Director of Development
About the Role
The Director of Development will be the lead fundraising strategist, tactician, and project manager for The Reformation Project’s roughly $750,000 current philanthropic revenue portfolio, which we aim to grow to $1.5M and beyond within the next two to three years. The Director of Development is responsible for developing, executing, and analyzing our annual development plan, as well as representing The Reformation Project to individual and institutional donors. This role will also take on standardizing and streamlining the organization’s fundraising processes and so must be familiar with development operations, including CRM management, gift processing, budget-building, and donor stewardship.
The Director of Development will report to and work closely with our founder and Executive Director, Matthew Vines. Over the coming years, this role will be responsible for building up The Reformation Project’s development department in regard to strategy, systems, and talent. This role will have supervisory duties as more staff join the department.
This role is a full-time position working from our Dallas office (as public health conditions allow), with some travel required.
The Development Director can expect their work to include:
Leadership and Development Strategy:
- Contribute positively to organizational culture and enthusiastically live out our faith beliefs and organizational values
- Actively engage with other staff to understand the details of our work and gather stories for use in development communications
- Manage and execute The Reformation Project’s development and stewardship plans to achieve annual revenue goals
- Update existing development and stewardship plans with new ideas, industry best practices, and data-driven analysis
- Ensure a robust gift pipeline big enough to reach annual revenue goals by actively managing prospective and current donors, foundations and other funders solicited via proposals, grant applications, multiple appeals, and other fundraising activities
- Participate in strategic planning for The Reformation Project to ensure development plans align with and are in service of organizational goals
- Provide direction and support in engaging the board of directors in fundraising
Fundraising and Donor Relations
- Research, design, and lead the moves management plans for major individual donors
- Manage and develop existing initiatives, appeals, and campaigns focused on targeting new donors and stewarding existing donors
- Serve as the primary point of contact for all small and mid-size donors
- Research and develop relationships with potential foundation funders
- Author compelling grant proposals and complete grant reporting processes in a timely and efficient manner
- Help develop creative and mission-focused fundraising messaging that effectively articulates the unique role and impact of The Reformation Project
- Project manage the ED’s fundraising work, advising him where and how best to spend his time and efforts on a weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis
Fundraising Operations and Gift Entry
- Design and update a regular progress-to-goal report and development dashboard for the Executive Director and Board of Directors
- Oversee and support execution of high-quality gift entry and revenue tracking to ensure accurate and thorough documentation of all development activities
- Ensure integrity and accuracy in all records and reports in the CRM
- Create, update, and train other staff as needed on documented processes to standardize and streamline all development activities
About The Reformation Project
As a Bible-based, Christian organization, The Reformation Project's mission is to advance LGBTQ inclusion in the church. Our vision is of a global church that honors Scripture and fully affirms LGBTQ people.
Our various programs reflect our understanding of how change happens. First, we seek to inform Christians about the biblical case for LGBTQ inclusion to show how they can fully affirm both the Bible and LGBTQ people. Next, we engage non-affirming Christians through outreach and advocacy to help them move toward LGBTQ affirmation. Finally, we reform, supporting churches as they shift their teachings and policies from non-affirming to affirming of LGBTQ Christians.
The Core Values Driving Us
Our Statement of Faith expresses our foundational beliefs in the Bible as the Word of God; God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; and Christ’s death for our sins and resurrection from the dead.
Our faith beliefs and values are the bedrock of everything we do at The Reformation Project. To do your best work with us, it is essential that you are passionately aligned with our Statement of Faith and our values:
- Love for God: We seek to honor God with everything we do, with our lives, and with our relationships. We seek to follow Jesus, worshipping him as God and emulating his life, teachings, and ministry.
- Love for the Bible: We revere the Bible as the Word of God, inspired by God and authoritative for Christian life and practice. Our love for Scripture drives us to help the church interpret and apply it as faithfully as possible when it comes to gender and sexuality.
- Love for the church: We are compelled by our love for the church to help the body of Christ truly be the hands and feet of Jesus to the world. Our love for the church includes a love for fellow Christians who disagree with us theologically or are still seeking to discern their views about LGBTQ inclusion.
Additionally, we uphold monogamy and covenant, honoring the link that Scripture and the Christian tradition make between sex and lifelong commitment. We also prioritize diversity and inclusion in our work, following Jesus’s example of love and concern for people on the margins of society. We strongly encourage prospective candidates to read the values page of our website in detail before applying.
How You Know This is the Right Job for You
- Committed Christian who loves God, the Bible, and the church
- Seasoned professional with at least 6-8 years of nonprofit development experience
- Demonstrable experience as a frontline fundraiser with particular experience in individual giving, including major gifts, recurring giving, online fundraising, and peer-to-peer fundraising
- Experience managing and improving development operations, ranging from CRM management to budget monitoring to gift processing
- Experience working with volunteers of all levels and liaising with contractors and consultants
- Excellent working knowledge of Salesforce donor and revenue management
- Enthusiasm to propose fresh ideas without prompting by leadership, openness to feedback on those ideas, and a persistence to bring those ideas to life
To be maximally successful in this role, you need to be:
- Passionately aligned with The Reformation Project’s values and Statement of Faith
- A born project manager able to work backward from a deadline to create a plan
- Accustomed to working on multiple projects with different deadlines simultaneously
- A natural relationship-builder
- A dynamic, professional, and poised brand ambassador for The Reformation Project
- A reliable and friendly communicator who reaches out and follows up
- A stickler for details and quality
- A caretaker of sensitive information about donors, board members, The Reformation Project’s constituents, etc.
- A strong self-motivator
- A creative thinker willing to test out new ideas
About Compensation and Benefits
- This role will receive an annual salary between $80,000 - $90,000
- Health and dental benefits
- 15 days paid time off, 10 national holidays observed
HOW TO APPLY FOR THIS JOB:
Candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and recent writing sample that is authored solely by the candidate and relevant to fundraising work, such as a thank you letter or a follow-up email after a donor meeting, to email@example.com with “Director of Development Application” in the subject line.