Hartford Seminary


Director of Development/Chief Development Officer

Posted: 2/2015


To lead the development program in securing new financial resources for Hartford Seminary.


Oversees all fund raising efforts within the Seminary: major gifts, annual fund, planned giving, new donor development, special fund raising initiatives, and capital campaigns. Calls on donors to secure major gifts. Charged with developing and leading the execution of strategies to build relationships with current and potential donors and significantly increase the level of contributed support. Additionally, assures development program operational capacities including prospect identification and research, donor recognition/stewardship of gifts, maintaining accurate donor records/database. Implementation of marketing plans for all donor categories including trustees, corporators, alumni/ae, friends, synagogues, churches, mosques, foundations and corporations. In collaboration with others, leads in developing and implementing short and long range planning related to all fund raising activities of the Seminary. The Director works closely with the President, members of the Board of Trustees, staff and key volunteers to plan contacts, visits, events, and solicitations.   Hires, trains, supervises and evaluates all staff in the Development department and serves as part of the Senior Staff team.  This position reports to the President and includes other related duties as assigned by the President.


  • Serve as the chief development officer for the Seminary, working in concert with the President, trustees, staff, and consultants as necessary.
  • Lead the development of the Seminary’s strategic fundraising plans.  Ensure the successful implementation of these plans through the efforts oftrustees, staff and other volunteer leaders.  Working with the President, establishes fund raising goals for Hartford Seminary.
  • Meets with prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications and to solicit their support.  Maintains a portfolio of assigned major donors.
  • Grow a major gift program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.
  • Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies and gift annuities.
  • Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fund drives.
  • Direct special fund raising initiatives and capital campaigns.
  • Coordinate special donor events.
  • Oversee prospect research, the fundraising database and tracking systems.
  • Maintains a gift acknowledgement and donor recognition program.
  • Oversee the creation of fundraising publications, the donor section of the website, and related social media.
  • Oversees grant writing.
  • Motivates and supervises staff and volunteers in the Development Department.
  • Identify and implement new development initiatives that are donor-centered and support The Seminary’s mission and vision.
  • Provide development leadership to the senior management team, staff support to the Board Development Committee, and others involved in fundraising.
  • Provide regular reports and analyses of giving to appropriate staff and committees. These may include comparisons of the current year to prior years in annual giving, progress toward capital giving goals for various projects, new donors, new prospects, major gifts, and other reports as needed and requested.
  • Serve as an articulate, enthusiastic, and visible spokesperson for the Seminary locally, regionally, and nationally, as appropriate.
  • Serve as a key partner with the President in the leadership of the Seminary, and as a member of the senior management team.
  • Develop and maintain productive and respectful relationships with staff, co-workers, Board members, volunteers, donors, prospects, the philanthropic community, and other related constituent groups.
  • Develop an understanding of the work of all Seminary programs and maintain a close working relationship with department heads to better promote the work of the institution.
  • Serve on Seminary committees as assigned, and execute other projects as assigned by the President/CEO.


  • Works with and manages the various ways in which the President, faculty, staff, trustees and volunteers can improve their effectiveness in development and fund raising.
  • Coordinates closely with appropriate senior officers in negotiating and consummating major gift transactions.


  • Works cooperatively with the Director of Communications in planning and implementing public relations and advertising strategies to communicate giving opportunities and to encourage generous support.  Recommends appropriate articles for Praxis for various Development strategies e.g. planned giving, donor recognition, constituency development etc.


  • Responsible for the preparation, monitoring, managing and reporting of all Development goals, plans, budgets, performance appraisals, computer hardware and software, insuring both the quality and effectiveness of the Development program.
  • Facilitate and coordinate grant proposals for major gifts to support Hartford Seminary programs and activities based on predetermined priorities.
  • Initiates and obtains approval for development policies and gift procedures,
  • Ensures recording of minutes for the Trustee’s Development Committee.
  • Prepares periodic staff and outcome studies on various aspects of the fund raising activities to increase efficiency, effectiveness and productivity.


  • Is a member of the Development team, the Senior Staff, the Academic Council, and other committees as requested by the President.  Staffs the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees; and works with faculty, staff, alumni/ae, board members and corporators of Hartford Seminary to achieve the development goals of the institution.
  • As is expected of all employees, provide backup support for the Seminary’s major events/general activities, as needed.


