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Vice President of Development

The Colossian Forum Grand Rapids, MI
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The Colossian Forum (“TCF”) is dedicated to equipping Christians to display the beauty of Christ right at the heart of our most painful conflicts, teaching believers to talk, discern, and act together as Christians in faithful ways that our divided world can no longer imagine. To that end, TCF has fine-tuned an innovative yet proven process for helping the church face into the challenges stemming from cultural conflicts like politics, sexuality, and human origins. Through thought-leadership and programming—including public events, small-group sessions, leader training, and intentional relationships—we prove that divisive issues can become catalysts for intergenerational discipleship and witness.
As a young but well-established non-profit ministry, TCF is positioned to grow dramatically over the next few years both in size and influence. Our vision is for a transformed church—transformed from a place of combative polarization, losing credibility with young people and in larger society, to one that is charitable, thoughtful, and able to engage tough problems. A church that knows that even in disagreements, “all things hold together in Christ” (Col. 1:17).
TCF is embarking on an exciting stage of growth as we seek to spread our message to a wider audience, leading to deeper missional and financial engagement. We are therefore seeking a passionate, relational, missional, and highly motivated Vice President of Development. Although this is a manager-level position, we are open to the right kind of person—not just the person with the most experience. Of course, we value any experience that lends itself to success in this position. But, even without years of development experience, if the mission of TCF draws you and you feel prepared to invite others into our mission through financial and relational gifts, we welcome you to apply. TCF is positioned to invest deeply in the training and growth of the right candidate, helping to ensure the success of TCF’s development efforts.
Reporting to (and in partnership with) the President, the Vice President (“VP”) of Development will oversee and execute TCF’s fundraising efforts to achieve annual revenue goals as defined in the organization’s strategic plan. Through a segmented approach, the VP of Development will manage all activities and programs related to the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donor relationships in support of TCF’s mission. The VP of Development will improve and utilize TCF’s structures and systems to deploy a comprehensive development effort that will sustain and strengthen the organization’s future.
To be successful in this role, the VP of Development will be multi-faceted. We are looking for someone who is a detailed and persuasive writer, has strong interpersonal skills, maintains a consistent and devoted work ethic, and casts a vision for achieving annual revenue goals through a systematic approach of donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. This person will feel comfortable working in an environment that requires the capacity to balance multiple priorities and competing deadlines, while focusing on the organizational goals and desired outcomes. An ideal candidate for this role will also be adept at managing the TCF fundraising plan through specific and coordinated donor segment strategies, monitoring both monetary and non-monetary key performance indicators.
The VP of Development will be responsible for TCF’s strategy to develop and cultivate a growing and sustained support base of individual and corporate donors across the spectrum. Segments include, but are not limited to: entry-level, mid-level, major, foundation/organizational/corporate, and planned giving.
The VP of Development will also be the point person in writing and editing grant proposals to foundations, helping to craft a consistent funding message. The VP of Development will then take the lead on reporting TCF’s progress in achieving the goals pertaining to grants awarded to TCF.
These responsibilities will be achieved primarily through the following essential functions:
* Develop, refine, and execute TCF’s integrated development strategy for all donor segments, including donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and retention (primary activity); * Establish fundraising goals with well-defined objectives, action steps, and performance indicators for each segment to achieve the annual integrated development plan; * Develop an in-depth understanding of TCF’s programming and impact to better promote the organization to donors and ignite a passion for TCF’s mission; * Oversee and conduct extensive segmented donor cultivation activities, including personal visits, phone calls, personal correspondence, direct mail, email, etc.; * Develop a robust entry level prospect identification and cultivation strategy to fuel the organization’s development pipeline; * In conjunction with TCF’s marketing and communications team, develop an integrated communication plan to cultivate, steward, and retain donors within each donor segment, including but not limited to strategies for digital and print media; * Grow online giving through innovative strategies and platforms; * Rigorously track all donor interactions, budgets, expense reports, or other data related to fundraising activities; * Be current in best practices within nonprofit philanthropy, educating and inspiring staff and board members for optimal engagement; and * Travel regionally and nationally up to 20% of the time. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
* A deep resonance with TCF’s mission, as well as a disposition for ongoing learning related to the organization’s mission and purpose; * Strong Christian faith and character, and agreement with TCF’s Statement of Faith as stated in The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed of 381 and the Chalcedonian Definition; * A passion for working on behalf of the Church, with an unshakable belief in the Church’s potential to be winsome in an increasingly uninviting world; * Bachelor’s degree or above, and two years of proven experience working in a culture of excellence and achievement; * Strength in organization, execution, and follow-up, with a proven ability to partner with senior leadership to align organizational priorities and measure success; * Superior interpersonal communication and writing skills; gifting for clearly discussing complex issues in ways that energize listeners; ability to write compelling fundraising letters, acknowledgments, and proposals; * Strong listening skills to hear donors’ and other stakeholders’ passions and an ability to connect those passions to TCF’s mission; * High self-motivation, accountability, and ability to make decisions independently; * Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including occasional nights and weekends; and * Proficiency in or ability to learn Microsoft Office suite and non-profit database management (preferably Salesforce). COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
* Salary: competitive and commensurate with education and experience. * Benefits: competitive package including health, dental, vision, and retirement match. * Professional Development: funds available for training in development best practices and achieving career objectives.
The Colossian Forum is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/D/V).
This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature, and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by the Vice President of Development. It is not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required to do this job.

The Colossian Forum


Grand Rapids, MI

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