The Development Coordinator is responsible for supporting operational and fundraising activities such as administrative support functions for the front-line fundraising team. The role will also include aspects of supporting stewardship and alumni relations activities within the Robert H. Smith School of Business Development and Alumni Relations team.
This position supports the daily activity of the development team, including: scheduling internal and external appointments with donors/prospects/potential volunteers; drafting/preparing briefings for development meetings or strategic events; assisting in the maintenance of the special events calendar for the office; and coordinating the involvement of the College’s faculty and staff in cultivation activities.
This individual may work directly with vendors, campus contacts, divisional colleagues, and other university administrators for the school’s alumni/donor events and activities. The coordinator is a significant contributor in ensuring “best in class” donor relations, stewardship and alumni relations practices for the Smith School.
The Development Coordinator: works with the Advancement Services database system, the BlackBaud Fundraising Performance Management platform and other university databases; processes gifts; drafts gift and account agreements; and produces reports to monitor donations working with Foundation Management, to assist the chief development officer in tracking performance metrics and to detail the progress/impact of programs and initiatives. They prepare cultivation/stewardship materials including donor acknowledgements, general correspondence and event invitations. They understand and successfully follows all university policies.
The Development Coordinator works with the Prospect Research Team to identify donors for the fundraising pipeline and assists in support of the annual development plan for the Smith School. This individual, working with the development and alumni relations team, helps to implement activities designed to increase alumni engagement and assists in organizing events and activities to engage and support donors, alumni and volunteers, including the school’s participation in Giving Day, stewardship activities and other strategic events.
Attendance at events during and after regular office hours and weekends may be necessary. Limited travel, primarily in the College Park area, is necessary.
Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
3 years of administrative experience with a Bachelor’s Degree; OR
5 years of administrative experience with an Associate’s Degree; OR
7 years of administrative experience with a High School Diploma or GED.
Candidates should also have some experience organizing and executing events.