Employment: Full-time (40+ hours/week) | Department: Shared Services| Supervisor: Director of Shared Services | Supervises: None | FLSA status: Exempt

Job Description

The Development Officer is responsible for the development and implementation of fundraising strategies to provide for the short- and long-term goals of the Brethren in Christ U.S. Duties include overseeing and managing fundraising efforts, building strong and successful relationships with current and potential donors, maintaining communications with donors, and working with donors and stakeholders to establish legacy gifts for the benefit of the various ministries of Brethren in Christ U.S.

The Development Officer is a ministry position within the Shared Services Department of the Brethren in Christ U.S. The position reports to the Director of Shared Services and will be an integral contributor to, and member of the shared services team, participating in functional strategic projects.

Qualifications & Competencies

  • A vital and maturing relationship with Jesus Christ and a heart for the Brethren in Christ U.S.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the BIC U.S. core values
  • Three years of experience in fundraising for a nonprofit organization highly preferred
  • An understanding of planned giving strategies and tools to maximize donor impact
  • Donor/Stakeholder Focus – Interacts confidently with good interpersonal skills; works well in a team and proficient in collaboration and networking
  • Personal Credibility – Ability to maintain the highest level of integrity and confidentiality
  • Thoroughness – Attention to detail and accuracy and completes tasks in a timely manner
  • Communication Proficiency – Effective oral and written communication abilities
  • Personal Effectiveness – Self-motivated and able to work independently and unsupervised
  • Technical Capacity – Proficiency with the application of information technology in a fundraising setting including use of CRM (Customer Relationship Management) databases, Outlook, MS Office Suite
  • Time Management – Able to organize and administrate simultaneous projects
  • Stress Management/Composure – Skilled in keeping a healthy work/life balance

Essential Responsibilities

  • Works with the National Director, Director of Shared Services, and Director of World Missions to determine the fundraising mission, purpose, and priorities of the Brethren in Christ U.S.
  • Works with the National Director, Director of Shared Services, and Director of World Missions to set one year, five year, and longer-term goals.
  • Works to coordinate the utilization of the planned giving tools offered by the BIC Foundation.
  • Identifies and develops strategic relationships with prospective corporate, foundational, and individual donors.
  • Produces relevant and informative fundraising literature for distribution to donors and the public.
  • Researches and applies to potential sources of grants and non-profit funding.
  • Collaborates with staff on developing fundraising events and donor receptions that effectively communicate the purposes and goals of Brethren in Christ U.S.
  • Ensures timely and accurate follow-up to donors.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential responsibilities.

Physical Demands of the Work Environment

The Development Officer position operates in a church office environment and requires prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and routinely operating standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines. This position requires mobility within the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc. The Development Officer role involves travel domestically, and infrequently internationally, and requires the ability to move outside the office and the visual acuity to operate motor vehicles.

This position recurrently requires remaining in a stationary position, handling or controlling objects, tools, or controls; reaching and stooping; communicating, discerning, and discussing within both public and private contexts. Employee may be requested to lift and carry up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision (such as needed in viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading), distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) reasonable accommodations will be made for qualified persons with disabilities.


This is a full-time position. The expected days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with an hour for lunch. This position will also include working some evenings and weekends as warranted by meetings with donors and stakeholders outside of normal operating hours. Please note that this job description is flexible in terms of emphasis and particular assignments. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Performance Standards

  • Annual performance appraisal
  • Attainment of annual goals established between supervisor and employee

As an employee of the Brethren in Christ U.S. the Development Officer is expected to adhere to the Statements of Christian Life and Practice in the current edition of the Manual of Doctrine and Government, and the Brethren in Christ U.S. Employee Handbook.

Please contact bichr@bicus.org for further information or to submit your resume and cover letter.