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Director of Development


In concert with the Institutional Advancement team, the Director of Development is responsible for the planning, execution and assessment of initiatives to expand and strengthen the fund development program of Austin Seminary.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following and other duties that may be assigned.

  • Responsible for all Seminary giving programs
  • Execute existing direct response models; Benevon, direct mail, phone-a-thon, etc., to consistently meet the $1 million annual fund goal
  • Use data to develop creative approaches to expand and increase overall giving
  • Develop and execute a comprehensive plan for increased endowment and planned gifts
  • Oversee the Seminary’s donor engagement, stewardship and gift acknowledgment program
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the advancement team to identify high capacity, high inclination donors and donor prospects to be cultivated and moved toward increased giving
  • Track and analyze results from all fund development strategies and propose adjustments, as needed, to maximize results and meet stated fund raising goals.

The Director of Development position is central to the advancement team. A full understanding of best practices and a proven track record in fund development are essential to the position. Willingness to collaborate, effective written and verbal communication, self-drive and intuitiveness are critical.

Education: BA or BS in related field

Certifications/Training: None required; CFRE preferred

Experience:  5+ years of experience in academic development, non-profit development, or a related field

Special Requirements/Skills:

  • Experience in fund development and a proven performance record.
  • Working knowledge of the Presbyterian Church helpful.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Basic knowledge of and ability to effectively utilize computers/software, including Windows, MS Word and Excel, Word and Raiser's Edge.
  • Commitment to being a team player.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work.
  • Agility in multi-tasking.
  • Ability to analyze and summarize data in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to make decisions based on incomplete or imperfect information.
  • Maintains a bias toward action.
  •  Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends and to travel (within the four-state Synod of the Sun and beyond)

 What we provide:

● free parking and a private office on this beautiful 12-acre “oasis” in the heart of Austin

● salary plus generous paid time off, health and related benefits

To apply for this position, please include a cover letter answering the following questions:

1. Why you want to work at Austin Seminary?

2. What are your salary requirements?

and submit along with your online application, which can be found here

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until filled.

Austin Seminary is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Racial-ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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