Donor Engagement Specialist

 At the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, we believe in kid-powered learning. We work hard every day to create extraordinary experiences that champion the wonder and joy of childhood. To accomplish this mission, we bring together a dynamic team of talented individuals whose passions range from exhibit design to the culinary arts, from developing engaging educational programs to fundraising. If you like to work hard and play hard, we want to hear from you!  

The Children’s Museum is hiring a Donor Engagement Specialist. The Donor Engagement Specialist will support the Development Team in engaging staff, museum members and the community at-large in philanthropy and volunteerism. This position is responsible for cultivating and developing relationships with new individual donors, securing first-time gifts, and supporting efforts to retain and further engage existing donors. The Donor Engagement Specialist will become well-versed in the Museum’s fundraising database (we are currently using the Blackbaud Altru product) and will support the team by running queries and reports, entering gifts, running donor acknowledgement letters, etc. The position will also provide logistical and other support for Museum special events. 

Position Specifications: Full-time, 40 hours/week, Monday through Friday, with additional hours as  

needed to meet business needs with occasional weekends, evenings, and special events. 

Rate: $54,500-$60,000 annually 

Benefits: A comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision coverage. Paid time-off for vacation, sick days and four holidays. 401(k) Retirement Plan with eligibility to contribute after a 3-month waiting period (must be 21 years of age). Employee Assistance Program, flexible spending account and short-term disability. Free parking, free family membership to the Museum, and discounts in the Museum Gift Shop and Café. 



Please note: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the responsibilities.  

Supervisory and leadership:   

  • Work with Senior Development Officer to develop and manage strategies for acquiring new individual donors and to retain existing donors 
  • Utilize Altru/Blackbaud and/or other wealth management tools to conduct donor prospect research 
  • Perform individual donor cultivation through meetings, events and correspondence, annual giving solicitation letters and data utilization to target donor prospects 
  • Prepare Museum leadership for visits with major donors and major gift prospects 
  • Manage annual individual donor fundraising campaigns, and track and analyze campaign results 
  • Data entry of gifts and interactions with donors and prospects in the Museum’s database (Altru) 
  • Manage gift acknowledgement process 
  • Coordinate donor recognition in annual report, annual donor wall, donor/donation section of Museum website, etc.  
  • Update and manage the Museum’s Colorado Gives Day profile and profiles on other donor information sites 
  • Utilize database to run queries and reports, create lists and export data 
  • Work with the Senior Development Officer to create and maintain database policies and procedures 
  • Work with the Senior Manager of Information Systems to create attributes, apply global changes, merge duplicates, conduct NCOA updates, and other data clean-up 
  • Provide logistical and other support for special events, including volunteer engagement 
  • Perform other duties as assigned 


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required 
  • 3+ years of experience in a development/fundraising position preferred 
  • Ability to professionally handle information of a complex and confidential nature 
  • Knowledge of computer systems and databases, particularly Blackbaud Altru, preferred 
  • Ability to develop and maintain direct relationships with donors and passionately translate the Museum’s mission and case for support 
  • Work well independently and with a team 
  • Excellent administrative skills, highly motivated and a proven ability to produce results in a deadline-oriented environment  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication/presentation skills 
  • Strong commitment to the Museum’s mission, vision and values of diversity, equity, access and inclusion 

Work Environment 

Busy, bustling team-oriented environment with shared office space. 

The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to serving the needs of all our visitors and we encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds. 

Salary Description
$54,500-$60,000 annually