Auburn is a multifaith leadership development and research
center working with secular and faith-rooted justice leaders on a
national scale, as well as at the grassroots level, who exhibit the
drive and potential to awaken the spirit of possibility within each
of us to catalyze change and face the challenges of our fragmented,
Using innovative, research-based methodologies, Auburn equips bold
and resilient leaders to frame the critical conversations of the
day, and to mobilize the public to work across divides to create
the world for which humanity longs. We provide them with education,
research, support, and media savvy, so that they can bridge
religious divides, build community, pursue justice, and heal the
world. Learn more at AuburnSeminary.org.
The Vice President for Development (VP) serves as an
ambassador to interpret Auburn’s vision and mission to an
ever-expanding circle of stakeholders in the United States and
globally. The VP is a key leadership team member and an active
participant in strategic decision-making affecting Auburn Seminary.
They are a partner to the President in fundraising and are
responsible for shaping Auburn’s fundraising and development
activities, including strategic relationships, major gifts, planned
giving, special events, corporate partnership, foundation support,
and revenue generating programming. The successful candidate will
lead in the care and cultivation of current supporters and
philanthropic partners, and help forge new relationships to expand
and diversify Auburn’s funder base.
The VP will have primary responsibility for establishing and
implementing the philanthropic infrastructure needed to pursue
Auburn’s mission in alignment with Auburn’s goals.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develop and support strategic goals with the President, board
members, volunteers, Philanthropic Partnerships, and other Auburn
representatives on all major fundraising activities.
- Manage relationships with prospective major donors and
supervise the team’s work to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit,
steward, track and engage these very important Auburn friends.
- Design and implement growth and retention strategies with
- Work with the President to organize the Board’s giving and
- Oversee and guide the development team focused on setting and
meeting established goals, operational effectiveness, and budgeting
- Work collaboratively with senior leadership and program teams
to create and execute engagement opportunities/events, customize
cultivation and solicitation strategies, and produce collateral
materials aligning with Auburn’s objectives and donors’
- Building on a strong experience base and creative intellect,
design and pursue growth
strategies for existing fundraising channels.
- Provide strategic direction, oversight, and execution to the
Major Gifts, Leadership Gifts, and Planned Giving.
- Identify new opportunities to expand organizational funding
from charitable or earned sources
and design, plan and lead successful new fundraising channel
initiatives based on well-crafted
LEADERSHIP AND TEAM DEVELOPMENT
- Develop and oversee the department’s budget and participate in
the organization’s budget review process, working with leadership
to set, meet, and adjust goals/targets as needed.
- Serve as a key leadership team member and active participant in
decisions regarding Auburn’s revenue development strategy.
- Contribute to the continued growth of the organization through
team development, participation in senior leadership team
discussions, and Board of Director level decisions.
- Participate in Board meetings, and serve as staff resource for
the Board’s Fundraising Committee.
DONOR RELATIONS AND CULTIVATION
- Manage a portfolio of principal donors and prospects; serve as
a frontline fundraiser in cultivating and advancing successful
relationships to secure 6- and 7-figure gifts from individual
donors, foundations, and corporate funders
- Create a comprehensive donor relations plan to support Auburn’s
fundraising efforts including responding to donor concerns and/or
requests, gift acknowledgments, program information, and
- Foster a positive, ongoing relationship with funders and ensure
a long-term relationship is forged by maintaining contact and
proactively educating supporters on outcomes and results of
- Represent Auburn at speaking events, conferences, think tanks,
and other public and private forums, leveraging these opportunities
to advance Auburn’s work.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- A passion for Auburn’s mission.
- A demonstrated commitment to justice; experience working within
or alongside justice movements.
- High level of emotional intelligence and ability to apply
- Exceptional skills in cross-disciplinary collaborative
- Highly entrepreneurial, energetic, and engaging professional
with a track record of building and sustaining successful
- Willingness to travel regularly and meet with partners and
donors outside of normal work hours.
- Autonomous, self-starter with excellent judgment.
- Strong planning and organizational skills, ability to
prioritize, manage time effectively, be flexible and work
effectively under pressure.
- Spectacular interpersonal, written, and verbal skills.
- Knowledge of international and domestic social justice issues
and understanding of the role and importance of religion and faith
in a global society.
- Strong computer skills including funding databases and prospect
- Minimum of 15 years of professional nonprofit experience,
including managing effective fundraising operations.
- Proven success working in a non-profit environment with strong
technical skills and current knowledge of best practices.
- Experience in managing multiple complex revenue streams and
grants management in collaboration with fundraising staff.
- A collaborative and flexible style, with a strong customer
service mentality and a mindset for continuous learning and
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience using Salesforce or similar CRM
- Bachelor’s Degree, Masters strongly preferred.
- Marketing skills/experience a plus.
- Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written.
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment
to Auburn’s mission.
COMPENSATION AND HOURS
Commensurate based on experience and extensive benefits
package. Monday through Friday, 35 hours, currently
temporarily hybrid remote due to COVID-19 and is subject to