The Director reports directly to the President of the Seminary. The Director is an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees’ Institutional Advancement Committee and when requested, provides reports directly to the Board of Trustees.
The Director supervises a full-time Director of Marketing and Communications, full-time Development Officer, and a half-time administrative assistant
The Executive Director of Institutional Advancement will manage the overall operations of development, alumni relations, local community relations, and institutional communications. The Director will strategize and actively work to build relationships with a variety of constituents, enlisting financial support for the Seminary and serves as a member of the President’s Leadership Team
The Director oversees the Institutional Advancement department and, in consultation with the IA staff and President:
Establishes schedules and a yearly calendar of departmental activity.
Determines specific assignments and responsibilities for members of the department.
Creates and monitors goals at both the departmental level and the individual level.
Develops, leads, and executes comprehensive fundraising plans for the Bethany fund, a multi-year comprehensive financial campaign, and other special projects.
Travel extensively to nurture and develop donor relations and to represent the Seminary.
These actions shall be consistent with the overall policies of the Seminary as established by the Board of Trustees
Bachelor’s degree is required, and master’s degree is preferred. Fundraising experienced is preferred and location is negotiable. The ability to work effectively with many diverse constituencies in a religious environment should be evident, and knowledge of Church of the Brethren values and practice is beneficial
Additional Salary Information: Based on experience and education
About Bethany Theological Seminary
Bethany Theological Seminary provides a context in which students devote their spiritual and intellectual gifts to disciplined study, worship of God, and practice as they prepare for leadership in the church and world through Incarnational education. The aim of Incarnational education is to help us understand and experience what it means to abide in the Creator and for creation through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, as described in John 15:4 and 1 John 4:13. Such education opens us to God’s transforming work within us individually and extends through us to contribute to the healing and flourishing of God’s reality in a world plagued by greed and violence. In Bethany courses, students do not simply experience teaching and learning about scripture, history, theology, and worship. They are guided by teaching and learning for joyful investigation of questions about faith and public life; critical and compassionate thinking; collaborative study and scholarship; bridge-building dialog; intercultural competence; integration of mind, body, heart, and spirit, innovative reconciliation ministries; and imaginative skills and strategies for peacemaking. Incarnational education prepares stud...ents to be
visionaries who imagine and proclaim God’s reality;
servant leaders and administrators who encourage and guide faithfully;
pastors and teachers who nurture and inspire;
prophets who inform the center from the margins;
ethicists who speak truth to power;
evangelists who spread the gospel;
environmentalists who care for all creation as holy gift;
poets and preachers who are artists of interpretation;
peacemakers who build bridges toward justice.
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