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Director of Stewardship and Fundraising Job Description


Position Description  

The Director of Stewardship and Fundraising is a full-time position responsible for the creation and execution of all fundraising programs and activities to achieve the objectives of the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. Working alongside the Rector and Stewardship Committee, the Director is responsible for overseeing the Annual Stewardship Campaign, working to deepen existing relationships with parishioners, developing relationships with new parishioners and donors, and facilitating a program of planned giving. This is a full-time position that offers a competitive compensation package and excellent benefits.


About Bethesda-by-the-Sea

Bethesda is a large and thriving Episcopal parish located on a beautiful campus in Palm Beach, Florida. Founded in 1889, Bethesda has more than a thousand members and an annual budget of approximately $4 million and an endowment of $18 million.



The Director of Stewardship and Fundraising reports to the Rector. 


Essential Job Functions:  

  • Working with the Rector to cultivate major gifts and seeking out prospective major gift donors.
  • Developing and coordinating the Annual Stewardship Campaign, in concert with the Rector and Stewardship Committee, to implement the campaign, including communications, follow-up, and thank you letters.
  • Serving as staff liaison to the Stewardship Committee.
  • Working with staff and volunteers to coordinate fundraising events and dinners.
  • Coordinating activities and working with consultants around future capital campaigns.
  • Assisting leadership in designing and implementing new strategies to engage parishioners.
  • Overseeing the research and applying for eligible grant opportunities within our policy guidelines and working with staff to track and report to third parties for all grants.
  • Keeping donors and prospective donors informed about the church's mission, needs, and gift opportunities.
  • Preparing and distributing reports and communications as required.
  • Working with the Stewardship Committee to create and implement a planned giving program.
  • Maintaining data base for all donors, gifts, pledges, receipts, statements, and thank you notes.
  • Assisting the Finance Committee in preparing and managing the Stewardship line item in the operating budget.



  • Bachelor’s Degree (required).
  • Minimum 3 to 5 years demonstrated successful fundraising experience.
  • Demonstrated successful cultivation of major gifts.
  • Demonstrated successful use of volunteers and committees to meet objectives.
  • Excellent organizational, written, and oral communication skills, as well as Microsoft Office and CMR database platform experience.
  • Evening and weekend work occasionally required, as well as potential travel.
  • Familiarity with Palm Beach philanthropy and church fundraising a plus.



  • Commensurate with experience.
  • Health benefits included.

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