntary Benefits, like Accident Insurance, Critical Care and Hospital Indemnity
  • Sick and Vacation Paid Time Off
  • Wellness Program
  • Legal Plan

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