The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Wesley
Theological Seminary in the search for a Vice President for
Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Development will
lead Wesley Theological Seminary's advancement program within a
lively and spirited academic and church community. Wesley’s
fundraising program encompasses annual operating support, an
ambitious capital campaign, and endowment and planned giving.
Wesley is a graduate theological school of The United
Methodist Church and a member of the Washington
Theological Consortium. Theological education at Wesley reflects
its joint commitments to its Methodist heritage and to the
ecumenical movement. At the beginning of the 21st century, Wesley
Theological Seminary embraces a renewed global vision of ministry,
as it learns from the experiences of Christians in other lands. It
is open to dialogue with all the world's varied communities, and
welcomes cooperation with all who work for peace and justice.
Wesley Theological Seminary seeks to ground learning in the
scripture and traditions that provide the church's identity in the
gospel, and to prepare students for the practice of ministry.
Therefore, every part of the curriculum is theological in
character, and practically related to the church's life.
The educational process is designed to bring classroom and field
learning into complementary relationship. To accomplish this, the
seminary actively collaborates with local churches, hospitals, and
agencies to provide contexts for the practice of ministry. Church
officials, pastors, and laity help in the training, supervision,
and evaluation of Wesley students.
Since the whole church is called to be in ministry that engages the
gifts and talents of lay and clergy alike, Wesley's degree programs
are tailored to fit varying vocational goals. All reflect an
emphasis on preparing those called to leadership in the
The range of educational programs at Wesley displays its
understanding that all ministers – elder and deacon, lay and
ordained, professional and nonprofessional – are called to proclaim
the reconciling and liberating gospel of Jesus Christ to a broken
world. Beyond its degree programs, the seminary's work of preparing
persons for ministry is carried out in programs of continuing
education for pastors, in lay certification programs, and through
educational programs offered to the community at large. Wesley's
commitment is to equip the whole people of God for the work of
Wesley Theological Seminary seeks a Vice President for Development
with fundraising leadership experience in a seminary, higher
education, religious academic institution, or church setting.
Experience in public relations, prospecting, business development
and negotiation is preferred. A bachelor's degree is required for
this position as is an ability to write persuasively, strong verbal
communication skills, and the ability to interact at the executive
level. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and
résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Wesley
Theological Seminary as well as the responsibilities and
qualifications presented in the prospectus.