Community and Congregational Engagement Specialist

April 25, 2018

Position Title: Community and Congregational Engagement Specialist
Reports To: Director of Fundraising Strategy
Location: Kansas City, MO
Team: Funds Development and Marketing
Grade: 7
Status: Exempt

Church World Service (CWS) is a not-for-profit organization working to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. CWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or veteran status in employment or in the provision of services.

To Apply:
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Primary Purpose:

Working with an assigned portfolio, this position assists in accomplishing the fundraising goals of the Funds Development program of CWS/CROP. She/he implements a national strategy for resource development activities in support of the overall work of the agency. Primary responsibilities carried out by the position will vary based on the constituent populations and donor make-up within the portfolio.

The Community and Congregational Engagement Specialist carries responsibility for a variety of fund raising activities from two major funding streams: community events and congregations. Primary activities include the organization of community-based special events—i.e., CROP Hunger Walks—through volunteer networks; building relationships to secure donations of funds from congregations, women’s groups, and other organizations in support of CROP Programs. She/he will enhance the fundraising efforts through appropriate education of various constituencies about the issues of hunger, poverty, and its related causes and interpreting CWS/CROP’s response.

The exempt position requires an average of 80% time allocated to relationship building and direct fundraising with volunteers and various other constituencies, including extensive and intentional travel within the assigned area as defined by one’s portfolio. Other activities will include event leadership capacity building and consultation and as well as donor relationship cultivation and maintenance. remaining 20% time on average is allocated to strategic planning, collaboration with team members, office administration, constituent services, and reporting. Occasional travel to national management and training meetings is expected. ability to work a typical work week averaging 40-45 hours, including evenings and weekends, is required.

Essential Duties:

CROP Hunger Events Fund Raising:

  • Consult and interact with congregational and community leaders (clergy groups, local hunger agencies, congregations, schools, civic groups, etc.) to identify, recruit and equip key volunteers to plan, and promote CROP Hunger Walks, set goals, and evaluate results.
  • As informed by overall Walk fund raising priorities, focus a designated percentage of time for direct Walk fund raising—with the majority of that time allocated to on-site presence—in counties and communities identified as having the greatest potential for enhanced and/or new participation and income generation.
  • Plan and lead Walk leadership training sessions to equip and enhance volunteers’ capacity for community organizing, public speaking, fundraising and program interpretation skills as a way of maximizing outreach efforts.

Congregational Giving:

  • Interpret and promote the CWS/CROP Congregational partnership opportunities throughout the region especially during focused campaign seasons.
  • Build relationships with Congregational Partners to increase their involvement in financially supporting CWS programs.
  • Provide on-site appreciation and program interpretation for top giving congregations.
  • Recruit new congregational partnerships where appropriate and as determined by a national strategy.


Bachelor’s degree

Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in organizational fundraising and development.
  • Demonstrated ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Previous employment and/or volunteer experience with a faith-based organization. Experience working and/or volunteering in a multi-cultural, ecumenical or interfaith environment.
  • Achieve a thorough understanding of the donor management database and ensure that the appropriate information is updated regularly.
  • Strong relational and facilitation skills
  • Ability to travel domestically
  • Demonstrate initiative, be self-motivated and function independently in a home office setting. Ability to thrive in non-traditional work settings
  • Must have a valid automobile operator’s license.

Computer literacy in word processing, spreadsheet and database applications.

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