Position:              Community Relations and Development Coordinator

Reports to:         Executive Director

Status:                  Full Time (40 hours/week)


Position Summary:

The Community Relations and Development Coordinator (CRDC) is responsible for developing and implementing community relations and fund development strategies for GR Initiative for Leaders. Reporting to the Executive Director, the CRDC will be responsible for achieving the annual fundraising goals for the organization.



    • Designs, implements and manages all fundraising activities including annual giving, special events, special projects, and other related solicitations.
    • Manages all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
    • Coordinates sponsorships and manages event logistics for all fundraising events; including small group gatherings and the annual Graduation & Impact Awards and Leadership Luncheon.
    • Maintains contact with and develops grant proposals for foundations and corporations.
    • Develops a comprehensive planned giving program as the need becomes appropriate.

    Board of Directors

    • Works with the Board of Directors and the Executive Director to develop strategies to initiate and meet fundraising goals.
    • Develops fundraising training for board members and other leadership volunteers.
    • Assumes responsibility for all Development reports to the Executive Director to report to the Board of Directors.
    • Assists the Board with recommending and researching potential new major donors and corporate sponsors.

    Fund Development Infrastructure

    • Creates office systems to support all Development projects and operations.
    • Facilitates donor and gift recordkeeping.
    • Coordinates development research activities.
    • Oversees the management of databases and all records, files, and gift processing.
    • Manages acknowledgement of all gifts to donors.

    Donor Relations

    • Manages and maintains the donor database.
    • Ensures all donors are kept up to date with GRIL program updates, activities and events through e-newsletters, print newsletters, annual reports, and donor correspondence.
    • Designs and manages opportunities for donors to engage in GRIL programs.

    Community Relations and Marketing

    • Designs, implements, and manages all community relations activities.
    • Works with the Marketing Committee to implement a public relations plan that promotes GRIL’s mission and fundraising goals.
    • Works closely with GRIL staff in the designs and production of all publications, including the newsletter, annual report, and website to promote GRIL’s mission, fundraising goals and activities.



  • Affirmation of the Christian faith
  • Ability to develop, empower and lead teams
  • Ability to make personal gift solicitations
  • Must be culturally competent in urban ministry environment
  • Have a heart for God and community
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • At least three years’ experience in fund development
  • Giftworks experience a plus

About Us:

GR Initiative for Leaders (GRIL) is a faith-based organization created by alumni of the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative (DVULI). GRIL invests in emerging leaders by providing training over a nine month period using the scripturally based DVULI curriculum to help leaders expand or develop the core values of balance, accountability, empowerment, interdependence, leverage, and diversity. This process helps leaders plan and implement personal, professional and ministry growth more effectively with the youth and the people they serve. Our Mission is to strengthen leaders to transform communities.  Visit our website at www.grileadership.org.

Send resume and cover letter to info@grileadership.org