Director of Advancement

Director of Advancement
Organization Name: 
Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries
Columbus, OH


The Director of Advancement is responsible for fundraising initiatives that support SON Ministries’ game-changing work around civic engagement. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Advancement will develop fundraising and advocacy programming, strengthen donor relationships, leverage data and analytics to advance SON Ministries philanthropy, and ultimately bring in dollars to amplify our good work.


Reports to the Executive Director.
Interacts regularly with other staff members, key volunteers, City Community Officials, local businesses, ministry partners and various civic community organizations and local companies.  This is a full time position.



  • Manage and expand SON Ministries ’s contributed income from individual donors, monthly sustainers, and corporate funders.
  • Work with the Executive Director to secure funding and manage deliverables for SON Ministries’ campaigns
  • Lead annual fundraiser, including working with the team to set the event vision, recruiting and managing volunteer committees, securing sponsorships, and executing day-of programming.
  • Leverage donor data to build a comprehensive fundraising strategy.
  • Partner with the funding committee to identify and apply for community grants and manage deliverables as part of the fundraising strategy.
  • Foster a culture of philanthropy with staff and the SON Ministries board.
  • Recruit and lead volunteer teams in order to put on events and increase our fundraising reach.
  • Meet and steward relationships with existing and past donors and prospects to build engagement levels.
  • Identify, cultivate and secure new sources of support and funding


  • Secure and cultivate SON Ministries’ brand.
  • Use all communication channels to consistently share ‘stories’ to keep donors/volunteers informed and connected to the cause.
  • Coordinate media outlets for optimal branding and awareness of mission and needs.
  • Manage the organization’s printed and electronic publications for donors (brochures/marketing materials etc.) and promotional materials to tell stories and attract and keep donors (including but not limited to: newsletters, blogs, videos)

Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director


To perform this job successfully, an associate must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and /or ability required.  The physical requirements and work environment described is representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable associates with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • B.S. /B.A. in Fundraising, Marketing/Branding or related field
  • 5+ years professional fundraising/development experience in the nonprofit sector.
  • Proven fundraiser with experience in event planning, sponsorship solicitation, grant writing, and individual giving strategies.
  • Adept at building new community connections and nurturing donor relationships.
  • Experience in sales, marketing or communications a plus
  • Public speaking and presentation design and delivery
  • Attention to detail and ability to perform several tasks with ease and professionalism
  • Must have a thorough understanding of project and funding development
  • Highly organized with great project management skills and an ability to complete projects in a timely manner.
  • Excellent leadership, organizational, interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills
  • Highly proficient using technology, Microsoft Office, Excel, Outlook and database management
  • Exhibits professionalism, optimism, energy, and enthusiasm; enjoys working with diverse constituents; and thrives in a collaborative environment
  • Ability to recruit and manage a team of interns and or volunteers
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as required.


The position requires keen ability to build genuine long-term relationships with people around the cause.  Requires the ability to clearly define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw conclusions.  The position requires the ability to create and implement an extensive variety of fundraising strategies from start-up to implementation.  The employee must have the ability to maintain confidentiality in all endeavors.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The physical demands and work environment described in this job description are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with co-workers in an office environment. The employee is frequently required to stand or sit to complete work and may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Because this position will require some local travel, reliable transportation is required.

Business casual attire is recommended except when meeting with community leaders at which time business professional attire is recommended. 


  • Energetic team driven by a mission to do good.
  • Award-winning, entrepreneurial nonprofit with a collaborative culture.
  • Convenient location and peaceful and supportive office environment
  • Generous vacation policy and paid holidays off.
  • Professional development opportunities.


Request an application via email or 614-586-7939.  Submit a resume and three references.

Equal Opportunity Employer