Development Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time


Details: commensurate with experience



Start Date:


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2100 M Street, NW
United States


Who we are:

At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities.  Our employees are empowered to influence policy, open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions.  We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.

The Urban Institute’s Office of Development is seeking a highly-motivated professional to serve as a Development Coordinator. Reporting to the Senior Manager of Major Gifts and Individual Giving, the Coordinator will be instrumental in the functioning of Urban’s Development Office.

How you’ll contribute:

This critical position provides an opportunity to contribute to the growth and future direction of one of the nation’s leading research and policy organizations by working to support the development and implementation of strategies that identify, cultivate and steward individuals.


  • Lead information management and reporting, including revenue pipeline and tracking system for top individual donors and prospective donors
  • Develop system for tracking and updating researchers and senior leadership on relevant funder news
  • Conduct in-depth research on prospective funders to identify alignment with Urban Institute
  • Prepare briefings, strategy memos, and other materials to inform fundraising strategies and equip senior leadership for success in meetings and events
  • Coordinate funder communication and outreach
  • Coordinate logistics for donor events across the country

What you’ll bring:

The successful candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 2 years prior experience in relevant positions
  • Ability to respond adeptly to rapidly changing priorities, and work well under pressure 
  • Ability to work and make decisions autonomously, and solve problems effectively and creatively
  • Proven organizational skills and ability to self-motivate
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with databases, online research tools and other information technology, including Salesforce, desired, but not required
  • Strong attention to detail, proactive, flexible, and interested in establishing a career in fundraising and policy
  • Commitment to professional ethics in working with highly confidential, sensitive information

What you'll experience:

Working in the Nation’s Capital- the epicenter of public policy- among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative.  You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters and, enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.

The Urban Institute strives to be a vibrant, creative community of skilled and committed people who bring to their work a whole range of different experiences. Accordingly, the Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.

The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.


Urban offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage.  Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan plus elect a pretax benefit for commuting expenses.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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