Director of Philanthropy & Engagement

The Stewpot
May 1, 2022
Dallas, Texas
Job Type


Title: Director of Philanthropy & Engagement

Approved: April 2022

Status: Exempt

Reports to: Stewpot Executive Director

Position Summary

The Director of Philanthropy & Engagement of The Stewpot works closely with the Finance Office, Stewpot Executive Director, Stewpot Program Directors, First Presbyterian Church’s Senior Director of Development and Communications, and contractors. This position reports to the Executive Director of The Stewpot, who reports to the Senior Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas (FPC Dallas).

Essential Functions

  • Work in consultation with the Executive Director and the leadership team of The Stewpot and FPC Dallas to develop an overall strategic fundraising and communications plan for The Stewpot including fundraising and engagement targets and campaign goals.
  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Director and leadership of The Stewpot and FPC Dallas to develop the annual budget.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate fundraising campaign and communication / public relations and donor/volunteer engagement activities to achieve budgeted income for The Stewpot. Activities for fundraising programs and publications may include solicitation of contributions, preparation of proposal writing, management of direct mail campaigns and coordination of special events.
  • Effectively manage direct reports in the Development and Volunteer Services office, deploying staff and skills as required to achieve fundraising and communication goals.
  • Works with the FPC Dallas Communications Team in developing communication efforts and campaigns in order to engage the wider Dallas community to raise both funds and friends for The Stewpot.
  • Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate fundraising campaign plans and training programs for volunteers and staff.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor communication efforts and campaigns in order to engage the wider Dallas community to raise both funds and friends for The Stewpot.
  • Provide leadership and work with contractors and volunteers for The Stewpot Alliance and Soup’s On.
  • Oversee Individual and Major Donor stewardship and solicitation plan.
  • Engage with and manage a portfolio of middle to major donors for annual giving.
  • Ensure monthly reports are given to the Executive Director and Community Ministries Committee on fundraising, income and in-kind donations.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of The Stewpot management team to achieve strategic goals.

Other Functions

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for the mission, the clients, volunteers and staff.
  • Generate contact with sources not currently funding The Stewpot and ensure appropriate stewardship of current donors.
  • Ensure preparation and follow-up takes place for donations, grants and other outside funds.
  • Support the department in agency communications and with all stakeholders.
  • Continually seek systemic improvements and hone fundraising and management skills.
  • Maintain good community relations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Core Competencies

Team Orientation: Demonstrates interest, skill and success in team environments; promotes group goals ahead of personal agendas; steps up to offer self as a resource to other members of the team; understands and supports the importance of teamwork; shares credit for success with others, takes responsibility for his or her part in team failures.

Attention to Detail: Consistently attends to the many small pieces which must be assembled into an organized whole; follows up on missing or out of balance items; resolves unanswered questions needed to address a problem; keeps the larger picture in mind while tending to the smallest of details.

Listening: Engages in thoughtful and attentive listening; listens beneath the surface for real intent that may contradict the spoken message; overcomes personal bias to genuinely hear the ideas and concerns of another; can describe the perspective of another, even when he/she disagrees. Listens for content and for working into excellent outlines and proposals.

Time Management: Is able and willing to focus time on tasks that contribute to organizational goals; Uses time effectively and efficiently; values time and respects the time of others; concentrates his/her efforts on the most important priorities; can appropriately balance priorities.

Written Communication: Is able to write clearly and succinctly; employs correct grammar, punctuation and patterns of speech; clearly delivers message in a tone appropriate to the context.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent training or relevant experience in business or not-for-profit organizations.
  • Minimum of three to five years fundraising experience.
  • Demonstrated skills in written and oral communication, consultation, training and supervision.
  • Demonstrated track record of success in raising funds for a $3-$5 million-dollar organization with a team of development professionals.
  • Experience working with volunteer services for an organization including incorporating the engagement of volunteers, both board, alliance and program volunteers.
  • Ability to interpret and share The Stewpot’s mission via multiple channels.
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of management, leadership, and human relations.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse personalities and backgrounds.
  • Proficiency with computers and working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite as well as fundraising software.  Knowledge of and experience with e-marketing and major social media platforms is preferred.


Note: This description contains the information and facts considered necessary to describe and evaluate the duties of this position fairly and equitably. It should not be considered an exhaustive description of all the work requirements to be performed, but indicates the kinds of duties and levels of responsibility required by the position. The Director of Philanthropy and Engagement may add or remove responsibilities as occasion may require.

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