Development Officer

Position Summary:
The Development Officer is responsible for supporting the ongoing fundraising activities of the Seminary Advancement department with a specific focus on development strategies with high capacity lay leaders of congregations (60 percent of time). The purpose of this is to increase donor prospects. Additional focus will be as a development generalist who can work at many levels from event planning to offering strategic advice, assisting with donor retention, growth of the annual fund, special projects, and meeting other funding goals for institutionally stated priorities (40 percent of time). The Development Officer is responsible for understanding and articulating the mission of Christian Theological Seminary and the case for its support through a variety of development efforts focusing on donor relationships.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop a deep comprehension of the Seminary and theological education
  • Develop and support a donor relationship building protocol for all Advancement staff
  • Organize events for the Seminary on behalf of the Advancement department with a focus on high touch and hospitality, working collaboratively across Seminary departments 
  • Maintain a portfolio of congregations and high net capacity prospective donors from the faith community with the capacity to support the Seminary at a minimum level of $1,000
  • Cultivate, solicit and steward gifts with personal visits, written and oral communications, and ensuring positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations
  • Cultivate and solicit donors to meet stated funding priorities
  • Report to the Vice President for Advancement and work collaboratively and strategically with the Seminary President, the Advancement team, faculty and other Seminary leaders
  • Develop briefing materials and written proposals for major gift solicitations
  • Maintain and update donor records in Raiser’s Edge for the portfolio of prospects
  • Meet/exceed weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual goals. Prepare activity reports as required in a timely manner. Meet with Vice President of Advancement on a regular basis to plan program and evaluate performance


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; Master’s preferred
  • 3+ years’ fundraising experience
  • Strong writing and verbal communications skills
  • The ability to give and receive constructive feedback and coaching
  • Exceptional organization and communication skills
  • Ability to execute complex projects with excellent attention to detail
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills (ability to work with alumni, faculty, and staff in collegial manner)
  • Ability to juggle multiple activities
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Team player
  • Detailed knowledge of current fundraising trends and techniques
  • Knowledge of congregations and their constituents
  • Easily adaptable to change
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge is a plus

Please send a cover letter and your resume to Sarah Lund at