Unclassified - Development Officer Coordinator of Scholarships and Grants

Code: 051 Posted: 07/16/2014

Development Specialist, Coordinator of Scholarships and Grants in the University Relations and Advancement

University of Wisconsin Parkside

Position Location:Southeastern, WI

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside seeks applicants for a Development Specialist; Coordinator of Scholarships and Grants, to work in the Office of University of Relations and Advancement. This is a year-round position, with some travel required.

Responsibilities: The Coordinator Scholarships and Grants is charged with the responsibilities of developing, managing and implementing a comprehensive cultivation plan for new, current and lapsed donors in securing scholarships to support student success. This position has a dual focus of donor relations and cultivation as well as serving as a liaison to internal stakeholders in the scholarship process.

The position includes building grant writing capacity to bolster funding directly related to student success, including scholarships and current and new high impact programs that directly support students.

Prospect and Donor stewardship / Foundation and Events / Communication / Data Management

  • Identify prospective donors for gifting to the University, with a particular emphasis on scholarships.

  • Network, cultivate and maintain relationships with donors/prospective donors.

  • Monitor scholarship portfolios and communicate financials and other pertinent information.

  • Develop the annual donor scholar dinner and other events.

  • Use technology, social media, and a variety of other production materials to attract donors to the University of Wisconsin Parkside.

  • Work collaboratively with members of the University Relations and Advancement team, including the Prospect Research Manager.

  • Ensure high levels of data integrity and data systems management.

Essential Knowledge And Abilities:

Thorough experience in high level professional writing, to include; presentations, written reports, case statements and other documents that may be critical to requests for financial contributions.

Experience in computer software applications, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

Knowledge and experience with donor software, specifically Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge and Blackbaud Target Analytics or LexisNexis.

Extensive interpersonal skills.

Ability to work, including as part of a team, with campus leadership and boards, professional volunteers and staff that partner with University Relations and Advancement.

Familiarity with donor networks and references.

Strong organization and strategic planning skills.

Strong sense of professional ethics and respect for privacy and confidentiality.

Ability to travel to where information is stored or where individuals are located for personal interviews and information gathering.

Ability and willingness to complete detailed work with attention and accuracy.

Ability to be proactive; self-motivated; results-oriented.

Ability to communicate diplomatically and remain focused in the face of project pressure, deadlines and competing demands.

Ability to work on short deadlines and multiple projects simultaneously.

Ability to have a professional demeanor and commitment to ongoing professional development.



  • Bachelor's degree in education, marketing, communications, or related degrees

  • 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising.

  • Demonstrated experience in business writing and grant writing.

  • Demonstrated experience in development activities such as: donor acquisition, annual gift renewal, lapsed donors, donor retention, donor stewardship, recognition programs, and grant writing to support education programs and/or scholarships.


  • Demonstrated experience with donor software

  • Demonstrated individual success in securing gifts, and donor acquisition

  • Prior development experience in a collegiate environment

University and Community:The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a comprehensive campus of the University of Wisconsin System with approximately 4800 students, 120 faculty, and 70 instructional academic staff offering 33 undergraduate majors and 3 master's degrees in 22 academic departments. The campus is located between the cities of Kenosha and Racine in southeastern Wisconsin, within the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor.

The University is situated on 700 acres of prairie and woodland approximately two miles west of Lake Michigan. Consisting of 15 buildings, the coherence and unity of the original campus design within its natural landscape has been sustained over four decades of development. Recent additions include a renovated and expanded student center, a 250 bed suite-style residence hall, and a greatly expanded and renovated center for the arts and humanities.

Salary:Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.

It is the policy of UW Parkside to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact the Human Resources Office at 262-595-2204. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

A criminal background check and degree verification are part of the application process.

Review of Applications: Applications received by July 29, 2014 are ensured full consideration. The position is open until filled.

TO APPLY: go to http://my.wisconsin.edu

Click UW Careers for job listings. Then click "Apply Now" button. You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password' and select "Login."

If you have questions about how to apply from the Self Service Careers site, please go to https://kb.wisc.edu/hrs/page.php?id=21544.

Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.

Please be sure you have included:

  • Cover letter which addresses how your qualifications and experience align with the unique mission of UW-Parkside, with a special focus on advancing student success for all students.

  • Resume

  • Three professional references, including contact information

If you have application questions call or email:

Contact Name: Karen Grabher

Contact Phone: (262) 595-2598

Contact Email: grabher@uwp.edu

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