Development Coordinator   

Quality expectations:

Work reflects Refugees International’s vision, mission and values. Interactions are professional, timely, responsive, and courteous.  Actively engages in strategic problem-solving.  Responds expeditiously to any complaints from board members, committee members, donors, colleagues, and RI leadership, seeking a resolution of conflicts. Shows respect to all constituents, particularly for the cultural and ethnic diversity of people served.  Promotes and protects confidentiality and privacy regarding donor giving.  Works collaboratively and effectively to accomplish goals/tasks to benefit RI. 

Meets or exceeds productivity standards, with the ability to deftly prioritize needs, develop and execute work plans, fulfilling tasks and completing projects as needed.  Demonstrates sound organization skills, efficiency, effectiveness, flexibility, dependability, and ingenuity. 

Job Summary:

Reports to the vice president of philanthropy and works in conjunction with RI’s development team.  Responsible for providing strategic support of the development team’s comprehensive fundraising efforts.  This includes but is not limited to the following: special and community events; stewardship events; online fundraising campaigns; direct mail and appeals; researching and stewarding grantors; corporate giving and events; workplace giving fairs; mid-level and major donor pipeline development; and development administrative tasks.  The development coordinator will work closely with the vice president of philanthropy, the manager of corporate relations and donor communication, and the special events manager throughout the year.  Responsibilities will shift as needs and opportunities arise, but the coordinator will gain experience in a wide range of fundraising activities and will be able to provide support to all development team members.

Specific Job Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for providing support for all special events including the anniversary dinner, New York Circle, Washington Circle, community fundraising events, stewardship events, and any other events as needed. 

  • Provides support as needed for online fundraising campaigns including World Refugee Day, Giving Tuesday, Human Rights Day, International Women’s Day, and any other campaigns run by the development team. 

  • Enthusiastically helps coordinate the the tax receipt and gift acknowledgement process with the Manager of Donor Services, ensuring tax receipts and acknowledgement letters are mailed within 24-48 hours of receiving a gift. 

  • Manages the New Humanitarians (donors under age 40), in conjunction with development team members. 

  • Works closely with the special events manager to grow the community fundraising events program and attends events as needed. 

  • Partners with the manager of corporate relations and donor communication to identify new corporate prospects and provides information to foster a comprehensive giving plan for corporate partners (workplace giving, gift matching, and employee events). 

  • Works closely with the vice president of philanthropy to conduct discovery work for donors following research conducted by the manager of donor services. 

  • Manages a small portfolio of 25-50 mid-level donors. 

  • Regularly attends larger workplace giving fairs in the Washington, DC area to encourage employee giving to RI.

  • Maintains the Raiser’s Edge database, following thorough training, by including pertinent donor biographical information, donor activity, and event attendees as needed. 

  • Coordinates and manages other events for the program team, the board, and RI as needed.    

  • Manages and helps train development volunteers and other community volunteers for events. 

  • Enthusiastically participates in overall strategic planning for the development team.

  • Works respectfully and collaboratively with all board members, committee members, council members, agency leadership, and fellow staff members.

  • Ensures RI’s donor stewardship standards are being upheld through all communication (written and verbal), stewardship events, and general donor interactions.

  • Actively seeks out training opportunities and skill development.

  • Devises an ongoing workplan to complete annual goals. 

  • Provides administrative support to all development team members as needed. 

  • Fulfills all other responsibilities, working evenings and weekend hours as needed. 

Education and Experience Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required

  • Minimum of one to two years of relevant work experience

Skills and Competencies Required:

  • Willingness to learn the various functions of development and gain fundraising experience

  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, writing, and communication skills

  • Ability to think strategically and collaboratively to help achieve revenue goals

  • Ability to work independently and successfully in a culture of transformative change

  • Ability to forecast the needs of development team members and achieve goals ahead of deadlines

  • Keen understanding of relationship building, customer service, and diplomacy

  • Maintains professionalism in all interactions with donors, board members, and other key constituents

HOw to Apply

To apply please send an email to

Applications should include a cover letter, writing sample, and resume. In the subject line, type Development Coordinator and your family name.  Applications deadline is June 14, 2019.

Expected Salary: $33,000-$40,000, depending on background and experience.