Director of Development

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

LMM seeks a Director of Development with donor relations experience, an engaging personality and the ability to articulate a compelling case for support. The Director of Development is responsible for leading individual giving, and stewarding support from groups/clubs and faith-based partners to support LMM programs, strategic priorities and fundraising initiatives.


Essential Job Responsibilities

Fund Development

  • Create a Development Plan to secure contributions to LMM from individuals, groups and faith partners.
  • With support from the VP of Development & Communications, strategize and steward contributions of annual gifts, major gifts, planned gifts, and legacy gifts.
  • Coordinate fundraising appeals with Communications Staff and program leaders.
  • Create strategies to avoid conflicts between various fundraising campaigns and solicitations.
  • Build and maintain an in-depth knowledge of LMM, its funding priorities, and giving opportunities

Donor & Volunteer Relations

  • Manage a portfolio of 250+ active donors and hundreds of prospects.
  • Conduct donor identification, qualification, and cultivation.
  • Collaborate with agency programs and other initiatives to engage donors, volunteers, groups/clubs and faith-based entities in meaningful ways.
  • Organize visits or events with individuals, groups/clubs and faith-based entities.
  • Prepare materials for donor meetings.
  • Collaborate with volunteer coordinators to secure in-kind donations and enable volunteer engagement.

Development Reporting & Tracking

  • Maintain accurate records of charitable giving and giving ranges for donors.
  • Report fundraising progress to the department, senior leadership and the LMM Board on a regular basis.
  • Track and assess committed pledges, payments and totals on a consistent basis; send reminders as needed.
  • Develop reporting and tracking methods for fund development prospects via database notes, create and maintain file folders, develop contact reports/notes, cultivation and solicitation updates, correspondence and other documentation.

Other Job Responsibilities

  • Participate in the planning and execution of special events, annual agency fundraiser(s), etc.
  • Attend special events as a representative of LMM when needed.
  • Actively participate in quality improvement activities and professional development.
  • Ability to develop effective partnerships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Make presentations to major donors, community groups and faith-based entities about LMM.
  • Perform other duties as assigned that support the development and communications department.
  • Maintain high standards of ethical and professional conduct and adherence to confidentiality policies.
  • Comply with policies and procedures governing the program and agency.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities*

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in donor relations.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; experience with database and donor tracking.
  • Demonstrate LMM’s philanthropic values of generosity, kindness and hope.
  • Adaptable to a variety of work collaborations and environments; from staff, board, congregations and volunteers, to pubs, private estates and pulpits
  • Knowledge of and experience with annual campaigns, major gifts, planned giving and estate planning (wills, trusts, estate plans and gift tax laws), or a willingness to receive training.
  • Experience with donor management systems/databases.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Organizational skills with the ability to manage competing priorities, meet deadlines, and work with limited supervision.
  • Proven experience handling highly confidential and sensitive information.
  • Valid Ohio driver’s license and proof of insurance, required.

Salary commensurate with experience. LMM offers paid time off, a generous benefits package and the ability to partially work from home. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to social justice. Diverse candidates and individuals with lived experience are encouraged to apply.

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