RTS Announces Search for Executive Director of Development

Invites Applications and Nominations for the

Executive Director of Development

Reformed Theological Seminary, an accredited, independent, reformed and evangelical institution, seeks an experienced administrator and fundraiser to serve as the Executive Director of Development. This person should be highly organized and relational in order to provide visionary leadership to direct and oversee the development operations of the institution.

The Opportunity
The Executive Director of Development will report to the Chief Operations and Financial Officer and sits with the Chancellor’s Cabinet. This senior officer provides strategic direction and leadership for all development efforts and ensures a coordinated approach to development among all RTS campuses.

The Director of Development will work closely with the Chancellor, Ligon Duncan, who joined RTS as the Seminary’s fifth chief executive in the Fall of 2014. Dr. Duncan is committed to preparing the next generation of leaders for the Church. This person will support that vision by helping the Chancellor manage the relationships with major donors and churches in an effort to advance the institution’s priorities.

While directing, encouraging and supporting other campus development teams to meet and exceed expectations, the Executive Director of Development is expected to coordinate ambitious, clear and achievable goals in the areas of major and planned gifts, annual giving, endowed funds, and comprehensive capital campaigns. Using innovation and best practices in fundraising, this officer also personally identifies, cultivates and solicits major gifts.

The Director of Development works with all of the Seminary’s constituencies to encourage a culture of philanthropy that provides financial support for the institution.

An active participant in the church and across the Seminary, the officer travels and works some evenings and weekends.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Crafting, leading and implementing a strategic plan for the development program across the institution.
  • Mentoring and supporting the members of the development team.
  • Facilitating major gifts from a portfolio of top prospects for the Chancellor and them self, which will require successful interactions with people of means and influence, including trustees, major donors, foundations, corporate and business leaders, friends and alumni.
  • Serving as the principal architect for completing the “50-500-Forward” Comprehensive Campaign.
  • Establishing and overseeing policies and procedures needed to conduct an effective comprehensive development program.
  • Preparing and implementing an annual plan for development to achieve the charitable giving goals for the Seminary.
  • Work with the Chief Operations and Financial Officer on the budget process related to the development program and the RTS Foundation.
  • Working with the Leadership Team in planning and visioning for the successful future of the Seminary.
  • Producing development materials and donor communications to highlight the impact of the ministry of RTS.
  • Authentically reflecting and portraying the mission of RTS.

A master’s degree or better from a regionally accredited college or university and five years of effective fundraising experience and higher education leadership are preferred.

The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership and organizational skills with demonstrated success in a development and foundation office. A proven track record of successfully soliciting six and seven-figure gifts, as well as planning and executing significant campaigns, is required, along with the ability to enhance the institution’s visibility within our geographic footprint and around the nation. This candidate should also be a self-starter who is motivated by setting and achieving goals.

A qualified candidate will have a genuine walk with Christ and a commitment to Scripture and the Reformed Faith. They will have impeccable integrity and personal humility that seeks to truly serve others in this role. They will also be knowledgeable of best practices in fundraising with a proven ability to meet objectives through a collegial, team building approach and comprehensive development structure.

Other requirements include:

  • Ability to understand and match the needs and objectives of prospective donors with the fundraising goals of the Seminary.
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills that is shown through a relatively “extroverted” personality and love for/ease with people.
  • Ability to express the Seminary’s mission and fundraising objectives to varied audiences, including potential donors, churches, foundations and alumni.
  • Creativity, attention to detail and ability to manage multiple people, projects and responsibilities simultaneously to maximize engagement with a wide variety of donors.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

About the Seminary
Reformed Theological Seminary is one institution that prepares future leaders of the Church through various graduate-level programs in multiple campus locations and online. The founding campus location is in Jackson, Mississippi, which is where this position will ideally serve. A strong institution, RTS is known for its quality academic programs, healthy scholarship assistance for students and a commitment to the Reformed faith based upon the inerrant Word of God. With a $16M annual budget, the Seminary serves students from all over the nation and world, who desire to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth.

The flagship degree of RTS is the Master of Divinity, which is the primary degree for pastoral preparation. RTS also offers other doctoral and master’s level degrees in the areas of Ministry, Biblical and Theological Studies, Counseling, and Religion.

With over 1,900 enrolled students and 40 world-class faculty, RTS is the largest Reformed Evangelical seminary in the world and the 12th largest seminary in North America. The Seminary manages an endowment of approximately $60 million dollars that supports student financial aid programs, teaching excellence, campus enhancement and the ongoing operations.

Applications and Nominations
(Confidential inquiries are welcomed and nominations are invited)

  1. Applications must include: a) A letter of interest; b) A current resume; and c) Five professional references with full contact information.
  2. Submit application packet or questions to the attention of Bob Bailey (bbaileyRTS@gmail.com).

Nominations should include contact information for the individual being nominated. We will contact the person and provide information on the search. Submit nominations to the email provided above.

For best consideration, submit application materials by June 30, 2016.


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