Strategic Development Coordinator - Search for Common Ground (SFCG), Washington District of Columbia

Closing date:  31 Aug 2012

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With approximately 400 staff worldwide, SFCG has offices in 30 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, and you will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit. There will be opportunities to grow in the role.

Summary of Position:The Strategic Development Coordinator is responsible for all administrative and communication aspects of the Strategic Development department. The Coordinator also plays a critically important role in all fundraising activities; including donor and public relations, direct mail and online appeals, and special events. The Strategic Development Coordinator reports to the Vice President, Strategic Development.

Administrative: Provide full administrative support to members of the Strategic Development department; • Maintain all files for Strategic Development donors and prospects, including online and internal files; • Conduct weekly comparison of Finance Department’s revenue records with Strategic Development’s records and ensure discrepancies are explained or corrected; • Create bi-monthly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed; • Continually update and correct database records; • Conduct and file preliminary research on prospective and new donors; • Work with HR to hire and manage interns

Communication: Plan fundraising events and acquire sponsorships, including the annual Common Ground Awards • Take charge of the production and mailing of appeal letters; • Process gifts and prepare acknowledgement letters and any related correspondence; • Oversee and implement 48-hour personal donor thank you policy; • Develop and assemble donor packets for events and meetings; • Receive RSVPs, prepare registration materials and other assigned duties for events; • Lead and manage the strategy for online fundraising (including social media) with guidelines from the Communications Department) • Manage donor-SFCG webinars • Manage and ensure collaboration with the Communications team
Other: • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President, Strategic Development.
As job descriptions are not exhaustive, the position-holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications
Essential: • Bachelor’s Degree; • Minimum three years’ professional experience in Communications, Public Relations, Development, or related field; • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral; • Solid internet research skills • Self-motivated organizer with excellent attention to detail; • Ability to prioritize work while working independently; • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and tight deadlines; • Ability to identify and solve problems on an immediate basis; • Professional appearance and manner; • Team-player and positive personality; • Highly motivated and energetic; • Punctual, reliable and dependable; • Strong work ethic, sound judgment, personal discretion, and ability to work with confidential information; • A good sense of humor goes a long way. • Ability to work within a small team. • Self-starter.

Desirable: • Experience in an administrative position, preferably in a non-profit development office • Database management experience • Knowledge of Information Technology systems • Interest and knowledge in conflict resolution

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience, with excellent benefits
How to apply: 
Please send a cover letter and resume to or fax to 001 (202) 232-6718 with the subject line heading: Strategic Development Coordinator. Please be sure to include salary requirements (in currency figures) or current salary, projected start date, and to mention where you found this posting. Position is open until filled. No phone calls please. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. Please see our web site for more details of our work.