VIce President, Development
The Chalmers Center
The Chalmers Center is a nonprofit ministry operating both in the U.S. and globally headquartered just outside of Chattanooga, TN. Their mission is to equip churches to walk alongside people who are poor, breaking the spiritual, social, and material bonds of poverty.
Since its founding in 1999, the Chalmers Center for Economic Development has been an industry pioneer in developing and disseminating gospel-driven economic development tools for local churches and church-equipping organizations to use to partner with the poor in their communities. Chalmers brings resources and training to local churches and ministries in the U.S. and around the world that equip them to love the poor in effective, biblical ways. In addition, they exercise thought leadership through speaking engagements, books, online courses, and other content on mutually transformational community development.
By uniting cutting-edge research, micro-economic development interventions, and social innovation principles, the Chalmers Center grows the capacity of the local church to transform the lives of low-income people without creating dependency, providing practical ways for churches to move their poverty alleviation efforts from handouts to empowerment.
Chalmers is perhaps best known for the book, When Helping Hurts, its paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need. Released in 2008 and written by Steve Corbett and Chalmers’ founder, Brian Fikkert, the book emphasizes that poverty is the result of broken relationships that affect all human beings—poor and non-poor alike. It hopes to bring an understanding that poverty is much more than simply a lack of financial or material resources and that it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve the problem of poverty.
Their budget for FY2019 is just over $2.5 million and they have a full-time staff of 12 in their home office and three international staff located in Rwanda, Togo, and Peru. The organization has been led for the past four and half years by Executive Director, Michael Briggs, whose Leadership Team is made up of the Vice Presidents overseeing Operations, Programs, Marketing, and Development.
Chalmers is a deeply respected name in the area of Christian poverty alleviation, being known for having a captivating mission for the local church and the poor and for their rigorous developmental theory. They are a small organization, and the staff team describes itself as a family. Theirs is a healthy and positive culture where they really care about one another and are serious about walking out their mission, not only on the job, but in their personal lives as well. The team is excited about the future … doing great work while believing that, by their own standards, they are not yet achieving their full potential and their best days of influence and ministry are ahead.
Reporting directly to the Executive Director (ED), the Vice President of Development is responsible for all fundraising and development activities, working in close partnership with the ED. The role’s primary purpose is to strengthen and advance the work of the Chalmers Center by overseeing current Chalmers’ relationships (e.g. financial supporters, churches, foundations, and the public-at-large); while forging new relationships to build Chalmers’ brand and financial resources. A minimum of five (5) years managing a development or sales team, as is relocation to the Chattanooga area.
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To learn more about the work of the Chalmers Center, please visit their website at www.chalmers.org.