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Dakotas United Methodist Foundation seeks Executive Director

The Dakotas United Methodist Foundation is seeking an executive director.  The current director, Bruce Blumer is leaving to serve in leadership for Institutional Advancement at the University of Sioux Falls.

The Dakotas United Methodist Foundation is a ministry rather than an institution. The Foundation enjoys a unique position within the philanthropic life of the United Methodist Church in the Dakotas. Expectations of the Executive Director would include (1) leadership skills, (2) administrative abilities, (3) a strong theology of stewardship, (4) interest and ability in relationship building, marketing, and fundraising, (5) familiarity with finance and investments, (6) an understanding of the structure, philosophy and values of the United Methodist Church, and (7) conformity with established ethical standards. The Executive Director relates to the Foundation Board, the Bishop, individual donors, Conference churches, the Annual Conference Treasurer, and the wide variety of charitable agencies, institutions, and causes enhanced by the Foundation’s ministry. The Foundation website may be found at


  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience with an emphasis in communication, marketing, or business preferred. 
  • An advanced degree and CFRE preferred, or course work and/or continuing education in a field related to the work of the Foundation.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in a fundraising leadership role is preferred.
  • Verifiable experience and demonstrated skills including:
  1. Appreciation for the structure, philosophy and values of the United Methodist Church
  2. Success in major gift/donor solicitation with the ability to close in the fields of Current Funds, Planned Giving, Major Gift solicitation, Capital Campaign and Foundation Administration
  3. Skills related to marketing and social media
  4. Organizational, personnel, and budget management
  5. Group and individual motivation capabilities
  6. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  7. Aptitude in using computer software programs for database management and word processing
  8. Ability to feel comfortable and communicate effectively with people of various vocations, cultures, and economic levels
  9. Willingness to travel
  10. Highest moral integrity and ethical fundraising

A competitive salary and benefit package is available. Review of materials will begin on July 1, 2014 and proceed until position is filled. A competitive salary and benefit package is available.  Click here for a more detailed position description and/or interested candidates should mail/email a cover letter, resume to Jeff Pospisil, PO Box 460, Mitchell, SD  57301 or


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