Colorado Nonprofit Association

Director of Development


At Big City Mountaineers, we work alongside the transformative powers of nature to foster a lasting impact in the lives of youth from disinvested communities. BCM creates opportunities for 12 to 18 year-olds to connect with nature and realize their own sources of strength, resilience, confidence, serenity and joy by providing free, fully outfitted, and professionally led outdoor experiences. BCM’s programming culminates in a weeklong backcountry trip, which is often the first time the youth we serve experience the outdoors in such a way. The BCM experience enables youth to take on healthy and relevant challenges and cultivate a connection to themselves, their community, to nature, and to joy. 

For over thirty years, BCM’s programming has shown staying power beyond the norm, and has come to be a recognized and highly regarded national nonprofit that is supported by a stable operating budget.  BCM is at an exciting point in its history, one that holds great potential and opportunity to reimagine how the organization can best deliver on its mission. Our team includes a dedicated staff, seasonal trip instructors, and volunteers. 

Though we are headquartered in Colorado, Big City Mountaineers’ regional hubs touch both coasts, and several locations in between. We are located on the ancestral territories the Ute, (Denver, CO), the Sioux and Anishinibawaki (Minneapolis, MN), the Ohlone, Ramaytush, Chochenyo, and Muwekma (San Francisco Bay Area), the Duwamish (Seattle, WA), the Massachusett and Pawtucket (Boston, MA), and the Muscogee Creek and Shawnee (Birmingham, AL).


The Director of Development holds primary responsibility for designing and executing BCM’s fundraising strategy. This includes oversight of BCM’s individual donor and family foundation relationships and institutional support including grantmaking institutions and corporate donors. 

The Director of Development will manage and support BCM’s Adventure Fundraising and Events Manager to ensure the organization’s in-person and virtual fundraising events and campaigns, as well as BCM’s signature Summit for Someone and Adventure for Someone programs meet goals. 

As part of the organization’s leadership team, the Director of Development will collaborate closely with the Executive Director and the National Program Director to steward the organization’s direction and culture. The Director of Development can also expect to collaborate with all staff to best understand and financially support BCM’s programming and each region’s work.

This role reports to and is supported by the Executive Director, with whom the incumbent will work closely. The Director of Development will have ample opportunity to think creatively and expansively about their work and have a significant hand in the creation of the organization’s fundraising structures and systems.  The Director of Development will regularly communicate work progress and goals to the Executive Director and Board of Directors.  The Director of Development will also frequently represent BCM to the external community and hold many outward-facing relationships.

The Director of Development will work out of BCM’s headquarters in Arvada, CO.  BCM will, however, consider exceptional candidates that live in one of BCM’s other program regions (Seattle WA, SF Bay Area, Minneapolis MN, Boston MA, Birmingham, AL).  No candidates will be considered who live outside of these regions. 


Organizational Leadership

Grants & Foundation Relations

Individual Donor & Family Foundation Relations

Corporate & Brand Relations

Development Data & Administration