The Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), has an opening for a part-time Director of Advancement-Canada. The purpose of this position is to meet the advancement goals for the denominational office, congregational services, The Banner, other relevant ministries in Canada, and the CRCNA – Canada Foundation. In partnership with leaders of ministries in Canada and congregational services staff, the focus will be on growing the resources available to these ministries from congregations through ministry share and above ministry share giving, and from individual and major donor gifts through relationship building, advancement campaigns, and direct mail solicitation.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Provide leadership, working closely with the Advancement Director and various Canadian ministry and congregational services staff to communicate the vision, mission and goals of these ministries among constituents (churches, members, and supporters) of the CRC to generate gifts – restricted and unrestricted – to fund ministry contextualized to Canada through donor relations with congregations and individuals. and to assist a greater number of members in Canada and the US to work with Christian Stewardship Services and the Barnabas Foundation by:
a. Give leadership to the development of short, medium, and long-term advancement goals of these ministries and the CRCNA – Canada Foundation.
b. Identify and personally cultivate healthy stewardship-focused relationships whereby individuals, foundations, and congregations are invited to enthusiastically participate in opportunities to help accomplish ministry goals and drawing ministry leaders and the Canadian Ministries Director, and the Executive Director into these relationships as appropriate.
c. With the leadership and program staff in Canada, develop, plan and implement direct mail and on-line campaigns in close collaboration with ministry support services.
d. Write and apply for grants to advance ministry opportunities and demand.
e. Initiate research, teamwork and collaboration with the CRCNA Advancement staff in Canada through participation in the Canadian Advancement Team and across North America through regular collaboration with the US Advancement Director, Advancement Services staff, Communications staff, and ministry support services to identify new opportunities for advancement and fundraising without working at cross-purposes with advancement personnel of various CRC agencies.
f. Collaborating closely with the Advancement Director for Congregational Support Services and the CRCNA Foundation on relevant North America binational advancement initiatives.
Work alongside the various ministries and in light of Ministry Plan goals ensure the vision, mission and stories of ministry are communicated systematically in accordance with an annual fundraising plan to classes, congregations, church members, foundations and other ministry friends.
Promote planned giving opportunities, particularly through working with Christian Stewardship Services
Represent Canadian Ministries, Congregational Support Services and the CRCNA Canada – Foundation on the CRCNA Advancement Advisory Council as needed.
Provide staff support to the Board of Directors of the CRCNA – Canada Corporation and the CRCNA – Canada Foundation as needed.
In addition to knowing and serving in the roles outlined herein, this person should have a basic understanding of all the agencies represented through the Christian Reformed Church North America, to speak well of each and affirm them as they collectively strive to be a diverse family of healthy congregations, assemblies, and ministries expressing the good news of God’s kingdom that transforms lives and communities worldwide (CRCNA Vision).
- Professing membership in a Christian Reformed congregation, or of a church in ecclesiastical fellowship with the CRCNA, and agreement with the doctrine of the church signified by signing a covenant statement.
- Commitment to the vision and goals of the various Canadian ministries, congregational services, and the CRCNA – Canada Foundation.
- Self-motivated and goal oriented with evidences of self and team accountability.
- Demonstrated fundraising skills.
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Ability to travel (equivalent of up to 12 weeks)
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- At least four years advancement experience with proven effectiveness in fund raising and communications.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.