Development Coordinator

Philadelphia 19134, Pennsylvania

JoB Description

RNP is a nonprofit organization that works with the City of Philadelphia to build and activate an 11-mile greenway on the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia, with the belief that every Philadelphian should have access to their rivers. The greenway is 65% completed, expected to be fully connected by 2024, and it is gaining momentum as a beloved local asset and city-wide destination. RNP’s development efforts are based on the understanding that trail construction will end in the next five years and the greenway’s future depends on an engaged community and the highest standards of stewardship.


Riverfront North Partnership (RNP) is seeking a part-time Development Coordinator (DC) to support and implement an annual fundraising plan. This position reports to and works closely with the Executive Director.

RNP is seeking an exceptionally organized DC to be an integral member of our small and dedicated team. The DC is a position focused primarily on administering grants and events, with significant opportunity to assume responsibilities across a range of fundraising and relationship-building activities as the organization grows.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Create and manage an annual development plan with the Executive Director that includes program and capital priorities. This includes a schedule of significant fundraising initiatives, communications, grant pipeline, events, and departmental budget.
  • Coordinate and prepare grant proposals and reports, which includes supporting a collaborative fundraising relationship with City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.
  • Manage two annual events, including the annual Spring Fling benefit. This encompasses a committee, solicitations, donor acknowledgements, event logistics, vendors, and a small auction.
  • Manage a growing corporate sponsor base.
  • Facilitate donor meetings, prepare materials, and ensure timely follow-up.
  • Work with Communications Manager to integrate fundraising needs into annual communications plan.
  • Research grant prospects as they align to RNP’s mission and strategic priorities.
  • Work with Executive Director on new initiatives that include the launch of a membership program and a fall cultivation event for donors, volunteers, and members.
  • Maintain donor records and database.
  • Ensure seamless financial controls for donations and grant contracts.
  • Inform annual budgeting and goal-setting.
  • Represent RNP in organizational initiatives and at events that support development strategies.
  • Contribute to the creation and implementation of evaluation metrics for programs and usership.
  • Participate in ongoing organizational discovery and planning initiatives with the RNP team.
  • Support duties include helping with program activities and general administration.

Background and Skills:
Successful candidates will demonstrate the following in their application:

  • One to three years of working experience in nonprofit development.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent writing skills
  • Positive and proactive communication with a sensitivity to the discretion required for donor relations.
  • Cultural competency and experience working in teams to achieve a common goal.
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities, and take action.
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Suite, Google Suite, and donor management software.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related discipline.
  • Must have reliable transportation, able to drive a car with appropriate auto insurance.


Personal Qualifications:
The candidate shares the RNP’s commitment to enlivening civic spaces for all Philadelphians, and they have a passion for trails and outdoor recreation. Highly ethical individual who can work with confidential and sensitive information.


Physical Requirements:
Due to the scale of the greenway, the lack of public transportation near the trail, and the nature of the work, a candidate with a car is strongly preferred. Must be able to lift 30 pounds. Must be adaptable working in a small office in a collaborative team environment. This position is based in the office but public activities are along the greenway. The candidate must be willing to use personal equipment such as a cell phone if working remotely.


Salary and Schedule:

  • $22 to $24 hourly for 24 hours a week. Non-exempt.
  • Flexible schedule. Occasional opportunity to work remotely, but this position will be working primarily in the office as a fully integrated member of the team. Some weekends and evenings will be required.


To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to by 5 pm on January 30, 2019. Include the position title in your email subject line. No calls please.

Contact: Stephanie Phillips

Salary: $22 to $24 hourly for 24 hours a week. Non-exempt.


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Posted by Laura Otten, Ph.D., Director on 10 January 2019, 8:40 am

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