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Development Engineer - Denver

Development | Denver, CO | Full Time

Job Description


Reading Partners launched in 1999 with the mission to expand opportunities for children in underserved communities by fostering a lifelong love of reading, developing strong literacy skills, and building the confidence and self-esteem critical to empowerment and community development.  Reading Partners provides children with robust one-on-one reading support through a structured, research-based curriculum that engages students and provides basic building blocks to supplement their academic growth.  On average, Reading Partners students gain 1.6 months of reading skills for every month in the program.

Working in partnership with teachers, schools, and community volunteers, Reading Partners has grown from serving 100 students in 2003 in northern California with a budget of $180,000 to serving over 5,000 students in California, Washington, DC, New York, Texas, Maryland, and Colorado with a budget of over $13M. As one of only a handful of nonprofits to receive two highly competitive federal Social Innovation Fund grants, Reading Partners has plans for continued rapid growth into other regions.  For more information about Reading Partners, please visit


Reading Partners is dedicated to transforming struggling young readers into confident readers who are excited about learning.

How we do it:

  • Focus on children from low-income communities.
  • Give one-on-one instruction at the student’s reading level.
  • Recruit and train community volunteers to work with children.
  • Partner with high-need elementary schools to offer an effective program on campus.
  • Provide a way for volunteers to give a small amount of their time to make a huge difference in a child’s life.



Developed under President Johnson’s Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, VISTA arose as a national anti-poverty program, designed to become the domestic version of the Peace Corps. VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) aims to address poverty at a local level by engaging volunteers in a year of service. In 1993, VISTA was brought into the AmeriCorps program, and renamed AmeriCorps*VISTA. There are now 6,500 service members nationwide at over 1,200 sites, with projects aimed at improving literacy, economic, and health efforts in low-income communities.  

VISTA members commit to a full year term of service at a local non-profit or agency. VISTAs focus their efforts and skills on building organizational capacity at their service site. 

Please visit for more information.


Reading Partners seeks a highly organized, self-starter for our Development Engineer position. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who desires a long and successful career in development and fundraising with a focus on government, foundation and corporate grant writing to become involved in a rapidly growing national non-profit.  S/he must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and deadline-oriented workplace.

The ideal candidate has 1-3 years of development experience preferably in a nationally scaled organization with an operating budget of $2+mm.   S/he is highly organized with a demonstrated ability to attend to day-to-day details without losing sight of mid and long term objectives.  S/he is customer service focused with a unique ability to anticipate and address issues.  S/he has an ability to recognize, capture, and convey stories that will engage supporters and stakeholders in a meaningful way.  



The Development Engineer reports to the Regional Executive Director in Denver and works closely with various senior leaders and Regional Board members



The Development Engineer will focus on systematizing and creating efficiencies in our fundraising efforts for the Denver Area.


Grant writing/Donor records

  •  Write the majority of grants and reports for donors and new prospects
  •  Manage the donor database and act as the quality assurance officer to ensure that information is entered accurately
  •  Reconcile the donor database to financial reports on a regular basis
  •  Track correspondence and meetings with donors, ensuring that all information is housed in the donor database
  • Liaise with the finance department to ensure that Reading Partners accurately reports expenditures of grants received


Donor cultivation & stewardship

  •  Conduct prospect research to identify funders for Reading Partners Denver
  •  Work with program staff to organize site visits and events for donors and new prospects at Reading Partners schools and private venues
  •  Compose customized donor correspondence for the Regional Executive Director(s)
  •  Create appropriate cultivation and solicitation strategies, and work together with manager and team to execute individualized action plans
  •  Manage Reading Partners’ donor recognition, retention, and stewardship programs in partnership with Supervisor
  •  Ensure that the Denver region follows the national calendar for donor touch points, customizing each piece with local information


Marketing & Public Relations

  • Design fundraising collateral and marketing materials for Denver
  • Create systems to establish and maintain a presence on social networking sites





  • Excellent written communication skills and attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivator and ability to operate effectively with limited direction
  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and adapt to new situations
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups
  • Deep belief in our mission
  • Bachelor’s degree



  • Previous fundraising and/or events experience with a nationally scaled organization
  • Background in PR, communications, or marketing
  • Experience in the fields of education or literacy



A modest living stipend of $11,796 and a rent subsidy of $3,476 for a total compensation of $15,272 over 12-month service term, Segal AmeriCorps Education award or post-service stipend, healthcare benefits while in service, childcare assistance if necessary, loan forbearance or deferment while in service, access to AmeriCorps VISTA Network and VISTA Alumni, additional training, one year of Non-Competitive Eligiblity (NCE) status for U.S. Federal Government positions after full term.



  • Access to reliable public transportation or car required; car recommended
  • Full service term is for one calendar year (no part-time options available)
  • Cannot hold an additional side job during service



Resumes are currently being accepted. Hiring decisions will be made by May 29th, and positions will begin in mid July with a term of service continuing through July 2014.

Please be informed that this is an AmeriCorps VISTA service position. For further information on the VISTA program, please visit

Please submit the following:

  • Thoughtful cover letter describing your interest in the position, relevant experience/qualifications
  • 2 page writing sample (Please note that you will need to extend your cover letter to include the writing sample so that you can upload as one document)
  • Resume
  • Note: After first round screens you will be required to submit two letters of recommendation and enter information in the VISTA portal with assistance from the Reading Partners team.