Development Specialist

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: United States,


Posted: 19-Nov-23

Location: United States,

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open

Internal Number: 3074

Special Instructions to Applicants: All interested applicants must attach a cover letter and a resume in the Supporting Documents section of the application in a PDF format . Please note that the applicant tracking system does not convert attachments in Word format successfully.

The ideal candidate for this position has an engaging and collaborative work ethic, excellent communication skills, and the ability to problem-solve creatively as well as prioritize projects while fulfilling the in-person requirement needed to succeed in this position.

Position Summary

The development specialist serves a vital and interactive role within the office of the dean and is responsible for facilitating the natural sciences development team in achieving its goals and coordinating the natural sciences donor and alumni efforts. Under the primary direction of the Director of Development, s/he works directly with development officers, the Dean, faculty, staff, and key volunteers in coordinating the forward momentum of the overall development effort for the Wiess School of Natural Sciences. The development specialist is the administrative support for the natural sciences development officer, assists with the implementation of stewardship plans for natural sciences, and facilitates special projects and events for the school.


  • Bachelor's Degree
    • In lieu of the education requirement, additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis may be substituted
  • Skills Required
    • Computer proficiencies, including database entry and management, document and spreadsheet creation, Google Calendar and docs, and management across PC and MAC platforms
    • Attention to detail and good organizational skills
    • Excellent verbal and written communication
    • The ability to prepare presentations for meetings and events with clear and effective information for internal and external audiences
    • Ability to contribute to a multi-functional team

Essential Functions

  • In conjunction with the Natural Sciences Development Officer, develop and implement systems, processes, and procedures to manage donor follow-up, identify stewardship needs, facilitate cultivation and stewardship efforts for the School of Natural Sciences
  • Identify, recommend, and execute operational plans for development activities within the School of Natural Sciences
  • Interact with natural sciences alumni groups
  • Manage and reconcile event and travel budgets
  • Maintain schedules for the development officer
  • Monitor prospect lists for the development officer
  • Plan and coordinate logistics for informational, fundraising, and stewardship meetings for the development officer and the dean
  • Lead planning, coordination, and execution of school events
  • Conduct prospect and donor research and/or solicit prospect and donor research from Development and Alumni Relations
  • Maintain confidential donor and prospect information
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • One year of related experience in administrative support

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