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Higher Ed Administrative Careers - Development/Fundraising
4 Year Degree
The Advancement Office at Johnson University invites applications for a full-time Director of Church Relations on the Tennessee Campus. For more information about the primary duties and responsibilities and other qualifications, see the job description below. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references to Missy Keck via email (MKeck@JohnsonU.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and will remain open until the position is filled.
The Director of Church Relations at Johnson University is a full-time position responsible for strategically engaging church leaders in programs, events, and other relationship-building efforts providing tangible benefits to churches, their leaders and current and prospective students, as well as related fund-raising efforts. The position reports to the Vice President for Advancement and serves as a key member of the advancement office staff. This position meets semi-annually with the Board of Trustees’ Advancement Committee.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
Maintain an active portfolio of midrange/major donors. A goal for weekly, monthly, and annual calls, visits, and solicitations will be established by the department each year and should be reported each week.
Work with the Chief Communications Officer in the publication of Johnson Magazine and/or other print, email and social media materials to ensure they remain fresh and appealing to various segments of church partnership population.
Sponsor and/or coordinate programs that benefit churches and church leaders regionally and nationally.
Raise funds for select special projects and events in collaboration with development colleagues.
Strategically visit supporting churches to express appreciation, facilitate good communication, and promote an on-going positive relationship.
Maintain and expand the number of churches supporting the University.
Periodically encourage supporting churches to increase their support.
Prepare and send an Annual Report to Churches that support the University at an appropriate level.
Identify prospective churches that are not supporting the University and solicit their support.
Assist in the preparation of the semi-annual reports for the Board of Trustees and Advancement Committee.
Plan and administrate an annual church leadership seminar.
Oversee the distribution of promotional displays to churches.
Oversee and manage the budget for Church Relations.
Attend conventions as needed.
Participate in the Festival of Christmas Joy, Senior Saints, and other key Advancement events as a primary Advancement function.
Other duties as directed.
About Johnson University
For over 125 years, Johnson University has been a leader among historic faith-based colleges and contemporary fiscally-responsible universities. Johnson is #57 on Forbes “100 Most Financially Fit Colleges,” and #3 on Best Value Christian Colleges. The university offers over 80 associates, bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. programs on our Kissimmee, FL, Knoxville, TN, and online campuses. Johnson’s vision to bring glory to God and hope to the world is rooted in our deep historic commitment to the values of Christian community.
Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
Johnson University is a Christian university affiliated with Christian churches and churches of Christ. Its mission is to educate students for “Christian ministries and other strategic vocations framed by the Great Commission in order to extend the kingdom of God among all nations.” Accordingly, Johnson University seeks to hire and educate individuals who share its vision and core values to carry out that mission. Johnson University does not unlawfully discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment practices.
Johnson University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation, or disability–if such disability may be accommodated without undue hardship—in provision of educational opportunities, programs and activities, or employment opportunities and benefits, pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent amendments to that act, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and subsequent re-authorization of that act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and subsequent amendments to that act.
The University, however, reserves the right under those provisions to make certain employment decisions on the basis of religion, marital status, or sex consistent with the University’s religious beliefs when establishing qualifications for certain positions. Further, as a Christian ministry, the University retains the right to select those who serve in ministerial positions, as that term has been defined by the courts in the context of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, based on criteria established by the University without regard to Title VII, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law governing the employment relationship.
Successful candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree, project and event management experience, church administration knowledge and experience, and a whole-hearted embrace of the University’s mission and core values.
Bachelor’s degree (minimum), with excellent communication and presentation skills.
Demonstrated skills, knowledge, and experience in planning and executing events, large and small.
Strong creative, strategic, analytical, and organizational skills.
Experience and proficiency with social media.
Commitment to working with shared leadership and cross-functional teams.
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Understand how churches “work” in terms of decision making and giving to universities like Johnson.
Proficient in MS Word & Excel.
Working at a desk in a climate controlled office, but involves considerable standing, walking, bending during campus events.
Substantial travel will be required.
About Johnson University
Since 1893, Johnson University has been a leader among historic faith-based colleges and contemporary fiscally responsible universities. Johnson is listed on Forbes magazine’s “100 Most Financially Fit Colleges” (2nd among CCCU member and affiliate institutions), USA Today’s “Least Expensive Colleges to Get Your Degree,” (1st among SACSCOC accredited schools), and Niche’s “Top Christian Colleges,” (15th among CCCU institutions.) The university offers more than 70 bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D., and associate’s programs across three campuses – in Knoxville, Florida, and online. Johnson faculty strive to prepare promising students for excellence in Christian ministry and other strategic vocations through an affordable, community-oriented, Christ-centered education.