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Nebraska United Methodist Foundation - Director of Stewardship

The mission of the Nebraska United Methodist Foundation is to support the ministries of the United Methodist churches/ministries across Nebraska 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 and an active participant in the growth and vision of the Foundation. This position will participate in the design and execution of a comprehensive development strategy for the Foundation, which will help grow and develop relationships with churches and donors, leading to increased visibility and impact of the Foundation. 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, Sunday morning presentations, and aiding churches and donors in stewardship and fund development.

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 individuals and churches throughout Nebraska. Services include prospect/donor identification, cultivation and stewardship visits, and gift and estate planning presentations to church groups and other organizations as may be appropriate

·         Assists church committees and Conference agencies in the development of permanent endowment funds

·         Makes presentations to churches and Conference agencies 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

·         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 and the Conference

·         Provides Sunday morning presentations in local churches on stewardship, generosity and planned giving

·         Writes articles and provides subject matter for Foundation publications

·         Reports activities at Foundation board meetings and oversees the Stewardship Committee

·         Represents the Foundation at Annual Conference and other outreach events


Education, Skills and/or Experience:

·         Experience in donor development required, planned giving preferred

·         Experience in the areas of fund development, planned gifts, investments, and other areas of financial stewardship

·         College baccalaureate degree ideal

·         Knowledge and understanding of the United Methodist Church preferred

·         Self-motivation, and initiative, especially related to making appointments with donors and pastors

·         Strong verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking

·         Proficiency in computer technology, and a willingness to learn new software systems

·         Personal comfort with fundraising and ‘making the ask’

·         Personal comfort in a church environment and partaking in spiritual and faith-filled conversations

·         Ability to perform responsibilities in a professional manner and to handle job duties with a high degree of accuracy, professionalism, and confidentiality

·         Ability to make good decisions based on experience and judgment

·         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 extensive and 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 to interact with 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, exempt, salaried position.

·         Competitive salary range of $65,000-$80,000 depending on experience

·         Health and retirement benefits

·         PTO and holiday pay


Send your Resume and Cover Letter to Kristine Roberts at