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Job Req ID:  16564

Development Coordinator

Working Title: Development Coordinator  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ATO 37.5/02/OE 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10001641-Donor and Volunteer Engagement 
Personnel area: University Administration


General Description


The Office of Donor and Volunteer Engagement (DVE) seeks to engage, steward and recognize Johns Hopkins’ leadership volunteers and major donors according to their interests, through meaningful activities that encourage and recognize their long-term support of the institution and the positive impact of their involvement and philanthropy. Developing and maintaining a community of engaged leadership volunteers and donors is vital to the university and the success of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR). DVE supports the engagement, stewardship and recognition of volunteers and donors across the institution at both the divisional level and as a central services bureau. Additionally, the Office collaborates with a wide range of colleagues across the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine.


The Development Coordinator reports to the Director of Stewardship and Donor Engagement. This position is responsible for organizing a range of tasks and projects related to the smooth running of the office and delivery of specific programs. This position requires initiative, a proactive approach, and the highest standard of service excellence. The Development Coordinator serves as a front line representative to university trustees, advisory board members, donors, the President’s Office, the offices of the Vice President of DAR, Principal Gifts, Constituent Engagement, Alumni Relations, as well as senior DAR managers, faculty leaders, staff and the general public.


The Development Coordinator has knowledge of, and supports, policies and procedures relating to donor engagement and stewardship. Specific responsibilities of the Development Coordinator include:


Support to Director and Office Management (50%)


  • Comprehensive support to the Director including calendar management, agenda preparation, room bookings, planning team meeting and retreats, training courses, arranging for refreshments, etc.
  • Research and book travel for members of the DVE team as needed.
  • Use SAP for DVE team accounting operations including cost-transfers, on-line check requests, travel reimbursements, reconciliation of MasterCard and Procurement Card and to assist the director with budget management and forecasting.
  • Coordinate and oversee purchase orders, including setting up contracts with consultants and other vendors.
  • Support the overall effectiveness of the DVE team by collating and distributing the annual work plan for the DVE team; creating an infographic of DVE annual accomplishments; promoting and maintaining team communication tools such as the key dates calendar and end-of-week update emails.
  • Create orientation plan and oversee onboarding of new employees: complete new employee check list, ensure office equipment and space is ready, help train new employee, etc.
  • Order and maintain office supplies and equipment (computers, cell phones, printers, etc.).
  • Create and maintain a comprehensive online and paper filing system for DVE documents, training materials, best practices, stewardship reports, etc.



Special projects (30%)


  • VIP pledge reminders: by using Galaxy, ALADIN, and the RM prospect database, the coordinator will research and prepare pledge summary letters in the Spring and Fall for our top donors, including complex mail merge, prepping and sending letters in the mail, processing of pledge payments received via check, credit card, cash wire, securities, and charitable IRA, while ensuring appropriate acknowledgement of gifts by divisions.
  • Vice President’s Staff Acknowledgements: serve as coordinator of these acknowledgements and main point of contact for the VP’s office regarding weekly recipient lists. Initiate and finalize annual thank you card redesign process, liaising with VP’s office and contracted designers. Coordinate and lead process meetings with DVE, Vice President, and Development Business Services offices as needed.
  • Supervision of student workers: recruit, hire and train student workers; create work and task schedules; delegate tasks; process payroll; facilitate student worker development by organizing 1:1 meetings with DVE management team, recommending professional development opportunities such as DAR courses (Intro to DVE), and participation in bi-weekly staff meetings.  
  • Donor Gifts. Maintain inventory of donor gifts, oversee purchasing transactions and arrange delivery of products. Research and produce high-end custom donor gifts as needed (photobooks, framed prints, baskets of cheer, etc.)
  • Preparation of complex mailing lists and donor biographies for special events (such as gala events, conferences, etc.), including researching accurate information about donors’ giving history and Hopkins involvement via ALADIN, the RM prospect database, and other sources.
  • Special EventsAssist with donor events in a variety of capacities including pre-event logistics and on site event support.



Donor customer service (20%)


  • Serve as lead coordinator for screening and assisting with approx. 200-250 donor ‘customer service’ phone calls per year regarding gift receipts and inquiries, working closely with DOFFs and Development Business Services to resolve any issues in a timely manner; ensure Director is aware of any recurrent issues and calls from trustees or principal donors.
  • Train administrative team members as back up coverage for donor line process and protocol. Create a donor line coverage schedule, checking in with administrative team members regularly regarding any questions or concerns.
  • Summarize donor call statistics yearly for Director, making note of any trends and suggesting solutions for problem areas.



Other duties as assigned, including serving as a back-up for other DVE staff as needed.





A High School Diploma/GED is required, bachelor’s degree preferred. Three years of related experience is required. Additional education may substitute for required experience.


JHU Equivalency Formula:  30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis.  For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.



The Development Coordinator will have the ability and confidence to think independently and thrive in a fast-paced, complex, often ambiguous, environment with constantly changing priorities. The Development Coordinator will have a positive, ‘can do’ attitude, excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, ability to proactively manage multiple projects and determine priorities. Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and the ability to interact effectively with constituents and Development & Alumni Relations colleagues at all levels in the organization are essential prerequisites for success in the position. The ability to work as part of a team as well as on own initiative is important, as well as being willing to take a flexible approach if needed. The ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism, confidentiality and diplomacy in the work place is essential, and to exercise independent judgment to resolve administrative problems. The Development Coordinator will have very good analytical skills with a high functioning attention to detail, and experience of developing and maintaining effective systems for information sharing, data management and filing. Strong computer skills required, with the ability to learn new software. This position requires intermediate skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and the ability to learn and use SAP, ALADIN, RM and other software. Willingness to work occasional evenings or weekends, if required, with advance notice for which overtime will be paid.




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