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Development Coordinator

Development Coordinator TRLA SERVICE AREA

($47,260 - $57,560)

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid is seeking a Development Coordinator to join the team. Founded in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that provides free civil legal services to residents in 68 Southwest Texas counties. TRLA represents migrant and seasonal farm workers throughout Texas and six other southern states. In addition, TRLA operates a public defender program in 10 rural Texas counties.

TRLA is the largest legal aid provider in Texas and is nationally recognized for high quality, zealous advocacy for its clients. TRLA has offices in Alpine, Austin, Beeville, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Edinburg, El Paso, Floresville, Hallettsville, Harlingen, Jourdanton, Laredo, Mercedes, Rio Grande City, San Antonio, Sinton, Victoria, and Nashville, Tennessee.

The Development Coordinator is responsible for identifying funders, working with attorneys to define work for potential funding support, and submitting grant proposals, and serves as a member of TRLA's Administration, reporting directly to the Director of Grants.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Development Coordinator, reporting to the Director of Grants, studies and understands the history, structure, objectives, programs, and financial needs of TRLA to help raise general operating and program-specific funding. The Duties of the Development Coordinator are:

  1. Drafts high-quality letters of inquiry and proposals to foundations, corporations, and government agencies;

  2. Meets proposal deadlines by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, approval, and submission; Determines proposal concept by identifying and clarifying opportunities and needs, studying requests for proposal (RFPs), and attending strategy meetings.

  3. Develops proposals by assembling information including project nature, objectives/outcomes/deliverables, implementation, methods, timetable, staffing, budget, standards of performance, and evaluation by coordinating with Team Managers or respective project staff, Accounting Department, and Grants Management team.

  4. Maintains quality results by using templates; following proposal-writing standards including readability, consistency, and tone; maintaining proposal support databases.

  5. Writes, revises, and edits drafts including executive summaries, conclusions, and organization credentials.

  6. Prepares development reports for the Executive Director, Director of Grants, and the Board of Directors;

  7. Corresponds with private funders in preparing grant proposals;

  8. Works with current and potential funders to explore areas of potential funding support;

  9. Meets with development staff of partner non-profits around potential collaborative efforts;

  10. Manages and maintains the donor database (eTapestry), including the timely recording of gifts and mailing of receipts;

  11. Maintains positive relationships with funders, grantors, and other stakeholders;

  12. Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; maintaining personal networks.

  13. Implements a donor stewardship plan, including handwritten thank you notes and thank you calls to individual donors; Assists the Director of Events and Special Development with the holiday appeal and other campaigns, including the development of mail solicitations and email/social media appeals; and

  14. Other duties and responsibilities as determined by their primary supervisor.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Strong written, verbal, and computer communication skills, including working knowledge of Excel;

  • Ability to multi-task and remain flexible; ability to work with a number of individuals, all with various needs and deadlines;

  • Outstanding organizational skills with strong attention to detail;

  • Strong problem-solving skills

  • Detail and deadline oriented

  • Strategic planning skills

  • Strong presentation skills

  • Ability to travel

Education, Experience, and Licensing Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in English, or related field;

  • Two years of grant writing and/or development experience, prospect research, general fundraising with proven success in raising funds for nonprofit organizations or a minimum of 2 years comparable and transferable skills acquired in a professional setting; and

  • One year of experience managing a donor database; experience with Blackbaud products preferred.

  • Some legal knowledge preferred but not required

TRLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position requires, consistent with TRLA’s policy and subject to applicable law, a candidate to provide proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing employment.

To Apply: 

Complete online application.  You will need to upload a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of professional references.



Submission Deadline: 
August 9, 2023
Organization Information: 
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)
301 S. Texas Avenue
Mercedes, TX 78750
United States
Phone: 956-447-4800