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Forum of Christian Leaders

Vice President of Development

Forum of Christian Leaders
Lisle, Illinois, United States

Date Posted: 12/08/2016
Categories: CEO/Executive - Communications - Fundraising - Management - Marketing/Public Relations - Missions/Int.
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


The Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL) exists to unite, equip, and resource global evangelical leaders toward the end of world evangelism and the renewal of the biblical church. FOCL's ministry consists of four components:

European Leadership Forum (ELF) Annual Meeting: Held each year in Wisla, Poland, this weeklong event gathers hundreds of evangelical leaders from 45 countries for corporate worship, small-group training, one-on-one mentoring, and fellowship.

Forum Initiatives: These spiritual and leadership development opportunities provide intensive, specialized training for small groups of hand-selected evangelical leaders.

Forum Movement: Each year, ELF participants lead hundreds of local and regional events that provide specialized training in their own countries, in their own languages. The vast number of these strategies (95%) are organized by ELF participants without direct FOCL involvement. Example:

Forum Global: These strategies share Europe’s leadership lessons with the global church and include: the FOCL Online Library, webinars, and global strategies.




The Vice President of Communication will raise sufficient funds to carry out FOCL’s mission by managing the development department's strategy, staff, operations, and procedures to the glory of God.The VP will:


1.)  Create and implement an annual development plan that reaches donors (individuals, churches, and foundations) through a variety of means, including, but not limited to, formal proposals and reports, print pieces, email campaigns, special events, in-person meetings, and social media.


2.)  Increase FOCL’s annual revenue by actively pursuing new financial partnerships and inspiring greater involvement from existing donors.


3.)  Provide general oversight of FOCL’s development activities and strategies, ensuring alignment with agreed principles, regulations, laws, and policies.


4.)  Manage the day-to-day operations of FOCL’s communication department, including selection, communication, motivation, and evaluation of staff and volunteers.


Other tasks and projects will be assigned and the discretion of the President.




1.)  Strong personal commitment to Christ, a positive Christian witness and servant’s heart, willingness to annually sign FOCL’s evangelical statement of faith


2.)  Passion for FOCL’s vision and strategy


3.)  Undergraduate degree in any field


4.)  5+ years of professional development experience in a non-profit organization; proven track record of increasing both revenue and number of active donors


5.)  Demonstrated ability to create and implement an annual development plan that reflects contemporary fundraising best practices and reaches potential and existing donors in a variety of ways


6.)  Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrating Christ-like attitude in interactions with others; ability to manage multiple relationships and build long-lasting partnerships


7.)  Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to persuade and engage individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds


8.)  Preference for a dynamic, agile work environment that requires regular problem solving and strategic innovation; ability to adapt plans to changing circumstances


9.)  Willingness to work independently and as part of a team; experience in effectively building and managing teams and complex projects; ability to work well with individuals of varied seniority both inside and outside the organization


10.)  Familiarity with current state and federal legislation regulating fundraising efforts by 501(c)3 organizations; willingness to stay educated about changes to laws


11.)  Strong organizational skills and attention to detail


12.)  Understanding of accounting and organizational budgeting


13.)  Prior cross-cultural experience will be considered an asset


14.)  Prior experience with Salesforce Donor Management will be considered an asset

1.)  Will spend 75 - 100 days each year travelling on fundraising trips, including three - five international trips of one to two weeks each
2.)  Will participate in annual evaluation of job performance, including assessment based on amount of funds raised and partners recruited to financially support FOCL’s vision

The Vice President of Communication position will be a full-time, salaried role. Starting compensation will be based on skill level and experience. Because the individual in this position will hold an essential leadership role that involves building lasting relationships, a three-year commitment is requested.


This position offers two weeks of paid vacation, along with nine paid holidays. FOCL offers health benefits to all full-time employees.




Applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and two professional writing samples to Liz Shuter at