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Development Coordinator

denver, co usa

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: denver, co usa
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date:

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Requisition ID: req7072

Job Title: Development Coordinator

Sector: Social Work

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Denver, CO USA

Job Description

The IRC opened its Denver office in 2016 to provide reception and placement services to newly arrived refugees. The office is slated to resettle approximately 250 refugees per year and provides additional programming to assist refugees and similar populations for up to five years following their arrival in the US, including case management, employment, family stabilization, financial capability, health education and medical case management, health insurance literacy, job readiness, public benefits navigation, psychosocial support and other services. IRC in Denver’s service approach is client-centered, empowerment-focused, trauma-informed, and multigenerational.

IRC now seeks a Development Coordinator to join its Denver team. The Development Coordinator is a key member of the team, working collaboratively across all areas of service with the goal of generating the resources needed to drive the IRC in Denver’s strategy and programs forward.


The Development Coordinator will work in close collaboration with the Executive Director, Volunteer and External Relations Coordinator, Finance Manager, Resettlement and Integration Manager, program managers and supervisors, and other team members to manage the IRC in Denver’s portfolio of corporate, foundation and individual donors. Key areas of responsibility will include: managing the annual calendar of development activities, including research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual and major donors; coordinating grant development, review, submission and reporting cycles; writing grant narratives and creating other key materials to present compelling proposals; maintaining accurate grant records and moves management documentation; supporting partnerships as needed to advance resource development efforts; developing donor communications and engagement events; and advising staff on development-related strategies, policies, standards, and systems.


Development Coordination and Administration

  • Manage calendar of key development activities, including proposal and reporting deadlines, the year-end appeal, Colorado Gives Day, and periodic fundraising campaigns;

  • Identify and research prospective corporate, foundation and individual donors;

  • Develop strategies to cultivate, and solicit prospective donors;

  • Participate in annual development plan design in partnership with the Executive Director;

  • Serve as an in-house expert on RAI business development standards, the Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results (PEERS) System, and the Opportunity Tracking and the Implementation System (OTIS), and the Outcomes and Evidence Framework (OEF).

  • Maintain up-to-date donor records in Salesforce.

    Grants Management

  • Manage pre- and post-award grant development, review, submission, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting cycles;

  • Write compelling grant narratives and craft key materials to put forward compelling proposals that fulfill donor requirements and meet RAI business development standards;

  • Work collaboratively with program staff to coordinate and support their contributions to proposals and reports, by drafting and editing content, participating in design discussions, etc.;

  • Understand and integrate the OEF in proposal development;

  • Advise staff on, and participate in, developing solid theories of change, program implementation plans, and monitoring and evaluation strategies;

  • Convene and lead grant opening, grant review, and grant closure meetings;

  • Coordinate with staff throughout the grant life cycle to ensure compliance with relevant donor requirements and regulations; and

  • Maintain ongoing communication with donors regarding active and prospective grants, including informal progress updates, programmatic and financial modification requests, and periodic partnership and planning check-ins.

    Donor Communications and Engagement

  • Issue timely acknowledgement of donations in accordance with IRC protocols and manage other documentation of donations;

  • Establish regular communications to deepen donor education, promote engagement and bring donor impact to life;

  • Oversee design and development for print and electronic donor-facing materials;

  • Manage ongoing cycle of newsletter content development;

  • Assist with coordination of Leadership Circle and other donor-centric events; and

  • Support media relations efforts that involve donors.

    Other Duties

  • Contribute to efforts to advance the IRC in Denver’s Strategic Action Plan;

  • Identify systems and tools that strengthen internal development-related processes;

  • Work with HQ staff, local program staff, the Executive Director and others to facilitate development of strategic partnerships, both at the local and national level;

  • Represent the IRC in Denver at events and participate in working groups and meetings as requested; and

  • Perform other duties as requested.


  • Undergraduate degree in related field such as English, journalism, or nonprofit management, or comparable work experience, required. Certification or continuing education in grant writing, proposal development, project management, and/or fundraising a plus.
  • Minimum of 3 years in a related professional role, with demonstrated success in fundraising, special events, proposal/grant writing, or other resource development activities.
  • Prior experience in refugee resettlement or a refugee-serving organization is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with philanthropic landscape of the Denver metro area preferred.
  • Ability to use various data sources to target, research and identify potential funding sources.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation and communication skills, particularly the ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with donors, community leaders, partner agencies, government officials, clients and colleagues.
  • Solid organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple tasks, set priorities, effectively manage time, and meet deadlines without close supervision.
  • Outstanding attention to detail and quality in all work produced.
  • Ability to move fluidly through self-directed work and collaborative teamwork.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively within a cross-cultural environment to promote a positive culture that empowers people and values the contributions they make to the team.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate complex problems and engage different stakeholders in identifying and implementing solutions.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs and internet applications, with experience in Salesforce or a similar CRM system.
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours as needed, including nights and weekends.
  • Use of personal vehicle required with valid driver’s license and current insurance.


  • Standard office work environment.

  • Travel in and around the Denver metro area required for donor meetings and events.

  • Hours outside of typical office hours required on occasion.

  • Routine lifting of 25-30 lbs.


We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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