Development Operations Coordinator

Posting Date: 05/21/2024

We are actively seeking dynamic and diverse team member to join us in the role of Development Operations Coordinator in Wixom, MI, in a hybrid work structure.

The Development Operations Coordinator will provide support functions during and after the Imagine the Possibilities Campaign for 234 Piquette, as well as, philanthropic giving activities across the organization. The ideal candidate is organized, curious and works well in a team setting.

How to Apply

Essential Functions

Capital Campaign Support and Administration (50%)

  • Provide administrative support for capital campaign activities, including gift processing, acknowledgment letters, and assistance with donor communications.
  • Prepare pledge forms, payment reminders and invoices in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Coordinate recognition efforts, including donor acknowledgment, naming opportunities, and special events to express gratitude for donor support.
  • Coordinate logistics for campaign-related events, meetings, and presentations, including scheduling, venue arrangements, and materials preparation.
  • Prepare monthly solicitations for Society for Excellence and Kresge Society.
  • Assist with philanthropic donor engagement opportunities as assigned.

Database Management and Reporting (25%):

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date donor records in the organization’s database, including contact information, giving history, and communication preferences.
  • Generate donor reports out of CRM and under supervision of Campaign Director, prepare regular campaign progress updates for senior leadership, board members, and other stakeholders as needed.

Donor Research and Cultivation (25%):

  • Conduct thorough research to identify prospective donors, corporate partners, and grant opportunities aligned with the organization’s philanthropic giving and capital campaign objectives.
  • Utilize donor databases, wealth screening tools, and other resources to gather information on donor interests, giving capacity, and philanthropic history.


  • Highly organized and innovative operational mindset.
  • Familiar with philanthropic and campaign fundraising techniques and operations.
  • Strong knowledge of the programming and community priorities of Detroit PBS and 90.9
    WRCJ preferred.
  • Ability to work collegially with others in the organization.


  • Associates degree or commensurate experience in Philanthropy, Project Management, Business, Communications, or related field of study or equivalent experience preferred.
  • 1-3 years of experience in Development including:
    • Use of fundraising database software to capture donor information, research donor history/interests, and generate actionable lists; knowledge of CRMs a plus.
    • Management of donor gifts and stewardship practices.

Physical Demands

Individual must be able to type and sit behind a desk for extended periods of time.

Work Environment

Individual is exposed to a typical office setting with computer equipment.

What You'll Get

  • Experience the rewarding feeling of knowing you’re part of an organization committed to the greater good of the community.
  • Enjoy a flexible work environment with a hybrid in-person and work from home model.
  • Continue to grow and learn through opportunities for personal and professional
  • Share your input, knowing that your ideas are valued and always welcome.
  • Be yourself! We believe your uniqueness makes you an even greater asset to the team.

No telephone calls or third parties. Please include the title of the position in the subject line of the email.

Detroit Public Media, d/b/a Detroit PBS and WRCJ 90.9 FM, is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability status, marital status, military status, or protected veteran status. Employment decisions at Detroit PBS will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. The specific statements above are not intended to be all inclusive.

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Does the idea of joining our team of dedicated professionals with different backgrounds and experiences excite you? If so, we invite you to join us in our mission to educate, engage, entertain and inspire through the power of public media.

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