External Relations Coordinator, Benefits Data Trust

Posted by on April 21, 2014

External Relations Coordinator, Benefits Data Trust
Posted on: April 11, 2014

Job description
Benefits Data Trust (BDT) is a national not-for-profit organization committed to transforming how individuals in need access public benefits. BDT has an opening for an External Relations Coordinator.

Position Summary:

The External Relations Coordinator will assist the Director of External Relations in executing the organization’s fundraising public relations, and government relations goals. The primary responsibilities of the Coordinator will be to (1) support the organization in identifying and securing external funding and partnerships and (2) draft and design external communications for dissemination via social media and traditional channels. The External Relations Coordinator reports to the Director of External Relations.

Example of Tasks:

Research & Reporting

  • Research funding targets (individual, corporate, government and philanthropic) that meet the mission of the organization
  • Develop a concrete plan for connecting with identified funding targets. Work in conjunction with the external relations team to implement plan
  • Research political landscape of targeted geographies and work with the external relations team to strategize on the most appropriate steps to take when developing relationships in a new jurisdiction.
  • Maintain internal development reports
  • Actively participate in internal and external meetings that relate to fundraising and public relations, as requested; draft meeting agendas, minutes, and record decisions reached by participants and ensure information is appropriately communicated to all attendees

Proposal Writing

  • Coordinate the grant proposal submission process by creating, managing and ensuring implementation of a project timeline in order to define the necessary tasks and timeframe for successful completion
  • Develop grant proposals in accordance with the guidelines of potential funding sources
  • Adhere to follow-up policies for all funders and external contacts, ensuring donors are thanked in a timely manner, receipts are provided, next steps are communicated, etc.
  • Track grant funded reporting requirements and coordinate the submission of grant reports, ensuring they are timely and accurate


  • Draft and disseminate organizational publications/updates via social media and traditional channels.
  • Develop promotional materials for the organization
  • Create and maintain the organization’s blog
  • Manage the organization’s website, including but not limited to: updating content, reviewing and reporting out on relevant analytics, etc.
  • Draft and disseminate mass e-mails
  • Manage the organization’s relationships with external vendors related to communications (i.e., graphic artist, printer, etc.)
  • Ensure that all written materials adhere to the organization’s style guide
  • Complete other development/government relations/public relations activities as assigned.


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