Development Officer, Southern New England Conference

Development Officer, Southern New England Conference


Position Title: Development Officer, Southern New England Conference United Church of Christ
FLSA: Exempt
Reports to: Executive Conference Minister
Department: Development
Hours: Full-Time

At the Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ, we have created a rewarding opportunity for a Development Officer. The Development Officer is a part of a dynamic Development Team. Here, we will provide you with professional development opportunities for continuous growth in your career path.

What’s in it for you:

· Health, dental, and vision insurance
· Life and disability insurance
· 14% employer contribution to pension plan
· Generous paid time off
· Holiday Closures
· Sabbatical Leave
· Professional Development: Senior Staff Tier

Position Summary:

The Development Officer is responsible for Conference fundraising strategy and implementation with regard to major gifts from individuals, major corporate gifts and grants. This responsibility includes, but is not limited to, policy development, planning, donor relations, data management and coordination with other staff.

The primary responsibility for this position to identify, develop and manage a portfolio of major gift prospects/donors capable of making gifts of $1,000 or more. As part of this effort, this position is responsible for developing strong relationships with key volunteers to engage their involvement and support in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of these prospects.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:
· Develop strategies, goals and objectives for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects. These strategies will recognize the unique motivations and individuality of each prospect and will be developed in collaboration with other members of the staff and board, as needed.
· Successfully solicit donors for gifts in excess of $1,000 from individual donors, and larger gifts from corporate and other covenant partners, working closely with volunteers and other staff as appropriate.
· Manage correspondence, invitations, acknowledgements, stewardship of and communications with assigned prospects/major donors to assure overall coordination and individualized attention; maximize the building of satisfying, long-term relationships.
· Plan and implement events as needed, including small dinners in donors’ homes, or larger dinners/receptions.
· In consultation with the Executive Conference Minister, set mutually agreeable performance goals and standards to effectively measure the quality and quantity of the relationships, gift results and donor satisfaction.
Conference-Sponsored Events
· The Development Officer will be required to participate in Conference-Sponsored events throughout the year.

Minimum Qualifications:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required to perform successfully in this position.

· A college degree in a related field, or a combination of academic study and equivalent experience.
· Experience in the philosophy and practice of philanthropy in the non-profit sector and demonstrated ability to work in the area of leadership gifts.
· Demonstrated ability to secure major gifts of $10K+.
· Demonstrated credibility necessary to influence and tactfully manage relationships with internal and external constituencies.
· Experience in gaining access to and establishing connections with national business, foundation, and industry leaders; philanthropists; and other high-level individuals.
· Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
· Ability to manage multiple priorities and relate to a variety of diverse stakeholders.
· Commitment to and theological understanding of mission, stewardship and philanthropy.
· Desire and sensitivity to work in diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and religious settings with commitment to diversity in the workplace as well as in one’s understanding of mission.
· Ability to maintain and properly handle confidential or sensitive information.
· Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially as well as independently.
· Limited travel within the United States.
· This is considered a remote position but will require in-person meetings and events.
· Minimum of 1-3 years’ experience in direct personal major donor solicitation of -individuals, corporations and/or foundations at the $10K+ level.

Application Submissions:
Interested external/internal applicants may submit applications on and/or directly to the Southern New England Conference UCC. Instructions: In the “What field, click on Find Job and click on the Position Title, then click on Apply Now.

Location: Southern New England Conference United Church of Christ

Contact: Irma Reyes, Director of Human Resources and Staff Development

Address: 125 Sherman Street Hartford CT 06105

Phone: 860-761-7197

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