Vice President of Development

Forum of Christian Leaders - Remote position

The Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL) seeks a Vice President of Development (VP) to help lead its development efforts to more effectively fulfill its mission to unite, equip, and resource global evangelical leaders for the renewal of the biblical church.

About the Position

The VP will be a devout Christian who consistently and publicly models the faith and values of the Christian faith. As a key member of FOCL’s leadership team, the VP is primarily responsible for implementation and oversight of stewardship strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and recognitions structures. The VP will coordinate all development efforts through the creation and execution of a strategic major stewardship plan. The VP is responsible for overseeing all activities related to the planning, execution, analysis, control, and evaluation of fundraising and strategic partnerships. The VP will personally meet and envision with existing and prospective stewards. The VP will follow a proven model of encouraging stewards’ own relationship with Christ, understanding their needs and charitable objectives, and inviting them to align their goals in support of FOCL’s mission.

A strong candidate will have exceptional communication skills, demonstrate interpersonal maturity, possess strong analytical and operational skills, and be able to drive and oversee strategic endeavors. The VP will have leadership and management experience to effectively influence development staff and utilize fundraising tools and metrics. The ideal candidate will accomplish this by connecting the mission of FOCL to the joy of the Christian faith. FOCL is positioned for deeper evangelization and formation of its pastors and stewards to meet the needs of the growing global Church.

The VP will manage a development associate, be a member of a collaborative and hardworking team, and must be able to travel up to 30-40% of the time. This full-time position is remote and will report to the President, working closely with the Board as well. Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience, and includes a full benefits package.

About the Organization

The Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL) exists to unite, equip, and resource global evangelical leaders toward the end of world evangelism and the renewal of the biblical church. FOCL’s ministry consists of four components:

  • European Leadership Forum (ELF) Annual Meeting: Held each year in Wisla, Poland, this weeklong event gathers hundreds of evangelical leaders from 45 countries for corporate worship, small-group training, one-on-one mentoring, and fellowship.
  • Forum Initiatives: These spiritual and leadership development opportunities provide intensive, specialized training for small groups of hand-selected evangelical leaders.
  • Forum Movement: Each year, ELF participants lead hundreds of local and regional events that provide specialized training in their own countries, in their own languages. The vast number of these strategies (95%) are organized by ELF participants without direct FOCL involvement. Example:
  • Forum Global: These strategies share Europe’s leadership lessons with the global church and include: the FOCL Online Library, webinars, and global strategies.

Primary Responsibilities

The Vice President of Development’s primary responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Fostering spirited collaboration and faithfulness to Jesus Christ.
  • Directing the creation and implementation of the strategic development plan that oversees all major areas of fundraising.
  • Providing general oversight of FOCL’s development activities and strategies, ensuring alignment with agreed principles, regulations, laws, and policies.
  • Creating strategic stewardship strategies and systems of acknowledgement for engaging, cultivating, soliciting, and retaining stewards.
  • Managing a personal caseload and traveling nationally for face-to-face cultivation and solicitation meetings with existing stewards and steward prospects.
  • Ensuring that the development team achieves its clearly articulated goals, both individually and as a team; managing a development associate.
  • Maintaining accurate and thorough records and using data to refine fundraising objectives and methodologies.
  • Directing research on potential stewards identified by Board members, staff, and other stakeholders.
  • Supporting the preparation of all content and materials for fundraising programs, including proposals to stewards and steward prospects, recognition/acknowledgment materials, appeal letters, etc.
  • Representing FOCL at major events.
  • Supporting the President, as needed.

Key Qualifications

10+ years of relevant nonprofit and development experience is required, including experience directly cultivating major donors, and, preferably, have proven track record of conceiving and achieving strategic goals, and directing others to success.

  • Strong personal commitment to Christ, a positive Christian witness and servant’s heart, willingness to sign annually FOCL’s evangelical statement of faith
  • Close personal alignment with FOCL’s mission and values
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to manage multiple relationships to build long-lasting partnerships
  • Ability to take initiative and inspire others
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and staff to drive decision-making
  • Strong analytical and strategic-thinking skills
  • Proficient at managing projects, organized, and attentive to deadlines
  • Motivated by strategic innovation and highly adaptable
  • Proficient in CRM fundraising database, preferably Salesforce
  • Prior cross-cultural experience not required, but a plus
  • Ability to travel up to 30-40%

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