Chief Development Officer Full Time

@ Northern Seminary
  • Lisle, Illinois View on Map
  • Denomination: Christian Colleges
  • Job Category: Business, Administration & Finance, Marketing, Communications & Fundraising, Missions / Outreach / Evangelism
  • Date Posted: 9 July 2020
  • Application closes: 9 October 2020
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Job Description

Northern Seminary seeks qualified candidates for the position of Chief Development Officer. This position will be responsible to lead the fund development program including but not limited to assisting the President in engaging with major donors; managing a portfolio of up to 100 donors; regularly engaging donors, churches, foundations, and supporters; and drafting and executing the annual development plan. The position reports to the Chief Administrative Officer.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required for success.

• Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year College or University

The director will demonstrate proficiency in these values.

International, Interracial, Intercultural and Mutual
We are strongest when we reflect the breadth of Christ’s church through intentional efforts to be agents of reconciliation and people who affirm the equal calling of women and men to lead the church and engage the world. Our graduates, faculty and staff demonstrate God’s love around the world and across lines of culture, race and gender.

Pastoral/Missional Mindset
The Gospel is best proclaimed and shared by equipped church leaders who are committed to mission, prayer, faith, compassion.

Servant Leaders
We best serve our students and their churches when we are resourceful, strategic and capable, relying on integrity to guide all interactions.

We long to be in relationship with God and his world as we pursue His wisdom and study His Word.

Knowledge and Skills: Strong candidates will possess the following knowledge and skills:
• 3-5 years’ experience in gift and giver development
• Innovative understanding of fundraising, donor development, and entrepreneurial systems
• Ability to work in a high functioning team environment with world-class scholars
• Supervisory experience over high functioning staff
• Ability to interface with congregations to design and implement contextually relevant fundraising programs
• Strong verbal and organizational skills

Core Competencies:
• Administration. Strong administrative background and ability to multitask.
• Agreement. Complies with the Seminary Faith and Community Standard statements.
• Interpersonal Relationships. Promotes harmony and cooperation within working relationships; receives and makes assignments well; effectively addresses and resolves conflicts with others
• Initiative and Self-Reliance. Takes action without direction; uses sound judgment in decision making; looks for new and better ways to accomplish goals
• Trust and Integrity. Is widely trusted; seen as direct and truthful; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; adheres to an appropriate and effective set of core values; practices what he or she preaches
• Compliance. Complies with all federal guidelines related to FERPA and Higher Education
• Innovation. Ability to innovate and use entrepreneurial operating system (EOS) in planning


A. General Responsibilities
• Supervises advancement team.
• Serves on a leadership team with the President and officers of the seminary.
• Serves as staff liaison to Advancement Committee of the trustee board, provides report.

B. Case/Messaging
Coordinates the:
• Plan and manage the donor communication strategy.
• Review and update of the case statement.
• Maintain consistent brand and messaging using the case as the source document.
• Oversee preparation and production of all promotional mailings, printed pieces, and web communications related to fundraising.
• Oversee the direct mail strategy.
• Lead the thanking process as commitments are made and gifts are received.
• Monthly President’s e-newsletter.

C. Leadership
• Assists in managing the activities of key staff and volunteers engaged in fund raising initiatives.
• Partners with outside counsel on a strategy to maximize the donor engagement opportunities.
• Oversee the management of donor data.
• Lead weekly advancement team level 10 meeting tied to dashboard metrics.
• Prepares a strategy for the development work of the board.
• Develops goals for prospect engagement.

D. Prospects and Strategies
• Carries a donor portfolio of up to 100 mid-level prospects.
• Oversees staff who manage the foundation application process and reporting calendar
• Researches, evaluates, and prioritizes prospects to assign priority levels.
• Prepares and manages strategies for high priority prospects.
• Leads in developing and executing the donor stewardship strategy.
• Routinely meets 3-5 donors and/or churches each week.
• Routinely engages 10-12 donors and/or churches with significant contact.

E. Planning and Reporting
• Prepares and manages the quarterly and annual development plan.
• Prepares weekly, quarterly, and annual reports based on the entrepreneurial operating dashboard system.
• Oversees and executes annual Founders Day event and events associated with development, including but not limited to receptions, gatherings, and dinners.
• Positions President and other members of advancement team for public speaking engagements at churches and gatherings.

F. Scholarships and Grants
• Identify individuals and raise money to fund the various scholarship funds.

Grant Research
• Cultivate relationships with foundations.
• Maintain required reporting to funding sources on the status of projects.
• Stay apprised of the appropriation of awarded grant funds.
• Establish and implement policies and procedures to support the grant development program.
• Create grant development resources for the organization and educate staff members about grants.
• Research and provide President, Advancement Staff, faculty, and staff of opportunities for developing new grant development initiates and innovations.

Working Conditions
Leadership team meetings are weekly.
Staff meetings are monthly.
Must be available 20-24 weekends to lead events/gatherings with donors as scheduled.
Must be able to travel outside of Chicagoland via plane in order to engage with donors
Office environment – ability to work in a fast paced and stressful environment .
Use of computer – must be able to use computer and interface with technology at a desk and via mobile technology.
Must be able to lift more than 35 pounds and set up a “convention style” booth.
Must provide own form of transportation.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Statement of Faith:
• Northern Seminary is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates.
• Northern Seminary seeks candidates who are dedicated followers of Christ, have a sincere desire to be an integral part of the mission of the Seminary, and demonstrated commitment to Northern’s statement of faith and standard of conduct.

Northern’s vision is to lead the church and engage the world by providing sustainable facilities, training successful students and strengthening churches.

Application closes: October 9, 2020

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