Development Specialist/Fundraising Coordinator

Organizational Development - Communications & Development · Waterloo, Iowa
Department Organizational Development - Communications & Development
Employment Type FT-Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $41,000 - $43,500 DOE

This is working at EPI – connecting people, creating opportunities, and nurturing growth. Real career. Real purpose.


Exceptional Persons, Inc. has a full-time opportunity on 1st shift available for people looking to make a difference in the lives of persons with disabilities.


As the Development Specialist/Fundraising Coordinator you will experience personal GROWTH opportunities through career advancement and CONNECT to a community that leads a greater PURPOSE.


Our Development Specialist/Fundraising Coordinator oversees the planning, implementation and success of giving programs with direct support from the Organizational Development Director and outside consultants. This position is primarily responsible for connecting people to EPI’s mission through direct mail campaigns, special events, online campaigns, and written grants. The position works closely with agency leadership, fundraising volunteers, and donors to enhance and support the overall mission of the organization, and to assure ample unrestricted and programmatic funds are generated as well as growing the endowed fund.




  • Monitors and supervises gift entry to ensure accuracy and timeliness of data entry, gift
  • Coordinates donor relations, education and community outreach, verbal and written, through channels such as: in person meetings, phone calls, newsletter, blogs, social media, etc.
  • Manages annual giving programs working closely with the Director - plans, budgets, executes each giving program. Giving programs include, but are not limited to: direct mail appeal, online appeal, employee appeal
  • Research and respond to grant opportunities in accordance with grant requirements.
  • Support major and planned gift program with administrative responsibilities.
  • Manages special events in conjunction with committee members.
  • Prepare and monitor detailed event plans.
  • Stays current in fundraising trends, philanthropy.


To be successful you will have:

  • Proficient in word processing, spread sheets, scheduling, and presentation software, as well as possess general computer literacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to work professionally with volunteers and local businesses.
  • Ability to participate in events and meetings (includes some evenings and weekends).
  • Ability to speak, read and write in English.
  • Proven organizational skills, prioritizing tasks, event planning and time management skills.
  • Successful fundraising experience.
  • Must be self-starter, self-motivated.



  • Bachelor's degree in business or related field
  • 3 years of successful related work experience – such as fundraising, communications, marketing/public relations, or similar.
  • Be at least 18 years old or older.
  • This position requires a valid driver's license, auto insurance, a good driving record, and the ability to pass an extensive background check, including checks of the Dependent Adult and Child Abuse registries, the Sex Offender registry, and a criminal history check. 




  • 1st Shift - Full-time (40hrs). Hours are between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Occasional, night and weekend hours may be required.



Post job offer drug screen required. 


EPI is an equal opportunity employer.


Real Career!  Real Purpose!

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  • Location
    Waterloo, Iowa
  • Department
    Organizational Development - Communications & Development
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $41,000 - $43,500 DOE