Director of Development

Director of Development

Lay Position
Trinity School for Ministry
Short Description

Trinity School for Ministry is seeking to hire a Director of Development.  

Purpose: To serve as chief fundraising officer with responsibilities to collaboratively set and achieve specific fundraising goals to support operational and project gift income needs; work closely with the Dean/President in designing strategic plans and implementation of the seminary’s vision; oversee the Director of Planned Giving, Development Operations Manager, and Development Assistant.   

Reports to: Board of Trustees and Dean/President.  

Principal Duties include: Achieve defined annual gift income and capital projects; review and evaluate Advancement metrics with Dean/President; design two-year modules of fundraising to include mailings, social media, visitations, and innovative ways to express Trinity’s mission; build donor relationships; develop new donor base; plan discovery visits to secure major gifts; prepare department reports; supervise/oversee the Development Department Staff; develop a personal portfolio of key giver/potential giver relationships; solicit gifts through visits and phone calls; create a comprehensive list of potential prospects; prepare timely proposals and grants; provide fund support for North American Lutheran Seminary; communicate fundraising progress, goals, and program growth to Board of Trustees, Advancement Committee, and Deans; prepare and present reports to Board of Trustees detailing fundraising goals and performance.  

Knowledge, skills, and abilities include: Strong Christian-based faith; high relational capital and comfort with significant asking; proven success with running a capital campaign; high-energy capacity; strategic thinking; persuasive writing and speaking; traveling by plane or car; working at a desk for extended periods of time; analyzing results; possessing a passion for Trinity’s mission; signing and adhering to Trinity’s Statement of Faith and Covenant.  

Education and Experience: Successful direct experience in gift solicitation and team management.  Competitive wage and excellent benefit package offered. 

Contact Instructions
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and three(3) letters of recommendation to Elaine Lucci, HR Administrator, at