Scholarship and Special Projects Coordinator
William Rainey Harper College - Palatine, IL

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Responsible for directing the Scholarship Program of the Harper College Educational Foundation. Primary duties include building the scholarship program by soliciting donations for endowed and current use scholarships from individuals and businesses, reviewing criteria for scholarship awards with donors, working with software that matches applicants to criteria, collaborating with the financial aid office in awarding scholarships, meeting with faculty to ensure candidates are determined for specific awards, and designing an annual event and other initiatives to bring donor and student scholarship recipients together.
Assists in a variety of special projects as determined by the Office of the President of Harper College.

Duties of Position

Solicits new endowed scholarships in the amount of $10,000 and above for various areas of the College. Also solicits current use scholarships of $3,000 and above.
Oversees all aspects of scholarship awards including student applications, reports to donors, event coordination, relationship building and a goal of awarding 100% of scholarships available for distribution.
Works with the financial aid office and faculty to make sure all scholarships are awarded.
Communicates with donors about their student recipients. Coordinates a major event annually to bring donors and their student recipients together.
Reviews and revises criteria with donors to standardize. Assures that recognition is in place for all donors. Reviews all acknowledgement letters for accuracy.
Records all information regarding donors in Raisers Edge database.
Supervises and manages the Academic Works Scholarship application software.
Obtains donor information for entry on the software donor profiles.
Engages students in various types of communication with their scholarship donor.
Generates reports on dollars raised and activity regarding scholarship acquisition and management when requested by Foundation Committees.
Works independently and as part of the Foundation team. Assists team members in projects and programs of the Foundation.
Participates in projects and programs as needed. Plans and implements annual direct appeals to generate funds for student scholarships and gifts to Foundation programs. Performs related duties as assigned.
Works on assigned projects from the Office of the President of Harper College.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's degree required. English, marketing, business, communications or related area preferred. Master's degree in related area preferred.

Experience Requirements

Three years experience working with scholarship programs in higher education.
Three years experience working in annual or major gift fundraising with direct solicitation experience preferred.
**Must have a valid driver's license to meet donors in their homes, businesses or other locations.**

Special Requirements

*** Please attach a cover letter and resume directly to your application ***

A file is not complete until the following materials are submitted directly to the application:
  • Cover Letter
  • CV/Resume (Does not substitute for completed application)
If you have difficulty attaching documents, you may send documents via email to or hard-copy to the HR/Recruitment Office , Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067 ***

Applications are accepted until the position is filled though priority will be given to applications received on or before July 25, 2013.

  • Official transcripts required upon hire.
  • Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.
Employment Sponsorship is not available

Is this a Grant Funded Position


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Full-time - 37.5

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