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Manager of Development

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Clayton Early Learning
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Denver Metro
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Clayton Early Learning is an innovation hub that fosters thriving, equitable communities by partnering with families to nurture a whole child, whole family approach to the early years, discover what works, and advance systems change.

Clayton Early Learning is a hub for Colorado’s innovative work in early childhood development. Committed fiercely to the belief that healthy early childhood development offers one of the most powerful levers for ending inequality, Clayton plays a leadership role in demonstrating what’s possible in the early years, and the positive impact that has for children and families over time. Clayton’s 20-acre campus in the heart of Denver is the home of Colorado’s only Educare school, a nationally recognized model supporting children from birth to age five and their families. We also impact systems change in Colorado and beyond through our research and evaluation services, professional development for teachers and leaders throughout Colorado, and policy and advocacy work at the state and federal level. Our direct service and systems change work impacts 20,000 children throughout Colorado every year.


Clayton is at an exciting juncture in its history. We are launching a five-year strategic roadmap that will build on our wide-ranging strengths and position Clayton to be a nationally recognized hub for innovation in the field of early childhood development. This role is an opportunity for an individual with proven success in grant writing and funding support to help achieve Clayton’s goals in fundraising efforts.


This position supports all development efforts to help increase funding for Clayton Early Learning. This individual will help cultivate, solicit and steward low to mid level gifts and assist in managing the gift receipt, acknowledgement and grants management process. The ideal candidate should be a dynamic ambassador of our organization working closely with the Director and Vice President of Development. A passion for all things early childhood education is a plus. This position requires a strong understanding of fundraising principles, best practices, processes and strategies. With a dedicated focus on donor stewardship, Clayton Early Learning aims to create a strong foundation of consistent and on-going donors in support of our mission and to help advance our brand and reputation.  

Clayton Early Learning is an equal opportunity employer that values workplace diversity. We strive to create an inclusive workplace that embraces diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. We prohibit discrimination of employees or applicants on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law. 

Areas of Responsibility



  • Assists with identifying and soliciting contributions from potential donors; researches prospective donors, qualifies potential and closes gifts; prepares sections of grant proposals and captures the essence of the organizations mission and use for the funding
  • Maintains ongoing relationships to encourage future giving; coordinates giving and gift programs; conducts donor-related research to make informed decisions for communication efforts
  • Supports events or campaigns targeted at major gift donors; assists with the coordination and facilitation of all events; collaborates with marketing for create and promote events or campaigns
  • Manages all databases, reporting, tracking and other administrative projects to support the department; tracks and records all donations, fund balances and donor prospects
  • Creates and deliveries all mailings for donors and the communities; runs reports, analyzes the information, and distributes the main correspondence for the department on campaigns


  • Prepares and participates in grant writing to secure grant funding for the organization; captures the essence of the organizations' mission and effectively communicates its needs of and uses for potential grant funding
  • Oversees grant submissions, tracking, budgets, and reporting
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, Sales, Management, or related field
  • 5+ years in successful nonprofit fundraising experience
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge, marketing and communications at nonprofits preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent editing skills with the ability to write concisely and accurately
  • Ability to build relationships with strong interpersonal skills; excellent customer service skills and can work with individuals of all backgrounds in a respectful manner
  • Ability to identify and seek needed information/research skills; can maintain and process a variety of information
  • Planning and creative skills; with the ability to multi-task and prioritize competing deadlines
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