The requirements of the position include knowledge and experience of successful fund raising and of developing cultivation and solicitation strategies. Must have a demonstrated record of completing assignments.  This includes a professional record demonstrating skills in effective leadership and planning.   This person will possess a positive public persona, maturity, attention to confidentiality, excellent interpersonal skills, ability to enthusiastically interpret the mission and activities of Hartford Seminary to local, national and international individuals and groups; excellent organizational and management skills, the ability to see the big picture, the ability to think strategically, the ability to manage different projects at once and to set priorities, skills to lead a team, and computer knowledge. Awareness/understanding of religious organizations and interfaith initiatives plus an enthusiasm for interfaith education commitments is essential. As an external representative of the Seminary, he or she must be available for evening and weekend travel for face-to-face calls. Minimum: bachelor’s degree; masters’ degree preferred.  Work in a religious/educational setting, and a CFRE certification is also preferred.


Good physical fitness, professional appearance, the ability to travel both short distances (drive) and long distances (fly), and the patience and ability to attend long meetings.

Send a resume and cover letter to hiring@hartsem.edu.



Posted 2/2015


The Chief  Business Officer is responsible for the business operations and financial management of the Seminary, including management and operation of general ledger and accounting records, accounts receivable, accounts payable, budget management, preparation and control,  financial information systems, credit management, collections, fiscal planning, financial statement preparation, filing required regulatory and tax returns, and payroll.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:                                                                                                                             

    • Manage the operations of the business office and supervise business office staff. Ensure that all accounting entries are properly recorded in the financial records, and financial reports, regulatory reports and tax returns are prepared on a timely basis.
    • Promote the financial well-being of the Seminary by providing budget management, monitoring appropriate investment of temporary cash balances, exercising executive control over budgets, and safeguarding all financial assets of Hartford Seminary.
    • Advise the President and Board of Trustees on issues relating to the financial status of the school by preparing reports, recommendations and findings.
    • Manage financial forecasting, budgets and consolidation and reporting to the Seminary.
    • Handle oversight of School facilities, maintenance and security including working with the Director of Administration to create rental policies.
    • Handle oversight of the Information Technology department.
    • Ensure compliance with professional accounting standards, rules, regulations, and laws by directing, supervising, and facilitating the preparation and maintenance of required and appropriate financial records, monthly and annual financial reports, and all other reporting as may be required by federal, state, local agencies, or established accounting standards.
    • Facilitate the governance of the Seminary by providing financial information to the President, Dean, Board of Trustees and by establishing appropriate policies, procedures, and guidelines.
    • Facilitate the access of the independent auditors to requested records during the conduct of the annual audit.
    • Ensure compliance with the institutional mission of the Seminary by working with senior staff to develop and review department plans, goals and objectives.
    • Assure development of effective business processes incorporating automation with appropriate technologies, designing systems of effective controls to guide work toward expected outcomes, and evaluating progress towards their accomplishment.
    • Provide recommendations to enhance financial performance and business opportunities.
    • Ensure that effective internal controls are in place and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local regulatory laws and rules for financial and tax reporting.
    • Guide the seminary in real estate transactions, risk management, insurance analysis and transactions.
    • Enable department employees to perform their assigned tasks by overseeing the preparation and implementation of the annual budget.
    • Prepare payroll to be entered into ADP, and prepare payroll summaries. Help employees with insurance and pension questions and problems.
    • Revise the chart of accounts so it conforms to standard practice for non-profit companies.
    • Ensure that miscellaneous assignments related to finance are completed in the best interests of the Seminary.
    • Attend bi-weekly senior staff meetings and other internal meetings as appropriate. Attend Executive/Board meetings, including the Finance, Audit, and Investment Committees, and present the financial statements for the most recent quarter and the capital projects fund update. Record and maintain the minutes for the Finance, Audit, and Investment Committees.
    • As is expected of all employees, provide backup support for Seminary’s major events/general activities, as needed.


  • Lead department of employees responsible for accounting.
  • Lead department responsible for facilities, maintenance and security.


  • a CPA or a Master’s degree in business or a related field is required.
  • Non-profit experience is desirable.
  • Extensive financial and budget management experience, exposure to higher education is a plus.
  •  Strong leadership and strategic planning abilities are required.
  •  Extensive problem-solving skills and the ability to organize and manage complex functions are required.
  • Exceptional aptitude in financial activities management is required.
  • Must be skilled in using financial management software commonly used in higher education.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.


Manual dexterity and ability to visualize and verbally cite numbers accurately.

Send a resume and cover letter to hiring@hartsem.edu.

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