About Tearfund USA
Tearfund USA is focused on building deep and strategic
partnerships with individuals, churches, and networks to spur
others to put faith into high-impact action. We work alongside
churches and communities to sustainably overcome poverty and
injustice, meet critical needs, and advocate for fair policies and
practices. We are finalizing a new strategy, business model, and
messaging. And we're preparing to launch for a new level of impact
in early 2023.
A 4-year-old startup rooted in a 50-year movement, we have
access to the expertise and resources of a robust family of
Tearfund organizations and global networks. Together, the 11
Tearfund family agencies work with hundreds of local partners in
nearly 50 countries and annually resource a collective $150M+ in
community support and transformation. We are leveraging Tearfund’s
global learning to imagine a decolonized and justice-framed
approach for the US and around the world that will be unique among
many US-based Christian peers.
Because of our values, we are committed to creating a diverse
institution that honors and celebrates difference and is inclusive
of the communities we serve. Our commitment to diversity stems from
a belief that multiple, different perspectives are necessary to
manifest a full vision of God’s Kingdom through the work we do. We
value people of all backgrounds and strive to build a diverse team
in ability, ethnicity, language, class, age, gender, race, and
We are a woman-led organization with gender parity at the board
and staff levels. We hold deep commitments to gender and racial
justice and equity for our team and partners. We will continue to
work toward a culture where all can fully experience belonging and
freedom to exercise their gifts. We know this is a journey, seek
counsel from experts, and remain committed to the hard work for the
As a committed Christian organization, we seek staff with a
personal relationship with Jesus and an active faith life, able to
affirm the Apostles’ Creed as a statement of faith and with
meaningful church participation.
The Ideal Candidate
You are passionate and committed to responding at a systemic
level to the brokenness in the world today. Jesus and justice are
You believe in the role Jesus called his followers to do,
continuing his work to redeem and restore all of creation. You know
that it is not optional but a function of living out active
You believe in the church–both the local expression and the
universal church, the global body of Christ called to be salt and
light and show God’s love in both word and deed.
You know that mission isn’t passive but active. It gets people
off the couch and out of the house, and you’re excited to invite
people onto more profound personal faith journeys. You know that
fundraising is fundamentally discipleship.
You are wired to collaborate for disruption, innovation, thought
leadership, and change. You are not rigid or territorial.
You are what we jokingly call a “Swiss Army Knife.” You have a
core expertise and experience set in fundraising leadership, but
you are well-rounded and able to contribute to a start-up by
jumping in and out of other functional areas.
You love people and excel at relationships that achieve common
goals. This shows up in your people management, peer collaboration;
and, most importantly, highly successful donor development and
You have business acumen and a ministry heart. You manage the
tensions of keeping the mission the main thing, operational
efficiency, and maximum return.
You are joining a team called to do God’s work in new ways for
the times, and you’re ready to buckle up for the ride! You are ok
with ambiguity and risk and are excited to help make choices on
You are low ego, embrace diversity, dream big, take initiative,
execute well, bounce back from adversity, and celebrate the wins as
This is a new position created to support Tearfund USA’s growth
This role will:
- In partnership with other executives (“execs”), provide thought
leadership and execution management for fundraising (all types of
revenue generation), donor development (relational fundraising),
and as we move into our new strategy, impact investor
- Lead the development and implementation of all fundraising
strategies and management of systems for donor tracking and
- Work closely with the CEO and other execs and interact with the
Board and Board Committees.
- Provide direct and matrixed line management for team members
with fundraising responsibilities, building a larger team as we
- Build and manage direct relationships with prospects, active
major donors, and impact investors.
The schedule and routine work location may be flexible. Ideally,
the candidate would be willing to be based (with relocation support
if necessary) in the Denver metro area to maximize synergies at the
More Detail on Responsibilities
Fundraising Strategy - Collaborate with the execs
and board to develop and lead the organization to execute a clear
multi-segment fundraising strategy and annual plan, including
resource allocation (financial and human) to achieve targets. Work
directly with the Board Fundraising & Marketing (F&M)
Committee and serve as primary F&M executive support.
Fundraising Performance Management - Collaborate
with other execs and team members to design and lead team execution
on fundraising pipeline, journeys, and CRM moves; including
identifying and qualifying prospects, cultivating and soliciting
gifts, and providing acknowledgment and stewardship reporting.
Ensure appropriate processes, metrics, and learning mechanisms are
in place to drive, scale, and communicate fundraising progress.
Monitor functional strategy and business plans.
Fundraising Capacity Development &
Management - Directly manage fundraising staff and
consultants/vendors; recruit and develop the fundraising team
according to growth demands. Cross-functionally collaborate and
provide matrix leadership that leverages other staff resources to
deliver on fundraising plans. Consistently build Board capacity to
engage in fundraising on behalf of the organization.
Direct Donor Development - Cultivate and grow a
direct portfolio of multi-segment donor and key impact investor
relationships. Partner with the CEO, other execs, and Board to
manage their most strategic relationships.
Desired Knowledge, Experience, Skills, and
- Relevant degree(s) and prior work experience in senior
- Experience in FBO/INGO and private sectors preferred.
- Demonstrated success working across multiple segments of
donors: major donors, churches, foundations, other
- Preference for a candidate with a well-developed
donor/philanthropic relationships network.
- Able to work at an exec leadership level as well as hands-on as
an individual contributor to deliver work or jumpstart functions
- High capacity, agility, and output.
- Well-developed people management and coaching abilities.
- Strong verbal and written communication abilities; able to
publicly represent the organization to targeted audiences.
- Able to effectively relate and manage sophisticated donor
- Spanish language fluency would be an added plus.
- Committed, mature Christian with an active relationship with
Jesus and meaningful participation in a local church or faith
community. Prior church/ministry leadership would be valuable.
- Demonstrated lifestyle commitment to Jesus. Passion for
justice. Commitment to Tearfund’s values and beliefs and to living
- Strong interpersonal values and characteristics, able to
successfully work across various cultures, ages, staff levels,
vendors, partners, volunteers, and donors.
- Able to travel domestically and internationally an estimated
25% of the time.
Desired Start Date
Sometime during Q1 of calendar year 2023
The minimum starting salary range is $100,000-$130,000, based on
- Health insurance, with an annual HSA deposit
- Vision and dental insurance
- Life insurance
- Retirement match
- Flexible work schedule and location
- Generous PTO & holidays
Posting will remain active until finalist candidates are
selected. Please apply by November 30 for timely consideration.
To be considered, please apply directly from our Careers