Posted: May 15, 2017
The Church of the Larger Fellowship is a global Unitarian Universalist congregation which is not located in a building (though there is an administrative office in Boston, MA). We serve over 3200 members through mail, phone, and the internet, including over 700 incarcerated members. We are a diverse community of people of all genders and gender identities, abilities, races, sexual orientations, and economic statuses. Our Board, ministers, staff and interns, similarly to our congregation, live in many different places.
Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal religion focussed on ethical living and spiritual deepening. We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people, and we lift up the interdependent web of all life. The Church of the Larger Fellowship seeks to connect our members, deepen their spirituality, and support them in living with courage to act on their convictions. We are passionate about our involvement in racial justice work and the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Director of Development coordinates all development activities including strategy, implementation, results measurement, and evaluation. Major responsibilities include the formulation and execution of fundraising campaigns, donor cultivation strategies, foundation relations, proposal writing, and research. This position also interfaces closely with communications staff to communicate organizational messages and align funding opportunities with programmatic priorities.
Strategy: Develop, implement, and oversee comprehensive organizational fundraising plan to meet annual and long-term revenue goals. Develop budget and cash flow projections; report on revenue activity to Executive Director.
Fundraising: Manage all individual fundraising programs including direct mail, e-solicitations, online giving, special events, and social media donor campaigns.
Major Donors: Provide leadership for major donor cultivation strategies, such as planned giving; Work with, train, and coach select staff and board members to effectively track prospects and solicitations. Conduct individual donor visits to solicit support.
Grants: In collaboration with Executive Director and Senior Minister, identify, cultivate, and steward institutional foundations; ensure timeliness of proposal deadlines, reporting, and deliverables. Manage proposal writing process, including collaborating with staff to represent organizational goals, objectives, and outcomes.
Database: In collaboration with technology director, develop and supervise strategies for growing and sustaining a national donor base and implementing high-quality donor communication, stewardship practices, and donor/wealth analyses. Oversee all donor record keeping, including processing gifts and acknowledgements.
Gratitude: Develop and maintain programs of donor acknowledgement, appreciation, and recognition.
Communications: Collaborate with the Communications team to develop and implement an effective communications strategy.
- 3 years of management-level development/fundraising or relevant experience, with experience in an online fundraising environment a plus.
- Experience in successfully creating and implementing a comprehensive development plan
- Expertise integrating social media outreach strategies with fundraising campaigns
- Outstanding verbal and interpersonal communication skills
- Proficient in and comfortable with conducting donor visits
- Compelling writing style with strong editorial skills
- Strong analytical ability, organizational skills, and attention to detail, including aptitude with financial analysis, budgeting, and data management
- Goal-oriented and willing to hold self and others accountable
- Demonstrated team orientation that combines collegiality and creativity to inspire and motivate others
- Positive, can-do attitude and strong capacity for achieving goals
- Flexibility and ability to manage multiple projects
- Commitment to the values of Unitarian Universalism and the CLF
- eTapestry experience highly desirable
The office is located in Boston, MA. The preference is for working from our office at least part time, but the right candidate, who works well independently and who can build a strong team and maintain excellent communication, could potentially work from a remote location.
The position requires typical contemporary office abilities and some travel across the U.S. for fundraising activities and conferences..
SALARY AND BENEFITS
- Competitive salary commensurate with experience
- Excellent benefits package
- Flexible and supportive work environment
To apply, email resume, cover letter and references to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Director of Development. No phone calls, please.
The Church of the Larger Fellowship is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applicants who are diverse by race, color, gender, religion, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, familial responsibilities, marital status, veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, or any characteristic that is protected under MA or federal law.