NOW HIRING: Development Director

Job Description: Full-time Development Director
Location: Denver, Colorado
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Start Date: June 2015

New Era Colorado seeks a Development Director to lead all fundraising operations and stakeholder relationship building. This position in based in Denver, Colorado. New Era’s revenue development relies on a combination of grant-writing and foundation support, major gifts of $500 and up, a robust monthly membership program, business revenue and in-kind donations, and small-dollar donations of less than $500 through numerous events throughout the year, mailings and online fundraising campaigns.

Job Activities

Planning & Management

  • Strategically develop, manage, and implement an annual fundraising plan and development budget
  • Develop calendars and action plans for various fundraising streams and goals
  • Monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that fundraising goals are being achieved
  • Monitor trends in the community or region and adapt fundraising strategies as necessary
  • Manage a Development Coordinator who executes portions of the annual fundraising plan
  • Manage the Executive Director’s time spent on fundraising efforts such as major donor cultivation, stakeholder outreach, etc.
  • Manage the Board of Directors fundraising efforts, track progress & check-in with the board  members regularly

Major Gifts

  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors and prospects
  • Meet with current and prospective donors to cultivate major gifts
  • Build relationships with community stakeholders to advance the mission and fundraising goals of the organization
  • Manage the maintenance of detailed records of all former, current, and prospective major donors in the organization’s database
  • Direct all donor acknowledgement, including drafting and generating thank you letters & materials

Foundations & Grants

  • Lead all grant-writing efforts, including the development of grants, materials, and reports
  • Direct research on foundation prospects conducted by the Development Coordinator and/or interns
  • Maintain relationships with current foundation grantors while cultivating relationships with prospective foundations and program officers

Monthly Memberships

  • Oversee and provide support for the Development Coordinator’s managing of a robust monthly member program
  • Assist the Development Coordinator in developing an annual monthly membership program plan and asssist with  management of the program


  • Plan, manage and execute, with the support of development staff and volunteers, New Era events aimed at raising major gifts, including but not limited to an annual fundraising event and house parties
  • Manage the Development Coordinator’s planning and execution of small-dollar fundraising events


  • Direct the development of online & printed promotional materials, such as New Era’s annual report
  • Establish solid, mutually-beneficial relationships on behalf of New Era with community leaders and various other stakeholders
  • Assist and support New Era’s general programs at times, including communications, voter engagement, and policy work
  • Manage and delegate tasks to volunteer teams and/or interns for increased capacity when planning events and large projects


Previous fundraising and/or political experience

  • Minimum of 2 years of previous fundraising experience at a nonprofit or electoral campaign or 3 years of political or progressive non-profit experience is required.

Exemplary communicator

  • The ideal candidate is a friendly, confident, poised speaker, and can adapt well to any audience. The Development Director must possess strong speaking and presentation skills.

Strategic thinker & proactive problem-solver

  • The Development Director must be able to think strategically about fundraising at New Era. The ideal candidate must have an inquisitive mind that’s always analyzing processes and planning improvements, and is able to develop strategic fundraising goals and tactics for New Era.

Organized & detail-oriented

  • The Development Director will be juggling and managing multiple projects at one time. The ideal candidate is able to develop internal systems to keep development projects and the development team organized.

Exceptional writer

  • The ideal candidate is a proficient, tactical as well as witty writer that is able to wear a variety of different writing “hats,” when writing pieces such as, but not limited to: grant proposals, compelling fundraising emails and lively and humorous event pitches.

Passion for New Era’s mission

  • The ideal candidate presents a strong commitment and passion for New Era’s mission in order to effectively promote and advance the goals of New Era Colorado.

Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic campaign environment

  • The Development Director is able to thrive in their role at New Era even when working long and nontraditional hours, and must be able to manage time effectively when working such hours.

Preferred qualifications

Knowledge of Colorado politics and the progressive nonprofit infrastructure

  • The ideal candidate is familiar with the Colorado political landscape and progressive nonprofit infrastructure, and already has relationships with key stakeholders in this sphere.

Management experience

  • The ideal candidate has experience managing other staff and has a proven track record of communicating effectively and maintaining positive working relationships with staff they have managed.

Knowledge of NGP/EveryAction database

  • The ideal candidate has working knowledge of and experience with NGP/EveryAction

Salary & Benefits

Salary ranges between $40,000-$50,000 and is commensurate with experience. The position also includes health insurance and regional public transportation benefits.

To Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to the attention of Nina Kadjar to New Era Colorado  is an equal opportunity employer. If you have any questions about the position, please contact New Era’s Development Manager, Nina Kadjar, at


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Update: Boulder utility progress

It’s been a year since you ignited our Campaign for Local Power and put us on the path to defeat Xcel Energy 2:1.

Since, Boulder’s taken some big steps towards forming our own local electric utility, and we thought you’d want to know about ‘em.

First of all: last week, it came out that Xcel “inadvertently” included campaign expenses in its request to raise rates on Colorado customers. It was almost half a million dollars. Oops?

Click here to share the graphic we made highlighting Xcel’s curious “error.”


Now, here’s the quick & dirty version of updates from Boulder:

The city of Boulder is making a ton of progress so far. They’ve taken the first steps towards transitioning the utility’s infrastructure (i.e., poles & wires) from Xcel, and they’re launching a two year-long pilot program to learn more about Boulder’s energy usage so that the utility can better serve our community.

Unsurprisingly, Xcel’s refusing to cooperate–they’re suing the city of Boulder & organizing some sketchy opposition–the latest in its efforts to keep Boulder from creating our own city-owned utility.

Despite Xcel’s shenanigans, things are really moving. It’s incredible. Thanks for helping us get here–we wouldn’t be able to update you on the progress of our local electric utility without the huge swell of grassroots support that powered our campaign to this point.

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Now hiring: Voter Registration Organizers!

New Era Colorado Foundation is an innovative vehicle for hands-on democracy. We engage, educate, and train a new generation of active citizens and young leaders in Colorado. We are seeking outgoing, hilarious and enthusiastic individuals to join our team to help us register and turnout thousands of young voters for the November 2014 election in Colorado. Get on board!

Title: Voter Registration Organizer
Location: New Era Colorado Foundation Denver office (travel required along the Front Range)
Reports to: Field Manager
Type: Part-time or full-time, temporary
Start: Early August

Job Activities

  • Work closely with a team of 3-10 individuals and New Era’s field manager to execute a large-scale voter registration drive targeting young voters along the Front Range
  • Research events and conduct outreach in order to find opportunities to register young voters
  • Plan ways to make voter registration efforts fresh, engaging and exciting to young voters
  • Collect thousands of pledge to vote postcards from young voters
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and 1:1 check-in meetings with the Field Manager, as well as evaluations, debriefs, and trainings
  • Meet minimum goals for voter registration, pledge to vote card collection, and volunteer recruitment.
  • Sometimes registering a lot of voters means you need to wear a robot costume. Sometimes it does not.
  • Voter registration form processing, data entry, and data management.
  • Some travel required to work out of New Era’s Boulder & Fort Collins offices; occasional travel to Colorado Springs as well.


  • A high energy and contagiously fun(ny) personality
  • Strong track record of setting and meeting goals
  • Outgoing, enthusiastic, and so damn excited to register young voters
  • Experience with and ability to work within diverse and underrepresented communities
  • Some experience working with young voters, voter registration, or campaigns preferred but not required
  • Commitment to the organizational mission in order to effectively promote and advance the goals of New Era Colorado Foundation
  • Ability to work independently
  • Available to work weekday evenings and weekends; willingness to work nontraditional hours
  • Reliable transportation preferred but not required

Position details
Position can be part-time or full-time. The hours are nontraditional, including many evenings and some weekends, with more demanding hours leading up to the voter registration deadline.

Length of employment: This position is temporary through October 16th, 2014, but will most likely be extended through Election Day for voter turnout work – in which case it would end November 7th, 2014.

To apply
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 2 references to the attention of Todd Faulkenberry to New Era Colorado Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

We’ll be scheduling interviews on a rolling basis starting immediately.

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Big news!

Big news–on Saturday, New Organizing Institute announced that we won their “Most Valuable Campaign of 2013″ award!

To say that we’re excited and grateful would be an enormous understatement.

We just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of you. Thank you for believing in us–in local power–enough to invest whatever you could in this campaign–be it your time, your support, or a donation.

You saw right away that this campaign was bigger than Boulder, and you stepped up. You gave us hope and renewed our faith in the power of communities to build the world we dream of.

This award belongs to all of you. We can’t thank you enough.

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Are you our next intern?

Are you one of our future interns? We sure hope so.

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Click here to scope out the program and get your hands on an application!

