CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

This senior team member is responsible for creating and executing the organization’s development plan and will work with the President and Chief Administrative Officer to expand organization’s financial support, doubling its revenues over five years to meet ambitious programmatic goals.

THE CANDIDATE

We are looking for hard-working, mission-driven, highly collaborative work style senior team member with a positive team-first attitude. Demonstrating an ability to handle competing priorities in a growing organization, effectively leverage resources, meet multiple deadlines and balance numerous projects for the good of the organization is a priority. Equal parts integrity, compassion, patience and comity are necessary to work within a truly rewarding but sometimes unpredictable and at times deeply divided environment nationally and on Capitol Hill in a poised, positive and productive manner.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create and implement ambitious and achievable annual fundraising strategic plan and accompanying development work plans that details how the organization solicits donors and identifies funding sources such as grants, in-kind donations, charitable events and marketing opportunities.
  • Prepare annual budgets detailing the cash required to fund programs in a realistic, consistent and measurable manner.
  • Shares development plans and budget with senior leadership and the board of directors, who provide oversight and leadership.
  • Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors
  • Research and identify potential grant opportunities.
  • Ensures all grant reporting requirements are tracked and submitted on time.
  • Secure support from foundations, corporations and individuals.
  • Personally solicits high level donors, demonstrating strong relationship building and solicitation skills.
  • Develop and steward all proposals and reports for foundation and corporate giving.
  • Serve as an integral member of the senior management team and collaborate with team members and outside consultants.
  • Oversee the design and implementation of all donor communications and marketing materials, including social media and advertising campaigns, as part of a fundraising strategy thatexpands the target audience through community relations, speaking engagements, newsletters and charitable events.
  • Execute other duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 years fundraising experience of $2-5 million annually with 2 years in a senior capacity in an organization with a strong focus on both expanding and securing large foundation, individual and corporate gifts.
  • Knowledge of Congress and the political environment a strong plus.
  • Experience in successful small-to-large event planning and management required.
  • Proven track record of seeking and securing grants, individual donor and corporate fundraising success.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize work to meet multiple deadlines in a multi-tasking environment.
  • Persuasive writing, strong verbal communication and the ability to interact at the executive level are other key qualifications.
  • An independent, resourceful self-starter able to interact with grace, calmness and cheer equally with the public and with members of Congress, appointed government officials, political leaders and corporate executives.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced team environment.
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher required, in a related field preferred.
  • Familiarity with all Microsoft programs and Raiser’s Edge desired, or ability to quickly learn and to seek to update and sharpen skill sets.

 COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

 FPI will offer a competitive compensation package to attract the most qualified candidates. The organization provides benefits to its employees, including a health care plan, 401K, and paid annual leave.

 THE ORGANIZATION

The Faith & Politics Institute was founded in 1991 with the hope of providing opportunities for meaningful interactions and experiences among those who lead and serve our nation. In 1997, the Institute sought to involve members of Congress more closely with its work and Congressmen Amo Houghton (R-NY) and John Lewis (D-GA), agreed to serve as the honorary co-chairs of the Institute's Board of Directors. With their leadership, the Institute’s work expanded considerably, increasing participation of members of Congress with an interest in reflection and conversation across racial, religious, ideological and party lines.

 The Institute's programs encompass three general areas of leadership, including:

  •  Leading from Within: Provide opportunities for members and staffers to strengthen their inner dimension of leadership
  • Leading Across the Divides: Foster a spirit of reconciliation across lines of race, religion and political party
  • Leading in Service: Engaging the public in programs that bring together leaders and their constituents

 Activities within these three broad areas include reflection groups, retreats, pilgrimages, and public forums. The weekly reflection groups and occasional retreats are important opportunities for elected officials and political leaders and professionals to connect their role with their greater calling as human beings and leaders. The public forums include lectures and engaged dialogues by well-known speakers whose promote or whose lives reflect courage in the political arena. The pilgrimages allow men and women from both houses of Congress, along with senior staff leaders and special guests, to participate in trips that provide information, inspiration, and opportunities for reflection on the lessons to be learned from past struggles, such as the civil rights movement. Since 1998, a regular pilgrimage to six southern states has been led by Hon. John Lewis, a civil rights icon.

 To apply send cover letter, resume and 2-3 related writing samples including a fundraising proposal and grant proposal in an email with the subject line “Chief Development Officer” to: HR@faithandpolitics.org