LPGM seeks Community-Centric Development Director

By September 18, 2020 No Comments

The Development Director is responsible for all vital revenue streams, which provide the funding necessary to fulfill our mission. Working with the executive director, staff and board of directors, the development director is engaged in community-centric fundraising that is grounded in racial and economic justice and LPGM’s mission to listen, respond and bear witness to local needs and priorities. This position helps the organization communicate the impact of its work, both internationally and domestically, and invites individuals, congregations and other funders to participate. Keys to success in this position include a focus on individual giving and moves management, working with congregations, and increasing the annual fund and support from grants.

Job Specifications

Work Direction: The position reports to the executive director and follows organizational policies, procedures and compliance regulations. The work is self-directed and often in collaboration with other staff as defined by the executive director.

Accountability: The position is responsible for ensuring the organization and our projects are appropriately funded in an accurate and timely manner. A high degree of discretion must be used with employee and donor data. The person in this position must be trustworthy, transparent, ethical and maintain confidentiality. The Development Director should work to continually improve how the organization communicates and relates to donors and travelers.

Work Relationships: This position requires regular contact with members of staff as well as constituents and donors through in-person meetings, phone calls, and email. The Development Director must be able to communicate in a clear, concise and professional manner. Supervision of others: None

Major and Essential Job Responsibilities


  • Help donors accomplish their philanthropic goals and ambitions through LPGM;
  • Regularly meet with donors in person, virtually and/or on the phone, in order to:
    • Cultivate long-term relationships,
    • Thank them for past gifts,
    • Help them see the impact of their donations, and
    • Invite new gifts;
  • Identify and build relationships with new and prospective donors;
  • Cultivate major donor relationships and develop major gift opportunities (currently defined as $5000 and above), in consultation with the executive director;
  • Identify opportunities and write grant proposals to obtain funding support from foundations, corporations, and congregational endowments;
  • Co-lead the Development Committee, along with the board-appointed chair, and work with the committee members on individual goals related to the advancement of the organization;
  • Assist in developing an annual fundraising plan, and execute that plan;
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual budget, giving input on income projections and giving expectations;
  • Manage systems and software to track and cultivate donors and prospects, including LPGM’s database;
  • Report to executive director and board regularly on the effectiveness of development programs and activities; and
  • Collaborate with colleagues, board of directors and development committee to determine both short-term and long-term development strategies.


  • Collaborate with the staff to determine short-term, long- term, monthly and annual communications strategies
  • Contribute content for organizational and project communications, including both authoring and editing.


  • Attend committee meetings, Board of Director meetings, and other committee meetings as required or requested as an ex officio member
  • Travels as necessary – primarily regional with occasional international travel
  • Represent the organization at conferences, assemblies, worship, and mission events

Job Qualifications

Education: A four-year degree in a related field or equivalent experience in a similar discipline. Experience: A minimum of two to five years in non-profit or congregational fundraising is required, with a commitment to inclusive, community-centric fundraising approaches. Experience in a faith-based organization desirable. Excellent communications skills, with an informative or persuasive focus, is essential. Demonstrated ability to plan and implement a successful fundraising program without extensive staff support. Familiarity with Microsoft Office and constituent relationship management (CRM/donor database) is required. Familiarity with DonorPerfect CRM is desirable.

Physical, Mental or Other: This position requires the ability to take initiative and work independently as well as part of a team, to prioritize work assignments multi-task, and the willingness to perform general office tasks outside the boundaries of this job description when called upon.

Author Dan Ruth

Dan Ruth is the executive director of LPGM and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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