Brown University — Development Coordinator, Academic Initiatives

Job Description:

The Development Coordinator provides a high-level of support for the Assistant Vice President (AVP), works with senior administrators across campus, their support teams, and key volunteers.  This role handles most administrative duties, which include but are not limited to, meeting and travel arrangements, gift/pledge recording accuracy, drafts high level correspondence and briefings, conducts research, provides technical and logistical support to the AVP. The Development Coordinator works with colleagues throughout the Division to coordinate the senior faculty/administrator speaker series, which features 20 – 25 speakers over the course of the year. As well, this position oversees departmental budget reconciliation, supports the overall work of the Academic Initiatives (AI) team, which oversees 17 – 20 academic priority areas and raises commitments totaling $50 million+ annually in support of Brown University and the University’s BrownTogether comprehensive campaign.

The Development Coordinator also provides comprehensive fundraising and high level administrative support for the development efforts administered on behalf of fundraising initiative areas overseen by the AVP by supporting all aspects of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for these initiatives including: monitoring the major gifts pipeline; track and report on prospect-related interactions, and events involving relevant program directors; provide regular gift reports and analysis pertaining to fundraising; and maintain a repository of proposals to advance Campaign fundraising priorities. In collaboration with the stewardship team and prospect managers, the Coordinator will help ensure appropriate stewardship activities on behalf of the program directors.  In collaboration with the initiatives, the Coordinator may help manage related advisory council(s) and ensure appropriate volunteer/donor engagement relating to this work and/or help to manage annual director’s/chair funds for assigned initiatives.

Brown University is committed to advancing diversity, inclusion and equity. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Brown University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Competencies

  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), including experience/ability to identify and emphasize diverse perspectives in programming, communications, and strategy.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Strong project/time management skills essential.
  • Must be detail-oriented and have an ability to handle and complete multiple projects concurrently.
  • The individual in this position should be well organized, very responsible, and able to work independently as well as in a team environment. Prioritizing and decision making are daily requirements of this position. Creativity is a definite plus and an important skill to possess. Also, due to the nature of work, a high level of integrity, tact and discretion is required to deal with confidential donor/prospect information.

Required Qualifications

  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, Word and Outlook. Demonstrated ability with computer software programs including but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets and CRM.
  • Must have a degree of computer proficiency and Information Management Skills to carry out the major responsibilities of this position.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Functional knowledge of Blackbaud.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a related field, such as  higher-education, fundraising, or non-profit setting.

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume with their application. All offers of employment are contingent upon a completed criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.

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Job Posting Title:
Development Coordinator, Academic Initiatives


Grade 9

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Full time

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Position Classification:
Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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