Gammon Theological Seminary is 1 of the 13 official United Methodist Seminaries and the only Historical African-American United Methodist Seminary in the United States of America.
JOB TITLE: Director of Development
PURPOSE: The Development Director will advance the mission of Gammon Theological Seminary through building and maintaining relationships with current and new donors. The primary objective is to identify opportunities for growth, secure donor funds, and engage in strategies to achieve annual goals.
Develop and oversee Gammon’s annual fundraising program.
Reports to the President-Dean.
Identify strategies to develop relationships with prospective individual and corporate donors to enhance fundraising objectives.
Seek major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations through donor correspondence, event planning, and meet financial goals through solicitations.
Manage donor portfolios and maintain appropriate recordkeeping for audits, as well as promote donor recognition.
Maintain ongoing communications with private and corporate donors.
Research donor relation programs at local, state and federal institutions.
Ensure timely and accurate reporting to funders.
Work with National Alumni Association to develop strategies for both national and local conferences.
Maintain an active schedule of solicitation, cultivation and stewardship calls to donors and new prospects.
Collaborate with staff on fundraising events and donor recognition.
Collaborate with the Development Committee, President-Dean and finance staff on the planning and management of fundraising events.
Create/design marketing products in all areas of development, fundraising, etc., for website and social media promotion as well as mass mailings.
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
Strong oral and written communication, presentation & interpersonal skills.
Ability to multi-task, strategically plan, set priorities, and close donor commitments.
Strong teambuilding and partnership skills.
Ability to develop & maintain an accurate donor database.
Ability to interact favorably with constituents.
Attention to detail and effective follow through on projects and assignments.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
Graduate Degree preferred; knowledge of Theological Education a plus.
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Communication or related fields:
Minimum 5 years’ experience in fundraising major gifts of at least $100,000 and above, preferably for education institutions.
Grant writing experience, with proven track record.
Must be willing to travel around 40% of the time and work during evenings and weekends. Also, use of personal vehicle required.
SUBMIT 1) Your Letter of Interest, 2) Your Resume, and 3) Four names of references with their contact information to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org