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Mission Advancement Officer


San Antonio, TX

Job Type


Posted On

April 19, 2023




Fundraising & Development

Location / Chapter

San Antonio Area




Position Summary

Position Summary

The Mission Advancement Officer is a relationship cultivator extraordinaire. S/he is a champion for the mission of San Antonio Youth for Christ (SAYFC) to acquire new giving partners while building awareness of SAYFC’s work through effectively using the processes and practices provided through YFC’s national development model. S/he helps our giving partners accomplish their philanthropic goals and ambitions through a relationship with our organization. Both relationally gifted and motivated by metrics, the Missions Advancement Officer is energized by proactive conversations that culminate into seeing a potential giving partner introduced to SAYFC’s work, invited to give, and by seeing enhanced missional commitment towards stated benchmarks and goals. Additionally, s/he is motivated by seeing partners become more generous in their ongoing giving, and by seeing lapsed partners re-engage with our mission. S/he is involved in the entire process of bringing in new prospects and cultivating relationships that connect them to opportunities for involvement and financial giving and ultimately life-long partners of San Antonio Youth For Christ.

Essential Functions

Relationship Development (Find > Win > Keep > Lift)

  • Builds relationships through faithful, personalized touchpoints with current and potential giving partners interested in funding SAYFC’s local operations, going beyond mass communications.
  • Graciously and respectfully invites prospects toward financial partnership, and encourages SAYFC staff to do the same
  • Effectively follows-up with attendees of all events, and respondents of all communication, entering information into database, cultivating relationships with new partners, guiding them to involvement with SAYFC operating funding and Launch Chapter funding
  • Pro-actively reaches out to potential giving partners in an effort to inspire participation with YFC’s mission
  • Promotes relational care of all partners to the SAYFC by reporting missional progress, and by expressing gratitude through thank you notes, personal calls, and gifts as appropriate.
  • Secure major gifts at the $2000 and up level with the goal of raising $200,000+ annually.
  • Manage existing portfolio of 60 giving partners and 40 prospects
  • Work with the Advancement department to align efforts and set goals.

Event Support

  • Organizes, Supports and/or executes
    • “Non-ask” donor acquisition tours according to targeted goals
    • “Financial ask” events and strategies according to targeted goals
    • Appreciation events and strategies according to targeted goals
  • Adheres to the STS/BTS Playbook for standards and best practices
  • In partnership with the Advancement Marketing Team, executes acquisition-oriented events on social media channels.
  • Supports in managing invites and RSVP’s to all events.
  • Effectively follows up with attendees of all events, entering information into Salesforce, cultivating relationships with new partners, leading them to involvement
  • Participates in tracking and reporting of data from events, mailing campaigns, etc.
  •  Assembles, empowers, and works with a team of volunteers to execute events.

Donor Communication

  • Utilizes tools and platforms provided by SAYFC’s Marketing department to prepare and send ministry updates to giving partner base in the form of monthly letters, emails, etc.
  • Collects ministry update content from staff, volunteers and kids (i.e. quotes, stories, images, footage) on an ongoing basis to customize monthly or quarterly communications.
  • Social Media posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram once per week
  • Implements lapsed donor communication strategies and personally follow-up, as advised and equipped by the Development model.
  • Implements special communication projects, as assigned

Spiritual Responsibilities

  • 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 SAYFC.
  • Teach and preach from the Holy Bible at SAYFC 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.

SAYFC 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.

Fundraising Responsibilities

All SAYFC employees are expected to regularly and actively participate in faithful activities that advance the stewardship functions of SAYFC

[SAYFC may attach a minimum fundraising goal to certain projects, activities, departments, or individuals. As a Chapter employee, you are given the opportunity to engage people in giving to the Ministry. These funds are used towards the expenses of your budget. It is the responsibility of every chapter employee to maintain a positive account balance with YFC/USA and to be responsible for maintaining and growing revenue stream in the form of regular giving partners. Therefore, following YFC/USA’s policies and procedures for donor development and fundraising is expected.]

Position Requirements

Knowledge & Skills

  • MUST enjoy building relationships—and talking on the telephone!
  • Be comfortable in a public facing role 
  • Be skilled in giving partner recruitment and relationship cultivation 
  • Have the ability to inspire, assemble, and mobilize staff to participate enthusiastically, meeting their fundraising goals
  • Possess the maturity and ability to interact with all types of people  
  • Enjoy developing relationships with people over time
  • Be detail-oriented and committed to tracking every conversation in your database
  • Value and appreciate the power of stories
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to follow a prescribed model while working creatively within its parameters
  • Excited about learning new things
  • Ability to organize and plan events
  • Ability to assemble and empower teams
  • Enjoy networking in your city
  • Work independently and accomplish required tasks
  • Spiritual maturity that will help potential giving partners to discern their next steps in giving and engagement.
  • Willingness to travel around our ministry area.
  • Ability to connect donor with appropriate colleagues for successful results.
  • Preferred experience with Salesforce, and Microsoft Office 365

Must 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).

Credentials Required & Preferred Education

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • A passion and drive for fundraising, sales, customer service, or customer experience is a must
  • Some event planning and management experience. Must be open to meeting new people and provide a positive interaction for them

TRAINING PROVIDED: This role requires training in the See The Story/Be The Story /YFC Champions Playbook pending Best Practice. Participate in YFC/USA required training and other local training as available.


Available upon request

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.