Full Job Description
Are you looking for a career that checks all the boxes? A career that motivates and stretches your talent? A career that offers you the flexibility to pursue growth and accomplishment while maintaining a balance to continue to pour into your passions? A calling that gives purpose and meaning to your life while helping others around the globe eternally change theirs? We know you have options out there that will check most of the boxes, but at Lutheran Hour Ministries, we believe that not only do you deserve to have them all, but that you need them all. When your career aligns with your values and goals, you are empowered to grow and succeed!
Allow us to introduce ourselves: Lutheran Hour Ministries is a trusted resource in global media that equips and engages a vibrant volunteer base to passionately proclaim the Gospel to more than 150 million people worldwide each week. Through its North American headquarters and ministry centers on six continents, LHM reaches into more than 60 countries, often bringing Christ to places where no other Christian evangelistic organizations are present.
Are you interested in putting your successful fundraising track record to work for a global outreach ministry that uses Christian radio and TV programming, internet and print communications, and other culturally relevant venues and methods to share Christ in more than 50 countries? Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) is seeking a fundraising professional to assist the Chief Development Officer, Major & Planned Gifts in conducting a major gift/planned gift program for Lutheran Hour Ministries. The Senior Ministry Advancement Counselor's (SMAC) primary role is to work within a model of relationship (moves) management in order to identify, cultivate, and steward donor relationships with LHM, leading and resulting in the solicitation and close of current gifts and deferred gifts from existing and new Lutheran Hour Ministries’ donors, maintaining relationships with an average of 120 constituent households. Efforts to secure gifts will be concentrated in a defined geographic location where this person will conduct a major/planned gift program and assist in designing and implementing a long-range and short-range action plan.
Location: The incumbent is not required to live in the greater St. Louis area
The above listing is a full-time position with benefits through Concordia Plan Services. (See www.concordiaplans.org for benefit details: The Church’s Plan.)
For more information on Lutheran Hour Ministries, please visit www.lhm.org.
A deep appreciation for and an ability to successfully articulate the mission and values of Lutheran Hour Ministries
Bachelor's degree – or – equivalent combination of education and experience
At least ten (10) years of experience in direct relationship-based fundraising or equivalent combination of education and experience in fund development or a related field
Demonstrated proficiency using technology to make presentations and manage prospect contact documentation
Available for extensive travel and able to work a flexible schedule as needed, including weekends and evenings
Well organized and a good administrator; able to work independently as well as within a team.
CFRE, other certification, or experience commensurate to provide knowledge of fundraising
programs at this level
Member of a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation and faithfully supports the Synod’s
mission and theology.
Donor of Lutheran Hour Ministries and faithfully supports its efforts
Ability to work in a system that emphasizes results
Excellent communication skills (writing, public speaking, and individually)
Assumes full responsibility for activities and programs assigned by the Director, Major and
Planned Gifts and the Vice President, Constituencies.
Raise funds at a major gifts level (gifts of $10,000 and greater) in support of the ministry. As
such, work toward expected and mutually agreed upon goals and objectives that will annually
address: the number of expected visits, solicitations, active pipeline of donors, and overall
dollars raised in support of the ministry
Serves as the Lutheran Hour Ministries representative and direct contact to planned gift
partnerships of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Foundation in the assigned region
Serves as resource to other Constituent Services staff members, especially the Constituent
Relations Manager, in their respective territories
Assists in marketing and enrollment efforts for the Hoffmann Society, a planned gift donor
Maintains active membership in at least two professional fundraising or development
Professionally stewards all donors and co-worker relationships
Performs other miscellaneous duties as assigned