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First Presbyterian Church of Nashville

Director of Development

First Presbyterian Church of Nashville


Job Summary

Working under the direction of the Director of Finance, the Director of Development is responsible for advancing the ministry and mission of First Presbyterian Church of Nashville, “To know Christ, to make Him known, and to exhibit His love through worship, education, and service.” The Director will focus on the development of members’ financial support in the areas of annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, and endowment growth.  This position is the primary staff resource member for and provides leadership and direction to, the Generosity/Stewardship Committee and the Endowment Committee. The Director additionally provides strategy and direction to other committees and individuals involved in raising funds for the Church.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a clear, concise, and comprehensive short-term and long-term vision for funds development within the congregation that includes measurable goal setting.
  • Design and implement the Church’s annual giving program, major gifts projects, and planned giving program.
  • Design and coordinate a comprehensive fund-raising calendar.
  • Oversee the Church’s communications with members that encourage their financial support.
  • Organize and manage special events that support fund development.
  • Oversee processes and procedures necessary for accurate and timely compilation and reporting of funds development activities.
  • Identify a focused prospect list by name and determine a strategy for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Develop a donor privacy /confidentiality policy in conjunction with the Finance Director.
  • With volunteers and staff, make personal calls on members who are large annual giving donors, are large major gift donors, are large planned giving participants, or have been identified as prospects for large gifts in these three areas ensuring that all parties involved adhere to the Church’s donor privacy/ confidentiality policy.
  • Participate in continuing education to expand knowledge of funds development strategies, techniques, and activities.
  • Other related duties as assigned by the Director of Finance.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; graduate degree preferred


  • An active, growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Knowledge of the bible, the Reformed tradition, and an ability to integrate the Christian faith into day-to-day work in a way that brings about the advancement of the gospel is required.
  • Commitment to the mission and work of First Presbyterian Church of Nashville.
  • Minimum 5 years prior experience in non-profit funds development, preferably church funds development. Transferable skills to be considered. 


  • Strong communication skills: active listening; articulate verbal; clear and persuasive writing.
  • Ability to develop collaborative and warm relationships with prospects, staff, volunteers, and church members.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the financial, legal, and regulatory aspects of funds development.
  • Ability to recruit, motivate, and nurture volunteers.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and manage the Church’s database for effective fundraising results.
  • Analytical, computational, and technological skills consistent with managing effective and smooth-running funds development programs.

Additional Information


  • 403(b)
  • Dental Insurance
  • Dependent health insurance coverage
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

How to Apply

Complete an online application at our website and submit your cover letter with your resume to hr@fpcnashville.org.


  • Date Posted: April 20, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Religious
  • Start Date: 06/03/2024
  • Salary Range: $75,000.00
  • Working Hours: 8:30am - 4:30 pm plus evening meetings, as needed