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Development Coordinator, Soc (10580)

Date: Jun 6, 2019

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University


The School of Communication (SOC) Development Coordinator is responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers and coordinating logistics for the School of Communication Alumni Mentor Program, School of Communication Intensive Programs (including but not limited to the NYC Intensive and LA Intensive), and select fundraising events and activities.


The Development Coordinator provides administrative support to the SOC Development office and serves as a liaison to the SOC Dean's Office and other internal offices as needed. The Development Coordinator will also serve as a liaison to the Office of Annual Giving and Donor Relations and Advancement Communication team on the regular solicitation, recognition, and engagement of current donors. Additionally, the Development Coordinator assists the SOC Development team by providing research on donors and prospects in preparation for meetings, as well as for campaign and event briefings.


Under the supervisor of the Chief Development Officer, SOC, the incumbent will have the opportunity to further his/her professional development by learning about cultivating and soliciting high end annual gifts ($500+).

Supervisory Responsibility

The position supervises one work-study student. Processes hundreds of emails and phone calls related to giving.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution required
  • Attention to detail and ability to set priorities and meet deadlines to achieve results.
  • 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
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite 

Preferred Education and Experience

  • One or more years of successful experience in a higher education setting with emphasis on volunteer management,marketing, and major gift solicitation 
  • Familiarity with customer relationship management software and American University's School of Communications programs, professors, and alumni/-ae

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check

Other Duties

  • Periodic night and weekend work required


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Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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