Butterfly Pavilion
  • 18-May-2022 to Until Filled (MST)
  • Fund Development
  • Westminster, CO, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, Paid Holidays, Vacation, Sick, 401(k) + matching)

Title: Director of Community Relations

Position Reports To: Vice President of Donor Relations

Direct Reports: Grants Manager, Events Manager, Donor Relations Coordinator

About Butterfly Pavilion: Here at Butterfly Pavilion, we transform the way people think about invertebrates. These small but mighty animals that surround us are so much more than people think. They are everywhere, because everything depends on them. They are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom. As the leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration and connection, Butterfly Pavilion works to foster an appreciation of these critical animals by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation. Whether it is providing unique, hands-on learning experiences in our exhibits and educational programs, conducting new research that sets the standard for zoos across the country or building innovative solutions for species and habitat conservation in countries around the world, Butterfly Pavilion is leading the way in ensuring invertebrates are protected for the future.

Founded in July 1995, Butterfly Pavilion believes that an appreciation of the environment begins with an appreciation of all living things. Every day we teach the young and old alike about the need for conservation, because with knowledge and empowerment we will protect the world's natural habitats for generations to come. Our mission is to foster an appreciation of invertebrates by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation.

Butterfly Pavilion is a Tier II member of the SCFD (Science and Cultural Facilities District) and is the eighth largest cultural facility in the Denver Metro area, attracting more than 4.5 million visitors in 23 years of operation. Butterfly Pavilion was the first stand-alone invertebrate zoo in the United States to become a certified member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and has become a prototype for many others. Our facility includes four indoor exhibit areas; eleven acres of public gardens; two educational classrooms; and event space, including a 2,200 square foot ballroom and patio overlooking Jefferson County Open Space.

Looking forward, we are committed to providing the most enriching experience for our audience, being recognized as a scientific authority, and being a leading educational resource on invertebrates. To this end, Butterfly Pavilion has begun the early stages of launching a $33 million Capital Campaign to expand Butterfly Pavilion into the Center for Invertebrate Research and Conservation (CIRC), a brand new, 81K sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility, that will serve as the preeminent local, national and global hub for invertebrate knowledge, conservation, inspiration and connection. Located in the Baseline neighborhood of Broomfield and in partnership with City and County of Broomfield and McWhinney, the site will also feature a 1200-acre pollinator district, ushering in a new, innovative model for real estate development and landscapes. At Baseline we'll also partner with Adams 12 School District. A K-12 STEM School will be located on the very same campus, creating a very innovative and unprecedented model for advancing public education, as well as career and workforce readiness.

FLSA: Full Time/Exempt

Salary: Expected salary range for this position is $75,000-85,000 per year. Regular work schedule is Monday through Friday. Some evening and weekend will be required.

Position Summary: Butterfly Pavilion's Director of Community Relations is a front-line fundraising professional responsible for securing funds for the organization by managing the organization's funding from corporations, foundations and community partners. The Director executes fundraising plans to sustain and grow the number of donors, partners and sponsors using established giving programs while bringing new funding ideas to the organization. The Director cultivates new funders and sponsors, develops relationships, and provides stewardship with the goal of renewing funders and sponsors and growing relationships and funding over time. Retaining and upgrading existing funders and sponsors through strategic engagement and stewardship is expected. Working with the Events Manager, the Director will secure sponsors and live auction packages for Butterfly Pavilion's annual gala, the Butterfly Ball. Additionally, the Director will secure corporate sponsorships for other Butterfly Pavilion public events and programs. The Director will manage a team that includes the Events Manager and Grants Manager. The ideal candidate is detail- and goal-oriented, with demonstrated skill in relationship building, project management, information management, personnel management and verbal and written communication. The Director will work closely with the VP of Donor Relations to increase revenue and identify new sources for support. The benefit of this position will be the satisfaction of helping funders and sponsors connect their interests and priorities through their funding and partnership with Butterfly Pavilion.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the management and implementation of Butterfly Pavilion's corporate, foundation and community giving.
  • Implement programs and activities to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward funders and sponsors.
  • Develop and implement annual plan to achieve financial goals.
  • Work with and oversee the Events Manager to plan annual gala and secure sponsorships and auction packages.
  • Secure sponsors for Butterfly Pavilion public events and onsite opportunities from corporations and other funders
  • Oversee and work with Grants Manager to secure grants from foundation and government funders.
  • Develop and execute ongoing strategies for identifying and qualifying prospects and engaging them by using tools such as small cultivation events, research, and community networking.
  • Maintain contact reports from face-to-face meetings, donor correspondence, meetings and other activities in database (Neon), ensuring information is current and entered timely.
  • Prepare monthly revenue and activity reports; track and document all revenue and cultivation activities on a weekly basis.
  • Collaborates with VP of Donor Relations on new revenue opportunities and funding strategies.
  • Support Butterfly Pavilion's capital campaign by implementing foundation, government and corporate giving strategies and identifying potential prospects for the campaign.
  • Assist in other financial development projects as assigned.
  • Works collaboratively with others to solve problems, achieve common goals, and positive results. Listens to others and values opinions.
  • Attend all relevant Butterfly Pavilion events on- and off-site.
  • Maintain an ongoing knowledge of Butterfly Pavilion programs, outreach and strategic initiatives.


  1. Builds relationships
  2. Project/Time management
  3. Results and Goal-Oriented
  4. Resource Generation/Development
  5. Teamwork
  6. Detail Oriented
  7. Communication Skills
  1. Interpersonal Skills


  • 5 years of experience in fundraising is required with experience managing a team and securing corporate sponsorships.
  • Bachelor's degree required, and an advanced degree in business administration, journalism, marketing or communications or an MBA is a plus.
  • Must have a successful track record of closing gifts and sponsorships of $5,000+.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide exceptional customer service to donors and community stakeholders.
  • An understanding of fundraising principles and practices, and a demonstrated high level of professionalism, collegiality, self-motivation, and success in fundraising.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, great attention to detail, the ability to process and maintain confidential information, and develop strong relationships with both internal and external constituencies to promote a positive collaborative spirit across the organization's network.
  • In-depth knowledge of the communities served by Butterfly Pavilion.
  • Experience with donor databases. Knowledge of Neon a plus.
  • Public speaking and Spanish language skills a plus.

Additional Requirements:

  • Recruit and oversee volunteers and interns as part of the Service Enterprise Program initiative.
  • Regular attendance to organization, branch and department staff meetings and trainings.
  • Other duties as assigned

Work Environment / Physical Requirements:

While performing the responsibilities of this position, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the position will encounter. At Butterfly Pavilion, the employee is occasionally exposed to moderate to loud environmental noise for extended periods of time. While performing the responsibilities of this position, the employee is required to see, talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and stand, use their hands and fingers, to handle/feel/grasp. The employee is occasionally required to reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee may be asked to park offsite to accommodate guest experience.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

How to Apply:

Butterfly Pavilion is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply for open positions and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or veteran status.

Applicants must submit a Resume and Cover Letter to the following link: https://www.applicantpro.com/openings/butterflies/jobs/2379764-20970

Position is open until filled. No phone calls or drop ins please.

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