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Director of Stewardship - Nebraska United Methodist Foundation

Position: Director of Stewardship
Job Family: Philanthropy
FLSA Status: Exempt, Full-Time
Location: Lincoln, NE

Deadline to Apply: December 10th

The mission of the Nebraska United Methodist Foundation is to support the ministries of the
Great Plains United Methodist Conference through the development of gifts and the
stewardship of resources entrusted to the Foundation in support of God’s work.

The overall objective for the Director of Stewardship is to help churches and donors in their
financial and stewardship growth, while sustaining and growing the Foundation’s impact. This
position will report to the Executive Director and serve as a leadership team member. This
position’s primary responsibility is to maintain and grow relationships with current church
account holders and donors, as well as to develop new church and donor relationships. This
position will be one of the ‘faces’ of the Foundation, conducting planned giving seminars,
church workshops, aiding churches in stewardship and fund development, and visiting with
individual church members regarding planned giving and estate gifts.

Examples of Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
-Responsible for managing a donor portfolio and a church portfolio in accordance with the
Foundation’s mission
-Provides planned giving services to churches and their members throughout the state,
including cultivation and stewardship visits, as well as gift and estate planning
-Assists church committees and Conference agencies in the development of permanent
endowment funds
-Makes presentations to churches and ministries promoting the Foundation’s Investment
and Fund Administration Services
-Works with attorneys, accountants and other financial professionals, as appropriate, in the
development of planned gifts from individuals
-Assures that all church and donor activity is documented appropriately and any necessary
follow-up is completed
-Solicits gifts in accordance with the principles of the United Methodist Church, the policies
of the Foundation, and the highest ethical standards
-Assures that all State, IRS, and Foundation-required documents relative to planned gifts
and investment funds are completed and filed
-Equips local churches and related agencies in the development of their planned gifts
programs, investment programs, and endowment funds

-Provides a variety of educational opportunities to address particular stewardship needs
and challenges facing local churches
-Provides Sunday morning presentations in local churches on stewardship, generosity and
planned gift options
-Writes articles and provides subject matter for Foundation publications
-Assists in the implementation of the Foundation’s donor recognition program
-Reports activities at Foundation board meetings and oversees the Stewardship Committee
-Represents the Foundation at Annual Conference and other outreach events
-Assists with social media activity 

Education, Skills and/or Experience:
-Bachelor’s degree required
-Minimum of 5 years of experience in donor development and fundraising required, major
gifts and planned gifts experience preferred
-Track record of successfully managing high level relationships with experience in soliciting
major gifts and discussing planned gifts
-Knowledge and understanding of the United Methodist Church preferred
-Personal comfort in a church environment and partaking in spiritual and faith-filled
-Strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking
-Proficiency in computer technology, and a willingness to learn new software systems
-Ability to perform responsibilities in a professional manner and to handle job duties with a
high degree of accuracy, professionalism, and confidentiality    
-Ability to work highly efficiently with minimal supervision, with a high degree of
dependability, accountability, attendance, and punctuality
-Strong communications skills, ability to persuasively convey the mission of the Foundation
to diverse groups including donors, church committee members, clergy, lead laity, board
members and others who are important to the organization’s overall prosperity

-This position requires regular travel across the state, with evening and weekend work
required frequently
-This person will be expected to manage their own schedule and find a balance with the
necessary evening and weekend work required, while maintaining some time each week in
the office (located in Lincoln)
-Valid driver’s license & ability to lift and move items weighing up to 25 pounds

Salary and Benefits:
-This is a full-time salaried position with a hybrid work schedule
-Competitive salary
-Health and retirement benefits

-PTO and holiday pay

Send resume and cover letter to:
Jackie Urkoski
Nebraska United Methodist Foundation
100 W Fletcher Avenue, Ste 100
Lincoln, Ne 68521
Or email at