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Mission Investment Officer

Where

Remote

Job Type

Full-Time

Posted On

August 1, 2022

Classification

Exempt

Category

Fundraising & Development

Location / Chapter

YFC USA National Service Center

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Position Summary

This position has the primary responsibility of developing, growing, and sustaining donations for YFC's National Service Center as well as supporting key funding initiatives identified by the national strategic plan. The position is solely dedicated to personally cultivating a portfolio of key relationships/major donors & prospects.  

 

The successful candidate is a seasoned development professional with demonstrated success in securing major gifts. S/he should be deeply motivated by YFC's mission to reach young people for Christ and be motivated to grow the Church by reaching young people who are far from the Church.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Works in partnership with Office of the President, as assigned.
  • Always through the leading and empowerment of the Holy Spirit, s/he is responsible for growing and sustaining the NSC’s giving partner base/operating funds.
  • Personally develops and maintains a portfolio of major giving partner relationships valued at $1MM.
  • Plans and participates in each stage of the fundraising cycle to initiate contact with potential and existing major donors; contributes to the development of suitable cultivation strategies; moves prospects and donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward invitation; make invitations; and maintain stewardship and appreciation tactics
  • Maintains all faithful development activities defined by YFC USA’s Development model (as advised and aligned across the movement by the National Development Strategist)
  • Meets or exceeds measurable targets to acquire new partners and ensure all existing partners are faithfully cultivated.
  • Facilitate faithful activities in the areas of:
    • President’s circle relationships
    • Key relationships/major giving partners for the national mission, including conducting research of our wider partner base for major giving potential
    • Monthly partners within the “circle of influence” of fully engaged NSC staff, or that emerge as leads from external marketing strategies provided by the YFC Marketing team
    • Acquiring and maintaining key foundation/grants relationships
    • Occasional national development events
  • Regularly assessing and reporting the progress towards agreed-upon goals and benchmarks. 
  • Maintains records and reports of all development activity, in Salesforce -- YFC’s Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) software for all operations (appointment logging, giving partner information and insights, research, pledge tracking, gift designations).
  • Assists the Gift Processing team in clarifying giving partner intent/designation where necessary, or by refining established policies from time-to-time in coordination with the Finance Department. 
  • Works with the NSC staff to implement capital campaigns, as designed and requested by the executive team.
  • Collaborates and coordinates with staff in all departments to maximize donor relationships and philanthropic giving
  • Completes and assesses prospect research
  • Actively manages and grows their portfolio of donors
  • Speaks knowledgeably about Youth for Christ and serves as an ambassador in the community.
  • Participates in projects as assigned.

Position Requirements

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. 

Additionally, 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. 

Fundraising Responsibilities:

Always through the leading and empowerment of the Holy Spirit, this is the directly responsible individual for growing and sustaining the NSC’s giving partner base/operating funds, which currently provides over $5M annually for NSC operations. 

All YFC employees are expected to regularly and actively participate in faithful activities that advance the stewardship functions of YFC/USA. These activities will include—but are not limited to— extending invitations to fund raising events, recruiting personal circle of influence/YFC donor contacts, sending letters, handwritten notes, personal calls, and personally ministering to donor contacts. 

Knowledge and Skills:

  • A proven track record in fundraising results, with experience in annually growing and managing a < $500K major gift portfolio. 
  • Expertise in Kingdom fundraising philosophies and principles.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to make decisions and exercise good judgment in a changing environment with ability to anticipate future needs.
  • Must have a strong customer service orientation, earning trust of giving partners and team members alike.
  • Relational but sales-oriented person. Driven by the need to resource a critically important mission of reaching kids, while respecting the stewardship priorities of all our giving partners. 
  • Ministerial – able to minister to giving partner’s personal needs and to help disciple their walk with Christ, especially as it relates to generosity in God’s Kingdom.
  • Seeks authentic Christ-Centered relationships with people of various backgrounds, fosters an inviting environment and empowers historically marginalized groups and indigenous populations (within the local context), through active listening, inclusion, advocacy for those who are vulnerable and respect of others’ experiences. (Kingdom Inspired Diversity).  
  • 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)

Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Certifications in Kingdom-oriented fund development a plus
  • 5-7 years’ experience in fund development, sales management, or donor relations, ideally in an in-house leadership role within a complex nonprofit entity

Benefits

Our comprehensive benefits package includes:

Paid Time Off Program

Paid vacation

Paid sick days

10+ paid holidays

Paid week off between Christmas and New Years

Health & Welfare Benefits

Medical, Vision, Dental

Long Term Disability

403(b) Retirement Savings Program & Matching Contribution

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.