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Development Coordinator, SIS (18177)

Date: Sep 18, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

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About the Department/Unit

American University’s School of International Service (SIS) is a top-10 school of international affairs located in Washington, DC. Since our founding in 1957, we have answered President Dwight D. Eisenhower's call to prepare students of international affairs to "wage peace." We do so because we believe the world needs leaders who are ready to serve.


The Development Coordinator for the School of International Service (SIS) is responsible for coordinating and executing events and activities in support of SIS fundraising campaigns. The Development Coordinator provides administrative support to the SIS Development office and serves as a liaison to the SIS Dean’s Office and other internal offices as needed. The Development Coordinator will also serve as a liaison to the Annual Fund, Stewardship, and Donor Relations teams on the regular solicitation, recognition, and engagement of current donors. This position is also responsible for managing the logistics for SIS Development focused events and programs. Additionally, the Development Coordinator assists the SIS Development team by providing research on donors and prospects in preparation for meetings, as well as for campaign and event briefings. The Development Coordinator reports to the Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations for SIS.

Essential Functions

  1. Administrative Support - Provide administrative support to the Assistant Dean of Development and the Director of Development, including coordinating travel arrangements, research for high level donors and prospects, coordinating the creation of briefing materials, submitting travel reconciliations, and maintaining calendar schedules.
  2. Event Planning and Execution - The Development Coordinator is responsible for the planning and execution of SIS Development focused events in preparation for the overall campaign. This includes, but is not limited to, events during Parent’s Weekend, Alumni Weekend, Dean’s Board of Advisor meetings, and new upcoming events that will support the overall campaign. For these events, the Development Coordinator will establish who the top attending prospects are and create research profiles on these individuals for the SIS Development team and the Dean.
  3. Solicitation and Stewardship - Under the supervision of the Chief Development Officer, serve as liaison with the Annual Fund, Stewardship, and Donor Relations to coordinate targeted solicitations for annual gifts, follow up on solicitations, maintain active stewardship of current donors, and support the SIS Development office in managing prospect portfolios to the point of gift solicitation. In accordance with SIS and Development communication plans, fulfill alumni and donor list requests from non-Development units to ensure data integrity, proper use of donor lists, and adherence to standards set by the SIS Development office and the SIS departments.
  4. School of International Service Board Support - Provide support and stewardship for the School of International Service Dean’s Board of Advisors and other affiliate groups. Coordinate meeting logistics, prepare necessary materials, keep and track minutes for annual meetings, and distribute new member packets, letters, and welcome packets as new members join. Ensure all promotional materials are up to date and coordinate material creation with the appropriate parties in preparation for the overall campaign.
  5. Other duties as needed or assigned by the SIS Development team and SIS Dean.

Work Environment

  • Periodic night and weekend work required.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full-Time, 35 hours/per week
  • Specialist A
  • Non-Exempt

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience.

Required Education and Experience

  • 2-4 years of relevant experience
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills are required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite is required.
  • Familiarity with customer relationship management software, knowledge of gift processing procedures, research, and data management is required.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution
  • Experience in higher education, program management, non-profit, or a similar setting required. Volunteer management, marketing, and fundraising experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of American University's School of International Service programs, professors, and alumni/ae is preferred.
  • A successful candidate must demonstrate a strong attention to detail, ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines, and the ability to analyze and articulate reasons for giving.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications


  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


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