The Virginia United Methodist Foundation (VUMF) provides stewardship education and manages assets for local churches, districts and agencies of the Virginia United Methodist Conference. Through its Grants Fund, the Foundation makes strategic awards to support projects, ministries and initiatives throughout the Conference that have the capacity or potential to enrich ministries in local churches and/or affiliated agencies, expand the outreach and ministry into the community, and enhance the ministry impact of United Methodist churches throughout the Virginia Conference.
In addition to the Foundation, the President will oversee the Virginia United Methodist Development Company (DevCo) and the Virginia United Methodist Real Estate Management Company (REMCO). DevCo was established as a financial service ministry of the Foundation to provide a funding source for loans to United Methodist churches, institutions and other related organizations within the Virginia Conference, which may include retirement communities, colleges and other affiliates of the United Methodist Church. These loans may include, but are not solely limited to, mortgage loans, renovation and construction loans, building and land acquisition loans, and other capital investment loans. REMCO assists donors with transferring personal assets or real estate to Methodist churches and affiliations of the Virginia United Methodist Conference. In addition, REMCO can manage the transfer of properties on behalf of owners and maintain consistent requirements in accordance with owners’ desires.
VUMF seeks a proven nonprofit leader with at least five years of progressive leadership experience and a passion for the Foundation’s mission. The selected candidate will be a visionary with strong strategic planning experience and skills. Experience in foundation work/philanthropy and fundraising is preferable, though not a requirement. The selected candidate will have deep management experience and be a battletested leader. Strong financial acumen is a must.
The successful candidate will serve as the primary external representative of the Virginia United Methodist Foundation and will be a relationship-based leader, comfortable with being the face of the organization, skilled in coalition building and working with diverse stakeholders, practiced at public speaking, and able to understand the nuances of the United Methodist church and a faith-based organization. An ability to build on the Foundation’s reputation as a responsive, accessible, and trusted partner is a necessity.
Personal qualifications include the interest and ability to build a strong, supportive culture and to both manage and lead within the organization. A creative, intuitive thinker with high emotional intelligence, flexible personality, and strong resiliency will serve the organization well. The selected candidate will be self-confident but also authentic and a person who exhibits servant leadership. The ability to foster transparent, honest communication, internally and externally, will be required and highly valued.
A bachelor’s degree is required from an accredited college or university; a master’s degree is desirable.