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Positions at LTSP:

LTSP is an excellent place to work. The seminary’s park-like campus in the Mt. Airy section of Northwest Philadelphia is convenient to both Septa Chestnut Hill East and Chestnut Hill West lines. The Septa Route 23 bus stops at the seminary’s door, and commuting by auto is convenient from many main roads.

  • As a member of the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries, the Cluster at times offers joint positions based at one of the cluster seminaries.


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Vice President for Mission Advancement

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The Vice President for Mission Advancement leads a dedicated multidisciplinary team charged with defining and achieving an ambitious and innovative results-based strategy for the seminary’s fundraising efforts and developing and maintaining strong relationships with Board members, alumni, constituents, and donors.

Key responsibilities include overseeing the seminary’s annual appeal, major gift solicitation, and planned giving strategy as well as directing capital appeals. In addition, the VP for Mission Advancement will provide leadership to the seminary’s foundation, work with the board Finance Committee and VP for Administration and Finance to develop realistic budgets based on anticipated philanthropic revenue, represent the seminary and president at key events, and participate collaboratively on the president’s Senior Administrative Council which exercises primary responsibility for achieving the seminary’s mission to educate public leaders for a public church.

Qualifications and Key Competencies:
The Vice President for Mission Advancement will be an experienced leader with demonstrated success in planning innovative and successful fundraising strategies, cultivating major donors, making compelling requests for contributions, and closing on major gift proposals. Candidates for this position are expected to have a minimum of 10 years of experience in major and planned giving in a non-profit, church, or higher education environment. A minimum of a BA or BS in required, CFRE certification is preferred, and an advanced degree in a relevant field or theological education is desirable.

In addition, VP for Mission Advancement is expected to possess the following attributes and experience:
· Mid to senior management level non-profit experience in the areas of resource development and strategic planning.
· Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills with the ability to relate effectively to a broad range of constituents including Board members, clergy, alumni, faculty, staff, and community leaders.
· Overall knowledge of planned giving and charitable gifts regulations for non-profits.
· Experience in working with communications, media/public relations and governmental constituents.
· A collaborative management style, with a strong commitment to the development of staff members.
· Experience with data management software (Raisers Edge or similar constituent management database).
· Experience in grant writing, budget management, and strategic planning.

Primary Position Functions:
1. Partner with the President to develop and execute fundraising strategies and implement comprehensive strategic planning to advance the seminary’s mission.
2. In consultation with the Vice President for Administration & Finance, prepare fiscal year budget.
3. Direct routine department activities that will foster improved teamwork.
4. In collaboration with Information Technology, maintain innovative database tools that will provide enhanced
Philanthropy reports for donor base, gifts, pledges, client information, and staff productivity.
5. Manage a portfolio of the seminary’s current and prospective donors, alumni, and constituents.
6. Steward Board members to achieve 100% philanthropic support.
7. Make personal visits with individual donors and alumni to share the mission and cultivate relationships
aimed at soliciting annual fund and major gifts.
8. Represent the seminary at congregations, conferences, synods and other settings.
9. Work in collegial partnership with counterparts, including but not limited to the Eastern Cluster, ELCA
Seminaries, Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE).
10. In consultation with HR, manage staff hires, terminations, job descriptions, and annual written performance
evaluations, and provide guidance and support that will motivate staff to meet fundraising goals.
11. Coordinate the development of grant proposals to secure funding for the program initiatives of the
12. In coordination with communications, prepare seminary content to be used in marketing, media/public
relations, print materials, and website and social media content.
13. Provide timely reporting to outside agencies as required (ATS, MSCHE, ELCA).

This position requires frequent travel. Access to department vehicle.

Position Status:
This is a full-time staff appointment); the employee classification is exempt. As a staff employee, will accrue choice-days (PTO) per fiscal year.
Resumes will be accepted through January 15, 2015. Submit the following, cover letter, resume, salary requirement, professional references to: or mail to Human Resources – VP for Mission Advancement, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119. LTSP is an EOE.

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