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Opening: Director of Programs

Publication date: 
December, 2019

Position: Director of Programs
Organization: Philanthropy Colorado
Location: Arvada, CO
Deadline: December 20

Organization Summary

Philanthropy Colorado’s mission is to strengthen Colorado communities by bringing people, information and resources together. The organization’s vibrant statewide network is made up of diverse organizations and individuals, including: private foundations, family foundations, community foundations, operating foundations, corporate funders, government funders, federated funds, workplace giving programs, impact investors, donoradvised funds, giving circles, individual philanthropists, philanthropy advisors, consultants and other professionals serving the field. Philanthropy Colorado serves as a leader and partner providing education and advocacy on behalf of the sector, the broader nonprofit community and the people of Colorado. Formed in the early 1970s and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2003, the organization offers member programs and training, supports peer learning groups and provides opportunities for funders to share expertise, leverage resources and increase their impact in communities throughout the state. Philanthropy Colorado also offers Colorado-specific news, research and analysis and employs the web, print, video and social media to raise awareness about the reach and impact of Colorado’s philanthropic sector. Its work includes collaborations with partner nonprofits on forums, workshops, and reports, as well as advocacy efforts with policymakers at the local, state and national levels on issues affecting Colorado philanthropy and the charitable sector.

Job Description

Philanthropy Colorado seeks an experienced and dynamic individual for the newly created position of Director of Programs. This position offers an opportunity to join an entrepreneurial and collaborative team as we work with our board to develop a new strategic roadmap that will guide our future direction and further strengthen the programs and services we offer. The successful candidate will be a self-directed, highly adaptable and solutionsfocused leader with a keen interest in a career serving Colorado’s diverse philanthropic sector. The position reports to the CEO.

Primary Responsibilities


  • Direct the planning, delivery and evaluation of both targeted and field-wide educational and training programs, workshops, briefings, convenings, forums and collaborative efforts related to revamped strategic goals; 
  • Oversee the successful evolution of various peer learning groups, including sharing responsibility for serving as staff point person and working with volunteer leaders to put together agendas, schedule meetings and develop learning content;
  • Develop communications in support of programs and advocacy efforts -- including written materials, enewsletters, website content and social media


  • Steward engagement, recruitment and retention of growing membership in partnership with CEO;
  • Respond to member requests for resources and support;
  • Conduct surveys of the membership and other research as needed

Administration & Other

  • Handle related administrative tasks such as program budgets, scheduling, and development of program materials. Work with the CEO on resource development/fundraising activities and sponsorships as well as implementing initiatives and special projects, with responsibility for other operational activities as assigned.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Have five-plus years of professional experience in the sector and be ready to commit to a new role that requires cultivating new and existing relationships, while building strong and strategic partnerships and working to find common ground among a diverse set of stakeholders with varying viewpoints and missions;
  • Be agile and a self-starter who spends time on what’s important and knows how to prioritize, focus and get things done, tackling challenges along the way;
  • Hit the ground running with relevant and established connections in Colorado and a nuanced understanding of the unique challenges of the region and the needs of diverse populations;
  • Have experience with effectively planning and facilitating meetings, working with speakers and identifying subject-matter experts on timely topics, trends and issues;
  • Have demonstrated, strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Have the ability to work independently and as part as of a team and across sectors in a customer service-oriented environment;
  • High level of flexibility, organizational skills, enthusiasm, ethics, diplomacy, humor, and the ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Experience and high degree of fluency with general office systems and software.

Compensation and Benefits

Philanthropy Colorado offers a compensation and benefits package that includes 100% premiums paid on employee health insurance, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance; three weeks of paid vacation and 10 paid holidays, sick leave, and an employer retirement contribution in an amount equivalent to 7% of salary. This is an exempt position with a target salary range of $60,000-$65,000. We also offer professional development opportunities and a supportive, flexible work environment.


Occasionally requires lifting or moving objects of moderate weight (e.g. boxes of printed materials, supplies or meeting tables) and assorted items needed for meeting set-up (e.g. projector, laptops, banners). Valid Colorado driver’s license and access to an automobile required.

To Apply

Please submit the following materials electronically combined into a single PDF:

  • A one-page cover letter clearly outlining the specific skills, knowledge and passion you bring to the position and how they are a good fit with the responsibilities described. 
  • A resume detailing relevant experience, work history and accomplishments.
  • Professional references

Applications should be submitted with “Director of Programs” in the subject line to: Confirmation that applications have been received will be provided by email.

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