Advancement Roles

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

KEES has been exclusively retained by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in its search for two new Advancement roles: Director of Philanthropic Engagement and Major Gifts Officer.


The mission of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is to form visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, LSTC is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students to serve in the global community.


At the convergence of the launching of the school’s new Strategic Plan and the public phase of a multi-million dollar campaign, LSTC will be adding new staff members and refining current roles to better encourage specialization, focus and accountability. The Director of Philanthropic Engagement,  reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, will focus on donor facing staff leadership as well as carrying and cultivating a portfolio of high potential donors. The Major Gifts Officer will focus on carrying a portfolio of mid- to high-level potential donors for development, solicitation and stewardship.  


More information on both opportunities can be found in the respective Opportunity Guides for each position, reached by clicking on the respective role titles in this announcement.


Both positions offer a competitive salary with solid benefits. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.


Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria.


Specific requirements include: 


Both Roles

  • Passion for theological education, social justice and LSTC’s mission.
  • Great comfort level with direct donor interaction is a must, including discussions of personal and family finances, faith, and asking for major financial commitments.
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing and maintaining positive relationships with diverse individuals, including executives, clergy, high-level volunteers, wealthy donors, internal stakeholders and leadership.
  • Career track record that shows stability with an organization and capacity to develop and nurture relationships culminating in overall success.


Director of Philanthropic Engagement

·      A minimum of 3 years of individual giving/major gifts experience in a highly productive program and a minimum of 5 years of documented experience managing a team of Development professionals is required.

  • Bachelor’s Degree; advanced degree and/or CFRE credential preferred.
  • Proven success in building strong and productive work teams, with a focus on mentoring and nurturing staff development.
  • An advanced level of Raiser’s Edge experience is preferred.
  • Please see the Director Opportunity Guide for further requirements and information about this role.


Major Gifts officer

·      A minimum of 3 years of experience in major gift fundraising, with a proven track record of success and a strong working knowledge of strategy development and moves management systems in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship processes.

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Ability to travel 50-60% of the time, and comfort working remotely.
  • Please see the MGO Opportunity Guide for further requirements and information about this role.





Director of Philanthropy:


Major Gifts Officer:


To assure confidential tracking of all applicants, no applications will be accepted via email. ALL INQUIRIES WILL BE HELD IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.

This search is being managed by Laura Weinman, Assistant Vice President of KEES. Questions may be addressed to Project Manager Christine Eddy, .


KEES is a retained search and consulting firm dedicated to building transformative teams and leaders in the nonprofit and public sectors.


At Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, students receive a well-rounded education from renowned faculty, preparing them for a purposeful vocation in a pluralistic and global world. Students receive the skills they need to be leaders in the public church—the people of God bringing faith and action into their communities and the world. LSTC’s Public Church Curriculum has been recognized as one of the most innovative in North America.