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Development Officer


Under the Chief Development Officer (CDO), the Development Officer supports all activities within the Development Department, primarily focused on donor relations, fundraising activities, community engagement, volunteer strategies, special events and third party events, all in an effort to help Methodist Children’s Home Society (MCHS) achieve optimal fund development operations and positioning of the organization.


  • Assist in the planning, organizing, and implementation of fund development, fund sustainability activities, community outreach strategies and activities and volunteer engagement activities.
  • Develop, cultivate and maintain close contacts with donors, prospective donors, vendors, venues, individual volunteers and volunteer groups.
  • Maintain a portfolio of prospective donors, annual sponsors and prospective volunteers.
  • Managing volunteers, service projects, and mentor recruitment at MCHS.
  • Implement and support fundraising activities as it relates to major gifts, direct gifts, donor prospecting, planned giving and special events.
  • Maintain essential volunteer and service project records. 
  • Assists with soliciting and organize gifts for silent auctions.
  • Represent the agency to outside groups and organizations, including business, community, and chambers.
  • Fully participate in regular agency-wide events and appropriate community-wide events and activities.
  • Assist with coordinating speaking engagements with churches and businesses throughout Michigan.
  • Assist with coordination and facilitation of in-kind donations and drop offs.
  • Participate in the planning, organizing, coordination, promotion, and facilitation of agency special events.
  • Coordinate with agency staff any support needed for 3rd party special events, including internal and external events with service clubs.
  • Provide general oversight and guidance to special event committees and special event volunteers.
  • Support fundraising activities as it relates to major gifts, direct gifts, grants, donor prospecting, planned giving and special events.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the social sector with a passion for MCHS’s mission and vision.     
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the CDO.


Education and Experience

The Development Officer will be an experienced professional with an array of fund development experience, primarily in special events and event organizing. The Development Officer will be outgoing and motivated to reach out in the community and extend MCHS’s mission and vision to donors, volunteers, community partners, and other key stakeholders.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least two (2) years of experience in marketing and/or fundraising, or
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university preferred with at least one (1) year of experience in fundraising and/or nonprofit development.
  • Must meet the State’s Moral Character standard.

Knowledge Requirements:

  • Computer and software applications (All MS Office, Adobe Suites, Website Development).
  • Principles and practices of fund development operations and management.
  • Tactical planning and organizing.

Skills and Abilities Needed:

  • Effectively communicate verbally and in writing with agency staff, volunteers, government officials, foundation and corporate executives.
  • Demonstrate leadership and integrity.
  • Motivate, develop, and direct volunteers as they work.
  • Work flexible hours, when needed, which will include some evenings and weekends.  
  • Manage time and multiple priorities; meet deadlines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, volunteers and the public at-large.  
  • Handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.
  • Be collaborative and flexible, with a strong service mentality.
  • Attend training and travel offsite for events, meetings and seminars.
  • Possess a high degree of personal accountability, responsibility and independent decision making abilities with the skills to plan, organize, develop, implement and interpret programs, goals, objectives, policies and procedures of the organization.


The work environment described here is representative of that which an employee will typically encounter during a normal shift.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


V. Other Information
MCHS is an equal opportunity employer where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other protected characteristics as established by law. This policy extends to all policies and procedures related to the recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Furthermore, this description is a summary of the responsibilities, duties, skills, experience abilities, and qualifications associated with this position.  It is not an exhaustive list and may be changed at any time at the discretion of the CEO. Employment is still considered at-will in which MCHS or the employee may with or without notice, with or without reason terminate employment. MCHS reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time.

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