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St. Iakovos Retreat Center

920 224th Ave
Kansasville, WI 53139

Phone: 262-864-9080

Posted: 12.18.2019

Development Officer

St. Iakovos Retreat Center

Job Description

The Development Officer is responsible for the Saint Iakovos Retreat Center’s (SIRC) efforts to manage fundraising and other giving programs. Development officer will also be responsible to work with the events committee to assist planning and executing special events. This position plays an important role by providing fundraising support to the fundraising committee’s chair, SIRC board members and SIRC staff to solicit major restricted, unrestricted and planned gifts. This position will coordinate efforts with key partners including Fanari Camp, The Metropolis of Chicago Council, and regional affiliate groups. The Development Officer is responsible to meet revenue goals and manage expense budgets.

DEPARTMENT: Development / Fundraising

REPORTS TO: St. Iakovos Retreat Center (SIRC) Board of Directors / Fundraising Committee Chairperson


WORK SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday / 40 hours per week, which will include certain evenings and weekends as required.


Duties and Responsibilities

Major Gifts

  • Responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of new and current donors including unrestricted, restricted, planned gifts, and campaign gifts for the retreat center.
  • Manage a portfolio of donors and prospective donors, developing individualized asks for each. Develop and implement campaign fundraising plans, and other special initiatives.
  • Increase awareness about the importance of major gifts at the retreat center with major donor prospects.
  • Maintain a visible presence with external audiences including but not limited to presentations to Parishes as well as Orthodox Agencies.
  • Maintain donor database and manage donor acknowledgement process

Annual Giving

  • Manage donor, cultivation, solicitation and renewal process.
  • Oversee development of annual giving plan and donor engagement.

Special Events  

  • Assist the events committee for the organization, implementation, and execution of Fundraising Special Event.

Planned Giving

  • Promote planned and estate giving opportunities.

Supervision and Evaluation

  • Work closely and report to the Board of Directors and/or its representative to schedule a to be determined number of weekly update meetings via the necessary reporting venues.
  • Monthly evaluations of productivity with fundraising committee.
  • Attend a quarterly board meeting to report on progress.
  • To thoughtfully, productively and intelligently develop a donor weekly contact goal number or touches with prospective donors.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s degree or fundraising certificate preferred.
  • Two years of progressive fundraising experience required; Five years preferred. Must have experience in direct solicitation of major gifts.
  • Proven track record of achieving financial goals and developing productive and professional relationships with volunteers and support groups involved in the development process.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, as well as ability to effectively manage and supervise volunteers required.
  • An understanding of prospect research and cultivation strategies is required, as well as, experience with personal computers and on-line data.
  • Ability to operate general office equipment and to have mobility throughout the SIRC campus, offices and event spaces.

To Apply

For more information and to apply, please contact the SIRC Development Committee via email at