Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Associate Secretary for Development

Paid Position

The Associate Secretary for Development has full responsibility for FGC’s Development Program and serves a key leadership role with FGC’s partner donors, organizational volunteer leadership, and the Staff Administrative Team. FGC has a $2.5 M annual budget and raises approximately $1 M a year.

The ideal Associate Secretary candidate will:

  • Have a minimum of five years professional development leadership experience, including comprehensive campaigns and the solicitation of major gifts.
  • Be an active member of the Religious Society of Friends.
  • Be committed to a journey of spiritual deepening, with a gift for encouraging others in their journey after the manner of Friends.
  • Be able to do extensive travel, work weekends, and accept homestay hospitality.

This is a key leadership position within FGC and the Religious Society of Friends. 


Job Description

General Statement: The Associate Secretary for Development has full responsibility for FGC’s Development Program and serves on the Administrative Team.  As part of that Team, the Associate Secretary for Development works with the General Secretary and the Associate Secretary for Ministries to provide spiritually grounded staff leadership toward implementing FGC’s mission and priorities.  This position is an integral part of the FGC Development Committee, Finance Committee, and other major FGC fundraising committees.


Education and Training:

  1. College degree.
  2. Formal training or experience in organizational leadership and personnel management.

Required Skills:

  1. Knowledge & experience of all aspects of development program management.
  2. Management & leadership skills working with individuals and groups.
  3. Working with active, decision-making committees and volunteers on program development.
  4. Supervising professional staff.
  5. Identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors, including leadership donors with the General Secretary.
  6. Proven record of developing longstanding relationships and partnerships with major and leadership donors.
  7. Experience & demonstrated skills working with volunteers and volunteer committees.
  8. Technical competence in utilizing IT software and interacting with data base systems.
  9. Demonstrated oral & written communication skills.
  10. Knowledge & experience of budgeting and expense management, including financial forecasting.
  11. Working as a team member, communicating effectively and openly with a wide range of colleagues and committee members, and the broad Quaker public.

Other Critical Attributes:

  1. Active member of the Religious Society of Friends.  
  2. Committed to a journey of spiritual deepening, with a gift to encouraging others in their journey after the manner of Friends.
  3. Experience with, or at least familiarity with a range of Friends’ organizations. 
  4. Able to do extensive travel and to work weekends.  Own or have ready access to an automobile.
  5. Possess exemplary interpersonal skills.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Personnel Administration & Supervision:

  1. Works with General Secretary to recruit, hire, and, if necessary, terminate employment of staff in the Development Program.
  2. Supervises Development Manager and Director of Stewardship Services.
  3. Works with supervisees to create a learning environment that encourages spiritual and professional growth and cooperation as the foundation for effective working relationships.
  4. Holds regular meetings with all Development staff.

Program Development & Evaluation:

  1. Works closely with volunteer leadership, the General and Associate Secretaries, and other staff to identify, consider, and discern responses to important challenges and opportunities facing FGC and the Religious Society of Friends.
  2. Provides supportive staff leadership in the development of new programs and services, as well as the continual development of existing programs. Supports efforts to evaluate current programs and services.

Financial Development and Major Gifts:

  1. Develop and manage overall strategies and plans for FGC’s Development Program.
  2. With the Development Committee and others, develop a spiritually grounded vision for FGC’s development work and establish development program goals, objectives, and priorities.
  3. Interpret the vision and plan for FGC development work to the rest of the organization.  
  4. See to the implementation of the plans.
  5. With General Secretary and other Development staff estimate contribution income for annual and long-term budgets, and prepares budgets for Development Program and special campaigns.
  6. Identify, cultivate, and solicit major donor prospects for FGC.  This will involve extensive travel and personal visits.
  7. Maintain close relationships with major donors so as to keep them familiar and engaged with FGC’s vision and work.
  8. Work with the General Secretary to develop leadership donor relationships and to turn those relationships into partnerships.

Special Fundraising Campaigns

  1. Contribute to the vision for and oversee the development, implementation, and completion of major and smaller special fundraising campaigns.
  2. Major, multi-year campaigns may be undertaken to support significant organizational goals and objectives of FGC.
  3. Smaller campaigns may be undertaken to fund special FGC work or projects (e.g. taking the Gathering to the West Coast; securing matching funds required to earn a full grant).
  4. Major campaigns require the approval of FGC Central Committee and the full commitment of the entire organization and will involve additional committee structures, staffing, and budgets.
  5. These campaigns require extensive recruitment, training, and support of volunteers.


  1. With the other members of the Admin Team, carries major responsibility for interpreting FGC to Friends and the wider world.


  1. Meets regularly with other members of the administrative team and with all staff.
  2. Attends all meetings of Central Committee and Development Committee and most meetings of Finance Committee and Executive Committee, and occasionally program committees.
  3. Attends and works during the FGC Annual Gathering of Friends.
  4. Represents FGC at yearly meeting sessions and other events as able.
  5. Other duties as assigned by the General Secretary.

Supervisor: General Secretary
Supervises: Development Manager, Director of Stewardship Services 
Hours: Full Time
Salary Range: Range II, plus full benefits


To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Barry Crossno, General Secretary 
Friends General Conference
1216 Arch Street, 2B
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Apply by October 31, 2014.

Full-time. Full benefits. Based in the FGC Philadelphia office. Expected start date March 1, 2015. FGC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.