We’re now accepting applications for our 2014 spring internship programs in Denver & Boulder! You, yes you, should apply.

Here’s the scoop – quick & dirty version:

WHAT: New Era’s spring 2014 internship program, focused on building grassroots campaigns to impact policy makin’ during Colorado’s legislative session. Fine-tune your leadership skills, get your hands dirty, & learn to advocate for the issues you care about like the boss you are & the leader you were born to become.

WHO: We are looking for a solid crew of energized of folks who are pumped (excessively so) to learn the ropes. No experience necessary! Seriously.

WHEN: The program starts in early February, ends in late April. We’re accepting apps on a rolling basis, so get yours in!

WHY: Because you want some hands-on experience. Because this looks like fun. Because you need some new friends. Because this video/campaign inspired you. Because, democracy.

Sold? Ok great – here’s where you can download an application. Get that sucker in ASAP, got it?

Still not sold? Check us out on Facebook to get a feel for what we’re all about, creep on former interns, or email us (info(at)neweracolorado(dot)org) to grill us about the program. Or just read more here.

Email info(at)neweracolorado(dot)org with questions, concerns, or gift ideas for fathers because we’re having a hard time with it.

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Support us on Colorado Gives Day!

Tomorrow is Colorado Gives Day, a statewide, 24-hour blitz to support Colorado nonprofits.

We are writing today to ask for your support, because you of all people know what we can do if we head full-force into 2014.

Click here to schedule your tax-deductible donation to support New Era Colorado Foundation on Colorado Gives Day!

2013 has been an incredible year for us, to say the least–and we’re ready for an even bigger 2014, because it’s critical that young people have a strong say in shaping the future of our state.

This year, we ran the biggest campaign in our organization’s history–and we need to be bigger next year. We helped pass game-changing elections access legislation–and we need to make sure young voters take advantage of it next fall.

After a year like this one, it is clear that what we are doing is working. And there’s more where that came from.

We want to increase the youth vote share in Colorado, train dozens more leaders, and engage hundreds more volunteers. And we’re ready for it: this year alone, we made over 100,000 voter contacts. In the last two years, we have registered over 40,000 voters.

On Colorado Gives Day, invest in New Era to mobilize young voters in 2014. Click here to schedule your donation.

If you believe Colorado deserves a more hands-on democracy, if you know young voters will shape our state in 2014 and beyond, and if you think we’re the right organization for the job: please support our work today to have a lasting impact on Colorado tomorrow.

Thank you for your support–past, present, and future. It means the world to us.

-Steve, Carrie, Alexis, Nina, Lizzy, and Molly

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Make 310 our lucky number.

Last week’s victory in Boulder was the result of a transformative grassroots campaign made possible by literally thousands of individual people.

We wanted to share a video recap of it all with you—and to ask that you commit to sticking with us moving forward.

We won this round because of you—and we need you to commit to helping us win the next one by becoming a monthly member. A small monthly donation of any amount ensures that we can keep fighting, but on a larger scale—and it ensures that we stay innovative, independent, and nimble.

In honor of our campaign this year we’re hoping you can help make 310 (Xcel’s ballot measure) our lucky number and get us to 310 monthly members by the end of the year. Our efforts this year shouldn’t just go down in history as defeating a bad ballot measure–they should represent something so much bigger than that, which requires long-term work.

Monthly members allow us to grow this movement and engage young people in our democracy on a larger scale than we would have imagined before all of this. It’ll also allow us to keep tabs on Xcel in Boulder to ensure what we fought for becomes reality.

So take a look at what we have accomplished together, and commit today to growing and sustaining the grassroots efforts that are changing the face of Colorado:

Campaign Recap Video

Thank you again for getting us this far. Here’s to moving forward together and reclaiming our democracy for all our communities.

-New Era

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We won.

We won.

Tonight, we stood up. We stood up and said NO to corporate control of our energy future. But more importantly, we said yes to something so much bigger: people.

Yes, this was a campaign about energy. About our planet. About a corporation that just refuses to change. But all along what it was really about was people. People made this victory possible.

People like you: The one who lives in Alabama and mailed us your laptop for our phone-banks. The one we phone-banked to talk about the issue and then came by our office an hour later to drop off drinks for our volunteers who were working late. You sent us the only money you had in your pocket, you brought us food, you spent every Saturday volunteering, and you sent us the kindest notes from around the world that kept our team going. You have moved us to tears, energized us to reach beyond our capacity, and sustained us through each day. You renewed our belief that our communities are strong enough to bring about the changes we need–and you made us certain that we would prevail.

