Worldwide Discipleship Association, a metro Atlanta-based (Fayetteville) nonprofit, is seeking a sales-oriented, marketing savvy Director of Generosity and Donor Development. WDA supports the global church by helping Christian leaders. Their focus is disciple-building through publishing, training, and coaching to “meet people where they are, and help them take the next step toward maturity by renewing minds, equipping hands, and restoring hearts.”
The successful candidate will be able to craft great stories of WDA’s mission and needs, communicate these stories using a variety of media and methods, and respectfully and diligently ask others to join with WDA in their work. At the end of the day, your success will be measured by the amount of funding you raise, and the quality of the relationships you create and nurture. The position reports to the EVP/COO.
Founded in 1974, and based on The Great Commission, WDA partners with churches in the U.S. and abroad, high schools, colleges, and other missionary organizations. You will focus on connecting to an ever-increasing audience who will be discipled (use WDA products), disciple others (train them in WDA methods, processes, and products), and finance the mission of WDA. You will develop strategic, operational, and tactical plans to achieve these goals.
Vision sharing. Persuasively communicate WDA’s vision, mission, and priorities in local, regional, and global missions – with a focus on raising money. Create high quality, compelling proposals and stewardship reports in collaboration with WDA field and home office leadership.
Donor development. Develop individual, corporate, and foundation giving campaigns to fund ongoing operations and ministries. Raise a minimum of $250K in the first year, and increase this to $450K annually within three years. Implement a strategy for prospects and donors capable of making annual gifts between $2,500 and $10,000.
Community engagement. Invest a majority of time and energy out in the community – in individual meetings, small group sessions, community events, industry tradeshows, etc. Support WDA’s annual banquet in September. Teach and assist WDA staff in raising their own support.
Relationship management. Nurture relationships with approximately 250 donors (current and potential) obtained through current donor base and through personal networking. Cultivate an alumni network of 4000-plus people. Identify and reengage WDA’s alumni base to support the ongoing operations of the ministry.
Marketing campaigns. Develop donor profiles and plans, set production goals, and utilize a marketing and activities calendar. Direct capital campaigns. Create end-of-year giving campaigns. Create and manage legacy giving program. Drive regular engagement or “touches” using social marketing, events, volunteers, etc.
Send résumé, salary history, and cover letter.
Your cover letter should address the following questions:
How do you meet the specific five responsibilities of the position?
How have you integrated your faith into everyday contexts?
Heart: A committed Christian in agreement with WDA’s statement of faith. Passionate about WDA’s mission to serve the church worldwide by developing Christ-like character in people and equipping them to disciple others.
Experience: Three years’ experience in sales, marketing or other transferable professional experience.
Gifts: Outstanding leadership, presentation, storytelling, collaboration, and project management skills.
Technology: Proficiency in Mac and PC environments, MS Office and CRM systems (WDA uses Neon).
WDA’s mission is to serve the church worldwide by developing Christlike character in people and equipping them to disciple others according to the pattern Jesus used to train His disciples.
We envision a worldwide network of interconnected ministries committed to the ongoing process of Christlike sanctification and renewal, and staffed by teams of leaders who are trained using a biblical pattern of discipleship.