Development Coordinator

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Helping students find their purpose and realize their potential

Job Title:                            Development Coordinator

Office or Division:             Development/Experience

Reports To:                        Director of Development

Start Date:                          June 1, 2024 (FTE 1.0, 12-month)

Founded in 1982 by a group of local entrepreneurs as Columbus’ first coeducational independent school, The Wellington School is dedicated to helping students find their purpose and realize their potential for tomorrow’s world. Students in preschool through grade 12 have freedom to delve into interests that spark their curiosity, all while building a solid academic foundation through challenging and engaging curriculum. We believe that every form of diversity makes us stronger and strive for each member of our learning community to share their individual voice and have a deep sense of belonging.

We help students find their purpose and realize their potential for tomorrow’s world.

Be Curious
Be Yourself
Be Ambitious
Be Empathetic
Be Responsible

Position Description 
The development coordinator is a dynamic and organized individual who is crucial in supporting the development efforts of The Wellington School through effective management of the donor database, meticulous event planning, and thoughtful stewardship practices. The ideal candidate will possess strong communication skills, attention to detail, and a passion for fostering relationships with donors and stakeholders. Collaborating with the Business Office and academic colleagues, the coordinator ensures adherence to stewardship principles while managing development funds. This role contributes to cultivating a culture of gratitude and philanthropy within the institution.

Key Responsibilities:

Database Management:

  • Maintain and update the donor database with accurate and timely information.
  • Ensure data integrity and compliance with privacy regulations.
  • Generate reports and analyze data to support fundraising strategies and decision-making.
  • Implement best practices for data entry, gift processing, and acknowledgment procedures.
  • Collaborate with the IT team to optimize database functionality and troubleshoot technical issues.


  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with donors through personalized communication and stewardship activities.
  • Coordinate stewardship touchpoints such as thank-you letters, donor recognition events, and impact reports.
  • Collaborate with program staff to gather compelling stories and updates for donor engagement.
  • Implement strategies to increase donor retention and upgrade giving levels.
  • Conduct donor research to identify opportunities for deeper engagement and support.

Event Planning:

  • Coordinate all aspects of fundraising events, including venue selection, logistics, invitations, and catering.
  • Develop event timelines and budgets and manage resources effectively.
  • Work closely with vendors, sponsors, and volunteers to ensure seamless execution of events.
  • Create engaging event materials such as invitations, programs, and signage.
  • Evaluate event success and provide recommendations for improvement.


A bachelor’s degree
Minimum 2 years’ experience in advancement related field.
Passionate belief in the principles of donor-centered fundraising and stewardship.
Understanding of the Council for Advancement Services in Education management and reporting standards for educational fundraising.
Experience successfully creating and/or modifying structure, systems, and processes.
Ability to pull, organize, and analyze data.
Excellent organizational and planning skills.
Ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail.
Comfort working independently with little direction, with confidentiality, and with discretion.
High comfort level with a collaborative working environment.
Availability to work some evenings and weekends.


Medical insurance with health savings account
Dental and Vision insurance
403b with employer matching
Life and Disability insurance
Critical Illness and Accident insurance
Paid time off (sick and personal days)

To Apply:

Send your materials to Elissa Francis, Director of Development ([email protected]) by April 19, 2024. All candidates should include:

Letter of interest
Completed application

We believe every person plays a role in making Wellington a diverse, equitable, and inclusive place to learn, teach, and work. We seek to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty and staff who thrive on being engaged participants in our vibrant, innovative educational community. We embrace diversity and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of our admission policies, financial aid, or employment.

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