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Development Director


Northern Indiana, IN

Job Type


Posted On

September 11, 2023




Fundraising & Development

Location / Chapter

Northern Indiana


Position Summary

Essential Job Functions & Responsibilities:

Develop & Implement Fundraising Strategies

  • Create and execute a comprehensive fundraising plan aligned with YFCNIN’s mission and goals
  • Build and execute strategy to raise money necessary to fund annual operating expenses ($3.4 in FY2024) as well as all current and future strategic efforts to reach young people with the Gospel
  • Identify and pursue diverse funding sources including individual donors, foundations, corporations, planned giving, monthly giving, and more
  • Maximize fund development impact of all fundraising campaigns, events, and initiatives
  • Oversee team ensuring outstanding data management, reporting, and systems

Donor Cultivation and Stewardship

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with current and prospective donors, ensuring effective communication and engagement
  • Develop personalized cultivation strategies to deepen donor relationships and increase giving levels
  • Implement stewardship practices to recognize and appreciate donors, ensuring their continued support and involvement
  • Personally oversee the Fort Wayne footprint of donor relationship 
  • Create and oversee donor experience from beginning to end with the goal of fostering donor trust and donor delight

Grant Management

  • Oversee grant writer in his/her research and identifying of grant opportunities that align with YFCNIN’s programs and initiatives
  • Oversee grant management processes, ensuring compliance with reporting requirements and deadlines

Team Leadership and Collaboration

  • Provide strategic leadership and guidance to the development team, fostering a collaborative and results-oriented work environment
  • Set clear goals and expectations, monitor progress, and provide ongoing support and professional development opportunities
  • Collaborate with other departments and stakeholders to align development efforts with organizational priorities and initiatives
  • Serve on YFCNIN Leadership team

Financial Planning and Budgeting

  • Work closely with the COO and Finance Lead to develop and manage the annual development budget
  • Monitor revenue projections, track fundraising progress, and provide regular reports to the leadership team and Board of Directors

Fundraising Responsibilities

All leaders will be given the opportunity to be involved in the stewardship functions of YFCNIN. These opportunities could include fundraising events, YFC donor contacts, and other opportunities as provided.

Spiritual Responsibilities

Because the overriding religious purpose and mission of Youth for Christ USA is to communicate and introduce the Gospel of Jesus Christ to young people and their families, and in that regard to make, educate and encourage life-long disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is very important that you as an employee in the movement of Youth for Christ be recognized as an associate minister of the Gospel. As an employee of Youth for Christ and an associate minister of the Gospel, YFC expects all employees to:

  • Seek God’s guidance and wisdom, through prayer and meditation, for the organization as a whole as well as for specific ministry initiatives.
  • Participate and lead regular times of prayer, devotion and worship as a regular aspect of your role within YFC.
  • Teach and preach from the Holy Bible at YFC staff meetings, conferences, camps and events.
  • Model empathy, humility and care for all people. This includes promoting equity and inclusion in word and in the practice of faith expression. YFC employees will have an opportunity to be commissioned or licensed as a minister of the Gospel through the established Youth for Christ process, and/or ordained by an outside body recognized by Youth for Christ USA.

Position Requirements

Knowledge & Skills

  • Passion for the mission and values of YFCNIN
  • Strong knowledge of fundraising principles, techniques, and best practices
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively engage and inspire donors and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated leadership and team management skills, with the ability to motivate and develop a high-performing team 
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to develop and execute comprehensive fundraising strategies
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and deadlines

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (master’s degree preferred)
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising or executive sales leadership, with a proven track record of success in securing major gifts, grants, and corporate sponsorships

Quality/Skills We Value

  • An authentic and abiding personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Passionate about seeing lost young teens find hope in Jesus
  • A genuine hope for community transformation
  • Ability to coach, motivate and lead teams of adults & volunteer ministry leaders
  • Spirit of collaboration with like-minded partners (individuals, churches, businesses)
  • High level of spiritual & emotional maturity
  • Strong interpersonal communication & problem solving skills
  • Teachable team player
  • Motivated self-starter
  • Ability to learn mission & relationship based fundraising techniques
  • Ability to build community and team rapport
  • Possesses a general/basic understanding of various cultures and at-risks teens

Software Utilized

  • Google Suite
  • Salesforce

Travel Requirements

  • Often within the region

Scope of Authority

  • YFCNIN revenue budget; development, events, communications, & marketing expenses
  • Supervisor; 4+ employees

YFC Cultural Attributes

Our cultural attributes are not about competency. It is an obedience to the call of Christ on our lives. YFC believes that spiritually healthy adults fosters healthy relationships with our kids. We place a heavy commitment and emphasis on developing and equipping a Christ-centered life marked by Enduring Humility, Relentless Trust, Joyful Camaraderie, Courageous Faithfulness and Kingdom Inspired Diversity. Our leaders are expected to be willing to demonstrate and/or possesses the following:

  • Ability to humbly serve and honor others even in difficult situations with prayer, consistency, transparency, and resilience. (Enduring Humility)
  • Demonstrates proper reliance on God, others, and self through generous giving of time and skills, by collaboratively incorporating others’ ideas, welcoming candid input, recognizing others’ need for grace and extending forgiveness and empathy. (Relentless Trust)
  • Prioritizes others’ needs for a missional outcome, characterized by joy, with active listening and problem-solving skills, while encouraging and empowering fellow believers. (Joyful Camaraderie)
  • Trusts God with new approaches and changes, and communicates needs and limits with emotional intelligence*, while seeking confidence and wisdom in Christ. (Courageous Faithfulness)
  • Seeks and fosters authentic Christ-Centered relationships with people of various backgrounds and an inviting environment and empowers historically marginalized groups and indigenous populations (within the local context), through active listening, inclusion, advocacy of those who are vulnerable and respect of others’ experiences. (Kingdom Inspired Diversity)

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EOE Statement

YFC is classified as an Association of Churches and as such our hiring practices reflect that designation. As a religious nonprofit organization, Youth For Christ incorporates within each leader role, the requirement to model, teach, share and live the faith. The relationship between YFC’s mission and each of its leaders is its lifeblood and as such does at all times and in all instances reserve the right to make employment decisions based upon a person’s religious beliefs, personal character and lifestyle consistent with our understanding of the Bible or with our overall goals and requirements for Christian ministry.

We seek to create a workplace that is intentional about Kingdom Inspired Diversity. Our commitment to our employees extends to their opportunities for growth, development, promotion, training and compensation.

We will make reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with known disabilities, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to the organization.