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Fundraising and Grants Coordinator

Job Overview:

The fundraising and grants coordinator will work closely with the Head of School and the broader CSS community to provide leadership and direction in the areas of fundraising and corporate partnerships. It is essential to understand and grow our potential donor pool and hold effective relationships. The fundraising and grants coordinator holds the vital role of events planning and coordinating other activities to encourage donations and help us move toward our goals. This person is expected to work with a close-knit and enthusiastic team, under the direction of the head of school with an expectation to stretch and improve The Colorado Springs School revenue base.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Raise funds and regularly meet or surpass fundraising targets.

  • Research potential donors to gain insight into needs, beliefs, and donation habits to understand how to position our organization to them.

  • Assist in brainstorming and creating new methods to raise funds for our organization.

  • Leverage technology and social media where possible to improve fundraising activities.

  • Plan, organize, and execute the school’s signature annual fundraising event in conjunction with a volunteer committee.

  • Analyze the performance of events and other activities to determine future possibilities.

  • Write grant proposals, letters of interest, inquiries, concept papers, and related documents for proposal submissions.

  • Utilize and maintain the donor database for managing grants, grant prospects, and funder interactions.

  • Be familiar with the goals, vision, and mission of CSS and regularly attend appropriate meetings to be able to engage and represent the school community.

  • Maintain a grant-related file system.

  • Maintain a yearly timeline to ensure all grant-related work is completed by the appropriate deadline.

  • Coordinate efforts with the appropriate internal staff, faculty, and volunteers.

  • Personally solicit major donors.

  • Maintain the fundraising and grants coordinator budget.

Qualifications and Preferred Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, master's degree preferred

  • Experience in public relations, journalism, or related area will be considered

  • 10+ years of fundraising experience, independent school preferred

  • Exemplary communication skills and outgoing yet poised personality

  • Proven success in directly soliciting and closing charitable gifts

  • Proficient in Google Platform, Microsoft Office, Raiser’s Edge, and other applicable software

  • Detail-oriented and strong organizational skills

  • Possess initiative and the ability to work independently and in a team environment

  • Quick thinker and the ability to make decisions under pressure

  • Familiarity with the local community

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Passionate about working with a wide range of individuals from a diverse background


up to $52,000 annually based upon skills and experience.