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Director of Philanthropy and Stewardship, Extended Application Deadline: February 15, 2014 

Ministry Team Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship (OPS)  
Reports To The Collegium of Officers through the General Minister and President  
FLSA Status Exempt  
Salary Grade 10  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Category National and Global Ministries, Cleveland, Ohio  
Starting Salary  


The Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship will gather and steward time, talent and treasure
to enable excellent and faithful ministry in all settings of the United Church of Christ. The Director will guide the creation and implementation of the vision for a comprehensive program that encourages participation, generosity and enthusiasm throughout the United Church of Christ in every setting. With the support of the Collegium of Officers, the Director will lead the transformation of the national setting toward a new culture of philanthropy.


  • Leads and manages the Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship including regular reporting, planning, budgeting, program direction, goal-setting, supervision and evaluation of staff.


  • Creates a fund development plan that includes short and long term strategies and tactics to accomplish financial development goals.


  • Establishes a systems approach to fund development that demonstrates strong collaboration with and utilization of the Collegium of Officers and other cross-departmental senior leaders.


  • Collaborates with other expressions of the church in developing and presenting the case for giving.


  • Leads denomination-wide financial development initiatives and funding campaign with specific numeric goals for each.


  • Invites and receives gifts in support of the mission of the national and global ministries, and collaborates with other leadership to nurture financial development in other settings.


  • Provides effective training, support and leadership to volunteers and leaders to meet annual and long-term financial goals in all settings of the church.


  • Director and the OPS Team will design a plan for UCC staff development that includes training, coaching, and measurements of effectiveness so that staff understands that every engagement is a potential donor cultivation.


  • Develops and implements stewardship programs that promote the financial well-being of individuals, families, and local faith communities.


  • Oversees the resources managed by the Grants and Scholarships office in a way that achieves maximum ministry impact. 


  • Cultivates long term, collaborative, strategic relationships with key partners.
Position Requirements

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


  • Demonstrated competence in financial development including planned giving, capital or other campaigns, special gift solicitation, grant writing, development and maintenance of ongoing relationships with foundations.


  • College degree or equivalent combination of education and experience; Certificate of Fund Raising Executive ideal. 


  • Desire and sensitivity to work in diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and religious settings with commitment to diversity in the workplace as well as an understanding of mission.


  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially as well as independently.


  • Committed to the work of fund development in the context of faith communities.


  • Familiarity with the United Church of Christ, its diverse theology, traditions, heritage polity and structure.


  • Demonstrated management skills, including financial management, personnel administration and general business administration.


  • Demonstrated skills at leading a team and working with a richly diverse staff.


  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.


  • Proficient in technology and current trends, including social media.


  • Working knowledge of the Raiser’s Edge and GiftWrap databases preferred. 


  • Ability and willingness to travel as necessary.


This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for the position and is subject to review and change at any time in accordance with the needs of the ministry. Since no job description can detail all duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a position, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a position shall also be considered part of the position holder’s responsibility.

It is expected that the person who holds this position will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the policies of the UCC and in a manner that will reflect positively on the organization. All staff are encouraged to nurture safety within the work performed on behalf of the UCC by being attentive to self-care, education, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and the importance of referring those in need to supportive and helpful resources.


The United Church of Christ, National Setting, is a Multicultural, Multiracial, Open and Affirming, Accessible to All, Equal Opportunity Employer.

Comprehensive Benefits Package Employer paid health, dental, life and pension benefits.  
Application Deadline February 15, 2014  
About the Organization The United Church of Christ

Our faith is 2000 years. Our thinking is not.

We believe in God's Continuing Testament.
We believe in Extravagant Welcome
We believe the church's mission is to Change Lives


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