Western Resource Advocates

Serving others is more important than ever. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that WRA is actively hiring for the following position. Join our committed staff as we stay home, stay healthy, and continue to fight to protect the West’s land, air, and water.

Position Summary

Western Resources Advocates (WRA) is seeking a strategic and charismatic Donation Relations Officer to join our Development Team. Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Donor Relations Officer is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting a portfolio of current, perspective, and planned giving donors with the capacity to give in the range of $1,000-$25,000 to meet revenue goals. The primary responsibilities for this position involve researching, developing, and performing effective solicitation strategies as well as stewarding donors throughout the giving process. This individual will also work with board members and staff leaders to coordinate and execute long-term fundraising initiatives. The Donation Relations Officer will work in a lively environment with six highly motivated and passionate teammates.

About Western Resource Advocates

Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates is dedicated to protecting the West’s land, air, and water to ensure that vibrant communities exist in balance with nature. We use law, science, and economics to craft innovative solutions to the most pressing conservation issues in the region within three core program areas: Clean Energy, Healthy Rivers and Western Lands.

In the face of population growth and climate change, the Western United States needs a strong and effective advocacy voice at the regional level to address changes that are already underway and to steer the West towards a sustainable future. WRA has aggressive plans to tackle these challenges. We envision a future in the West where:

  • Western rivers and lakes will have abundant clean water to support habitat for fish and wildlife, communities and agriculture, and world class recreational opportunities. The Colorado River will flow to the sea;
  • Our homes, buildings and transportation systems will be powered by clean energy. The West will prosper in a zero-carbon economy;
  • Half of western landscapes and habitat will be protected and connected to support thriving wildlife populations and unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the West’s natural beauty; and
  • The West will have clean air and clean water to support healthy communities and vital habitat.


Boulder or Denver, CO are the preferred locations for this position; Salt Lake City, UT area will also be considered. WRA employees are strongly encouraged to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Responsibilities and Activities


  • Manage and solicit a growing portfolio of largely individual donors and prospects to achieve increasing revenue goals.
  • Grow the major gifts pipeline and portfolio by researching and qualifying prospects for personal engagement and growing relationships with donors and prospects.
  • Solicit donors and prospects personally for financial support.
  • Serve as an active member of the major gifts team and proactively support it and the principal gifts team, made up of the President and Vice President, with their portfolios, prospecting, cultivation, and stewardship
  • Communicate with donors on a regular basis through a variety of activities: calls, video conferencing, email, texts, events, webinars, letters, publications, etc.


  • Develop and maintain proficient knowledge of organizational and programmatic work.
  • Draft letters, proposals, gift agreements, recipient lists, and other materials and content for specific donor solicitations and communications purposes.
  • Plan events and gatherings to meet cultivation goals.
  • Track and assess fundraising metrics and goals.
  • Work collaboratively with board members and staff on fundraising activities.
  • Use Raiser’s Edge to manage a portfolio and evaluate progress.
  • Contribute to annual giving, events, grants and other fundraising activities as needed.
  • Contribute creative strategies, story lines; content, for development activities and events, including annual giving.

Required Qualifications


  • Experience or background in soliciting and cultivating a portfolio of individual donors.
  • Knowledge of fundraising practices and research. Ability to distinguish and identify donor opportunities.


  • Strong written and oral communication abilities.
  • Comfort and skill in communicating with a variety of donors, constituencies and audiences.
  • Ability to build relationships and collaborate effectively with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to break down complex subject matter into understandable and compelling language.


  • Ability to travel on occasion to meetings and events, generally within the Interior West (post COVID-19).

Additional Skills and Learning Opportunities

This section is made up of skills that a candidate may come in with, and if not, may be trained on the job. They are not required and candidates who do not possess these skills yet, should not be discouraged from applying.

  • General knowledge of clean energy, climate change, and/or environmental issues.
  • Understanding of the non-profit sector.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range is $65,000 to $85,000 annually; salary depends on relevant experience and new staff rarely start at the top of the range. WRA’s excellent benefits package includes health, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) retirement plan, life & disability insurance, 3 weeks paid vacation leave, sick leave, parental leave, sabbatical leave after five years; and an RTD EcoPass for staff in the Denver/Boulder metro area. Position is full-time exempt.

Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Diversity and inclusion are a critical component of our business strategy, mission and vision. We welcome candidates from an array of backgrounds and experiences to join our team. Learn more about our commitment here: https://westernresourceadvocates.org/#commitment-to-diversity. 

Western Resource Advocates is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion,  gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or veteran status.

Apply to be WRA’s Donor Relations Officer!

Thank you for your interest in the Donor Relations Officer role with Western Resource Advocates. Complete the two forms below to apply for the position. You will need to upload the following in PDF format:

    • Cover letter to the attention of Meagan Kadlec, Recruitment and Hiring Manager, describing your relevant qualifications and the reason for your interest in WRA and this position; and
    • Resume.