advancement: Director, Bicentennial Campaign

Posted: August 22, 2018

Job Purpose

The Director of the Bicentennial Campaign (DBC) will provide leadership for all aspects of American Bible Society’s Bicentennial Campaign.  The primary responsibility is to ensure American Bible Society achieves its goal of raising $150 million by June 2021 for the three Pillars of the Campaign—Translation Lifecycle, Trauma Healing, and Transforming America. 

The DBC will provide direction, administrative leadership and tactical coordination for all campaign income objectives, consistent with the principles of Z Protocol.  The DBC will oversee the main strategy components of the Bicentennial Campaign including Signature and Leadership Gifts, Pillar-specific Funding Models and Alternative Funding Models, as well as a Global Campaign Strategy in partnership with United Bible Societies.

The DBC will facilitate the moves management process involving the President and SVP Advancement Ministry as appropriate in order to define, refine, and implement effective strategies for securing Campaign commitments.  The DBC will also work with members of the Board of Directors, Founding Families, and key financial partner/advocates in the process of securing Campaign commitments.

The DBC will provide leadership for all staff involved in the Campaign in two ways.  The first is through direct supervision of the Campaign Team, including 9+ direct reports.  The second is through Chairing the Campaign Partnership Team, which in addition to the direct reports also includes most director level and above staff in American Bible Society (Designated Stewardship Officers and Regional Advisors).  The DBC will work to ensure effective communication, collaboration, and integration between Advancement Ministry, Global Ministry, and U.S. Ministry staff on Campaign-related issues.

Consistent with the 10-year income targets of American Bible Society ($100 million annual operating and $1 billion 1816 Founders Fund) and the Strategic Plan of Advancement Ministry (8 drivers of double digit growth), the long-term goal of the DBC is to grow major gifts income so that it exceeds Community Giving and Bequest income (Z Day), and to build a principal gifts capacity within American Bible Society that will prepare the way for the next Campaign to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the United States in 2026. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure American Bible Society achieves annual income goals consistent with the 5-year Campaign goal of $150 million.
  • Provide leadership for the moves management process, which involves the President and SVP Advancement Ministry, as well as contact with the Board of Directors, Founding Families, and key financial partner/advocates for securing Campaign commitments.
  • Provide direct supervision for the Campaign Team (9+ direct reports) and indirect guidance for the Campaign Partnership Team (approx. 30 staff).
  • Oversee the development and implementation of the main strategy components of the Campaign—Signature/Leadership Gifts, Pillar-specific Funding Models, Alternative Funding Models.
  • Oversee implementation of a Global Campaign Strategy in partnership with United Bible Societies.
  • Facilitate communication, collaboration, and integration between Advancement Ministry, Global Ministry, and U.S. Ministry for Campaign-related issues.
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting on Campaign progress (dashboards and pipelines).
  • Ensure implementation of Z-Protocol disciplines in all aspects of the Campaign.
  • Serve as Primary Manager or Prospect Manager for a caseload of 12-15 Leadership Gift prospects.
  • Publicly advocate for American Bible Society, its mission and programs, and the Bicentennial Campaign.

Essential Skills:  Minimum qualifications individual must possess

  • Passion for the Bible cause and its ability to impact lives
  • Fervent belief in the mission of the American Bible Society and its core values
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Proven and consistent high-performing fundraising achievement.
  • Disciplined understanding and practitioner of goal setting, monitoring results against plan, and achieving relational and revenue targets
  • Ten-plus years of experience in major gift work and/or capital campaigns
  • Five years of experience as CEO or senior executive in comparable not-for-profit organization
  • Initiative and ability to work independently
  • Personal presence, demeanor, and desire to work face-to-face with colleagues, financial partner prospects, peers, and with senior leadership
  • Exceptional written, oral, and presentation communications
  • Ability to quickly gain the respect and support of various constituencies, including senior staff, board, staff, financial partners, and ministry partners
  • A strategist and practitioner who is adept at planning, prioritizing, multi-tasking, organizing>,and following through while remaining highly energetic and focused.
  • Energetic and eager to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of fundraising activities.

Education and/or Training

  • Undergraduate degree required from an accredited college or university. Advanced degree preferred.

Working Conditions

  • Headquarters based, with financial partner visits as needed. 40% or more of this position may be travel related.  Occasional international travel may be required.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Background checks are required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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