Position Title:Resource Development Manager
Department:Mission Advancement
Reports to:Vice President for Mission Advancement
Prepared By / Date:Andrea Wendland, Human Resources / updated 11-15-2021
Approved By / Date:MLC Administrative Council / 10-01-2021
FLSA Status:Exempt
FTE1.00 FTE – Full-time
Pay Grade:34


The Resource Development Manager serves the college by implementing strategies for the advancement and support of the MLC mission according to principles of biblical stewardship.


The responsibilities and duties of the position shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Communicate effectively via phone, text, email, in-person, and through various digital tools.
  • The primary focus of the Resource Development Manager is to raise awareness and funds for MLC Financial Aid.
  • Develop and maintain a better strategy to manage the entire scholarship process in connection with the Mission Advancement team, Financial Services, and the Financial Aid office.
  • Integrate digital solicitations and stewardship plans and strategies for MLC constituents, including all areas of the Mission Advancement Office.
  • Assist the Vice President in managing the Mission Advancement Office while the Vice President is traveling.
  • Serve as a Mission Advancement representative on the Administrative Council, when the Vice President is unable.
  • Maintain and work with a donor portfolio of at least 150 donors; nurturing and cultivating them by multiple contacts including personal visits.
  • Travel is required 50% of the time in coordination with the Vice President for Mission Advancement.
  • Assist in supporting and developing all campaigns, whether annual or capital in nature.
  • Foster and maintain a cooperative working relationship with the MLC designated Christian Giving Counselor (CGC) and the rest of the WELS Ministry of Christian Giving (MCG) staff.
  • Attend staff meetings and training sessions as required by the Mission Advancement Office and WELS MCG.
  • Work with MLC Public Relations and Alumni Director to promote the mission of the college.
  • Schedule and implement regular presentations to constituent groups, conferences, and conventions to raise awareness of MLC’s mission.
  • Interact on a regular basis with faculty and staff to build relationships and stay apprised of MLC needs.
  • Actively use Raiser’s Edge to enter all action records when communicating with individuals and groups and to produce queries and reports as necessary for doing development work.
  • Participate in continuing education to retain membership as a Christian Development Executive.
  • Ensure that all assigned donor and congregational gifts are recognized by phone or by letter.
  • Conduct other job-related duties and functions as assigned.


This position serves as the office manager and therefore assists in the supervision of the Resource Development Counselor and Mission Advancement departmental workers while following policies and procedures, and maintaining standards, and quality of work.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • An active male member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) or church body in fellowship with the WELS.
  • A deep commitment to the mission and core values of WELS and Martin Luther College and an ability to apply that commitment in the performance of daily responsibilities.
  • An understanding of Christian giving principles that are Christ-centered and donor sensitive.
  • Ability to represent Martin Luther College in a friendly and professional manner,  as an effective and experienced written and oral communicator and with customer service and helpfulness to faculty, staff, students, prospective and existing donors, congregations, schools (private and public), local businesses, the community, and the general public.
  • Have the ability to articulate the mission of Martin Luther College as the WELS College of Ministry where future pastors, teachers, and staff ministers are trained for service in the congregations and schools of the WELS.
  • Strong understanding of MLC’s Mission and Focus and the ability to carry out that mission in daily responsibilities both on and off-campus.
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills with strong attention to detail and
    time-management skills to meet deadlines.
  • Apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form, including problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to handle confidential information appropriately while abiding by privacy laws.
  • Exemplify ownership of and demonstrate pride in the fulfillment of responsibilities and tasks including the initiative, innovation, and proactive leadership in developing and implementing appropriate goals.
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively in a team environment by managing multiple tasks simultaneously with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to use appropriate levels of sound judgment with independent decision-making.
  • Ability to work irregular hours, such as early mornings, afternoons, evenings, weekends, and extended hours based on the needs of the department.
  • While representing the college, the employee must display exceptional professionalism in actions, conversation, conduct, appearance, hygiene, and dress.
  • Exhibits a friendly, outgoing, and positive demeanor with strong communication skills, and the capability of public speaking to large and small audiences.
  • Ability to remain focused on and attentive to the efforts of the Mission Advancement Office.
  • Excellent skills and proficient experience with Google programs, Microsoft Office Suites including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher.
  • Familiarity with constituent relationship management (CRM) database software such as Raiser’s Edge.


  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field is required.
  • Prior experience in marketing, recruiting, admissions, or higher education is preferred.
  • Minimum of four years related experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong understanding, knowledge of, and support for MLC and the WELS is preferred.
  • Previous administrative experience or related work is preferred.
  • Background in financial planning and/or advancement work is necessary.
  • Willingness to serve and encourage in a philanthropic approach and ability to pursue ongoing professional development in an effort to grow charitable giving.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 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 communicate, and talk or hear, walk, sit, stand, bend and kneel. This individual is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel, manipulate objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The position requires frequent mobility, with regular minimum physical exertion and occasional moderate physical exertion with the ability to maintain balance, walk and talk while walking backward. Duties involve moving materials weighing up to 20 pounds on a regular basis and up to 40 pounds on an occasional basis. Manual dexterity and coordination are required over 90% of the work period while operating equipment such as phones, computers, computer keyboards, mouse, and similar office and classroom machines. The position requires vocal communication by means of the spoken word, and hearing is required to perceive information. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually low. Travel, irregular hours, evening, and weekend hours are required for up to 50% of the position. This position is authorized for telecommuting beyond regularly stated office hours. This position is not authorized for permanent telecommuting. This position may apply for short-term telecommuting during regularly stated office hours with consideration for essential in-person responsibilities. This position requires the campus extension to be call forwarded to the corporate cellphone assigned to this position.


Salary is negotiable and commensurate with responsibilities and experience. This is a 1.00 FTE, year-round, exempt salaried position with benefits. This position is provided a corporate cellphone or monthly reimbursement for use of a personal cellphone.


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