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Development Coordinator- Corporate and Foundation Relations

Position Summary
Responsible for day-to-day support to the College/Unit fundraising team to keep things running smoothly. He/she will act as a generalist across the department, leading projects, identifying and promoting best practices, supporting the on-boarding and training of new hires and activating communication for the College/Unit. The Coordinator is the onsite point of contact to many external stake holders including alumni, donors, and volunteers as well as university administrators, deans, department heads, professional staff and faculty, who wish to interact with the College/Unit fundraising team. This position is highly collaborative with cross functional colleagues, and works closely with University and Foundation leadership. The Development Coordinator will oversee the College/Unit donor acknowledgement process and will assist in the planning and execution of fundraising events for the College/Unit.

Core Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Assist with developing, implementing and measuring progress towards annual goals, objectives and strategies to maximize private support through various sources (individuals, corporations, foundations and planned giving vehicles) for the College/Unit.
  2. Support the College/Unit by tracking and measuring prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship for prospective and present donors to the College/Unit and Kansas State University.
  3. Provide administrative support to unit volunteer boards as assigned.
  4. Train and assist new hires in areas pertaining to development coordinator responsibilities as requested.
  5. Attend staff meetings, plan agendas and coordinate schedules, prioritizing workload within assigned unit and serve as a liaison between university staff and development team.
  6. Maintain donor and fund database as necessary, pull development reports and manage data related projects.
  7. Contribute to the stewardship of gifts by managing the acknowledgement process for the college/unit.
  8. Reconcile expense reports monthly.
  9. Serve as the College/Unit’s primary in-office contact for donors and administrators by answering the telephone, directing calls, sending e-mails and setting appointments for the College/Unit.
  10. Plan, support and participate in College/Unit fundraising activities and donor engagement events as requested.


  • 2-3 years professional experience in a professional office with focus on providing excellent customer service.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively and persuasively with a diverse donor base, university partners, foundation colleagues and peers through verbal and written means.
  • Customer centric approach with the ability to listen and translate the needs of the donor into action for the college/unit.
  • Proficient use of programs in the Microsoft Office suite
  • A valid motor vehicle operator’s license with an acceptable driving record required.


  • No travel required.

Physical Demands:

  • Work is primarily sedentary. Must be able to sit for long periods of time. May require occasional physical exertion such as long periods of sitting or standing; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, or equivalent experience.
  • Mastery of Excel and other Microsoft Office programs.
  • Previous experience using CRM software. 
  • Ability to prioritize and organize projects and plans to deliver results.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and follow through on projects.
  • Experience with non-profits, ideally in higher education.
  • Passion and enthusiasm for the university, the mission of the foundation and the college unit.
  • Driven and hard working. 
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