MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. MENTOR has developed and supports a national network of local Affiliates that provide regional, state and local leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships. Together, we engage with the private, public and nonprofit sectors to ensure that all youth have the support they need through mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school and, ultimately, work.

MENTOR is committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion for all.  We embrace our differences and celebrate our common humanity in advancing the need and transformative power of supportive relationships for our young people. We believe that varied perspectives, experiences, and opinions are central assets in our mission to close the mentoring gap. As we seek to build the most complementary team when it comes to skill, perspective, and experience; we strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented communities to apply.

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Development Director, MENTOR Colorado

MENTOR Colorado

MENTOR Colorado was founded in April 2014 by the passion and vision of a number of grassroots organizations implementing formalized mentoring programs. These organizations established the partnership to improve their ability to strengthen communities through mentoring. To amplify the impact of mentoring, MENTOR Colorado supports the growth and development of over 65 organizations throughout the state resulting in greater collaboration, more high-quality mentoring programs, better use of resources, and most importantly, more young people matched in quality mentoring relationships.


The Development Director will collaborate with the Board of Directors and Executive Director to create a fund development plan which increases revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization.  The Director of Development is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of MENTOR Colorado’s fundraising including, the corporate partnership program, annual fund, planned giving, special events and fundraising campaigns.  The Director works closely with The Executive Director and the Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors.  


Fund Development Planning – (Approximately 20% Time)

The Development Director will use best and evidence-informed practices in fundraising to:

  • Identify prospective corporate and individual donors and develop strategies to cultivate those relationships
  • Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Guide the development of special events (Higher Grounds Forum & Leadership Luncheon)
  • Inform the development of a client relationship management system
  • Develop and gain approval for an annual income and expenditure budget for the fund development program

Fund Development Activities – (Approximately 65% Time)

The Development Director will implement the fund development plan and

  • Ensure the successful implementation of corporate and donor fundraising events
  • Implement an annual fundraising campaign to solicit support from individual and corporate donors meeting the annual fundraising plan
  • Maintain ongoing communications and retention strategies with donors
  • Implement a corporate engagement program
  • Provide ongoing updates to the client relationships management system

Promote MENTOR Colorado – (Approximately 15% Time)

The Development Director will be an advocate for MENTOR Colorado and:

  • Foster an understanding of philanthropy within the Board of Directors and staff
  • Work in collaboration with the Marketing Committee to develop a comprehensive communication plan to promote the organization to its donors and maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities of the organization
  • Support the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts
  • Build relationships with community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organization


  • Must embrace the mission of MENTOR Colorado
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, and presentation skills.
  • Have knowledge and experience in fund raising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising.
  • A certificate in Fundraising Management is an asset
  • Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and other volunteers.
  • Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships.
  • Be a “self-starter” and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.
  • Be organized and exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals.
  • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • 5 years minimum experience in professional fundraising.
  • Experience working in a non-profit organization,
  • Experience working with diverse groups of people

Other requirements:

  • Criminal reference check required
  • Independent transportation and ability to travel around Colorado
  • Strong desire to make a difference

How to apply

Please send a resume to Executive Director Brad Strong by May 1st, 2018 at

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MENTOR Colorado is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC) and all employees are CNDC employees. CNDC is dedicated to equal employment opportunities in any term, condition, or privilege of employment. CNDC prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age 40 and over, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or any other characteristic protected by state or local law. This policy applies to all employees.