Development Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $37,000
Maximum: $40,000



Application Deadline



United States


BASIC FUNCTION: Sojourner House is a domestic and sexual violence non-profit organization with offices in Providence and northern Rhode Island that provides direct services and educational programming to the community. With an annual budget of slightly over $2 million, the agency supplements federal, state, and foundation grants with fundraising initiatives that are focused on individual donor giving, corporate donations, and special events-based revenue. The Development Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director, Deputy Director, board of directors, and volunteer committees. The Coordinator is primarily responsible for: (1) recruiting and managing volunteers who are able to help with the operations of the agency, fundraising initiatives, and educational work; (2) planning, coordinating, and promoting events that raise awareness about Sojourner House’s work and bring in funds for the agency; (3) increasing the size and amounts of corporate gifts through event sponsorship and general donations; and (4) assisting with donor communications, including creating content with e-newsletters and social media.

The Development Coordinator will be motivated, passionate, organized, detail-oriented, possess superior communications skills (both oral and written), have some prior experience with event management and/or fundraising, work very well with individuals, and be fluent in social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Mail Chimp, etc.).  


Volunteer Coordination

•    Recruits and interviews individuals to volunteer and intern at Sojourner House;

•    Oversees the implementation of a volunteer training at least three times a year for new interns/volunteers;

•    Responds to prospective inquiries about volunteer work that is available;

•    Ensures that volunteers have a work plan and direct supervisor on staff at Sojourner House;

•    Works with volunteers and staff to provide assistance for tabling opportunities at community events;

•    Helps facilitate the acceptance of in-kind donations from community members and delegates donations to different shelters/locations as needed;

•    Plans volunteer appreciation events as appropriate;

•    Directly supervises a small number of volunteers/interns engaged with fundraising work;

•    Speaks at colleges, fairs, and community events about volunteer opportunities.

Event Planning

•    Serves as a liaison for donors and business owners who offer to host fundraisers, and coordinates logistics when requested;

•    Serves as the point person for small fundraising events that Sojourner House initiates;

•    Is the primary coordinator for Sojourner House's major annual events (a Masquerade Ball & a spring breakfast). This includes:

•    Coordinating logistics;

•    Assisting with the recruitment and supervision of volunteer event planning teams;

•    Assisting with sponsorship solicitation;

•    Promoting the event;

•    Collecting donations;

•    Managing communications related to the event;

•    Managing on-line fundraising platforms;

•    Developing strategies for corporate sponsorship opportunities and making solicitations;

•    Documenting best practices and models for fundraising events;

•    Works with the volunteer members of event planning committees to ensure that tasks are being delegated and executed.


•    Manages social media platforms and ensures the posting of regular content;

•    Develops content for a regular e-newsletter and a quarterly print newsletter;

•       Drafts press releases for Sojourner House events, programs, and related news;

•    Assists with website maintenance, monthly e-newsletters, blog posts, and other communications work as assigned.

Other Duties:

•    Assists Deputy Director with drafting of grant and sponsorship proposals;

•    Manages the design, content, production, and bulk mailing process for donor appeals and fundraising campaign solicitations; 

•   Other duties as assigned by Sojourner House management.


EDUCATION: Bachelor's Degree required.


•    A minimum of two years of experience in fundraising, and/or event planning is required.

•    Applicants must have demonstrated work experience in order to apply.

•    Familiarity with nonprofit work is preferred.

•    Applicant must be able to work a flexible schedule (some evening and weekend hours required).

•    Must be exceptionally organized, detail oriented, and responsive to phone calls and email correspondence.  

•    Must be able to work independently and take initiative on projects.

•    Must have superior communications skills, both written and oral.

•    Familiarity with Spanish is a plus.

•    Must have computer literacy (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and general Internet skills).

•    Mastery of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and basic website content.

•    Experience in developing and delivering community presentations.

•    Applicant must pass a BCI check.

•    Applicant must have access to a reliable vehicle.


Full benefits (health insurance, dental insurance, 401(k) plan, and access to an Employer Assistance Plan)

Level of Language Proficiency

Familiarity with Spanish is a plus.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please send a (1) resume, (2) cover letter, and (3) list of 2-3 references to Eileen at with the subject line, "Development Coordinator." Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and close on Friday, August 31, 2018.