Director of Development, CMC Foundation

Job description

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is a local district college with 11 campus locations spanning 12,000 square miles of the picturesque central Rockies. CMC offers five bachelor’s degrees, 54 associate degrees, and 77 certificate programs as well as on-line degree programs, a wide range of non-credit and life-long learning courses, and extensive dual enrollment opportunities through close partnerships with dozens of school districts. CMC prepares Colorado’s workforce through apprenticeships, internships, experiential, and outdoor learning in beautiful mountain settings.

Uniquely financed largely by local property taxes, CMC is uniquely positioned to be entrepreneurial, nimble, responsive to community and workforce needs, and to fulfill its vision to be “…the most inclusive and innovative student-centered college in the nation, elevating the economic, social, cultural, and environmental vitality of our beautiful Rocky Mountain communities.”

Colorado Mountain College is located in Steamboat Springs, Rifle, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs (downtown), Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, Aspen, the Vail Valley, Dillon, Breckenridge, Leadville and Buena Vista. Of these locations, our three campuses in Spring Valley, Leadville and Steamboat Springs are residential. The college’s Central Services administrative offices, which serve all other locations, are located in downtown Glenwood Springs.

Colorado Mountain College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The college has been offering classes since 1967 and celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2017.  To find out more about the history of the college during this milestone year, please visit: For general information about CMC, its programs, locations, students, faculty, and offerings, go to:

The Colorado Mountain College Foundation

Building on the College’s 50th Anniversary, the CMC Foundation is aggressively accelerating our role in service to Colorado Mountain College, the nearly 20,000 students, and 11 campuses we serve.  The CMC Foundation has raised $40 million since inception in 1985 and facilitates support for scholarships, programs, endowments and capital needs from individuals, businesses and foundations to advance the strategic priorities of Colorado Mountain College.  Strategic event creation and execution is also an important role of the Foundation. The Director of Development leads a team of talented individuals and plays a strong and vital role for the Foundation and College.

The Position

The Director of Development reports directly to the Foundation CEO and is a key member of the College’s Advancement Leadership Team. The Director of Development designs, directs and executes a comprehensive development program to support the long-term vision and annual fundraising goals of the CMC Foundation and College.

This skilled and visionary leader and manager is highly adept in all facets of fund development as both a manager and as a fundraiser.  He/she has a proven track record of balancing a long-term and holistic fundraising strategy with tactical execution.  This leader must build on the CMC Foundation’s past success, while developing new and creative funding initiatives to expand the Foundation’s scope and impact.  He/she thrives as a highly efficient and organized multi-tasker who is able to strategically manage and lead a team that is both central and remote, and manage a myriad of initiatives in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.  The Director of Development will interface closely with CMC leaders and staff, Foundation Board of Directors, and community members across CMC’s 12,000 square mile footprint.

Responsibilities include department leadership and planning responsibilities, fundraising and donor management responsibilities, outreach and communication responsibilities.


Education and experience sufficient for the rigors of the position, such as: a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and 5 years related work experience; Master’s degree preferred.

Must be proficient in fundraising and developing and refining systems and procedures for the smooth functioning of office operations and a growing knowledge of Advancement Services (reporting standards, use of databases and Advancement software). Experience in annual fund management; database management; strategic events management; philanthropic responsibilities; and personnel management. Experience in a higher education is preferred.

Special Skills or abilities directly applicable to the position: This position will require exceptional organizational, writing, communication and managerial skills and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects, working within deadlines and budgets.  This flexible and nimble leader must professionally represent the College and Foundation with external constituents; identify and work with volunteers; maintain confidentiality; solicit contributions/commitments at all levels; and have the ability to effectively work with students, employees, and community members of all backgrounds and positions.

Bilingual (English/Spanish) or conversational language abilities may be helpful.

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The anticipated hiring salary range for this position is $83,566 – $92,851 depending on experience.

Apply Online at  Please submit the required letter of interest, a resume, and a list of three professional references. CMC is an EOE committed to diversifying its workforce.

Review of application material will begin February 12, 2018.




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Job No:
Posted: 1/22/2018
Application Due: 3/23/2018
Work Type:
Salary: $83,566 - $92,851