The primary role of the Senior Development Officer serving the Austin/San Antonio Region is to secure major gifts from individuals and churches within his/her assigned region. In addition to building and maintaining authentic relationships with the agency’s strongest supporters, this position nurtures important relationships with volunteers, Ambassadors (voluntary church advocates), pastors and church leaders.
•Maximize philanthropic support for the agency’s annual fund from individual major donors.
•Seek gifts for capital maintenance and capital campaigns as opportunities are approved.
•Seek gifts for the agency’s endowment fund as opportunities are approved.
•Maximize gifts by effectively cultivating and soliciting gifts in person.
•Maximize philanthropic support from churches, church related groups, and service organizations through effective cultivation and solicitation.
•Speak frequently during the week, evenings and on weekends telling the PCHAS story at church events, service organization meetings, presbytery meetings and worship services.
•Effectively host an annual fundraising luncheon in your assigned region, including the key role of recruiting and training donors to serve as Table Hosts.
•Effectively recruit and train “Ambassadors,” volunteers who serve as PCHAS representatives in their home churches and service organizations.
•Meet or exceed annual fundraising goals for one’s assigned region. Monitor progress towards stated goals using the weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual gift reports prepared by central staff in Austin.
•Coordinate of agency participation in Amplify Austin.
•Write call reports for all donor visits and meaningful phone calls.
•Participate in the weekly Development Team conference calls.
•Perform other job related duties as assigned.
•A college degree is strongly preferred.
•Demonstrated 3-5 years of work experience and documented success in the areas of major gifts, planned gifts, and/or special events is strongly preferred.
Licenses and Certifications
Certification as a professional fund-raiser, such as CFRE, is desirable, but not required.
Knowledge and Skills
•Knowledge of how to cultivate and solicit major gifts.
•Knowledge of how to organize special events, such as an annual fundraising luncheon.
•Flexibility in interpersonal style in order to accommodate working with various constituencies.
•Knowledge of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and ECO Presbyterian Church is welcomed.
Development activities are carried out in a variety of settings. Some functions are performed in an office environment while others occur in a donor’s home or place of business. Travel is required and opportunities to meet with donors and potential donors often occur in the evening and on weekends. There is a need to lift, move or transport boxes of development materials on occasion that may weigh up to 40 lbs.
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services is a faith-based Christian organization. We provide Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need. We strive to serve like Jesus. We meet our clients where they are and treat them with respect. We focus on our clients’ strengths rather than their problems. And we encourage our clients to focus on their future rather than their past. When we do this well, we help our clients find hope and know the love of God.