Development Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive salary based on relevant experience.



Application Deadline:



2260 Baseline Road
Suite 200
United States


Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is dedicated to protecting the West’s land, air, and water to ensure that vibrant communities exist in balance with nature. We use law, science, and economics to craft innovative solutions to the most pressing conservation issues in the region within three core program areas: Clean Energy, Healthy Rivers, and Western Lands.


In the face of population growth and climate change, the Western United States needs a strong and effective advocacy voice at the regional level to address changes that are already underway and to steer the West towards a sustainable future. WRA has aggressive plans to tackle these challenges. We envision a future in the West where:


  • Western rivers and lakes will have abundant clean water to support habitat for fish and wildlife, communities and agriculture, and world class recreational opportunities. The Colorado River will flow to the sea;
  • Our homes, buildings and transportation systems will be powered by clean energy. The West will prosper in a zero-carbon economy;
  • Half of western landscapes and habitat will be protected and connected to support thriving wildlife populations and unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the West’s natural beauty; and
  • The West will have clean air and clean water to support healthy communities and vital habitat.


WRA is seeking a talented, organized person with great people skills, who is passionate about protection of the natural environment to work with a talented group of development/fundraising and conservation professionals as our Development Coordinator.


Position Summary


The Development Coordinator reports directly to the Director of Development and will carry out responsibilities associated with ensuring the success of development activities of the organization. The Development Coordinator will also play an essential role in coordinating and providing support to WRA’s President, Program Directors, and Development Team in all development activities.

The Development Coordinator provides administrative assistance including: gift processing; drafting solicitations; cultivation and stewardship documents; coordinating department mailings; preparing prospective donor presentation brochures and materials; compiling financial reports; maintaining calendars; and supporting a broad scope of additional organization development and fundraising efforts for foundation grants and individual giving, including event production and communications initiatives.


The Development Coordinator will be a critical part of our team. Our chosen candidate will be dedicated to protection of the environment, the development profession, and eager to uphold best practices while bringing creativity to the job.



This position is based in WRA's Boulder, Colorado office.


Job Responsibilities



  • Provide administrative and program support for the Director of Development and Development Team members, including outreach, engagement, and stewardship of corporate and individual donors.
  • Work directly with the Development Team to manage all aspects of the donor acknowledgement process, including establishing and maintaining a high-level of responsiveness and personalization for all gifts; working toward building strong donor relationships, and increasing donor retention.
  • Support Director of Development and Development and Stewardship Officer in development of online giving program and campaigns, including the annual Colorado Gives Day campaign and other state giving days. These activities will be coordinated with the Communications Team.
  • Produce a variety of database reports by giving interest, geography, donor/non-donor and others as needed.
  • Assist with direct mail campaigns and other mailings as needed, including coordination with outside vendor/mail house as needed for larger mailings.
  • Assist in conducting financial tracking and provide regular reports on progress toward meeting annual fundraising goals; provide regular updates to the Director of Development.


Research and Writing

  • Write detailed profiles and analyses of individual prospects for gift cultivation and board recruitment; support the Development Team in identifying potential prospects, using both standard and innovative prospect research techniques and tools.
  • Serve as primary writer for acknowledgement letters, stewardship reports and any other correspondence with major donors, partners, and supporters of WRA.
  • Assist in writing foundation grant proposals, funder reports, letters of inquiry, and grant acknowledgement letters.
  • Conduct content reviews, research background information, best practices and other required data for proposal development. 


Development Communications

  • Assist in the development, design, and dissemination of print and web materials, including newsletters, annual reports, appeals, and program and organizational brochures to promote WRA and its work to external audiences.
  • Work with the Development and Communications Teams to research and write annual giving donor impact stories for reports, publications, websites, videos, etc. 


Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in maintaining foundation, corporation, and individual donor files and associated databases; update constituent information in Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Assist as needed with other WRA development activities such as events, meetings, and site visits.
  • Monitor and manage expenses as directed.
  • Other tasks as assigned.




  • Familiarity and/or experience with databases (such as WealthEngine and Raiser's Edge) and with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, an independent thinker capable of prioritizing daily, weekly, and monthly tasks, and completing them with minimal direction.
  • Comfortable with the use of technology, including social media platforms.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to produce clear and concise communications and materials.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately.
  • Creativity, curiosity, patience, and a sense of humor.
  • Administrative experience and/or familiarity in development a plus.
  • Genuine passion for the mission and work of WRA.


Deadline to Apply: June 4, 2018


Western Resource Advocates is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or veteran status.




Competitive salary based on relevant experience. WRA’s excellent benefits package includes health, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) retirement plan, life & disability insurance, 3-weeks paid vacation leave, parental leave, sabbatical leave after five years, and an RTD EcoPass. Position is full-time nonexempt.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Applications will only be accepted through WRA’s online portal at will need to upload the following in PDF format through the online portal:


  • Compelling cover letter to the attention of Patti Kinnear, Director of Development, explaining your interest in the position and our organization;
  • Resume;
  • Any salary requirement;
  • Writing sample; and
  • Three references, including at least one former supervisor. (WRA will not contact references without first checking with the applicant.)


Please be sure to mention where you saw the job advertised in your cover letter.