Development Director

Job Posted 9/15/2023
Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education
Nederland, CO
United States
Job Description

Wild Bear Nature Center inspires a lifelong connection to nature and community through creative exploration of the outdoors. Specializing in mountain ecology, Wild Bear welcomes all visitors to its hands-on free Nature Center and provides year-round educational programs for people of all ages. With an annual budget of $550k, Wild Bear is now in a capital campaign and has launched construction of its permanent home at the gateway of almost 3,000 acres of Mud Lake and Caribou Ranch open spaces in Nederland, Colorado. 

The Position
As a growing nonprofit organization, Wild Bear is seeking a Development Director to achieve Wild Bear Nature Center’s annual operational fundraising goals. 

The Development Director will assess fundraising opportunities and play a lead role in strategy development, conceiving, planning, implementing, and fundraising for Wild Bear’s current/future operations expense campaigns. This position manages one direct report – the Development Coordinator.

Job Responsibilities

Donor Fundraising:

  • Lead and drive operational fundraising annual plan, goals, and strategy, with active participation in the development of the strategic plan with the Executive Director.
  • Develop timeline, benchmarks, strategy, and processes to successfully achieve the fundraising goals, while being accountable for meeting those goals with the support of the Executive Director.
  • Plan and implement fundraising strategies through in-kind donations, corporate sponsorships, major donors, and out-of-the-box fundraising strategies to meet identified goals for all operational fundraising.
  • Create an individualized major donor engagement strategy for Wild Bear’s portfolio to support operational goals.
  • Lead End of Year fundraising, including Colorado Gives Day, and our Annual Appeal direct mailing, with support of the Development Coordinator.
  • Implement and promote the Spring Children’s Creative Exploration Fund with the support of the Development Coordinator.
  • Review and approve grant applications for general operations. 

Development Policies & Procedures:

  • Supervise Development Coordinator and their work in grant prospecting, writing, thanking and receipting donors, and data entry into Donor Perfect.
  • Develop comprehensive Wild Bear gift entry and acknowledgement process as a guide for the organization with the support of the Development Coordinator.
  • Develop stewardship plan by identifying consistent workflows and processes with the support of the Development Coordinator.
  • Provide monthly fundraising reports to the Executive Director and Board.  


  • Working closely with the Community Engagement Director, highlight fundraising opportunities at key community engagement events where appropriate
  • Working closely with the Community Engagement Director to identify opportunities to host corporate volunteering events, and prospective corporate partners.
  • Research feasibility of a major fundraising event in 2024, working closely with the Executive Director and Board.


  • Lead the team to create partnership platforms for operations and events, as appropriate based on donor/corporate sponsor interest.
  • Identify corporations and other entities who are mission aligned and interested in supporting Wild Bear’s mission through sponsorships.
  • Manage and lead internal communication to implement partnership deliverables, with Development Coordinator and support from the team as identified.
  • Maintain regular communication with internal teams (education, marketing, community engagement) to identify partnership opportunities and general fundraising needs.

Professional Experience, Characteristics & Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in nonprofit development. 
  • Deeply motivated by Wild Bear’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Experience leading fundraising campaigns, grant writing, online fundraising, and events. 
  • Experienced in creating, implementing, and monitoring fundraising plans.
  • Skilled at crafting powerful messages via written or spoken communications.
  • Experience with Google Suite, Microsoft Office, and DonorPerfect is a plus.
  • Experience with high-level sponsorships, major donation acquisition.  
  • Capital campaign fundraising experience is a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and execute responsibilities.
  • Strong work ethic, self-motivated with follow-through and “can do” attitude.
  • A team player with the ability to motivate others.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent work experience.

Compensation and Benefits

This position is part-time, (25-30 hours per week) with a salary of $29/hr., and a hybrid schedule of 2 days on-site/week, with the option to work the balance of hours remotely. Wild Bear offers paid time off accrued monthly at 80 hours/year, 80 hours/year of personal time, and we observe 11 paid holidays annually.  We provide up to $150/month health stipend, and an option to join a Kaiser Permanente plan. Wild Bear offers a 401K retirement plan option, and a 50% off childcare benefit for our programs. 

To Apply

Email your resume and cover letter

Wild Bear’s goal is to increase diversity amongst our staff. We provide equal employment opportunities and encourage all qualified applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other personal characteristics.