Development Event Specialist

DSST Public Schools, Denver, Colorado

Date PostedJanuary 10, 2018
IndustryK-12: Public Schools
Job StatusNot Specified
SalaryNot Specified

Development Event Specialist (Temporary Position)

DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks a Development Event Specialistto join one of the leading charter school organizations in Colorado. DSST Public Schools mission is to transform urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.

The Development Event Specialist is a temporary position to oversee the planning and execution of the 2018 Slice of Pi event. This position will be responsible for the overall success of the event, which will require coordinating their work along with the efforts of the development team and other DSST team members in designing, preparing and executing the event. Specific duties include:

  • Operational and logistical planning for Slice of Pi on April 27, 2108
  • Identification, cultivation, and solicitation of attendees/donors to the event
    - Initiate contacts with potential leadership and major gift donors
    - Develop appropriate cultivation strategies for them, including working with volunteers
    - Move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure
    - Make solicitations when appropriate
    - Maintain stewardship contacts with donors; adhere to the highest ethical standards; demonstrate empathetic disposition, and perseverance; reflect optimistic and positive attitude, and convey sensitivity to needs of the donors
  • Work collaboratively with development team. Be a resource for development staff.

A strong candidate will:

Be a highly energetic professional with a track record of successful fundraising event planning and building donor relationships and closing gifts in the six-figure range.

  • Possess a strong understanding of K12, higher education, and workforce needs
  • Possess a strong track record of success in leadership and the ability to successfully manage multi-functional or diverse areas.
  • Have successful experience in making cold calls as well as developing cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of completing assignments.


Mission Driven

Is deeply connected and committed to DSST’s mission and the belief that all students can obtain a world class education.

Values Driven

Is deeply committed to living our core values in their daily work.

Influences and Motivates Others

Inspires committed action from others to live our values, get results, and accomplish our mission.

Drives to Results

Has a drive and urgency to achieve and sustain results over time.

Demonstrates Understanding of Others

Has a strong understanding of people, an inclusive lens, and leads with our view of the human condition.

Is Self-Aware

Has a deep, reflective understanding of self that exhibits awareness and humility.

Requirements: DSST Public Schools seeks candidates with strong character, passion for excellence and a relentless commitment to student achievement.

- Proven experience in the transformative change process and strategic planning

-Experience in the design and conduct of organizational development interventions (team building, workshops, etc.)

-Experience in developing professional learning around diversity, equity, inclusion and/or cultural competency

- Understanding of multicultural education, equity in classrooms and pedagogy

-8+ years of demonstrated commitment to equity; work related to diversity, equity, inclusion, or cultural competency

- Excellent interpersonal skills; proven experience working and collaborating well with various levels; Ability to work across lines of difference. Ability to work independently while managing outcomes up and laterally.

- A working knowledge of community building and conflict resolution along with leadership and facilitation skills

- Curious, innovative, creative and constantly looking for ways to optimize our equity lens

-Master’s Degree preferred.


Reports to: Chief of Staff

Compensation and Benefits: DSST Public Schools offers a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a commitment to continuing professional learning.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and may require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching throughout the day. The employee must lift and/or move items up to 30 pounds. The employee must have sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Overview of DSST Public Schools:

DSST Public Schools (DSST) operates a network of tuition-free, open-enrollment public STEM charter schools. All DSST Public schools are part of the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district and students are admitted through DPS’ School Choice program. The student population across the DSST network is 80 percent students of color and 64 percent low income. This year, DSST will serve approximately 5,000 students at twelve schools on seven campuses: Byers, Cole, College View, Conservatory Green, Green Valley Ranch, Henry and Stapleton. DSST has been approved to open ten additional schools and four campuses by 2022. At full enrollment, DSST Public Schools will serve over 10,000 students, one quarter of the DPS 6-12 population, and will help more than double the number of four year college-ready DPS graduates. 2016 marked the ninth consecutive year the senior class has earned 100% acceptance to a four-year college. The continued success of the DSST network has gained local and national attention.

DSST Public Schools employees support each other not only to have fulfilling careers, but more importantly, to lead fulfilling lives that combine deeply meaningful professional work with personal well-being. Our core values are central to our program and to our results. These values are embedded in everything that we do and how we do it. The six DSST core values are:

Appreciating the value of a person or an object through your words, actions and attitude - treating people appropriately with common courtesy.
Able to be trusted and or depended upon to complete tasks, follow directions and own up to your actions.
Being truthful, fair and trustworthy in your words and actions - doing as you say and saying as you do.
Possessing confidence and resolve to take risks and make right decisions in the face of pressure and adverse or unfamiliar circumstances.
Eager to learn, explore and question things to gain a deeper understanding.
Doing Your Best
Putting your best effort into everything you do.

How to Apply: Please go to

In your cover letter please address the following topics:

  • Your interest in working at DSST Public Schools


  • The mission of DSST Public Schools states: "DSST Public Schools transforms urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st Century." What about this mission statement most resonates with you and why?

DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.Denver School of Science and Technology does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources.

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