Director of Development
World Gospel Outreach
Founded in 1984, World Gospel Outreach (WGO) exists to impact the faith of Christ followers through serving and evangelizing children and the poor. Currently working in Honduras and Belize, their work is driven by three fundamental Biblical mandates: to care for the poor, and especially widows and orphans (James 1:27); to be fishers of men and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost (Matthew 4:19); and to be accountable before God for how they meet the needs of others (Matthew 25:31–46).
They accomplish their mission by engaging in three areas of ministry:
- Serve Teams – Meeting physical and spiritual needs
- Rancho Ebenezer Children’s Ministry – Caring for at-risk children
- Impact on the North American believer – Life-changing opportunities to serve
WGO has approximately 105 total staff in Honduras and Belize and in decentralized offices in the U.S. The organization is governed by a board of directors with twelve members from throughout the U.S., representing diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. Their annual budget is $5.5 million – of which $2 million is Gifts in Kind and $1.5 million is direct missionary support and airfare – with an operating budget of is approximately $1.8 million.
Their President & CEO, Mike Ferguson, has been with WGO for eighteen years, living all of that time in Honduras. In the U.S., they are a virtual organization, with their CFO is in Hattiesburg, MS, the current Director of Development in Chicago, another development staff person in Bloomington Normal, IL, and accounting clerks in Huntington, IN and Grand Rapids, MI.
The new Director of Development will provide the overall leadership and strategic thinking for what WGO does in the area of funding and, to some extent, in recruiting as well. He/she will have the primary responsibility to produce measurable financial outcomes that provide the foundation for the current ministry operations and for new initiatives. This will include managing a small development staff as well as related areas such as general communications (newsletter, web, social media), donor communications and contact management, new donor acquisition, capital campaigns, children’s sponsorship programs, etc. They will also have primary responsibility to recruit new church partners as well as major donors, and to develop relationships with foundations and granting agencies. And finally, they will also coach and develop the rest of the staff team to be part of the development efforts as well.
While primarily a fundraising position, there is also a recruiting component to this role. Many of our field staff are missionaries and there is an ongoing need to actively connect our donor base and church partners to WGO field opportunities. And because there are significant “in-kind” donations available, the Director must also keep abreast of the specific ministry needs and successfully link these needs to individuals who can provide the donated item or the funds to purchase needed items.
The Director of Development needs to very familiar with the key donors and churches that support WGO. The director will regularly interact with the WGO President & Chief Executive Officer, Field Directors for Honduras and Belize, Chief Financial Officer, and other staff, as needed, to ensure good overall communication and teamwork. The organization seeks to build a corporate culture where everyone participates in development.
- A vibrant, daily walk with the Lord
- Agreement with WGO’s Statement of Faith
- A belief in and understand of the mission and vision of WGO
- A successful track record of fundraising for a nonprofit organization (minimum of 5 years)
- Excellent people skills
- The ability to be a self-starter (inasmuch as the President & CEO is not at the same location and not able to interface on a daily basis)
- The ability to assess the overall situation, devise a strategy and prioritize tasks for best outcomes
- Proven leadership skills
- Understanding how to be both a team player and a team leader
- Communication and strong relationship with other staff, managers, and directors
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
- Abilities as public speaker
- Good administration skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks with varying priorities
- An innate sense of where opportunity lies and where to spend time and resources
- A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred)
Compensation & Benefits
- Salary: $90–100,000 base, depending on experience. Incentive pay can be structured for achieving certain ministry goals.
- Benefits: A 403(b) retirement plan with company match (historically up to 3–4%). No medical benefits are provided.
- Travel: Be willing to travel up to 30%, as needed, to the field, missions conferences, churches or perhaps to interview a missionary candidate. Travel to Honduras and Belize to build relationships with team members and WGO staff.
To download the full Organization & Position Profile (highly recommend), please click here.
To learn more about the work of WGO, please visit their website at www.wgoreach.org.