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Communications & Development Officer

at CEDS Finance in Aurora, Colorado

About the Job

The Communications & Development Officer supports the development and implementation of a communication and marketing strategy, manages existing grants (which includes drafting and submitting reports), supports the development of funding opportunities, and supports external relationships management

Essential Functions:

GRANTS MANAGEMENT: Manages all aspects of the grants for the organization, including supporting external relationships, and writing and submitting grant reports

COMMUNICATION: Supports the development and implementation of a communication and marketing strategy for the organization to increase brand awareness and application numbers

OUTREACH: Develops and implements outreach plan to increase applications, and to strengthen relationships with current clients, partner organizations, and funders

DEVELOPMENT: Supports the development of new funding opportunities for CEDS

Other Job Duties:


  • Creates and submits all programmatic funder reports (collaborating across the teams as necessary)
  • Maintains the report tracker to ensure all reports are completed in time
  • Manages the application process for all grants/funding opportunities, which involves coordinating with others to collect needed documents and writing the proposal. Maintains the proposal tracker to know which proposals/grant applications are due when
  • Manages programs that require comprehensive involvement and support (such as being engaged in monthly meetings, engaging on the listserv, representing CEDS and our program, attending conferences, participating in workshops, in collaboration with the Underwriting, Portfolio Management, and Business Consulting teams)
  • Drafts and submits invoicing to funders, as needed, and ensures payments are made (coordinating with the finance team)
  • Updates and maintains all grant applications/reporting materials (e.g., standardize reporting templates), and ensures materials convey an effective message


  • Develops and implements a social media strategy, including create content & managing accounts, that aligns with the broader CEDS marketing strategy
  • Creates website content & manages updates to the site that align with the broader CEDS marketing strategy
  • Drafts and publishes press releases and other new/timely information to the public that convey recent developments and success stories
  • Creates regular communications to borrowers working in collaboration with the underwriting, portfolio management, and business consulting teams
  • Establishes and maintains media contacts to facilitate new coverage of the organization
  • Establishes and enforces a consistent brand image for the organization
  • Updates and maintains all communication/marketing materials (e.g., annual infographic, press release templates, flyers); and ensures materials convey an effective message. Coordinates with respective teams to support their needs
  • Creates and maintains email distribution lists (one for clients, one for applicants, and one for partners). Creates content and schedule for emails, and administers the implementation process


  • Creates and maintains a schedule for outreach events (such as tabling at conferences, speaking engagements).
  • Develops repeatable processes for what to take and what to say at outreach events


  • Supports the development of new funding opportunities for CEDS working closely with the Executive Director and the management team
  • Supports donor relationship development (including attending calls and assisting with correspondence)
  • Maintains the fundraising tracker (to monitor progress against annual goals) and collaborates with the finance team to ensure accuracy of financial transactions


  • Supports the Executive Director in preparation for board meetings, as needed, including building the agenda, creating slides, compiling data and materials


  • Performs other duties as assigned by direct supervisor and Executive Director

Salary & Benefits:

  • Hiring range $45,000 - $60,000 annual salary
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • Competitive health, dental, and vision benefits, a Flexible Spending Account, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, and generous paid time off and holiday policies
  • A flexible schedule with a mix of in-office and remote work permitted


  • A Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, English, or a related field
  • Two years of professional experience in a communications, marketing, or public relations role
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Good networking skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and stakeholder groups
  • Fluency in more than one language preferred
  • Ability to work with raw data to create engaging presentations and reports

To apply

Candidates should submit their resume and a cover letter that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications listed above to with the text "Communications & Development Officer" in the subject line

CEDS Finance

CEDS Finance is a non-profit, CDFI whose mission is to support the American Dream of financial self-sufficiency, by assisting refugees, immigrants, and other underserved communities in Metro Denver who desire to own or strengthen businesses. CEDS is a qualified SBA Intermediary Lender and a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that’s facilitated over $4 million of investment capital into the local community and has served individuals from 30 different countries or origin in developing financial assets through small business development.