Vice President, Development

Northwest Arkansas or Remote // Full-Time
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Title: Vice President, Development
Reports to: President & CEO
Direct report(s): Development Manager (TBH)
Location: Northwest Arkansas preferred, open to remote


Workmatters is on a mission to close the gap between faith and work! We are a faith-based organization that equips leaders in the marketplace to integrate their faith and work. We have a bold vision to reach 5 million leaders of faith and transform 10,000 next-generation leaders by 2030. We’re pursuing this vision by nationally scaling our premier leadership development and spiritual formation program, the Workmatters Institute (WMI). 

To pursue this vision, we are growing our team! We want a team that believes in and lives our values of Faith, Relationships, Excellence, Relevance, and Diversity. And that means we need you.

We are thinking about our entire organization differently to scale WMI. As a result, we’re looking for a VP, Development who will be responsible for resourcing Workmatters’ next chapter of influential growth. You will be an experienced development leader who joins our leadership team with passion for our mission, the ability to become a significant external face of our organization, a desire to grow our brand, and develop relationships with existing and new donors and advocates on a national scale that yield major donations.  

As Development VP, you will bring significant nonprofit fundraising experience built on a foundation of wisdom, integrity, and credibility. You will play a strategic role in representing our income and donors on our leadership team. You will have the opportunity to develop strong relationships with existing and new major donors in Arkansas and nationally. You will lead all aspects of Workmatters Development office. You should enjoy executing development work with an entrepreneurial spirit and in an organized, process-driven manner. 

If you’re someone who wants to do purposeful work by impacting leaders in a transformative way, this is a leadership opportunity for you. 

About Us – Working at Workmatters

Workmatters is not a typical non-profit! From our founding 18 years ago, we wanted to operate more like a business. Why? Because the customers we serve work in the marketplace. Like them, we are a growth-focused organization, with a superb Board, and we believe in producing world-class faith-and-work content. 

We are a passionate 501(c)3 organization intently focused on helping leaders pursue God’s purpose for their work. Our workplace values mean everything to us. We strive to live our shared values of faith, relationship, excellence, relevance, and diversity. We want this half of our life at work to be a place where we genuinely care about each other, we work hard, and we have fun in the process! Our environment is a flexible one, meaning we want you to work in a way that helps you flourish professionally and personally while achieving the mission. 

You’ll be part of a scrappy team with a life-giving mission and will make a direct impact on people. And we want you to grow while you’re here. You will have access and exposure to a broad network of executives for both formal and informal mentorship and networking. And the work you’ll do as VP, Development, will provide real growth and transferrable skills and experience in the following areas: leadership, strategy, board engagement, sales leadership, growth marketing, mentoring.


About You — Capabilities and Mindsets

  • Leadership: experience serving on a leadership team and collaborating on overall strategy.
  • Focus: strong drive and focus to achieve the financial goals of the organization.
  • Strategy: experience in creating and executing development strategy.
  • Nonprofit fundraising: 10 years of successful experience with a focus on major gifts ($10k+) – securing 5 and 6 figure gifts was commonplace for you.
  • People skills: superb relationship management, interpersonal, and communication (written and oral) skills, including the ability to inspire diverse internal and external stakeholders.
  • Growth: excited by taking an excellent non-profit brand experience to the next level nationally.
  • Team and values: the team and our values are important to you.

what you will do — core responsibilities

  • Development Plan: create and execute the comprehensive development plan that supports Workmatters vision, strategy, and financial needs.
  • Relationships: develop and grow meaningful relationships with regional and national advocates that will generate major gifts, company partnerships, foundation gifts, grants, and endowments.
  • Collaborate: work with the CEO, COO and Board to attract new major donors, strengthen relationships, and create greater fundraising and outreach possibilities.
  • Externally focused: become a significant external face of our organization.
  • Donor communications: work with Growth Director and Marketing Manager to develop all donor communications. Ensure processes and systems are in place to execute timely, relevant communications.
  • Build brand awareness: work with Growth Director and Marketing Manager to build brand awareness nationally and reach new audiences through targeted donor marketing via websites, social media, email, annual report.
  • Operations: ensure effective development operations and drive fundraising best practices by building and/or refining the appropriate systems, processes, analytics, third party seals of transparency, and audits.
  • Management: recruit and lead your direct reports (1), and work cross-functionally with Growth, Marketing, and Operations staff, along with the Board of Directors, to accomplish your goals.  


  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.  
  • Experience building and growing a national brand. 
  • Experience setting, executing, and iterating a development strategy.  
  • Experience developing major donor relationships and gifts on your own.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office tools and donor software. Salesforce.com and Donor Perfect experience preferred.  
  • Ability to perform well in a fast-paced, cross-functional team environment. 
  • Must be a positive, team-focused leader. 

Position Benefits

  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • PTO – 12 holidays, 15 vacation days (starting), quarterly spiritual renewal half days, 5 mission trip/volunteer days, 5 sick days.
  • Healthcare stipend for medical/dental/vision.
  • Flexible work environment: we are a team that likes to work in-office in community, but it is also crucial that team members have flexibility with personal needs and are equipped to work offsite from home as needed. We do not have a specific “offsite” time policy, but operate on principles of trust, accountability, and communication to enable work flexibility.
  • Professional development budget and access to Workmatters network of executive mentors. 
  • Half-day summer Fridays.
  • Cell phone benefits.


Please fill out the form below to submit your application. Workmatters will contact selected applicants. For any questions, please contact David Roth, President & CEO, Workmatters at droth@workmatters.org.

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