Major and Planned Giving Officer

Please send cover letters and resumes to jobs@fourthchurch.org.
No phone calls, please.


The Major and Planned Giving Officer is responsible for the development, management, and execution of fundraising plans and programs targeting major donors ($5,000 to $10,000+ givers) and planned-giving donors to support Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights.

In collaboration with the Director of Development and other key stakeholders, the Major and Planned Giving Officer will assist in building a major-gift pipeline program and building and soliciting a portfolio of donors affiliated with Fourth Presbyterian Church. Under the direction of the Director of Development, the Major and Planned Giving Officer will be responsible for conceiving and developing a broad-based planned-giving program.

Responsibilities
Under the direction of the Director of Development, the Major and Planned Giving Officer will work closely and collaboratively with all members for the Resource Development Team, various clergy and program directors, as well as volunteers and lay leaders to execute campaigns, projects, and initiatives designed to meet the financial goals of both Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Working with the Director of Development to develop comprehensive strategies for engaging major and planned-giving donors, developing relationships and stewarding gifts.

  • Identifying, qualifying, cultivating, and soliciting a portfolio of major and planned-giving donors and prospects.

  • Developing and managing the execution of appropriate cultivation and solicitation strategies to secure gifts.

  • Leading the development and execution of a year-round planned-giving program focused on raising awareness of planned giving and providing cultivation and stewardship for current planned-giving donors.

  • Collaborating with Development team colleagues and other internal stakeholders to further develop donor relationships.

  • Writing letters, appeals, proposals, reports, etc., as needed to engage donors.

  • Providing staff support to internal groups and stakeholders related to targeted or restricted giving opportunities (e.g., new members, various mission initiatives, Congregational Life groups, etc.).

  • Proactively working with colleagues to ensure donors are engaged appropriately and relationships are managed and stewarded properly.

  • Tracking and evaluating program progress and providing regular reports for colleagues and leadership.

General Office Management Responsibilities

  • Serving as an active member and resource to the Resource Development Committee and other work groups as assigned.

  • Serving as a resource to event-related volunteer committees and Development team colleagues as needed.

  • Other duties as assigned or needed.

Schedule

  • 40 hours per week

  • Some evening and weekend availability may be required (planned in advance)

Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree and a minimum of three to five years of development experience required, with particular interest in demonstrated experience working with individual donors and soliciting donations.

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to articulate the mission and vision of Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights with diplomacy and professionalism to a variety of constituencies.

  • Ability to understand and utilize donor data and financial information to effect sound decisions and strategies.

  • Experience and comfort working in complex multilayered organizations.

  • Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion when handling confidential information and managing interactions with donors and colleagues.

  • Self-starter with demonstrated experience in managing projects from start to finish, on budget, and on time.

  • Entrepreneurial spirit; interest in building and creating programs and initiatives.

  • Demonstrated experience in getting work done in working in collaboration with staff and volunteer committees.

  • Experience and proficiency with constituent management databases and Microsoft Office required.

  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule to accommodate committee meetings, Sunday Coffee Hour events, and other evening commitments during busy seasons.

  • Comfort working in a multicultural, faith-based environment.

Please send cover letters and resumes to jobs@fourthchurch.org.
No phone calls, please.