Lutheran Services in Iowa
  • Philanthropy & Church Relations
  • Waterloo, IA, USA
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

LSI seeks a competent and mission-focused fundraising professional to serve as a part-time (25 hrs/wk) Director of Philanthropy based in its Waterloo or Waverly office.


Lutheran Services in Iowa responds to the love of Jesus Christ through compassionate service.


LSI is seeking a mission-driven professional who will raise funds to increase our community impact for some of the most vulnerable children, families and individuals in Iowa. We are in search of a candidate who has both a strong passion or interest in changing lives through compassionate service and who has strong experience in relationship-based fundraising, primarily in securing gifts from individuals or families.

Candidates must be highly self-motivated, goal-oriented and collaborative in a team environment. Preferred candidates will have a successful background in securing major gifts and planned gifts from individuals.

This position will require a flexible schedule to secure appointments with donors and make presentation, including weekend and occasional evening meetings or events. This is a newly created position and the geographic scope is Black Hawk and Grundy counties. An entrepreneurial spirit is needed and preferred.


Bachelor's degree and minimum of two years experience in development (professional fundraising experience) or related field such as sales or marketing. Preferred applicants will have a Bachelor's degree and five plus years of development or related field experience, including major gift experience. Demonstrated ability to build relationships with individuals, corporations and congregations to further expand philanthropic support to assure LSI's mission.


Key Qualities/Competencies:

Passion to advance and unleash philanthropic support for a great mission

Great ability to build and maintain relationships with donors, churches and other funders.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate persuasively and effectively in individual and group settings. Has developed strong active listening skills

Knowledge and practice in individual donor development, including success in securing major and planned gifts. Capital and/or endowment campaign experience a plus.

Successful experience leading projects and other important initiatives

Results oriented professional with great goal and time management skills; self-driven and takes initiative to achieve or exceed goals

Creative problem-solver who seeks new and innovative solutions

Additional Qualities and Characteristics:

Has personal and professional integrity and great work ethic

Looking to make a difference in serving some of the most vulnerable children, families and individuals across Iowa

Committed to exemplify LSI's values to Unite, Respect, Grow and Empower

Has the ability to travel overnight and be out of the office 50% of the time during the week.

Works collaboratively and positively with others in a team-based environment. Willing to take on special projects to help the team and agency

Demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning and professional development in field(s) of expertise and in general

Requires: Acceptable driving record, valid driver's license and vehicle insurance to meet agency requirements. Ability to pass extensive background checks.

LSI offers a competitive salary, paid time off, Voluntary life insurance as well as 401(k).

LSI promises a challenging and exciting workplace. Consider joining our team of professionals who are People focused, Results driven.

Lutheran Services in Iowa
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