Development Coordinator 

Title: Development Coordinator 

Position: Full or part-time; entry to mid-level

Reports to: Director of Development and Operations

Location: While this position is remote, project work and regular in-person meetings primarily held in DC and occasionally in Chicago. Candidates therefore must be based in the DC area or Chicago. 

Salary: $25-32/hour OR $55,000-$62,000 FTE, depending on experience

Start Date: Aug 1 (or possibly sooner)


About the Presidents’ Alliance 

The nonpartisan, nonprofit Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration brings college and university leaders and campuses together on the immigration issues that impact higher education, our students, campuses, communities and nation.  As the only national organization exclusively focused on the intersection of higher education and immigration, we work to support undocumented, international and refugee students, and advance forward-looking immigration policies and practices at the federal level, in our states, and across our college campuses.  The Alliance is composed of 550+ college and university presidents and chancellors of public and private colleges and universities, enrolling over five million students.

We are at a critical time of growth and are seeking a bright and enthusiastic team member who can help us bring higher ed leaders, policymakers, students, college administrators, faculty, and partners together; seek additional funding and resources for our work; and work to clearly communicate our work to broad audiences. The Development Coordinator provides a talented and organized fundraising specialist the opportunity to further their skills in two key areas:

  1. Special events and associated marketing
  2. Partner and funder cultivation (grant writing, reports, meetings, etc)

The Alliance is a remote-first organization, with excellent benefits and a commitment to work-life balance.


POSITION DESCRIPTION: Are you a strong communicator who can talk comfortably on topics you know well with different types of personalities? Do you enjoy writing in all its forms – from compelling arguments and narratives to punchy social media? Do you consider yourself creative and detail-oriented enough to pull off a seamless event with 30 or 300 guests? Do you like getting mentorship and support from a team, while also being able to take ownership of different aspects of a project?


If so, you could be the ideal candidate to join our team! As a Development Coordinator, you will have the opportunity to play a vital role in a variety of different fundraising and communication opportunities.  First, you will be essential in planning, coordinating, and organizing several key organizational events over the year, that include intimate in-person meetings, 1-2 day conferences, and specialized policy and education sessions. 

You will aid in our grant-seeking process, which could involve drafting letters to potential funders; assisting with the grant-writing process; marketing our work to potential corporate sponsors; or reporting out our achievements and successes. You’ll work with our team to keep funders, partners, and our boards engaged and informed about breaking political initiatives; available resources; and more. 

This role is ideal for someone who has worked in fundraising, marketing, event planning, or partner collaborations, and wants to hone their skills across the board to become an effective fundraising leader. 


  • Event Planning and Management:
    • In coordination with the Director of Development and Operations and other project leads across the organization, develop and meet event timelines to ensure seamless execution: selecting and vetting venues, coordinating with vendors, tracking expenses, and managing on-site logistics for multiple events of different sizes, reaching different audiences.
    • Oversee and facilitate various aspects of pre-meeting planning: securing supplies; tracking registration; and conducting pre- and post-event outreach.
    • Identify and help secure sponsorships and resources.
    • Assist with the creation of promotional materials, signage, and event communications.
    • Design and implement social media campaigns to drive engagement and awareness.
  • Grants and Sponsorships:
    • Help develop strategies to attract sponsors and donors for events and sponsors.
    • Work towards achieving fundraising targets for all events.
    • Support the grant writing and reporting processes, from gathering quotes, data, budget numbers, or foundation information to drafting preliminary requests as requested
    • Assist in disseminating information to members and partners.
    • Assist with donor communications and relationship management.
    • Support membership outreach and the annual campaign drive.
    • Assist in keeping accurate records and minutes of partner meetings.

Qualifications & Requirements 

Required Experience or Qualifications:

  • Two to six years of special events, campaign, or event planning experience
  • Understanding of fundraising and grant writing or solicitations
  • Keen attention to detail in design and communication pieces
  • Project management experience; knowledge of tools like Asana is a bonus
  • Proficient in Google Workspace (Docs, Google Sheets, etc)
  • Proficient in data management, using programs such as Little Green Light
  • Knowledge and experience creating content across different social media platforms
  • Strong interpersonal skills: ability to interact with individuals at all levels with diverse lived experiences and backgrounds
  • Bachelor’s ‘s degree or higher in communications/writing, nonprofit administration, marketing, business, or related field or other work equivalent experience


Preferred Skills or Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Deep understanding of the immigrant, refugee, or international student populations we serve or of higher education through either study or lived experience
  • Ability to work collaboratively or independently, with a can-do attitude and attention to meeting deadlines
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive situations
  • Ability to multitask, while maintaining excellent follow-through
  • Self-motivated, organized, with an excellent eye for detail


Position Location & Structure 

This position is remote but based in DC, where in-person meetings and events occur monthly that the position may support or be expected to attend. The position can involve 20-40 hours/week, with benefits and work expectations pro-rated for the hours worked should the right candidate prefer to work part-time. Full-time exempt employment with generous, full benefits will also be considered. 



Applications should consist of a cover letter indicating preference for part-time (and potential hours) or FTE and a current resume. Finalists will be asked for two different writing samples (persuasive and another piece of the candidate’s choosing) and 3 references. Please submit applications here.