Full Time

Chief Advancement Officer - Colorado

JEWISHcolorado Denver CO

Job Brief
The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) will be responsible for developing and overseeing the execution of high-level strategic plans in two related areas: fundraising and marketing.The CAO will lead the effort to identify, cultivate, solicitate, and steward annual campaign, major, and planned giving donors, including JEWISHcolorado board members, prominent community members, corporations, and foundations. Additionally, the CAO will be responsible for all external marketing and communications to general and specific audiences, including Jco constituents and stakeholders, the board of directors, lay leaders, and the larger community.

Who We Are?
JEWISHcolorado is the result of a merger of three historic Colorado organizations: Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE), and the Jewish Community Foundation of Colorado. Their legacies live on in JEWISHcolorado’s three primary areas of work. Through our educational programs, Jco furthers the transmission of timeless knowledge, education, and values. Our grantmaking programs infuse significant resources into the local, national, and global Jewish communities. And our Philanthropy Department stewards our community’s financial resources for today and tomorrow.

What We Believe
We believe Jews everywhere are inextricably linked; we believe in acts of lovingkindness, care, and compassion; and we believe in passing down Jewish values from generation to generation.

Our Vision
JEWISHcolorado envisions a thriving, diverse, and dependable Jewish community, one in which people feel connected to one another, to the people of Israel, and to Jews around the world. We build that community by providing pathways for Coloradans to connect with each other and the Jewish people, locally and globally, and by mobilizing resources to enable opportunities guided by our shared values.

About the Position
To shine as JEWISHcolorado’s CAO, you need passions for both fundraising and marketing, matched by extensive knowledge of those respective crafts. You’ll need to balance a practical mindset with a creative business acumen and be able to lead a team of talented individuals through design thinking workshops, identify moments that matter to our constituents, and architect and implement solutions so that Jco can meet its strategic goals and objectives.

As CAO, you will have three key responsibilities: 1) enhance JCO’s philanthropic capabilities and infrastructure, with a focus on end-to-end, donor-centric solutions; 2) ensure that our brand and our messaging is recognizable, compelling, and cohesive, and 3) drive growth.

While all three of these responsibilities are important, your primary responsibility will be to drive growth, which you’ll do through two avenues: 1) growing JCOs donor base; and 2) increasing revenue per donor through broader and deeper community engagement with our programs.

As CAO, you’ll work with the members of our Philanthropy and Marketing teams, overseeing everything from inbound-outbound marketing to PR and brand strategy to marketing of JCOs events and service lines, all while ensuring we’re communicating our story to the community: why our mission matters, how our position differs from other Jewish and community organizations, and why people—current, prospective, and team members alike—should want to support and be a part of JEWISHcolorado.

Metrics of success:

  • Total/new Donors
  • Total/new SQLs
  • New program participants
  • Member engagement score
  • Revenue per donor

The ideal candidate will bring visionary fundraising leadership, marked by a solid track record of increasing philanthropic support. S/he will execute a long-range strategy for increasing private and corporate philanthropic support, with attention to meeting annual financial targets.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, stewarding, and securing philanthropic support in a complex environment where the prospective donor constituency is not immediately obvious. S/he will join a culture in which passion for the mission, excellence, transparent collaboration, respect, performance measurement, and accountability are guiding principles.

In addition, the CAO will bring a comprehensive record of sustained high achievement in diverse and dynamically changing environments. S/he will possess the professional maturity, stature, and flexibility to build productive relationships and alliances with philanthropic individuals, corporations, and foundations. Moreover, s/he will have the proven ability to creatively engage and motivate donors and prospects and inspire confidence from internal and external constituencies.

General Skills

  • Direct experience soliciting and cultivating donors and creating and executing annual campaigns and long-term affinity and alliance programs.
  • Proven ability to lead, manage, and hold oneself and others accountable
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven understanding of data analytics, including applicable software and other measurement tools
  • Ability to thrive in a constantly evolving environment

Communications & Marketing

  • Lead the development of a focused, multi-year marketing strategy designed to increase knowledge and awareness, including measurable short-, mid-, and long-term goals.
  • Develop a multifaceted communications plan that takes advantage of available mediums, including digital, social media, email, SMS, etc.
  • Ensure consistent messaging and branding across all print and digital collateral.
  • Integrate the marketing and communications to enhance resource development.
  • Assess, evaluate, and inspire our team of marketing professionals.


  • Integrate our Marketing, Communications, Philanthropy and Donor Services Departments, so that our donors through a comprehensive donor cycle with a sense of mission and gratitude.
  • Enhance donor understanding of our mission and increase investment in our work.
  • Build replicable processes for stewarding donor prospects, including astutely matching donors based on their areas of interest and our programs and initiatives.
  • Lead planning and execution of JEWISHcolorado’s approximate $12M in fundraising and philanthropic services, including a $6.5M Annual Campaign, which supports operations, programs, and grant making, pass-through giving, donor advised funds, and community endowments.

Board and Senior Staff Leadership

  • Work closely with executive team and our board’s Campaign Oversight Group (COG) to develop and implement a yearly philanthropy plan.
  • Attend board meetings and board committee meetings and report on development activities as needed, in coordination with the CEO.
  • Serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for the organization as needed, articulating our mission to constituents, partner organizations, and potential funders.
  • Work with the CEO to ensure board members are engaged and energized by their association with organization. and provide information as needed to board members on donor cultivation and fundraising techniques.
  • Collaborate with the COO and senior director of finance to develop and produce regular financial and fundraising reports for the CEO and the Executive Committee of the Board. that synthesize the financial progress and evaluate trends in fundraising activities.


  • Immersive understanding of the non-profit sector, the Jewish community, the Jewish Federation of North America, and the social impact of fundraising on Jewish organizations.
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, bringing an innovative approach to business planning.
  • Excellence in organizational leadership and management, with the ability to coach, manage, and develop high-performance teams.
  • Ability to set and achieve strategic objectives and manage a multi-million-dollar budget.
  • Effective and persuasive communication skills, including an ability to prepare and deliver presentations to diverse audiences.
  • Maturity, sound judgment and high ethical standards.
  • Analytical, yet creative; humble and empathetic.

JEWISHcolorado provides a generous benefits package with compensation reflective of candidate’s demonstrated accomplishments and expected performance.

If you believe you are the right candidate, share with us why, in one page or less, and send along with your resume to staffing@JEWISHcolorado.org.