We seek a director of development and marketing (director) that is a dynamic leader who can build a stronger base of support for the organization. The new director should excel at campaign planning and execution, donor cultivation and stewardship, partnership development, Board relationships, and implementation of innovative fundraising strategies. An ideal candidate will have executive-level fundraising experience; a proven record of setting and meeting fundraising goals; exceptional communication, fundraising, and networking skills; a background in digital and social media marketing; and an understanding of how social media and marketing can increase DLC’s donor base. This role requires a leader with an entrepreneurial and resourceful spirit and a fierce commitment to disability and elder justice. We are especially excited to hear from candidates with lived experience.


The director is part of a small leadership team and will report directly to the executive director. Currently, the director of development and marketing has no direct reports, but the person in this role will work collaboratively across the organization.


The following duties are an overview of the primary duties and responsibilities of the director of development and marketing and should not be considered an all-inclusive list.

     General Duties

Exercise discretion and independent judgment in job performance.
Prepare drafts of correspondence, forms, and other documents, as requested by, and under the supervision of, the Executive Director.
Consistently promote a professional image of DLC.
Communicate clearly and frequently with the Executive Director and the Board about activities, duties, and developments.
Attend Board meetings.
Enter data and generate reports.

Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time.


Create and execute a multi-year development plan for DLC, including annual campaigns, year-round stewardship of a donor base, Board education about their roles in the organization’s sustainability, donor tracking, and personalized engagement and acknowledgment of major donors.

Create fundraising and marketing strategies that will attract new and diversified donors and expand the existing donor base and gifts received by enhancing existing channels of outreach and developing new ones.

Explore opportunities presented by digital media and new technologies to expand donor outreach and raise general awareness.

Collaborate with staff to align social media, communications, and outreach efforts. 

Create, market, and implement a planned giving program.

Manage foundation and corporate grant pipeline, LOIs and proposal writing, tracking, and reporting.

With the executive director, guide the engagement of the board of directors and additional key stakeholders and vendors in implementing fundraising campaigns and strategies.

Recruit champions and enlist partners to share DLC’s vision and mission with the broader community.

Oversee development forecasting and analytical activities.

Help to set and meet annual fundraising goals that are meaningful to DLC’s growth.

     Brand and External Communications

Protect and steward the brand of Disability Law Colorado through a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as the highest ethical standards. 

Continue to build DLC’s brand by designing and piloting innovative marketing, fundraising, and communications approaches.

Oversee a marketing strategy that increases visibility through multiple avenues, including relationship building, targeted messaging, content creation, media releases, and social media.

Manage the gathering and sharing of impact stories through coordination with staff and advocates.

Explore new partnerships and event opportunities to expand awareness about Disability Law Colorado. 


Partner with the executive director to maintain and build working relationships and support strategic goals. Support the needs of both the protection and advocacy programs, as well as the Older Americans Act services. 

Collaborate with staff working on community engagement, communications, and budget to align messaging and goals.

Build strategic relationships with DLC’s partners and other community leaders across the state.


5+ years of experience in a senior-level development and/or marketing role with significant fundraising responsibilities.

Ability to raise at least $300,000 of unrestricted funds from a diverse set of donors in the first year of the job with increasingly ambitious and successful fundraising targets in subsequent years.

Experience working with a range of individuals, partners, and communities, including marginalized communities, social service providers, law firms, public agencies, nonprofit partners, and corporate and individual donors.

Established relationships with philanthropists, foundations, and individual donors.

Planned giving, major gifts, corporate, and foundation grant experience.

Strong networking and excellent written and verbal communication skills, plus a determination to sustain existing relationships and build new ones.

Track record of successfully planning and executing development strategies, including campaigns and digital outreach strategies.

Ability to travel and work nonstandard hours, as needed.

Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines under time pressure or other constraints.

Ability to generate content, edit content, and develop both printed and multimedia materials.

Proficient in Microsoft Suite applications, as well as Zoom, databases (e.g., Salsa or other CRMs), and basic office equipment usage.

Capacity to work independently and under general supervision in a hybrid or remote work environment.

Passion for and dedication to DLC’s mission.

Ability to develop skills for creating materials in accessible formats within the first four months in this position. 

BA or equivalent years of work experience.


The following qualifications are highly desired to advance DLC’s work, but they are not required:

Experience working with the Protection and Advocacy System or a disability or elder justice organization.

Bilingual or multilingual.

Experience developing materials in accessible and culturally responsive formats.


Applicants for this position must live within Colorado or be willing to relocate to Colorado before they begin the position.

DLC is promoting a mostly remote work environment, with the understanding that employees will travel and meet in person as needed for conducting their job functions and collaborating with other staff members, the Board, clients, and partners. (DLC currently has office space in Denver, which is available for employees’ use.) DLC provides equipment to employees to work successfully in a remote environment, including, but not limited to, laptops and phones. 

DLC provides reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their jobs and participate in the recruitment and interview processes. For support with the application process, please contact Esther Brieno at


The hiring range for this position is $78,000-$90,000 annually, depending on experience. (For reference, $78,000 represents DLC’s salary for people with 5 years of experience in the field.) Disability Law Colorado offers competitive salaries; generous leave; and an excellent benefits package, which includes a 403(b) retirement savings plan and medical, dental, vision, life, and short term and long-term disability insurance. 


We encourage candidates with disabilities and others with lived experience and diverse backgrounds to apply.  

Candidates should submit a cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume to Esther Brieno at by October 2, 2022, for priority consideration. Candidates wishing to mail or fax their materials, instead, may send them to:

Esther Brieno, Operations Manager

Disability Law Colorado

455 Sherman Street, Suite 130

Denver, CO  80203

FAX: (303) 722-0720  

Disability Law Colorado is committed to providing a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and unlawful harassment. Disability Law Colorado’s policy prohibits harassment and discrimination based on age (40 & over); ancestry; national origin or ethnicity; citizenship; immigration status; race; color; hairstyle or hair texture; marital, registered domestic partner or civil union status; pregnancy and perceived pregnancy (including breastfeeding or related medical conditions); religion; sex; gender, gender identity or expression; sexual orientation or an employer’s perception thereof; wage disclosures; lawful off-duty, off-premises activities; because the person is a victim of a crime, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking; military or veterans' status; physical or mental disability; family or medical care leave status; or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance or regulation. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.