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Project Mercy Inc

Executive Director of Development

Project Mercy Inc
Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States

Date Posted: 03/27/2014
Categories: Fundraising
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Executive Director of Development


Professional position available immediately with Project Mercy®, a not-for-profit, faith-based (Christian), relief and development agency focused on building community development programs in Ethiopia. Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Project Mercy is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.


Responsibilities:  Provide overall leadership for development and supporting programs, including major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, annual giving, and donor relations; serve as the organizations senior fund raising professional seeking to grow and strengthen private gift support for Project Mercy.


Minimum qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree; at least five years of experience in successful fund raising, including demonstrated abilities with raising annual giving and major gifts; executing effective fundraising initiatives; management experience with fundraising programs and personnel; willingness and ability to travel. 


Preferred qualifications:  Master’s degree; experience with planning and implementing a capital campaign; exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively represent Project Mercy with external constituents; supportive of the mission, philosophy and values of Project Mercy; action oriented; ability to empower others and encourage their success; demonstrated success in working effectively with volunteers; strong written and verbal communication skills.


Send cover letter, resume, copy of transcript of highest degree earned, and the names and contact information for three references to:

Randall Dodge, Chief Operations Officer

Project Mercy, Inc.

7011 Ardmore Ave.

Fort Wayne, IN 46809-9500


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  A copy of performance expectations is available upon request by emailing


Project Mercy® was established in 1977 by Marta Gabre-Tsadick and her husband Demeke Tekle-Wold.  Project Mercy is organized under the leadership of a 16-person board. Clean water, all-season roads, and electricity are now among some of the infrastructure services provided in the Yetebon area of Ethiopia. Program development activities include education, skills training, agriculture, health, and orphan care all of which are undergirded by Christian principles. Project Mercy raises approximately $2 million annually. For more details, see