The Executive Director of Advancement is responsible for the administration of the Seminary’s Advancement Department operations, working alongside the Vice President for Advancement in planning, organization, and direction. This senior level position works closely with the Seminary President, Board of Incorporate Members and supervises gift officers, and program managers.

The Executive Director will operate in a “player-coach” model, managing his/her own portfolio of donor in addition to leading overall initiation, cultivation, and solicitation of major gifts from individuals, foundations, and churches at the highest level.


  • Demonstrated success in major gift cultivation, solicitation and closure.
  • Familiarity with prospect research and fund-raising information systems for prospect and donor relationship management, wealth screening, tracking, and reporting.
  • Familiarity with direct mail and digital acquisition and solicitation.
  • Administrative and supervisory skills sufficient for the operation of the Advancement Department.
  • Experience in conducting a capital campaign preferred.
  • Demonstrated initiative in achieving prescribed goals.
  • Ability to work within a complex environment, with strong planning, organizational and self-management skills.
  • Demonstrated computer and writing skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the Advancement staff and the administration of the Seminary.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required.


  • Works directly with the Vice President for Advancement to plan and direct all philanthropic initiatives of the Seminary including Annual Operating Fund, Capital Campaigns, Scholarship funding, and other designated fund solicitation.
  • Serve as primary contact for a portfolio of major donors using a relational donor development model.
  • Manage relationships with existing major donors and prospect for new major donors.
  • Share specific funding needs of the seminary and ask for financial support.
  • Provide input based on experience on ways to grow and expand the Advancement Department’s effectiveness in securing funding for the Seminary.
  • Participate in the Advancement Department’s programs for donor cultivation and solicitation including President’s weekends, Biblical tours, and special events.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervise a team of major and mid-level gift officers operating in a relational donor development model for prospective, new, and current donor management.
  • Supervises administrative staff in department operations, event management, direct and digital acquisition/solicitation programs, and gift receipting. Stay abreast of, promote knowledge of, and ensure adherence to, current Federal and state laws affecting DTS employment practices with the HR Department and across all Seminary operations.

Additional Information

Full Time