To lead all fundraising and stewardship functions of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) including oversight of congregational giving, direct mail, major gifts, charitable gifts, legacy giving, and capital campaign efforts. To manage the Stewardship and Development staff group. To help cultivate a culture of generosity and connection within Unitarian Universalism.
Leads the Stewardship and Development staff group in developing strategies, setting goals, and implementing solicitation and communication plans to grow the income and overall financial health of the UUA. Directs efforts to secure funding from four primary streams: congregational giving (Annual Program Fund), legacy giving, direct mail and online giving, and individual donor appeals (including mid-level and leadership-level giving).
Identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards major gift donors and prospects for significant annual or multi-year support of the UUA.
Manages campaigns and other fundraising initiatives as directed by the President (e.g., the Promise & Practice of Our Faith Campaign for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism). Works with the President on developing donor groups such as the President’s Council to cultivate and maintain major contributions.
Serves on the UUA Leadership Council and works closely with the Executive Vice President and the President to further the mission and Ends of the Association, including linking financial resources with overall strategy and impact.
Acts as a representative of the UUA with campaign partners, key contributors, and donor prospects, including co-managing the Wake Now Our Vision Legacy Challenge, with their counterpart at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
Creates opportunities to cultivate a culture of generosity and connection among lay and professional leaders within the wider UUA and in UU congregations. Ensures UUA fundraising is reflective of core values and Ends of the Association. Collaborates with leadership across UUA program areas to develop impactful donor cultivation processes and strategies that align with institutional priorities.
Oversees receipt, tracking, and recognition of financial contributions. Works with Finance staff to ensure accurate accounting of donations and donor intent. Provides quarterly and annual income forecasts. Collaborates with the President, Executive Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer with long range financial planning.
Engages the UUA Board of Trustees and other UUA leaders in ways to further their generosity and fiduciary commitments.
Performs other duties as requested by the Executive Vice President or the President.
Note that qualifications may be met as a result of lived experience, volunteer work, professional experience, and/or formal or informal training. Requirements include:
10+ years of relevant professional experience with a deep understanding of Unitarian Universalism or similar faith communities.
Outstanding skills in written and verbal communication and relationship management.
Prior experience in fundraising strongly preferred, including campaigns, major donor solicitation, online giving, direct mail, and current trends in philanthropy such as donor advised funds.
Demonstrated ability to cultivate and secure major gifts.
Fluency in financial planning and demonstrated ability to manage budgeting and accounting processes.
Supervisory experience with the ability to lead diverse teams in goal-setting and strategic planning.
Comfort with acting as a public faith leader with a sense of inner spiritual grounding. Status as an ordained minister is not required.
Personal and professional commitment to counter systems of oppression and cultural marginalization, and to promoting a staff culture of intercultural fluency and humility.Worked or lived experience with communities of color or indigenous peoples is of particular value.
Exceptional ethical standards and discretion in working with finances and donors.
Bachelor’s degree expected, and master’s degree in a relevant area preferred (i.e., business, theology, nonprofit or philanthropic management), but note that this qualification can be met as a result of other professional, educational, and lived experience.
Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word).
Comfort with using social media, Google Suite and other web-based applications, Zoom virtual meeting software, and other emerging communications and remote learning technologies.
Regular travel and weekend work is required.
Residency in the United States is required.
How to Apply
People with disabilities, people of color, indigenous people, Hispanic/Latinx, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. The UUA is committed to developing a diverse and talented staff team. If you are excited about this role, but are unsure whether you meet 100% of the requirements, we encourage you to inquire and/or apply. Send cover letter and résumé via email—indicating “Stewardship and Development Director” in the subject line—via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, via fax to (617) 948- 6467, or to Human Resources, UUA, 24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210.
E-mail submissions preferred.
About the UUA
The Unitarian Universalist Association is a progressive religious denomination headquartered in Boston’s waterfront Fort Point Innovation District with offices in Washington, DC and at the United Nations in New York City. Our faith community of more than 1,000 self-governing congregations brings to the world a vision of religious freedom, tolerance, and social justice. We are a great place to work and we value diversity. The UUA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to the full inclusion of all. As part of this commitment, the UUA will ensure that applicants and staff with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (617) 948-4648 or email@example.com. For more information on the UUA, visit us online at UUA.org and uuworld.org.
Support for the Mission and Values of the Association
The Unitarian Universalist Association is a progressive and historic religious denomination. While it is not generally required or expected that an applicant/employee identify as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) or be a member of a UU congregation in order to work at the UUA, all UUA staff members are expected to perform their job duties in accordance with the UUA’s values, principles and mission. In particular the following points, drawn from the Seven UU Principles, are of particular importance for the UUA’s work environment and staff culture:
The inherent worth and dignity of every human being: We affirm the need for a human-centered workplace that allows our diverse staff to flourish. We also understand that our wider culture and society oppresses and denies human dignity, and we seek to counter the effects of that oppression in our hiring and workplace culture so that each person feels whole and valued.
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations, and the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all: We speak openly and publicly of our support for social and political issues, including LGBTQ equity, racial justice, climate justice, gender equity, and reproductive justice.
The interdependent web of existence: We recognize that the liberation of all people is interwoven, and we work to counter patriarchy, white supremacy, colonialism, homophobia, transphobia, environmental exploitation, and other interrelated systems of marginalization.
Telecommuting is allowed. Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: The UUA offers an excellent benefits package: We pay 80% of the UUA Health Insurance Plan premiums, 11% towards retirement (after one year), and have generous paid time-off policies.
About Unitarian Universalist Association
About the UUA: The Unitarian Universalist Association is an historic, progressive, religious denomination located in Boston with offices in Washington, DC and at the United Nations in New York City. Our faith community of more than 1,000 self-governing congregations brings to the world a vision of religious freedom, tolerance, and social justice. Our normal workweek is 35 hours, we pay 80% contribution towards health insurance premiums, 11% towards retirement (after 1 year), and have generous paid time-off policies. We are a great place to work and are seeking to increase the diversity of our staff. The UUA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information on the UUA, visit us online at UUA.org.