CWS Employment Opportunities

Position Title: Director of Foundation Gifts

Reports To: Director of Resource Development and Marketing
Team: Resource Development Department
Location: Washington, DC
Grade: 7
Starting Salary: $65,000
Status: Exempt; Non-Bargaining Unit
Deadline: February 1, 2013

Send resume to:

Church World Service
P.O. Box 968
Elkhart, IN 46515

Fax: 574-266-0087

When submitting your resume and cover letter, please include the Position Title in the subject line of your email.

Church World Service is an EEO/AA employer.  In keeping with our commitment to have a culturally diverse community, Church World Service does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identification, religion, age, disability or veteran status in employment or the provision of services.

Primary Purpose:

Has primarily responsibility to oversee efforts to raise adequate funds to maintain and expand foundation and corporation giving and support to Church World Service and programs. The incumbent seeks foundation contributions that are compatible with the overall development strategy and mission of Church World Service and its partners.  The incumbent researches, develops and writes proposals for submission to funding sources and collaborates with other CWS staff and partners to ensure CWS meets any reporting requirements.  The incumbent will be a self-starter who works well with minimal supervision. Will represent Church World Service

Essential Duties:

Work closely with the Director of Development and Humanitarian Assistance.
Research past and current giving patterns and sectors of priority interest of foundations and corporations, including deadlines for submission of grant proposals. 
Contribute ideas, thoughts and strategies for diversifying foundations and corporations who have the capacity and underlying goal of supporting an agency such as CWS. 
Write, review and edit grant proposals to ensure all requirements are met.
Travel as needed to meet with donors, foundations and corporations, attend meetings and collaborate with other CWS staff, as required. 

Conduct follow-up with appropriate foundation staff.

Strengthen organizational relationships with regional and family foundations through timely submissions and securing all requested information relevant to grants solicited or approved.

Ensure reporting requirements are met for any projects for which foundation and corporate contributions are secured, as well as reports required by Community Resource Program and the Resource Development Department Major Gift program.

Develop and maintain a database that includes information on all foundations/corporations which have been researched and/or to whom CWS has submitted proposals.
Ensure adherence to Church World Service funding protocols.
Prepare and submit regular monthly reports on grant development activities as well as when requested.
Collaborate with other fundraising staff in DHA, IRP and RDD to coordinate and not duplicate fundraising goals, efforts or strategies.and provide leadership to the CWS Grants Working Group, as requested.
Perform other related duties and special projects as requested.


Bachelor’s degree in a related field and/or relevant work experiences.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years experience in proposal development and writing and/or comparable professional skills, including with regionally based or family foundations.  Experience at writing proposals to generate revenues from foundation and corporate donors as well as churches, preferably for a faith-based organization.


Communications: Demonstrate “transparency of information” by articulating program strategies, priorities, standards and expectations to staff and stakeholders.  Communicate by example a personal commitment to CWS values.  Represent CWS in varied forums, effectively interpreting its mission, values and programs and inspiring audiences to support its work.  .  Conduct negotiations with local stakeholders with integrity and sensitivity, ensuring all relevant information is clearly communicated and documented.  Provide critical insight, perspective and expertise.

Constituent Relationships: Manage relationships with stakeholders and work within their structure to identify programmatic linkages, plan and implement services and activities, and coordinate resolutions to problems.  Identify potential foundation and corporate donors with whom to build relationships and flesh out details of those relationships within the context of CWS’s mission, values and policies.  Participate in developing recommendations and implementing policies governing relations with stakeholders.  Resolve issues of concern to maintain effective constituent relationships.

Job Knowledge: Has a thorough understanding of the faith-based nature of CWS and is able to articulate that nature to varied audiences.  Knows “broad stroke” information about CWS programs and services, where to find more detailed information and how programs and services intersect.  Demonstrate knowledge of effective business management practices.  Assure CWS mission and values are not compromised in achievement of goals and priorities.  Keep up to date with “best practices” and establish or adapt procedures that balance business performance with CWS’s ministry and values.  Model creative and effective use of technology.

Leadership:  Build consensus with colleagues, stakeholders and management in support of new initiatives.  Successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously.   Invite critical analysis and perspectives from stakeholders and act on their recommendations to improve program effectiveness.

Resource Building and Stewardship:  Manage relationships with foundation and corporate donors to assure continued support.  Develop opportunities to build support for CWS among new foundation and corporate partners.   Interact with staff and systems to make sure resources are used effectively.  Promote CWS’s mission, programs and services and inspire people to support them. Interpret CWS’s policies on stewardship and accountability for its resources to the public.

Other Skills:

Computer and telecommunication technology knowledge and skills are necessary.  Successful candidate must also possess outstanding oral and written presentation skills.  Ability to travel as needed

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