Job Details

Requisition Number 19-0068
Post Date 9/6/2019
Title Mission Advocate
Organization The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
Job Grade 9
City St. Louis
State MO
FT/PT Full Time

Organization Profile

In grateful response to God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities and the world.

The Mission Advancement unit of the LCMS works closely with Synod’s Communications unit to support the mission and ministry efforts of the Office of National Mission, the Office of International Mission, and Pastoral Education which all report to the Chief Mission Officer. The Chief Mission Officer, on behalf of the President, shall supervise fundraising activity of the national office according to the policies established by the Board of Directors of the Synod.


Reporting Relationships

Reports to the Director - Major Gifts, Grants, Congregation and District Relations


Essential Job Functions

As an integral part of the Mission Advancement team the Mission Advocate:

  • Plans and carries out an intentional strategy of donor engagement and solicitation, in an assigned region and/or with an assigned portfolio of prospective and active major donors, for the purpose of establishing and managing mutually beneficial relationships that lead to joyful major and principal gifts. 
  • Works with other Major Gifts, Grants, Congregation and District Relations staff to stage additional prospects for incorporation into his or her assigned portfolio. 
  • Personally visits donors and prospects to discover, cultivate, solicit and steward mutually beneficial major gifts using approved ministry case resources and to capture and record donor views and opinions of the Synod’s efforts which impact giving decisions. 
  • Accurately records all plans, interactions, actions and the results of major gift activities in the database system for future analysis, forecasting and planning. 
  • Works with Prospect Researches to capture, validate and integrate accurate information on prospects and donor portfolio management.
  • Works with and utilizes LCMS programmatic staff and leaders to help donors and prospects gain clarity about Synod’s prioritized and budgeted fundraising goals, special initiatives and special campaigns.   
  • Makes presentations in response to inquiries from groups or organizations who are considering funding national and international work.
  • Participates in the creation, evaluation, and necessary revisions of case statements and major gift proposal formats based on donor feedback and performance data.
  • Adheres to Synod policies and procedures for the performance of these duties and the expenditure of budgeted resources in carrying out these duties. Promptly submits accurate expense reports and documentation for charges incurred in the performance of these duties.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelors Degree.
  • Five or more years experience in successful major gifts fund-raising is preferred.
  • Professional Mission Advancement certification is preferred (CFRE, ACFRE or equivalent)
  • Continuing professional education and formation in the profession of donor relations.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to develop relationships leading to five-figure and higher direct gifts.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills.
  • Committed to the highest level of professional ethics, accountability and transparency.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the LCMS and its stakeholder groups.
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office suite products
  • Comfortable using CRM/donor relations software to track work effort (Blackbaud experience preferred).
  • Pleasant and confident phone skills, excellent computer, written and verbal skills and detail oriented.
  • Able to carry on simultaneous, sustained work in a situation defined by deadlines and multiple assignments.
  • Ability to work with minimal immediate supervision, make business-critical decisions and protect confidential information.
  • Comfortable working with a donor’s legal and financial advisors.   
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively, 50% of the time.
  • Able to accept and integrate coaching recommendations from senior staff into daily work patterns.


Supervisory Responsibility

  • None
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