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Chief Development Officer

Why We Love This Opportunity

Mission Lazarus has an incredible story—and is a unique organization doing mission differently. Only the courageous would take on the slow, deep work of loving others well and meeting them where they are–truly being the hands and feet of Jesus.

Mission Lazarus desires to continue their philosophy of fundraising, approaching development as ministry through a Chief Development Officer who is looking to meet spiritual strength with fiscal strength.

Organization Description

Since 2004 Mission Lazarus has helped more than 100,000 people find dignity and purpose in Honduras and Haiti through values that provide a strong foundation for a Christ-centered focus.

Do No Harm
We refuse to engage in charity practices that promote dependence, reinforce feelings of helplessness, and destroy the dignity of human beings.

Better Together: Development and Discipleship
Always do these together. Together these elements communicate genuine care of the whole person.

Healthy Rules of Engagement
With endless need and limited resources, we partner with and invest in individuals and communities who actively seek to improve their current circumstances. Our partners are not passive recipients of charity; they are the primary change agent of their future. We are a catalyst for that change.

Relationship as Process
Transformation is continuous and life-long. It’s not a “one-off” and is not achieved in the short-term. Commitment must exist on both sides to achieve long-term goals.

Teach Him to Fish
Knowledge is better than gold. Salvation is priceless. No one can steal them away from a person. And both can be shared time and again with others.

Position Description


The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for designing and driving fund development activities for Mission Lazarus, Inc (ML). The CDO has primary responsibility to build philanthropic relationships through ML’s existing individual relationships, foundations, corporations, volunteers, and strategic partners.  This person will work in a fast-paced environment with fundraising staff, colleagues across all functions, and volunteers to assist efforts to build relationships to achieve growing, continual, and sustainable revenue streams.


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in nonprofit management, communications, marketing, public relations, or a related field.
  • Minimum of five years of proven experience in the fund, development field and a proven track record of success.
    Experience working with NGO’s working in developing countries.
  • An excellent speaker and be able to present ML’s case for support in a passionate, compelling, and convincing manner both live and via teleconferences.
  • Experience designing and implementing comprehensive fundraising plans.
  • Progressive track record of cultivating, managing and leading major gift campaigns, managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources, and demonstrated ability to solicit and secure significant major gifts.
  • Demonstrated skill at exercising discretion and independent judgment with respect to matters of significance.
  • Available to travel both domestically and internationally.

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