Development Coordinator Position Description

Organizational and Position Summary

The Black River Independent School Committee (BRISC) is engaged in the preservation of quality local education in Southern Vermont. BRISC is currently working to open Black River Independent School to serve students in grades 7-12, in Ludlow VT.

BRISC is committed to: WE ARE COMMITTED TO…

  • Developing an innovative independent school that provides the best possible education for the children of our community, a school that strives for excellence and brings out the personal best in every student, a school that will attract new families to our communities.

  • Working towards a smooth transition from the current public school to an independent school by providing continuity of the programs offered including special education.

  • Offering competitive compensation and benefits to retain excellent and committed staff and attract new highly qualified and motivated staff.

  • Providing transportation for students in Ludlow and Mount Holly who choose to attend Black River Independent School.

  • Developing a strategic plan for the school that builds on the strengths of the current school and expands on those strengths. Such a plan will include collaborations with local non-profit institutions, universities and businesses, as well as a financial sustainability proposal.

The Black River Independent School Committee (BRISC) is seeking a dedicated and exceptionally organized Development Coordinator to join as an integral member of our small, but passionate team. Report to and work closely with the Board Chair, the Development Coordinator position has significant opportunities to assume responsibilities across a wide range of fundraising, relationship building, marketing, communications, and management activities. Our Development Coordinator will bring a growth mindset in fostering our culture of cooperation and expressing the values we create together as a board.

Individual Giving and Donor Stewardship

  • Collaborate with the Board Chair on updating and monitoring the development calendar to ensure year-round engagement and stewardship of individual donors

  • Monitor and ensure the appropriate follow up occurs with donors and supporters

  • Process donations, generate and track tax-receipts and acknowledgement letters

  • Contribute to BRISC communications, drafting content for supporters and donors

  • Arrange campaign logistics for individual solicitations

  • Conduct grant and sponsorship research

Fundraising and Cultivation Activities

  • Support the planning and executing of all fundraising events

  • Manage event logistical details, serving as the point of contact for vendors

  • Create event communications such as save the dates, invitations, e-blasts, programs, and other marketing materials with professionals as needed

  • Record and track event data and constituent information, including budget and donor information

  • Help to coordinate other special events such as capitalizing on arising fundraising opportunities, marketing campaigns, and overseeing donor and volunteer appreciation/cultivation events

Operations, Infrastructure, and Other Roles

  • Manages data entry and development of our donor database, email distribution and website

  • Schedule and attend Development Committee meetings and attend Board meetings

  • Ensure the smooth operation of the board and other duties as assigned

Essential Qualities and Qualifications

  • Understanding of and belief in the organization’s mission, vision, and values

  • Mission and values driven with a strong commitment to education

  • Demonstrated experience and comfort in fundraising, soliciting for donations, and/or planning major events (Bachelor’s degree or higher and 2+ years of prior experience with education and/or nonprofit development preferred)

  • Good sense of accountability, strong dependability, and impeccable integrity

  • Detail-oriented and proactive approach to managing time-sensitive and competing workloads

  • A quintessential team player with a willingness to support board members outside of one’s primary responsibilities

  • Emotionally intelligent and self-aware, including the ability to both ask for/receive and offer assistance or leadership when and where needed

  • Open to and appreciative of feedback, responsive to direction and coaching

  • Capable communicator with an astute eye for written and visual communication in particular (design or marketing experience, including ability to use design software a plus)

  • Enthusiastic self-starter operating with sustained energy and showing great initiative

  • Comfort working with a diverse base of support and stakeholders, including parents, community leaders, volunteers, donors, other nonprofit organizations, agencies, and corporate partners

  • Computer proficiency including Microsoft Office products, particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook (experience with databases, auction software, and other electronic tracking systems a plus)

  • Highly ethical, particularly in working with confidential or sensitive information, and the ability to pass a background check

  • Flexible schedule outside of typical working hours, with the ability and willingness to work occasional nights or weekends as necessary

  • Ability to provide own car, insurance, and valid driver’s license and wiliness to travel throughout the Okemo Valley.

Application Process and Other Details:

Limitations and Disclaimer: The above job description describes the general nature and level of work to be performed; it is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the position.

Timeline: Position will remain open until filled, though we expect to have our new Development Coordinator in place before September. Applications will be reviewed and candidates considered on a rolling basis. A mutually agreed upon start date will be determined at the time of hire.

Employment Status: This is a part-time, hourly position with strong potential for advancement with the establishment of the school.

Compensation: Salary range is in accordance with demonstrated skills and relevant past success and experience. This is a 1099 sub-contractor position.

Confidential Application Process: Email your resume and cover letter summarizing your interest, fit with qualifications, and experience with Development Coordinator Position in the subject line. Please no phone inquiries; we will contact you should we want to move forward with a phone screening and/or interview. Please email :

Equal Opportunity Employer: Qualified applicants from all cultures and communities are encourage to apply.


Job Type: Part-time


  • relevant: 2 years (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • Driver's License (Preferred)

Required travel:

  • 25% (Preferred)

Additional Compensation:

  • Other forms

Work Location:

  • Multiple locations

Hours per week:

  • 20-29

This Job Is:

  • A “Fair Chance” job (you or the employer follow Fair Chance hiring practices when performing background checks - learn more at