Positions (October)

The LCMS Board for Mission Services seeks to fill the following two positions in the Department of Development Services:

  • Principal gifts officer — south. This position is responsible for raising gift funds for budgeted ministry priorities; developing and implementing a prospecting plan to achieve annual fundraising goals; developing a system of Moves Management for the top 75 prospects to complete a gift in the current fiscal year; making at least 30 monthly contacts to prospective individual donors in an effort to deepen relationships with the respective ministry area, the ministry area board, and staff; and conducting presentations to appropriate groups resulting in major gift acquisitions.

    Essential qualifications include being a member in good standing of an LCMS congregation and a donor to LCMS World Mission (or a willingness to become a donor); possessing a bachelor’s degree with continuing education with an emphasis in fundraising; a willingness to receive additional fundraising education and training; having five or more years of experience with a proven task record and written communication skills.  Other essential qualifications include proven integrity, professional discretion and judgment in confidential matters, a willingness to travel, and being extremely goal-oriented with a tremendous desire to be part of a successful fundraising team.

  • Director, principal gifts officer.  This position is responsible for raising significant major gifts for budgeted ministry priorities of LCMS World Mission. The director also develops and implements a major gifts development plan to achieve annual and campaign fundraising goals; manages a system of Moves Management for the entire principal gifts area; maintains a personal portfolio for the top 75 donors to complete a gift in the current fiscal year; completes at least 15 monthly contacts to prospective individual donors in an effort to deepen relationships; conducts presentations to appropriate groups resulting in major gift acquisitions; and recruits, supervises, trains, and mentors all members of the principal gifts team.

    Essential qualifications include possessing a bachelor’s degree; five or more years of major gifts experience with a proven track record as a development professional; securing six-figure gifts, and having supervisory skills. The qualified candidate must be willing to receive and provide additional fundraising training; an active member of an LCMS congregation; a donor to LCMS World Mission (or be willing to become a donor).  This person must be willing to travel and possess strong oral and written communications skills, proven integrity, professional discretion and judgment in confidential matters, and be extremely goal-oriented with a tremendous desire to be a part of a successful fundraising team.

Send resume, cover letter, and salary history to The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, Human Resources, 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122; lcmsjobs@lcms.org; fax: (314) 996-1121.

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The following institutions of the Concordia University System (CUS) are seeking candidates for positions described below:

  • Concordia College, Bronxville, N.Y., seeks to fill faculty positions in the following content areas: biology, business, English, history, psychology, and religion.

  • Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., seeks to fill the following faculty positions: assistant director of Christian Education; assistant professor of Education; and Systematic Theology.

  • Concordia University Texas, Austin, seeks to fill the following faculty positions: associate director of the Director of Christian Education Program.

For more information about these and other CUS positions, including complete job descriptions, qualifications, and application process, visit http://www.lcms.org/cusjobs and click on “Positions Available at Our Campuses.”

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Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services, Inc. (Bethesda), Watertown, Wis., seeks to fill the position of president and CEO.  In its second century of service, Bethesda provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the United States and in a few other countries.  The person to fill this position will ensure a preeminent level of care to individuals with developmental disabilities while providing an ongoing integral spiritual component.  This individual will also serve as the president and CEO of the Foundation.  For more information about Bethesda, visit www.blhs.org.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable in exemplifying the mission of teaching and sharing Christ’s love while providing supports and services to people with developmental disabilities; represent Bethesda at major Lutheran functions; serve as the liaison with the three Synods; and promote greater involvement of their congregations with the BLHS mission; develop relationships with colleagues in various social service ministries; and evaluate opportunities for partnerships and affiliations with congregations, schools, and other organizations. 

This individual will be an active member of a WELS, ELS or LCMS congregation.  Substantial experience as the CEO or COO of a healthcare institution or social service agency with a budget of at least $30 million is highly desirable.  Qualified candidates may contact Diane Barowsky at (219) 879-8345; (219) 879-8346 (fax); diane@barowskysearchpartners.com.

Posted Sept. 27, 2007

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