Executive for Mission Funding and Gift Planning

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-661119
    • Job Location: Chicago, IL
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: January 04, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 10 - 15 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Job Context Information

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is currently finishing a successful five-year, $198-million campaign, the first of its kind in the church’s history. The campaign has allowed us to invest in infrastructure, build a major gifts program and strengthen our planned giving efforts. The new position of Executive for Mission Funding and Gift Planning will build on this momentum to develop a comprehensive mid-level, major and planned giving strategy to strengthen the donor pipeline, increase donor engagement and prepare the churchwide organization for future fundraising initiatives.

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Executive Director for Mission Advancement and the CEO of the ELCA Foundation, the Executive for Mission Funding and Gift Planning will oversee several key teams, with staff totaling 40 FTEs, and encompassing the areas of: campaign, major gifts, prospect development strategy, donor stewardship, Mission Support/benevolence and gift planning. S/he will assist the Executive Director/CEO to develop and implement a multi-year and annual plan for ELCA development work; facilitate excellent, coordinated and consistent fundraising processes across the ELCA Foundation and Mission Advancement unit and create a sustainable vision for growth in giving at the mid-, major- and planned giving levels. The Executive for Mission Funding and Gift Planning will cultivate, solicit, and steward a small portfolio of transformational gift prospects.

The ELCA’s new Executive for Mission Funding and Gift Planning will be an experienced advancement leader with ten-plus years of progressively-responsible fundraising leadership experience and demonstrated success in leading multi-million-dollar campaigns and giving initiatives in a complex, non-profit environment. S/he will build and lead a program grounded in industry best practices and knowledge of ELCA culture and giving trends; foster a culture of positivity, teamwork and mutual support; and motivate team members to provide the best possible donor experience and produce measurable and growing results.

Job Responsibilities

1. Develop and execute strategic plans and consistent programs to ensure strong interdepartmental teamwork and excellence in fundraising practice across all ministries and with all donors.

2. Lead a comprehensive fundraising team of 6 direct reports and approximately 34 indirect reports within ELCA Mission Advancement and the ELCA Foundation. Set a vision for growth to inspire the team’s best efforts; supervise, coach, and provide leadership development opportunities for team members.

3. Maintain a dynamic portfolio of transformational prospects and secure major, transformational and planned gifts in support of the mission of the ELCA.

4. Work closely with the Presiding Bishop and Executive Director/CEO in relating to the Bishop’s Advisory Council, the Resource Development Committee of the ELCA Foundation Board of Trustees and other Mission Advancement volunteer advisory tables; prepare related reports and presentations.

5. Evaluate current fundraising initiatives and work with internal and external partners to prepare the churchwide organization and key stakeholders and leadership groups for future fundraising initiatives.

6. Develop and manage fundraising budget that is aligned to vision and mission of organization.

7. Perform other responsibilities as required.


Up to 20% travel required to visit donors and represent the ELCA churchwide ministries, by car and/or plane.

Physical Effort.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear, use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone. This position requires sitting for long periods of time. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Experience and Skills:

1. Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree or certification preferred, in business, leadership, non-profit management or related area. CFRE certification preferred.

2. Minimum ten years’ progressively responsible experience in non-profit fundraising with successful personal history in major and transformative gifts, planned gifts, and in planning, designing and executing successful campaign strategy.

3. Extensive experience and passion for intentional team leadership and supervision; ability to craft a compelling vision to inspire a team’s best efforts and to motivate excellent performance through both metrics and coaching.

4. Exceptional written and spoken communication skills.

5. Outstanding interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence required to relate effectively with diverse constituents and with organizational leadership, board members and top prospective donors.

6. Knowledge of constituent relationship management software and appreciation for its potential in donor strategy; experience with use of development staff metrics.

7. Ability to articulate and integrate the ELCA’s mission and values into the work of the Development Team.

8. Experience in planning and managing a fundraising budget.

9. Ability to promote and support a collaborative work environment across multiple teams with varying constituencies; commitment to diversity and the desire to recruit, retain, and build a diverse Development Team.

Required certifications or licenses:

CFRE preferred.