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Development Coordinator

Employer
Kenyon College
Location
Gambier, Ohio
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Kenyon College is conducting a search to fill the position of Development Coordinator for the Development Department within the Advancement Division. The successful candidate for this position will join a supportive, high-performing team, with opportunities to meaningfully contribute to the successes of the Development Department. Due to the generosity of 18,000+ donors, Kenyon recently concluded the first phase of the record-breaking Our Path Forward Campaign, surpassing the $300M goal five months ahead of schedule. Fueled by a $100M anonymous gift to fund the construction of three new apartment-style residence halls, and a new $25M matching opportunity in support of scholarships for low-income students, we continue the campaign until 2024 as Our Path Forward to the Bicentennial. The new $500M goal provides exciting opportunities for Kenyon, and for all of the professionals in our Division. 

 

In addition to the growth opportunities offered by these historic times, we offer excellent work-life balance through a flexible work environment with regular remote work possibilities. This position will report to the Associate Vice President for Development, and work closely with the Director of Planned Giving and Director of 50th Reunion Programs. 

 

Job Responsibilities

 

Planned Giving Office

 

The Planned Giving Office works with alumni and friends of the College to encourage philanthropy via estates, life income gifts, or gifts of complex assets. In support of these endeavors, the Coordinator will:

 

  • Partner in estate administration processes. Often this means corresponding with attorneys, financial advisors, trustees, and executors to collect estate gifts designated to Kenyon. Work with partners across campus, particularly in the Office of Finance and the Office of the President, to ensure fundraising regulatory compliance. Assist with stewarding members of our legacy giving society in conjunction with the DPG, major gift officers, and colleagues in Donor Relations.  Ensure maximum impact of marketing materials by updating alumni records, requesting distribution lists, and sharing requested information with prospective donors. Utilize superior organizational skills to maintain donor records, complete forms, and prompt others for information when required.

50th Reunion Program

 

The 50th Reunion is a hallmark event at Kenyon. Working alongside the Director of 50th Reunion Programs, the Coordinator will:

 

  • Expertly navigate multiple databases and software platforms to create distribution lists, analyze outputs, and ensure coordination of information with other departments in the Advancement division. Provide excellent project management skills in support of communication and marketing efforts.  Assist with event management, particularly virtual or in person class committee meetings. Interact with alumni volunteers to share information about the 50th Reunion Program and support their efforts on behalf of the College. Manage day-to-day tasks related to scheduling, answering phones, and managing email.

Associate Vice President for Development 

 

In addition to management of the entire Development team,the AVP serves as a principal point of contact for the Gund Gallery and Kenyon Review partner organizations. The AVP also supports the work of the Vice President for Advancement and the Campaign Leadership Committee. At the direction of the AVP, the Coordinator will:

 

  • Facilitate relationship building and maintenance among key individuals and groups, ensuring cross departmental and divisional collaboration and communication that enhances the objectives and goals of the Advancement Division.  Manage all aspects of key projects as determined by the AVP for Development.


Minimum Qualifications

 

  • Bachelor’s degree or Associate’s degree with relevant experience. Two or more years working in a not-for-profit or development/fundraising setting or professional office environment. Strong verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Strong multitasking and time management skills; ability to establish and meet goals and deadlines. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Experience in entering and reviewing data. Computer literacy with virtual meeting platforms (Zoom, GoogleMeet) and strong proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suites. Manual and physical ability to work for sustained periods on a computer both in-office and, on location for events. Ability and willingness to work occasionally on evenings and weekends. Desire to take initiative and work with minimal supervision is essential. Discretion in dealing with confidential information and demonstrated willingness to uphold high ethical standards. Current valid driver’s license and insurable under Kenyon’s liability policy.

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Staff Handbook.

Kenyon is a unique place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

 

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Working at Kenyon College

Living and Learning in the Kenyon Community and the Surrounding Area

Excellence. Engagement. Community.This is what Kenyon values. There is a distinctive brand of community that is Kenyon's. We believe that individuals are not limited to who they are on paper, where they have been, or what they look like.

We believe that this place, Kenyon College, is a beautiful place in which one can build a beautiful life. And when someone's interests and strengths match the opportunities that this place has to offer, fulfillment happens.

Our faculty and staff have come here from all over the country-indeed, from all over the world, and from all kinds of backgrounds. They stay and live a life some never expected to live. Former urbanites raise sheep and practice carpentry when they are not engaged in academics. Faculty and staff walk their dogs around campus. For a change of pace, some will make the 50-minute drive to Columbus for some great dining, arts and cultural events, or shopping.

Kenyon is the kind of place where living the life of the mind matters. Discourse happens every day, and students, faculty, and staff have opportunities to learn to practice it with civility. It is the kind of place where people come together to support someone in a crisis large or small. It is collaborative more than competitive. If you want a place where individuals care deeply about learning and about one another, come here. If you want a change of pace, come here. If you strive for the best in yourself, professionally and personally, and want your students to do the same, come here.

Come be a part of Kenyon.

What's the area like?

Kenyon and the surrounding area are often remarked upon for their beauty. Very near campus is the Brown Family Environmental Center, where nature lovers will often attend free programs and events for kids and adults alike that include night hikes, bird-watching, or native plant and animal exploration. Through it runs the Kokosing Gap Trail, on which casual walkers and sports enthusiasts alike will hike, run, or bike the 14 miles (and growing!) of former rail line. The Rural Life Center explores and promotes the lifestyles present and past in Knox County , in which Kenyon is located. Knox County exemplifies Midwestern openness, and also an increasing diversity typical of the rest of the country.

Mt. Vernon, located 4 miles from Kenyon College, is the seat of Knox County. Mt. Vernon boasts both a public square surrounded by historic buildings, an active theater community, and a commercial district which includes a movie theater, retail stores, and restaurants.

Finally, there is Columbus, a vibrant city with diverse shopping, dining, and cultural opportunities. Its many neighborhoods, including notably the Short North, host a tremendous array of independently owned restaurants, varying from those with a heavy farm-to-fork emphasis to numerous international cuisines brought to the city by its multinational population, and much more. Columbus's cultural scene includes an outstanding symphony orchestraballet company, and several theater groups. Its historic theater buildings host the Broadway in Columbus seriesthroughout the year. Located throughout the city are also several major shopping areas, including Polaris and Easton. Columbus is, finally, home to three professional sports teams, and to the Ohio State Buckeyes, whose football and basketball teams especially enjoy loyal and very spirited fans at their games.  Located less than an hour away from Kenyon, Columbus is an attractive destination.

What if I have a spouse/partner?

Dual job searches are often a challenge. If there is no suitable position available at Kenyon for a spouse or partner, there are opportunities close by. Knox County is home to Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and several large employers who often have openings for healthcare workers, engineers, and other professionals: the Knox County Community Hospital Kokosing Construction Company, and Ariel Corporation, to name a few. Many of these attract professionals from all over the country. Within an hour, there are also opportunities in neighboring cities and counties. Columbus is home to Nationwide Insurance, JPMorgan Chase & Company, and Abbott Nutrition, among other large employers. As the capital of Ohio, Columbus is also home to many state government positions

For academic spouses and partners, the Five Colleges of Ohio ("Ohio 5") often have postings at those institutions. The Columbus metro area is also home to The Ohio State University's flagship and regional campuses, as well as more than 40 other colleges and universities.

 

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