Position Description

Position Description

Fuller Theological Seminary

(Pasadena, CA)

Title: Vice President for Development


Mission Statement: Fuller Theological Seminary, embracing the School of Theology, School of Psychology, and School of Intercultural Studies, is an evangelical, multidenominational, international, and multiethnic community dedicated to the equipping of men and women for the manifold ministries of Christ and his Church. Under the authority of Scripture we seek to fulfill our commitment to ministry through graduate education, professional development, and spiritual formation. In all of our activities, including instruction, nurture, worship, service, research, and publication, Fuller Theological Seminary strives for excellence in the service of Jesus Christ, under the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of the Father.

In the 70 years since its founding, Fuller Theological Seminary has become a place of rich diversity and theological leadership beyond what its founders could ever have imagined. Now the largest multidenominational seminary in the world, Fuller’s more than 3,500 students come from 90 countries and 110 denominations. Three schools (School of Psychology, School of Theology, and School of Intercultural Studies) and multiple locations allow Fuller to offer a full range of master’s and doctoral programs in both traditional classrooms and virtual environments. More than 43,000 alumni serve in churches and communities across the globe.

Yet from Charles E. Fuller’s original vision until now, Fuller Seminary’s core commitment has remained the same: equipping leaders with minds for careful scholarship and hearts for the unchanging, saving gospel of Jesus Christ.

Fuller will be moving from its campus in Pasadena to Pomona in 2021. The sale of the property in Pasadena is expected to close in the next few months with the relocation to Pomona in the next two years, allowing financial stability. For more information about Fuller Theological Seminary, visit www.fuller.edu.


The Vice President for Development is a key leadership role at Fuller. Reporting to the Chief of Philanthropy/Executive Director of The Fuller Foundation, the VP for Development provides leadership and oversight to all Development resources and fundraising efforts, with responsibility for development and implementation of a comprehensive, sustainable funding strategy. The VP for Development directs and oversees the work of the regional Development Officers as well as the staff based in Pasadena, incorporating strong diversified strategies to ensure revenues are available to meet the financial needs of the organization now and in the future. The VP for Development will oversee Fuller’s upcoming Capital Campaign, expected to launch in early 2019, directing the work of the campaign manager and interacting with campaign consultants. The VP for Development serves on the President’s Council and various other leadership groups that may be formed from time to time.

The Vice President for Development interacts with a wide variety of stakeholders within the broader Fuller community including students, faculty, alumni, churches, donors, the Seminary’s Board of Trustees and its Mission Advancement Committee, and the Fuller Foundation, a financially interrelated entity managing the majority of the seminary’s endowment. The VP Development will be a key member of the strategic working group consisting of the Chief Operating Officer (The Fuller Foundation), Director of Planned Giving (The Fuller Foundation), and Executive Director of Alumni Relations.


The Vice President for Development will oversee all Fuller Theological Seminary Development functions: this includes, but is not limited to, supervising the Development staff members, creating and maintaining short-and long-range plans for total giving, including annual, unrestricted, restricted and endowment gifts. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for Fuller’s annual fund, donor relations, customer relationship management, and fundraising initiatives and campaigns
  • Manage direct reports; develop annual plans, metrics, and budgets for the Development department
  • Direct, coach, evaluate and inspire staff toward accountable, goal-oriented outcomes
  • Manage and maintain dynamic relationships with Fuller Theological Seminary’s Board of Trustees and principal level donors
  • Maintain strong working relationships with faculty, staff, center directors, and campus departments whose cooperation is essential to effective development programs
  • Work independently and alongside the President and other key leaders on donor cultivation and solicitation
  • Maintain a dynamic portfolio of major gift prospects in all phases of qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; secure major gifts for the Seminary
  • Prepare and present reports to the Mission Advancement Committee and Board of Trustees
  • In partnership with the President and Chief of Philanthropy, instill a culture of giving broadly throughout the Fuller constituency
  • Be active and involved in the advancement profession and keep Fuller visible among peer institutions
  • Participate in strategic discussions and develop programs to strengthen the financial resources of Fuller, particularly in relationship to the relocation to Pomona
  • Travel is required: The Vice President must be willing to travel 30 to 50% of the time
  • All other duties as assigned by the Chief of Philanthropy


The successful candidate will be an innovative, forward-thinking leader with exceptional interpersonal skills and a high degree of professionalism and integrity. The VP will have strong facilitation skills and the ability to build consensus among campus stakeholders around cultivation and proposal strategies. The VP for Development will be a compelling, charismatic leader with the ability to manage remote staff and move a team forward by inspiring and motivating people with creativity, energy and a sense of humor. As such, the Vice President for Development should not only possess strong communication skills, but should also be able to create an environment that is conducive to open and direct communication with individuals of varying degrees of involvement with Fuller and its work. Candidates should have an entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to think strategically, generate new ideas, plan, and set goals and objectives, as well as implement and follow-through on these goals. The successful candidate will be an active and intuitive listener who is able to hear and act on nuance and subtlety. The ability to be responsive, results-oriented and have good follow through is essential. An energetic and visible leader, the Vice President of Development will be committed to and able to passionately represent and promote Fuller’s mission and values to diverse groups. The VP will be a relationship builder with high emotional intelligence and a confident professional willing to take thoughtful risks. This restricted position is a leadership position, where adherence to the Christian beliefs, doctrines, and tenets affirmed by the seminary is a foundational part of the employee’s essential functions. These leadership positions involve representing and interpreting the mission and the objectives and activities of the seminary to other employees, students, and/or off campus constituencies, as well as religious duties which are central to the Christian mission, Christian objectives, and Christian activities of the Seminary.


The successful candidate will have broad based development experience in higher education with at least ten years of fundraising in roles of increasing scope and responsibility. Prior experience in managing a large and complex campaign is strongly preferred. Candidates should have demonstrated success in creating and managing a comprehensive development program along with a strong track record in major gift cultivation and solicitation. Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in major gifts, annual giving, alumni programming, and campaigns is desired. The successful candidate will have experience working collaboratively with a nonprofit Board. 


A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred.


Annual compensation will be competitive and relocation assistance, if needed, is negotiable. A comprehensive benefits package will be provided.


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