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Major Gift Officer | Director of Alumni Relations | Philadelphia Campus
Posted Sept 13, 2017      Deadline October 6, 2017
Position Description: MGO_and_Director_of_Alumni_Relations_Philadelphia

United Lutheran Seminary (ULS), the newest graduate and professional school in theological education, is accepting applications for the position of Major Gift Officer – Director of Alumni Relations, to be located on the Philadelphia Campus.

A seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), ULS officially opened on July 1, 2017 and the seminary’s first president, the Rev. Dr. Theresa Latini, was announced in April after a national search and began her presidency on July 1st. ULS consolidates two historic, Pennsylvania seminaries from Gettysburg and Philadelphia as a single school with two campuses. The 53-acre Gettysburg Campus is situated adjacent to Gettysburg National Park and features the award-winning Seminary Ridge Museum and the Town and Country Church Institute. Gettysburg has historically served ELCA students who are enrolled full-time and are primarily residential. The Philadelphia Campus is located on a 14-acre campus in the Mt. Airy neighborhood, just nine miles from Center City. Philadelphia has served the Black Church community for more than 35 years through the Urban Theological Institute and more than half of its students come from denominations other than the ELCA, with many part-time students attending evening and weekend classes. A record number of new students enrolled at United Lutheran Seminary this fall, bringing the total student enrollment to more than 325 students across both campuses.

The Major Gift Officer – Director of Alumni Relations – Philadelphia Campus, reports to the Senior Vice President for Advancement and is responsible for engaging donors through an intentional process of personal communication and invitation to community that establishes positive relationships and secures the financial commitments necessary to support the mission and strategic initiatives of the seminary. Key among these initiatives is the seminary’s commitment to provide full-tuition support for all ELCA students who are enrolled in the Master of Divinity program and who are engaged with their synods and bishops in the process necessary to become ordained ELCA pastors.

This individual will also communicate and build relationships with alumni to establish an active alumni network that connects alumni to the institution and engages them through communications and events to support the goals of the seminary. This requires the development of communication strategies including the use of website, social media, print publications, alumni events, and campus programs both in Gettysburg and Philadelphia.


  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward an assigned portfolio caseload of 150 donors through individual contact, personal communication and planned events.
  • Work collaboratively with the vice president for advancement, and staff in alumni relations, annual fund, and advancement communications, to plan and implement targeted and effective outreach and communication activities to expand the size of the prospective donor pool and increase the level of financial support for the seminary.
  • Provide support to the Alumni Councils as they relate to ULS and its predecessor bodies, LTSG and LTSP.
  • Use of website, social media, e-mail, print publications and seminary magazine to promote the ongoing mission and ministry of ULS.
  • Provide support for alumni class reunions as well as other alumni-related events on both Gettysburg and Philadelphia campuses.
  • Encourage alums to develop scholarships and legacy gifts as individuals and as leaders of congregations and to identify members in their churches and communities who have gifts for ministry and leadership in the church.
  • Requires significant travel with an expectation of 12 donor appointments each month.
  • Provide timely updates to contact reports through Raiser’s Edge software, maintain appropriate records, participate in ongoing training and maintenance of skills related to database management and usage, and prepare monthly activity reports.
  • Maintain extensive knowledge about the seminary’s initiatives and activities to best represent the practices and priorities of United Lutheran Seminary and the Office of Advancement to constituents.
  • Manage people, processes, budgets, schedules and timelines within organizational policies and procedures and maintain a positive and constructive working relationship with colleagues.
  • Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge customer relationship management software, maintain appropriate records, participate in ongoing training and maintenance of skills related to database management and usage, and prepare monthly activity reports that record and evaluate activity and outcomes.
  • Represent United Lutheran Seminary at churches and congregations on Sundays (including the possibility of preaching at worship services if a rostered pastor), as well as presenting at adult Sunday school classes and informational forums, within a modified work week of Sunday to Thursday.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree desired, with a preference for candidates who possess a Master of Divinity degree.
  • Ideally, candidates will possess some combination of background and experience as a pastor or church leader within a congregational or organizational setting and/or three to five years of fundraising experience, preferably within a higher education, non-profit or religiously-affiliated setting.
  • Preference will be given to graduates of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.
  • Competency with word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software is essential (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and experience with, or willingness to learn, database management software (Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge) is required.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, interpersonal and writing skills.
  • Ability to function effectively with diverse constituents including alumni, parents, trustees, students, faculty, staff, ELCA clergy, community leaders and friends of the seminary.
  • A commitment to, and ability to be supportive of, the mission of United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Position Description: MGO_and_Director_of_Alumni_Relations_Philadelphia

Contact: Human Resources

United Lutheran Seminary
61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Tel. 717-338-3001