What does a Development Specialist do?

A development specialist works within various organizations to secure funding and sponsorships. From assisting department leaders in developing fundraising plans, maintaining donor relationships and securing new ones, a development coordinator advances the company's initiatives through actively seeking partners. Additionally, a development specialist will coordinate with various business partners and organize events. A development specialist organizes with other members of the development team and plans ways to increase brand awareness and funding.

A high school diploma is required to become employed in the position. Many employees have a bachelor's degree in business management, public relations or related field. Successful development coordinators are proactive, self-motivated employees who perform well in a team setting. An effective development specialist will consistently work to accomplish goals and increase their organization's revenue.

  • Foster positive relationships with current and potential business partners
  • Work closely with social media department to establish plans for marketing events and programs
  • Establish a realistic budget for events and account for anticipated fundraising outcomes
  • Works with the advertisement and marketing departments to promote fundraising events using flyers, advertisements and digital marketing outreach
  • Assume full responsibility for various fundraising efforts including product sales, obtaining items for sale in auctions and acquiring donations
  • Assist in writing grant proposals and developing event opportunities
  • Analyze fundraising outcomes to determine effectiveness for future projects
  • Research and identify prospective new donors and proactively initiate sponsorship and funding
  • High school diploma or equivalent degree is required
  • Ability to prioritize and manage several milestones and projects efficiently
  • Extensive experience working with different operating systems including Windows and Microsoft suite
  • Experience planning large-scale events and fundraisers
  • Ability to generate interest in the company or program and reach out to appropriate business partners
  • Experience working with a diverse team and promoting a positive brand image
  • Experience researching donation programs and opportunities available through local, state and federal programs
  • Professional written and interpersonal skills are essential when communicating with customers and clients
  • Ability to work well with a team to promote company initiatives

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
27%
2 - 4
21%
5 - 7
11%
8+
41%

Common Skill Sets

Excellent Customer Service
Self Motivated
Computer Literate
Collaboration
Sensitive
Positive Learning
Excellent Communication
Dissemination

Development Specialist Seniority Levels

Business Development Manager
29% made the transition
Sales Manager
42% made the transition
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Development Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

£45,874 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£27K
Median: £46K
£79K
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