Lutheran Services in Iowa
  • Philanthropy & Church Relations
  • Des Moines, IA, USA
  • 45,000-53,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Total Compensation Package

Are you looking to make a meaningful and important impact through your professional work? Would you enjoy securing philanthropic support to bring hope, healing and wholeness to thousands of children, families and individuals?

For over 150 years, Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI)has a legacy of compassionate service to vulnerable people whose lives have been changed in countless ways. This impact and legacy is made possible by the commitment of dedicated and competent staff who partner with individuals, churches, and other funders and ministry partners who have mutual respect and purpose.

LSI seeks a competent and mission-focused fundraising professional to serve as a full-time Associate Director of Philanthropy based in its Des Moines office. The Associate Director of Philanthropy will focus on fundraising and development for the Refugee Community Services Program.  


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


Develop and implement strategies to identify, cultivate, and steward relationships to ensure increased and sustainable financial support of LSI's Refugee Community Services program. Successfully solicit and secure mid-level and major gifts from current and new individual donors, as well as local corporate and church partners. Develop and manage a fundraising plan to maximize performance of the annual luncheon event for Refugee Community Services. Work collaboratively with philanthropy and church relations, refugee communtiy services, marketing and communications teams and other key partners to enhance financial outcomes and community engagement for Refugee Community Services and LSI as an agency.  


Bachelor's degree and minimum of two years experience in development (professional fundraising experience) or related field such as sales or marketing; or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

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: Unite, Respect, Grow, and Empower
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends for work-related events and activities
  • 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 and benefit package including paid time off, health, dental, life, and vision insurance, 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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