Job: Church/Community Relations and Events Manager - San Diego Rescue Mission

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Job Description

General Purpose

Under the supervision of the Vice President of Development, responsible for the creation, management, presentation, association, and overall relationship between the Mission, churches, organizations, businesses, colleges, youth groups, and other groups, including coordinating and planning special events.  Develops, coordinates and monitors overall fundraising strategy for solicitation and cultivation of these donor sub-groups. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Serves as the liaison between the Mission and churches currently giving more than $500 or more annually through personal contact and relationship building.

Continues and grows church ambassador and pastoral appreciation programs.

Increases the number of churches, colleges and youth groups giving at least $500 annually by implementing a personalized acknowledgement strategy, as well as identifying major donor prospects from within this group.

Facilitates relationships between individual donors - discovered through church and college relationships - and Mission’s President/CEO, Vice President of Development, Board Members, committee members or staff, when appropriate.

Raises a minimum of $150,000 each fiscal year by working with the Vice President of Development to create written strategies for each church that leads to solicitation and closing of gifts.

Builds new meaningful relationships between churches/community and the Mission; develops projects and special events, and plans, organizes and implements them in homes or public venues.

Establishes and maintains contacts with churches, businesses, schools, organizations, youth groups, colleges and universities, e.g. Intervarsity, women’s groups, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs and other community organizations, etc.

Works with a team to coordinate and supervise Mission events including, but not limited to, Sleepless San Diego, Pastor Appreciation Day, Christmas in July and Interfaith Vigil.

Participates in the creation, collation and publication of the annual report, working with the Vice President of Development and other Development staff.

Manages budgetary matters related to church and youth group cultivation and solicitation.

Regularly attends and participates in Mission meetings and functions related to Development activities.

Contributes to the effective resolution of all relevant challenges, issues and opportunities as they relate to Development.

Continuously improves fundraising skills by accomplishing the following: reads development-related industry journals, magazines, websites and blogs; attends relevant trainings/workshops; registers in related courses of study; and maintains membership in a related association.

Skills / Requirements

Education: Minimum Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Communications, Marketing or a Development-related field.

Experience: Church, youth and/or pastoral experience. Preferred, 3 years of nonprofit fundraising experience and understanding of developing a large scale community outreach program to further the goals and objectives of the Mission in broadening its outreach to all churches in San Diego County.

Skills and Abilities:  Working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook); typing (min 35 wpm); working knowledge of general business operations in a nonprofit, social service or similar environment; analyze and evaluate budgets and other financial data as it relates to area of assignment; fluent in fundraising software (i.e., Raiser’s Edge); coordinate and/or direct a variety of complex tasks and assignments simultaneously and successfully; attentive to detail; prioritize effectively; demonstrated leadership and organizational skills; effective oral and written communication skills; strong relationship skills and ability to motivate others; able to work individually and/or collaboratively; maintain harmony among coworkers and works to resolve grievances.

Travel/Transportation: Must have independent, reliable transportation.  Travel to meet donors, church and/or school representatives and other individuals is required. 

Other: Must work evenings, overnights, weekends, and/or holidays as needed.

Important Notes

If you have a passion to serve the homeless, needy and the poor in a faith-based environment, contact us!

Send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:

SDRM, Attn: Human Resources, PO Box 80427, San Diego CA 92138

…or fax to 619.234.4101

...or email

…or apply online.

No phone calls, please!  All openings are subject to change without notice.


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