Charitable Advisors LLC
  • 01-Jun-2021 to 30-Jun-2021
  • - Wheeler Mission Ministries
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Full Time

Position Summary:

The Director of Donor Relations is responsible for creating and cultivating philanthropic relationships between Wheeler Mission and donors and donor prospects of affluence and influence in the greater Indianapolis and Bloomington communities. This position carries out responsibilities in the following functional areas: special events and fundraising.

Wheeler Mission (WM) is a privately funded 501 (c) 3 non-profit, evangelical Christian ministry whose designated purpose is religious.  We are a Christ-centered ministry which is dedicated to sharing the Gospel and helping the homeless and impoverished.  Wheeler Mission considers every position one of ministry and a vital and valued part of our team. Therefore, it is essential that all employees of Wheeler Mission have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and subscribe to our Mission, Vision, Statement of Faith, Core Values, and Qualifications for Employment upon hire and continuously while employed.  Employees are encouraged and expected to share the Gospel as opportunities arise. 

Essential Details and Qualifications


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies to perform the essential functions of this position.

  1. Possess a sincere love of Christ and maintain a Christian walk that is evident of that love.  Individual must be willing to sign and adhere to the Wheeler Mission Statement of Faith and Code of Conduct.
  2. Ability to multitask.
  3. Close attention to detail.
  4. Interpersonal Skills – maintains confidentiality, remains open to others' ideas, and exhibits a willingness to try new things; works well in a team atmosphere and gets along well with others; prioritizes work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans. 
  5. Adaptability – adapts well to changes in the work environment, manages stress effectively, manages competing demands and can deal effectively with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events. The ability to work effectively in a team environment with associates and be equally effective and productive working on individual projects requiring minimal direct supervision.
  6. Oral Communications – speaks clearly, persuasively, and kindly in positive or negative situations, demonstrates exceptional group presentation skills and the ability to conduct meetings.
  7. Written Communications – filling out of forms, communicating via email, routinely edits work for spelling and grammar errors, presents numerical data effectively and able to read and interpret written information. Must have above average ability to compose business correspondence and ability to create effective visual presentations using multiple electronic platforms and programs.
  8. Dependability – consistently on time, willing to work overtime, weekends, and holidays when required, follows instructions, responds to management directives, and solicits feedback to improve personal performance.

Essential Requirements:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Work with Database Manager to develop caseload of 125 –150 donors currently giving to Wheeler
  2. Identify and cultivate relationships with donor prospects who are not currently donating to Wheeler
  3. Using available technology, research the giving potential of caseload
  4. Work with Sr. Director of Donor Relations on cultivation and solicitation techniques
  5. Solicit gifts from donors and donor prospects
  6. Stay informed of all Wheeler Mission Programming and statistics
  7. Other tasks as assigned by the Sr. Director of Donor Relations or Ex. VP of Advancement

Work Environment:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee works in an office or off-site setting.  Other tasks in an outdoor environment will also be required.

Physical Demands:

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.  While performing this job the employee is required to talk and hear.  It is a typical office environment with some outdoor work in a variety of weather conditions. Some evening and weekend work will be required. Heavy computer use utilizing Microsoft Office suite of products and other programs. The occasional need to drive a van or truck and the lifting of boxes, tables, chairs, and other items up to 20 pounds is also required. Must be willing and able to drive.  Travel in the Marion County area is above average with occasional travel to Bloomington.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice at the discretion of the employer (Wheeler Mission). This position will create its own functions and duties.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree with major coursework in English, Fundraising/Development, Marketing/Communications, or related field.
  • Previous experience in, fundraising, marketing, or communications.
  • Extensive experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook software. 
  • Must possess a valid state-issued driver's license and reliable vehicle.
  • Must be insurable by Wheeler Mission's insurance provider.

Background Investigation and Drug Testing:

  1. After a "conditional offer of employment" is made, the individual must pass a background investigation.
  2. Wheeler Mission Ministries has a mandatory drug testing policy for all new employees. The successful applicant must submit to and pass a drug and/or alcohol test. This drug and/or alcohol testing may occur any time after the applicant receives a conditional offer of employment.  All employees must sign and adhere to Wheeler Mission Drugs and Alcohol policy and remain free from addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Statement of Conflict of Interest/Confidentiality:

This position requires both a conflict of interest statement and a confidentiality statement.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

There are no staff supervisory responsibilities associated with this position but will be required to supervise volunteers.

Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time 40-hour per week position with a flexible working schedule. Normal business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Evening and weekend work is required as job duties demand. Overtime hours are required to complete essential tasks and many special events. 


Travel is primarily local and mainly during the business day.   

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