Development Manager

  • Denver, CO, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2.5 billion in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers in chapters across the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement, and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information please visit or follow us on Twitter @JDRF.

As a JDRF team member, you can look forward to interesting and challenging work, building strong relationships with fellow staff and our network of volunteers, and having a meaningful impact on the lives of everyone affected by this devastating disease. JDRF supports a diverse and inclusive workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Description

The Development Manager will join a strong Chapter team reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with Chapter staff, regional and national teams, and an outstanding group of volunteer leaders, to increase the reach and mission impact of the Chapter.  Serving as the functional lead for the financial success of the Colorado Gala, while managing a substantial portfolio of prioritized supporter opportunities to ensure the ongoing scaled success of this signature event, the Development Manager serves as an integral member of the team, ensuring an integrated approach to supporter growth and support within and outside of our event activities.  Emphasizing retention, cultivation and stewardship, with attention to new individual (especially mid-level donors), family, foundation and corporate supporter acquisition, the Development Manager will have significant impact on the effectiveness of supporter engagement and Chapter outcomes.  Understanding the many stages of the supporter lifecycle and the multiple mission impact opportunities in which supporters can engage throughout their JDRF relationship is key.  While the Colorado Gala is a primary focus area of this role, managing, evaluating, supporting, and expanding the most resonant donor experience is equally important, even when it translates to mission support outside of this signature event.  The Development Manager will also organize and execute key administrative components that enable the moves management process for the most meaningful outcomes. 

For optimum success, this position is based in or around the Denver market. While staff are currently working remotely, the expectation is that staff will work from the office as needed and be available for office meetings, and other in person gatherings as required and when safe to do so.  


•    Serves as the functional lead staff for the Colorado Gala.
•    Empowers growth strategies and tactics in the areas of Gala sponsorship, auction and Fund A Cure. 
•    Identifies,  coalesces  and empowers key Gala volunteer leadership. 
•    Manages a supporter portfolio with key metrics and milestones.
•    Collaborates with local staff as well as national/regional staff resources to ensure the Gala’s growth and success as it applies to the Chapter’s overall outcomes.
•    Identifies, builds, and stewards relationships with community, civic and corporate leaders as an integral part of volunteer and donor engagement.
•    Leads and supports the identification and moves management (identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship) of revenue opportunities in individual giving, with additional attention on integrated corporate and foundation opportunities.
•    Helps identify and qualify a pipeline of leads/supporters who meet agreed upon criteria, within and outside of our event structure, including high-mid to major level opportunities.  
•    Leads and/or supports Chapter activities designed to increase the identification, education, cultivation, and stewardship of fundraisers, donors, participants, and volunteers.  
•    Strategically and consistently utilizes CRM data management tool to maximize efficient and effective moves management of donor pipeline oversight.  
•    Utilize event planning and management software platforms.
•    Assists with other event planning and execution for the area as needed, including Walk, family engagement events and volunteer-led third-party activities as well as volunteer recruitment and retention efforts. 
•    Ensures personal accountability for meeting deadlines and responding to volunteers and other department requests.


•    College degree or combination of education and experience 
•    4 years of work experience including 2+ years fundraising / Gala fundraising experience. 
•    Strong CRM database knowledge, Salesforce preferred.
•    Must be a self-starter, with the ability to collaborate as a team player.
•    Strong verbal and written communication. Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
•    Ability to interface with all levels of staff and volunteers.
•    Ability to create and manage process that enhances efficiency of staff work while allowing for donor centricity.
•    Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel & PowerPoint) 
•    Detail oriented.    
•    Ability to travel within the chapter footprint. Occasional evening and weekend work as needed.

Additional Information

Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

To protect the health and safety of our employees, all employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 regardless of location or position. This includes those with remote status. Requests for medical, religious, and other exemptions will be considered on an individual basis. JDRF will comply with all federal, state, and local laws

JDRF supports a diverse and inclusive workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 
All information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.