Development Director

Lutheran Volunteer Corps
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 26

Position description

LVC places recent college graduates (“Volunteers”) in full-time service positions at social-justice organizations across the United States in Baltimore, Minneapolis, Omaha, St. Paul, Washington, D.C., and Wilmington -- for one or two years. Service-year Volunteers are encouraged to explore LVC’s core principles: living simply and sustainably in intentional community while serving the cause of peace with justice. LVC places emphasis on the injustice of racism, oppression, and privilege in its leadership development curriculum; and Volunteers develop broad leadership skills while being placed with food justice, legal aid, environment, housing, immigration, education, health care, and other missions. The Lutheran Volunteer Corps is a community of faith uniting people to work for peace with justice. Successful candidates will be comfortable and eager to engage a variety of individuals and groups to advance LVC’s inclusive aspirations, to seek support and promote the program.

Position Summary

Based on LVC’s priorities, lead financial planning, monitoring, modeling, reporting, and fundraising throughout the year to ensure financial sustainability. Provide advice and counsel on everything impacting finances. Supervise bookkeeper/comptroller, communications, fundraising, administration, and program finances to advance efforts.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities provided are a general overview and are not intended to be an all-inclusive list. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned or reassigned as needed.

  • Budgeting -- Proactively create and modify budgets throughout the year based on revenues, expenses and priorities. Produce budget models, service fee structures, and be able to work with regional program managers in monitoring.
  • Finance -- Lead design and implementation of finance efforts to improve financial condition and increase financial sustainability. Review all new activities and plans that impact revenues and expenses and present cases for support or rejection based on priorities. Produce monthly financial reports for the president, staff, and board; be able to explain for understanding the details and meaning around financial data; and serve on and lead discussions of the Finance Committee.
  • Fundraising -- Design and lead fundraising plans that engage the whole organization, based on LVC aspirations, priorities, and resources. Travel to regions to advance and steward donor relationships, and promote the program.
  • Administration -- Supervise internal controls and processes for receiving, accounting, acknowledging, and stewarding money and donors; program fees and payer relationships; organization benefits and payroll; banking and complex donor contributions, etc.
  • Communications -- Define the annual communications plan that coordinates messaging across the organization and maximizes impact and outcomes.



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least five years of primary responsibility for finance including most areas mentioned in job description
  • At least two years supervising professional staff
  • Demonstrated success closing individual gifts over $10,000
  • Understanding of fundraising methods, processes, and ability to create and manage plans annually
  • Experience as a former volunteer in LVC or employee of a similar service program, not required but preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes

  • Experience with audit, legal compliance, budgeting, human resources management, and strategic planning 
  • Superior people skills, and passion for asking others to contribute to a cause
  • Experience with service-year or similar programs for understanding of funding model.
  • Strong written and verbal communication with keen attention to detail, and ability to convey key data/value in presentations to internal and external audiences
  • Proficient using technology, including master use of Excel, fundraising databases, and social media
  • Ability to champion spiritual exploration, JIC, anti-racism, cultural competence/global citizenry, and benefits of LVC program
  • Proactive leadership with experience in a high-performance, collaborative environment
  • Some weekend and evening commitments. Willingness and ability to travel to regions multiple times each year

Application instructions

No phone calls please. Submit resume and cover letter with salary requirements as one document in Word or PDF format to [email protected].  For more information on LVC, visit Lutheran Volunteer Corps is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for all employees.

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