Director of Annual Giving, Operations, and Stewardship

Chicago Theological Seminary | Chicago, IL
Date posted: August 7, 2019
Director of Annual Giving, Operations, and Stewardship
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Contact Phone: 773.896.2400
Deadline: Friday, August 16, 2019


Chicago Theological Seminary, a seminary affiliated with the United Church of Christ, serves God, Christ’s Church, multiple faith communities, and the larger world by educating persons theologically and cultivating the intellectual, pastoral, and spiritual capacities of lay and ordained religious leaders, scholars, and activists who contribute to the increase of justice and mercy.


Chicago Theological Seminary is seeking a permanent, full time Director of Annual Giving, Operations, & Stewardship. This position reports to the Vice President for Advancement and performs the following key job functions:

  • Develops and implements an annual individual giving program strategy and calendar for gifts under $5,000 in order to achieve or exceed departmental goals for donor numbers, alumni participation, and revenue
  • Develops, project manages, and implements 3-6 integrated digital and print solicitation campaigns annually
  • Develops and executes 3-6 mass stewardship communications each year
  • Strategizes and implements annual giving opportunities in conjunction with institutional events, or consults with team members to manage
  • Oversees database manager in charge of Raiser’s Edge NXT database, and develops guidelines and best business practices for Advancement team with regard to gift processing, data entry, permissions, mailing lists, data enrichment, and security
  • Oversees (with the database manager) the work of the data-focused student development worker to ensure accuracy and compliance with departmental guidelines
  • Works with communications staff, agency, vendors, and others to develop compelling, high quality solicitation and stewardship messaging
  • Reviews annual giving donors to find prospects in need of personal outreach and/or suitable for major or planned gift solicitations for inclusion in a feeder pool of prospects to the portfolios for the VP and major/planned gifts staff
  • Monitors donor and revenue numbers on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and adjusts strategies to maximize donor retention and acquisition
  • Develops training opportunities for Advancement team or others in institution with regard to assisting with annual giving goals and database guidelines
  • Works with the administrative assistant or appropriate staff person on strategies to maximize community (faculty, staff, student) giving
  • Works with alumni engagement staff to strategize alumni specific solicitations, communications and engagement to maximize alumni giving
  • Oversees gift processing according to best practices and IRS guidelines, functions as backup gift processor, and ensures that gifts are processed and acknowledgeed in a manner that ensures accurate reporting and information flow to the accounting department
  • Oversees reporting efforts of the database manager to provide reports and analytics for
  • Oversees the database entry work done by Advancement student employees to ensure accuracy and compliance with guidelines
  • Develops departmental organization processes surrounding stewardship reporting and ensures that required stewardship activities are implemented and documented.


Education/Training: Bachelors’ degree or equivalent of training and experience.

Experience: 6+ years of development experience required, including specific annual giving experience. A high level of proficiency with Microsoft Office products is required, and proficiency in Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge donor database is strongly preferred. Fluency in website editing, mass email communications through Mail Chimp, and social media expertise is also required.

Commitments: Ability to embrace and articulate the institutional commitments found at:

Time/Travel Requirement: Full time 35 hour per week position with generous paid time off and excellent benefit package. Some weekend and evening hours may be required and some remote work may be allowable. Travel generally not required, but travel opportunities for professional development or business opportunities could be available.

Skills and abilities: Must have a high level of attention to detail with a critical degree of accuracy and strong strategic analysis skills; good interpersonal and organizational skills; excellent writing, marketing, and communication skills and ability to think strategically and creatively; ability to prioritize work and perform multiple tasks simultaneously while adhering to deadlines; good problem-solving;; ability to take responsibility, to work well with a team and independently and to manage others; ability to understand directions and complex policies and procedures; ability to deal with confidential data.


To Apply – Please submit a current résumé, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references, to

Application materials are being reviewed. Search is open until position is filled.

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