Development Coordinator

Lawrence University

Lawrence University is a residential liberal arts college and conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education.

Lawrence is a supportive and welcoming academic community of 1,500 intellectually curious, diverse, multi-interested students from nearly every state and 50 countries—all committed to a rigorous and challenging educational experience.

Led by a faculty of 173 professors (91 percent of whom have a Ph.D. or other terminal degree), Lawrence is devoted to Engaged Learning as the most effective way to prepare students for lives of personal fulfillment and professional accomplishment. It is a demanding approach to education for students who demand much of themselves. Engaged Learning takes place in the classroom, the residence hall, the community and all our off-campus and international programs. It is what characterizes a Lawrence education and distinguishes Lawrentians.

Using this engaging approach to learning, Lawrence helps students develop the abilities that are highly valued by graduate schools as well as employers. Among these are the ability to solve problems, communicate effectively, work collaboratively and thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Lawrence is located adjacent to downtown Appleton, a vibrant city of 74,000 (situated in a growing metropolitan area of 250,000) in which the community and the college benefit from one another.

Position Details

Development Coordinator
Northeast Wisconsin
Appleton, WI


The Development Coordinator serves a vital role in the day-to-day office operations. Working in a diverse campus community, the Coordinator will collaborate with members of Lawrence’s Alumni-Development team to help fundraise and foster connections with our constituency. The Coordinator will provide administrative and programmatic support to the Annual Giving Office by implementing systems, supporting the Director of Annual Giving and four Assistant/Associate Directors, all aimed at monitoring projects to increase donor support.


  • Manage stewardship efforts by completing the daily acknowledgement processes.
  • Generate general correspondence/documents including letters, memos, reports, form letters, agendas and minutes as needed. May compose routine correspondence.
  • Coordinate and perform data entry. Produce reports to support various volunteer-based fundraising including reunions and parent solicitations.
  • Manage Annual Giving solicitation schedule and coordinate several solicitations including production of special or targeted fund-raising campaigns or appeals.
  • Frequent travels to multiple buildings across campus to attend all-campus and Development meetings.
  • Work with other support staff in the Alumni and Development offices, and coordinate staffing for events by the departments throughout the year.
  • Serve as the first point of contact via phone to alumni and friends for the office.
  • Manage, order, and transport office supplies for the office from throughout Brokaw Hall and the greater campus.
  • Other duties may include, but are not limited to: open, sort, and distribute incoming mail and process outgoing mail; maintain department files; schedule appointments and maintain department calendars; make travel arrangements and room reservations (on and off campus); arrange meetings and conference calls; make photocopies and coordinate larger print jobs.


  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities while demonstrating ability to remain flexible in a changing work environment. Adapt and respond appropriately in ambiguous situations.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal, verbal, and written skills.
  • Provide polite and professional assistance via phone, mail, and e-mail.
  • Strong organizational skills, and attention to details. The ability to follow standard procedures is a requirement.
  • Computer literacy with strong knowledge of Microsoft Office products; word processing, mail merge, spreadsheet and graphic functions required. Familiarity with database management concepts desired.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Capable of bending, lifting and transporting products weighing up to 20 pounds between building levels and office area.
  • A proactive approach to problem-solving.
  • Cooperative attitude with team-oriented disposition with the ability to work independently.
  • Commitment to multicultural competency and interest in all dimensions of diversity.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Must have successful completion of criminal record check and reference checks.


  • High school diploma required.
  • Prefer 3-5 years previous administrative assistant/clerical experience.
  • Prefer experience in fundraising and/or working in an office environment.


Work collaboratively with all staff members of Alumni-Development, Communications and the President’s offices, trustees, alumni, parents, students and friends of the University.


We encourage applications from individuals who will help us create a more inclusive Lawrence by: (1) further diversifying the staff; and/or (2) demonstrating experience serving diverse populations and working successfully with diverse colleagues; and (3) showing interest in developing initiatives to address the needs of a diverse student, faculty, staff and community.

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