Director, Fundraising Special Projects & Strategic Initiatives

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  • Glendale, CO
  • National Jewish Health - Galleria Office Towers
  • Full Time - Day Shift
  • Professional
  • Req #: 14956
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Position Summary
The Director of Development Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives delivers project management, strategic planning, and implementation support for key organizational initiatives as assigned by the Vice President of Development.

Essential Duties

  1. Responsible for implementing Development’s special projects including the development and implementation of long-range strategic initiatives, as determine by the Vice President of Development.
  2. Leads selected program-based special projects that requires cross-functional engagement with key staff across the organization as well as external stakeholders as appropriate.
  3. Partners with the Vice President of Development on implementing a financial reporting system to support fundraising efforts.
  4. Supports the Vice President in the development of departmental budgets and forecasting activities.
  5. Implements the Grateful Patient program and strategizes with Prospect Research to robustly build the donor pipeline in preparation for the next campaign
  6. Supports the Assistant Vice President of Campaign to develop campaign strategic plan, infrastructure, stewardship and recognition program for campaign donors to include dedications.
  7. Partners with the Vice President of Development to assist in the management of their portfolio of major donors and prospects for support.
  8. Supports the Vice President of Development in the preparation of board reports and nominating materials.
  9. Supports the Vice President of Development in executing priorities.
  10. Performs all other duties as assigned.

Other Duties

  1. None


  1. Accountability: Accepts full responsibility for self and contributes 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 assuring the success of National Jewish Health. 
  2. Building Strategic Relationships: Identifies opportunities and takes action to build strategic relationships between teams, departments, units, or organizations to help achieve business goals.
  3. Business Acumen: Uses economic, financial, market, and industry data to understand and improve business results; using one’s understanding of major business functions, industry trends, and own organization’s position to contribute to effective business strategies and tactics.
  4. Collaboration/Teamwork: Cooperates with others to accomplish common goals across various departments; treats others with dignity and respect and maintains a friendly demeanor, and 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.
  6. Energy: Consistently maintains high levels of activity or productivity; operating with vigor, effectiveness and determination over extended periods of time.
  7. Initiative: Takes prompt action to accomplish objectives; takes action to achieve goals beyond what is required; is proactive.

Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility

10% to 20% local travel and national 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

  1. Education: Bachelor’s Degree required. 
  2. Work Experience: A minimum of eight (8) years experience with all phases of fundraising including campaigns. Experience in budget development required. Experience in major educational, research, or health-related institutions preferred.
  3. Special Training, Certification or Licensure: None


Salary Range: $85,000 - $100,000


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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