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Director of Development

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
Maryland, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Oct 23, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Special Events, Programs, Community Outreach, Grant Administration, Managing Volunteers
Community Foundations, Religion, Social Services, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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Director of Development (full time desired)

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

Supervised by: Canon to the Ordinary (chief of staff)

We are seeking a dynamic and strategic Director of Development (DoD) to take our philanthropy program to the next level. Building on a solid base of best practices, the new DoD will lead staff and contractual consultants in implementing a newly-created strategic plan designed to create a robust funding pipeline of individual donors and foundations for key social justice and community-building initiatives such as the Bishop’s Annual Ministries Appeal (BAMA) and the Sutton Scholars High School Enrichment Program, the Claggett Center, Planned Giving Task Force, as well as provide support for individual congregations across the diocese pursuing their own stewardship efforts. This proactive, outward-facing connector will engage and educate the Episcopal community about the theology of stewardship as the basis of for gratitude and responsive giving. The director will also implement a communications strategy that uses print, digital, and social media to engage potential donors and tell stories about the impact of their giving on the values and social justice priorities of the Episcopal Church in Maryland.


§ Reflect and reinforce the mission of the diocese and its goals, programs, and services.
§ Foster, develop and cultivate donor support for diocesan initiatives, particularly
the Bishop’s Annual Ministries Appeal (BAMA) and Sutton Scholars® High School Enrichment Program (Sutton Scholars), including major gifts to both initiatives;
§ Instill, through communications and in various settings, an appreciation among Diocesan staff and EDOM’s contact database for the theology of stewardship as the basis for gratitude and responsive, generous giving;
§ Support congregations, BAMA programs and affiliated agencies with
stewardship, grant and fundraising resources.

Principal Responsibilities:

§ Implement the existing strategic plan for fund development;
§ Support the current donor base, and grow it through cultivation of new relationships;
§ Oversee creation of print and digital content to promote donor-supported programs;
§ Direct capital campaigns, donor recognition events, and other special fundraising efforts;
§ Plan and facilitate annual fundraising and donor recognition events;
§ Curate, provide and promote congregational stewardship resources;
§ Oversee and supervise staff assisting with mailings and donor acknowledgements
§ Supervise staff and/or contracted fundraising consultants;
§ Coordinate solicitation activities with the Claggett Center staff (the camp and conference center of the diocese);
§ Oversee Diocesan “Legacy” Giving and the Planned Giving Task Force (volunteers) to continue building a planned giving program;
§ Work closely with the Sutton Scholars Advisory Board and other diocesan staff, particularly the Executive Director and diocesan Chief Financial Officer;
§ Develop an annual department budget in coordination with other staff;

§ Keep current with fundraising best practices and faith-based and non-profit trends;
§ Be active in community fundraising organizations for continued education and prospecting (e.g., Association of Fundraising Professionals, Chesapeake Planned Giving Council, The Chronicles of Philanthropy);
§ Perform other related duties as requested.

Qualifications: The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland seeks someone with...
§ Experience as a development professional that includes developing and implementing short-term and long-term strategies;
§ Excellent people skills including experience cultivating donor support, especially
among major givers;
§ An ability to inspire others;
§ Organizational skills and an ability to manage details;
§ Goal-driven, including initiating donor visits and fundraising calls;
§ Familiarity with The Episcopal Church;
§ Strong writing, editing and communication skills;
§ Experience as a professional and/or volunteer working in a non-profit or mission-
based organization;
§ Experience with fundraising oriented Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software with a preference for Databank;
§ Bachelor’s degree and fundraising experience required.

This is a full-time position with flexible hours, great benefits and a collegial, supportive work environment. Some evening appointments/events required. Employer-based benefits provided, including household medical insurance (with no required employee contribution), pension and four weeks of annual vacation.

To apply, please digitally submit a resume, three references, answers to the three essay
questions below and two examples of your professional work, such as a proposal, promotional material, donor acknowledgment letter, event design, or strategic plan and send to the Rev. Scott
Slater, Applications received until position is filled.

Essays: please reply to each in 500 words or less, unless otherwise noted.

  1. Describe how you identify and cultivate new donor relationships.

  2. Describe a successful major donor contribution you recently acquired.

  3. Describe your familiarity and experience with The Episcopal Church or a similar faith-

based organization.

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