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Development Associate

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Development Associate

Global Down Syndrome Foundation Overview

Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global) is a public not for profit 501(c)3 providing funding, outreach and advocacy in support of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome (Crnic Institute) and the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome (Sie Center). Global’s mission is to significantly improve the lives of people with Down syndrome through research, medical care, education and advocacy.

Global’s key areas of work are:

  • Development including strategic initiatives, fundraising and friend-raising
  • Advocacy including government advocacy and general awareness
  • Communication, Public Relations & Marketing
  • Event Management including the Be Beautiful Be Yourself fashion shows
  • Community Outreach including health and fitness programs

Global’s primary activity is in Colorado. Secondary markets include the DC area. Future plans include having an affiliated national and international presence.

Job Overview

Under the direction of the Director of Development, the Development Associate is responsible for managing the administrative aspects associated with development operations. This position requires unwavering professionalism, as he/she will work closely with existing and future donors. This position requires the ability to multitask and be detailed while delivering on a large volume of work.

Primary Responsibilities

Pre-program work

  • Research – Conducts research on prospects, including individuals, corporations and foundations identified by the Director of Development as potential sources of private funds for specific areas of interest Global serves. In addition, conducts ongoing research in business, philanthropy and related fields to identify potential donors and sources of donor information.
  • Meeting & Marketing Materials Preparation – Makes recommendations about appropriate development-related contacts or visits. Organizes and schedules such visits and helps to ensure Global staff is on time. Assists in identifying and putting together existing marking materials to be presented at development or other meetings. Maintains and organizes such materials for easy staff identification and use and for the purposes of recording restocking needs. Identifies marketing materials needing updating immediately.
  • Data Entry – Enters approved data into Global’s database on a timely basis, with accuracy, for prospect tracking purposes in conjunction with Global’s Database Manager. Ensures each contribution is accurately recorded in a timely manner, maintains comprehensive donor profiles, and works with the organization to maximize the effective use of the Global’s database.
  • Reports – Prepares a variety of reports including contact and giving history and prospect clearance status using the Global database and other database resources available to Global. Presents results of research in the form of written reports which include, as appropriate, both detailed information organized to facilitate retrieval and analyses of the significance of the information. Reports may include copies of resource materials as needed. Prepares copies of reports for inclusion in research files for use of the Director of Development and other relevant staff.
  • Donor & Donation Processing – Upon receipt of contributions, provides rigorous, timely follow-through to draft appropriate thank you and receipt letters for the appropriate staff. Thank you letters must be highly tailored (e.g. recognizing the relationship the donor has with a person with Down syndrome, highlighting in memoriam and related acknowledgements sent, highlighting specific sponsorship level). Ensures the letters are then sent in a timely manner. In addition, on-going updates and gestures of appreciations should be scheduled year round.
  • Donor Relationships – Under the direction of the Director of Development, works to provide ongoing support to Global’s donor community including assisting donors.
  • General Development Support – Supports Global’s development plan to incrementally grow donations from individuals, foundation, and corporations for annual, multi-year and planned giving contributions. Assists Global to meet its annual budgeted revenue. Assists with Global’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Shows as well as other development-related activities as assigned.
  • Knowledge & Teamwork – Remains current with events and trends in local, national and international Down syndrome communities. Acquires and maintains current knowledge of public activities and internal projects, policies and procedures of Global. Collaborates with other staff to achieve Global’s goals. Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Development or the Executive Director.


Bachelor’s degree required

Minimum of 3 years of previous development experience required

Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of principles, methods and practices of the development profession in general and as it relates to Global.
  • Knowledge of research techniques and resources in the fields of philanthropy and business. Proven experience in applying this knowledge to develop and carry out research projects such as analysis and evaluation of financial information concerning an individual, an industry or corporation.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with donors and prospects.
  • Extremely strong interpersonal skills, particularly regarding discretion, confidentiality, patience and understanding necessary for dealing effectively with a diverse group of co-workers, volunteers, donors and families.
  • Intuitive communication and listening skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in providing a high level of customer service to both external and internal constituency.
  • Positive and friendly disposition.
  • PC literacy with strong competency in all Microsoft Office Suite programs (Work, Excel, PowerPoint) Outlook and donor database software (Raiser’s Edge).
  • Proven comfort working with high-net-worth individuals and dedicated philanthropists.
  • Critical thinking skills, organizational and time management skills.
  • Experience in data collection and understanding importance of maintaining accurate and up to date information for historic and reporting purposes.
  • Highly motivated, self-directed, reliable and accurate in executing duties.
  • Ability to work effectively with ethnic, cultural and ability diverse populations.
  • Passion for working in the community serving the differently-abled.
  • Collaborative team player with proven ability to work effectively with individuals at all organizational levels.
  • Knowledge of the Denver philanthropic community strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to travel for events, donor meetings and related business.
  • Flexibility to work extended hours to meet deadlines and attend Global-related events which may occur on evenings and weekends.


Commensurate with experience.


Mondays through Fridays from 9:00am – 6:00pm. Requires occasional work on evenings/weekends for programs/events.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume and salary history to

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity in full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws. The foundation’s policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment and provides equal employment opportunity regarding race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, height, weight, or military status and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Partner Opportunities

Educational Specialist, Sie Center for Down Syndrome

Global is excited to announce that the Sie Center for Down Syndrome is hiring an education specialist. We are pleased to be supporting the continued growth and outreach of this amazing organization.

A significant need for children with Down syndrome and their families is an Educational Specialist to improve educational performance, self-esteem, socialization, quality of life and long term outcome. Many of these schools are not organized to support children with Down syndrome. These schools would also benefit from an Educational Specialist who has expertise in the educational needs of children with Down syndrome.

Learn more about the Educational Specialist position.