Donor Relations Director, Full-Time
Job Details
Administration - Seattle, WA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$60,000.00 - $85,000.00 Salary/year
Up to 50%
Nonprofit - Social Services

Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission is currently looking for a Donor Relations Director to join the Donor Relations team in Seattle, WA.


Seattle's Union Gospel Mission is a private faith-based organization that helps the community to reach out with compassion to those who have lost hope. And as a community, we empower one another to build, lead and give back.


The Donor Relations Director manages the Donor Relations Team and is responsible for cultivating relationships with individual major and mid-level donors. This includes executing a strategy to maintain commitment, expand the donor base and increase donor giving through portfolio management, contact management and major donor direct mail strategy. It also includes overseeing the Catalyst Gala event coordination, execution, follow-up and donor cultivation strategy.


Our Donor Relations team is looking for its newest member and we think that could be you!


Essential Job Duties

  1. Manage, support, facilitate and review the work of direct report(s) by equipping, encouraging and empowering in their specific areas of responsibilities.
  2. Manage, review and approve all department staff hiring and disciplinary actions, in cooperation with supervisor and the People Team.
  3. Develop and meet annual department expense budget and goals.
  4. Develop overall major donor treatment strategy which includes receipting, mail contacts, email strategy and personal contacts with the CDO.
  5. Manage an overall team portfolio management strategy focused on increasing the major donor base, growing current donors and reactivating lapsed donors. This role is responsible for the health of the mid-level and major gifts channel’s and pipeline development.
  6. Work closely with the Senior Marketing Manager to cultivate and increase giving of major donors through direct mail.
  7. Oversee Annual Catalyst Fundraising Gala including event coordination, auction item procurement, sponsorship, pre-commitments, volunteer committee management, donor follow-up and cultivation strategy.
  8. Cultivate personal and professional relationships with donors; engendering a sense of belonging to the Mission. This includes a portfolio of 30 to 50 donors.
  9. Maintain donor database, donor budgeting system and reports.
  10. Maintain a comprehensive understanding of Mission programs as a means to facilitate donor relationships, development and increase giving.
  11. Represent the Mission in the community with the purpose of fund donation and solicitation.
  12. Manage, create and execute major donor events.
  13. Any other job-related duties as directed by supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. The successful candidate will have an active church/prayer life and demonstrate a strong desire to serve the Mission by ministering to those whom it serves.
  2. Must agree with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission Statement of Faith, Mission and Vision Statements and have a personal ethos and work ethic that reflects the Mission’s Core Values.
  3. Sensitivity to cultural diversity is required.
  4. Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission accepts and encourages the involvement of volunteers at all levels in the organization. All Mission employees are expected to assist in the creation of meaningful and productive roles in which volunteers might serve in the organization, and to interact positively and cooperatively with our volunteers.
  5. Ability to successfully pass pre-employment drug and criminal background screenings.
  6. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and donor database system required.
  7. Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills required.
  8. Ability to manage time and plan effectively in a fast-paced, fluid work environment required.
  9. Ability to maintain accuracy and confidentiality at all times required.
  10. Ability to work well both individually and within in a team environment required.
  11. Knowledge of and experience with securing large gifts, major donors and lapsed donors required.
  12. Experience in growing a pipeline of relationships from general or mass donors to mid-level to major gifts.
  13. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required.
  14. Excellent writing, communication, organizational and interpersonal skills required.
  15. Ability to exercise initiative, judgment and decision-making in meeting objectives required. 
  16. Ability to successfully manage multiple responsibilities at one time required.
  17. Ability to partner across an organization required.
  18. Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive information required.



College degree or equivalent years of experience.



Minimum of 3 years of development experience in major donor work required.  Supervisory experience required.


Statement of Faith

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling, the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
  • We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.


Mission Statement

To serve, rescue and transform those in greatest need, through the grace of Jesus Christ.


Vision Statement

To forcefully impact poverty and brokenness, affecting such significant change that our communities point to God!


Core Values

  • Sacred Relationships
  • Passionate Urgency
  • Strategic Effectiveness
  • Courageous Belief
  • Innovative and Scrappy