Development & Communications Associate

Friends of the Denver School of the Arts (DSA Friends Foundation)

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The Development and Communications Associate will be a key part of DSAFF’s development and communications efforts, reporting to the Executive Director. We are looking for a highly organized, creative, responsible, and flexible individual who is excited to engage in a multi-faceted fundraising department. The ideal candidate is a team player who is: willing to support a range of fundraising initiatives and needs; driven to deliver excellence, learn, and improve; comfortable in a fast-paced environment and able to balance competing priorities with strong follow-through; a believer in the power of relationship building.


The three key areas of responsibility for this position include:

  • Database and Administrative Support

  • Communications

  • Event Support

Database and Administrative Support duties:

  • Maintain and update our current donor database (Donor Perfect)

  • Provide updates on DSAFF’ monthly giving program with regular progress reports (financial progress and participation) and updating pledges and credit card information as needed.

  • Systematically track all gifts to DSAFF throughout the year and ensure donors receive prompt and meaningful recognition of gifts

  • Issue year-end acknowledgment letters

  • Assist with impact reporting to internal (Executive Director, Board of Directors) and external (Foundations, Corporate Partners, Government Partners, Donors) stakeholders

  • Assist in the implementation of ongoing donor stewardship plan

  • Support DSAFF Board Meetings through email invitations, distribution of materials, reservation of meeting space, follow-up with meeting minutes, etc.

Communications Duties:

  • Articulate the impact of DSA programs in various forms of written and verbal communication

  • Develop creative, clear, engaging, and impactful email newsletter campaigns on Constant Contact and ensure up-to-date lists

  • Regularly post impactful and creative content on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

  • Develop and maintain the DSAFF’ Photo Archive to have a selection of photos and videos that accurately capture programming at The DSAFF Social Media

  • Form strong working relationship with diverse staff, partners, volunteers, and community members to capture the impact of DSA through storytelling, testimonials, videos etc.

  • Coordinate the design and printing of all DSAFF collateral including flyers, program materials, and event posters

  • Maintain and update The DSAFF website

  • Provide support in capturing excellent local, state, and national press coverage

Event Support:

  • Participate in Event Planning committees and help plan, organize, and execute key fundraising events

  • Coordinate and interface with event volunteers

Other duties as needed

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred

  • Previous experience with communications and/or marketing, specifically with managing multiple social media accounts. Constant Contact experience is a plus.

  • Experience with Donor Perfect (or another donor database) is a plus

  • Strong written and verbal skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and Internet navigation tools, including ability to perform mail merge functions

  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to excel at details and prioritize under pressure

  • Highly responsible, proactive, motivated, and able to handle a full workload

  • Flexible and willing to approach tasks big and small with a goal of excellence

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to effectively and respectfully work with diverse professionals and community members

  • Occasional need for weekend and/or evening availability

English speaker required

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following materials by August 7th to with subject line: “Development and Communications Associate Application”:

A current resume

A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

People of diverse backgrounds and experience levels encouraged to apply. Training will be provided in many areas of the job.

The DSAFF is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Posted on July 25