For the second time, our grassroots campaign defeated a coal industry giant.

And for the second time, it is crystal clear: Xcel’s dirty money can’t buy community, trick voters, or inspire young voters to enter the political process. It can’t spark neighbor-to-neighbor outreach. It can’t mobilize a diehard army of volunteers.
Only people can do that. And boy–did we have people.

Over 1 million of you watched the story of our campaign. Over 6,000 of you gave to grow our reach. And because of that support, our volunteers and organizers were able to log over 100,000 voter contacts. In short, this has been the definition of a grassroots campaign because of you.

For those of you far away: This fight has always been as much about our community as it is about yours. Thank you for supporting us, for sticking with us till the end. Honestly, without you, we might have lost our democracy to the highest bidder this round.
But now, with this behind us, we are able to continue working to create a model for how communities around the country can take control of their energy future.

Our communities need an impactful strategy to combat climate change. We are proud to have fought for this one alongside each of you, and we look forward to the work ahead.

For now, though, we have this to say: Go home, Xcel. Your money is no good here.

Now get some sleep.


Steve, Carrie, Becca, Molly, Lisa, Nina, Jenn, Alexis, Getzan, Gary, Lizzy, Nina, Brian, Chris, Elena, Kate, Jonah, Ellie, Kaitlin, Rhiannon, Jill, Susan, Arielle, William, Nathan, Becca, Jackson, Galen, Alayna, Gina, Toni, Sidney, Kathryn, Jourdan, Mitchell, Nora, Becca K, Daniela, Julia, and Lauren

P.S. Wanna support our work moving forward so we can do even bigger and better things? Yes, please.

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Update: Campaign for Local Power


With less than 2 weeks left, we wanted to share an update about our local power campaign.

Voting has begun, and we are talking with thousands of Boulder voters each day to ensure they know that a NO vote on measure 310 is a vote for clean energy and local control.

Our volunteer army continues to grow, and our office can barely accommodate those who come in after work to call Boulder voters to ensure they’ve received their ballots.

If we can speak one-on-one with enough voters, we can win this fight. We could be reaching even more voters with more help–so we wanted to include how you can help from near and far.

How you can help:

  • If you live in Boulder and can volunteer, please sign up–we need you now more than ever.
  • If you know even 1 person who lives in Boulder, please reach out to gently remind them to vote (text, Facebook, email, call).
  • At this point in the game, a donation would still make a huge impact–helping us reach more voters each and every day.

Thank you again for your support thus far. We are in awe of how you have helped us grow this grassroots campaign. This is what it looks like when a community comes together to fight for all of our futures. We are sharing your encouraging messages with our team of volunteers and are proud to fight knowing that you have our back.


New Era

Local power volunteers

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Yes on Amendment 66!

The election is in two weeks! So we wanna make sure you’ve heard about a little ballot measure called, “Make Sure Your Kids Turn Out Okay, Ok?”A66_apple_yes_bigger

Just kidding. That’s not what it’s called, but it could be. It’s Amendment 66, and it asks voters to make sure we have a great public education system in Colorado by funding a small income tax increase.

We’re voting yes, because we care about kids, duh. We were kids like a few minutes ago, and good schools are a BFD for everybody.

Let’s be clear: Colorado schools are already solid. But in the past few years, they’ve had to do a lot more with less–and it’s been getting worse. This investment will get our schools back to being great places to learn and succeed.

Passing Amendment 66 has something to help every kid be successful:

  • For the nerds: they can get more of the 1:1 attention they dream about because it allows local schools to reduce class sizes & hire teachers.
  • For the band geeks & artsy types: it can bring back music & art programs that have been cut.
  • For the jocks: it can restore P.E. so they can get their swell on and lead healthy lives.
  • For the popular kids: well…we don’t have any idea about their lives, but we assume it’ll help them too.

And BONUS, all the money raised goes into a protected State Education Achievement Fund, ensuring that it is only spent in the classroom.

Passing Amendment 66 will move our whole state forward, faster and make our tax structure more equitable. This is how we grow. It’s going to be an extremely close election, so we hope you will join us in voting yes and making sure Colorado voters know about this ballot measure!

Get updates from the Amendment 66 campaign between now & the election!

Sign up to help us make sure voters know about Amendment 66!

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