Salary Range:$65,000.00 To 70,000.00 Annually
Gordon-Conwell is a multidenominational, protestant graduate
school, unique with its broad array of over 1,300 students and 25
faculty and staff from 78 denominations and over 50 countries. We
offer a residential model of education at South Hamilton, MA (our
main campus); an urban context in Boston, MA; adult educational
models in both our Charlotte, NC campus and our offerings in
Jacksonville, FL; in addition to online and cohort models involving
students from around the world.
Our mission is to prepare men and women for ministry at home and
abroad. Rooted in the gospel and God’s Word, the seminary seeks to
develop Christian leaders who are thoughtful, globally aware,
spiritually mature, and ready for a broad array of ministries.
While being historically orthodox and evangelical, we seek to
address the issues of our times with both relevance to the culture
and faithfulness to Christ and God’s truthful Word.
Reporting to the Vice President of Advancement (Vice President),
the Director of Advancement Services (Director) is responsible for
providing leadership to the Office of Advancement Services
(Office). The Director oversees the development and maintenance of
policies, processes, technology, data, and compliance that support
the various offices and programs of the Department and their
respective goals and objectives. This person manages prospect
research and management and collaborates with the Vice President in
managing the Department’s budget. The Director also supervises the
Assistant Director of Advancement Services (Assistant Director) and
the Office’s student workers.
The Department of Advancement (Department) consists of 12
professionals who provide alumni and donors the opportunities to
partner with the seminary in equipping students for ministry
through its education. The primary form of partnership is through
annual gifts to the Gordon-Conwell Scholarship Fund. This vital
support allows the seminary to fund the scholarships and tuition
discounts it provides in faith to every one of its 1,500 students,
reducing their financial obstacles to ministry.
Policies and Processes
• Direct the development and maintenance of
all Department policies and processes. These include gift
acceptance, grant proposal and management, institutional naming,
gift processing and receipting, alumni and donor communication,
donor reporting, data integrity and security, and gift solicitation
and gift annuity registration compliance.
• Ensure all policies and processes are
documented and included in new Department employee orientation.
Periodically conduct review with Vice President and stakeholders to
confirm their understanding and continued relevance.
Technology, Data, and Compliance
• Serve as administrator for all Department
systems. Collaborate with vendors, users, and the Office of
Information Technology (IT) in resolving system issues. Manage
systems’ users and permissions. Ensure the integrity and security
of data across all Department systems.
• Create and manage fund codes in Raiser’s
Edge and gift reconciliation with Financial Edge. Create and manage
list queries in Raiser’s Edge for alumni and donor communication,
donor reporting, prospect management, and Development Officer
• Identify opportunities to use existing and
new technology to increase Department colleagues’ productivity and
enhance alumni and donors’ experience with the Seminary.
Collaborate with Department colleagues, and IT in proposing and
budgeting priority opportunities to Vice President.
• Collaborate with Department of Finance to
ensure the Seminary’s compliance with gift solicitation and gift
Prospect Research and Management
• Manage donor engagement process. Collaborate
with Development Officers in ensuring accurate relationship manager
assignments in Raiser’s Edge. Create and distribute reports to
Development Officers of completed and past-due engagement activity
and donor and prospects’ development stage. Review with Development
Officers in monthly meetings.
• Collaborate with Development Officers in use
of iWave, Relationship Science, and other research tools in their
prospecting and solicitation activity. Conduct research for key
donors of President and Vice President.
Gift Processing, Receipting, and Reporting
• Collaborate with Assistant Director and
student workers to ensure all gifts are accurately processed and
receipted and key donors are acknowledged by Development Officers
within 48 hours. Support Assistant Director and student workers in
gift processing and receipting as needed.
• Collaborate with Development Officers, Chief
Financial Officer, and Vice President in the creation and
completion of donor gift agreements for restricted and endowed
• Collaborate with Vice President, Development
Officers, Grant Manager, and the Department of Finance in compiling
annual reports to donors of restricted and endowed gifts. Identify
opportunities to streamline reporting.
Supervision and Budget Management
• Create supportive workplace environment for
• Support Assistant Director in pursuit of the
goals and objectives of her or his role. Approve time away from
work. Conduct annual review of work.
• Hire and manage student workers.
• Collaborate with Vice President in managing
• Collaborate with Assistant Director and
Director of Communications & Marketing in approving printed and
electronic communications to be distributed to alumni and
• Administrative skills: Exceptional
administrative, organizational, and planning skills with the
ability to balance multiple and competing priorities in short-term
and long-term objectives.
• Discernment: Strong analytical and
decision-making skills, including the ability to work
independently. Demonstrated ability to recognize and handle access
to highly confidential data.
• Communication and Interpersonal
Effectiveness: Must have excellent written and verbal communication
skills. Demonstrated ability to collaborate and serve in a
team environment that requires collegiality and regular
collaboration across matrixed, multi-campus environment.
• Leadership & Team Management: Ability to
supervise, train, motivate, and manage staff in a high-volume data
entry environment. Commitment to collegiality, diversity,
inclusion, and cultural awareness.
• Technical Knowledge: Experience with
Raiser’s Edge, Airtable, Workato, iWave, Relationship Science, and
SONIS, including competency with Microsoft Office and Microsoft
• Clear understanding of the mission of the
Seminary and willingness to abide by the Community Life Statement
Education & Experience
• Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree
in theology or related area preferred.
• 5-7 years in database management, prospect
research, data analytics and/or related experience required;
Experience with Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge preferred.
• 3+ years of staff management experience
• Accounting experience and budget management
• Experience working in Christian higher
education or graduate theological education preferred.
Please apply through Gordon-Conwell’s Career Center available
Please include these documents in either Microsoft Word or PDF
• A cover letter addressed to Brian Gardner,
Vice President of Advancement, explaining your interest in the
• A formal CV that includes the names of at
least three references.
No hard copy materials, please. Opportunities to interview will
be made available at the search committee’s initiative.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.