Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation
Director of Development and Information Technology

Summary: The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation is searching for someone to fill a Director of Development and Information Technology position. This is a full-time (40 hrs per week) position based in the Washington, DC area. The Director of Development and Information Technology reports to the Executive Director, and collaborates regularly with the Director of Operations and other part-time staff. It’s expected the person in this position will be available to work regular business hours, Monday – Friday, with some flexibility related to hours. Remote work is possible, though regular time in-office is necessary. It is expected that the Director of Development will attend in-person the annual Staff-Board Retreat (usually over a weekend in February or March) and the Contemplative Voices Award (usually in October or November). The Director of Development and Information Technology may be asked to attend in-person board meetings throughout the year as well.

Position Description:


  • Oversee Shalem’s fundraising operations and strategy. This includes spearheading appeals, organizing fundraising events, drafting letters, and entering and tracking donor records. Further, it includes long-term strategic planning to grow the annual fund both in dollars and in the number of donors.
  • Serve as the point-person for Shalem’s annual fundraising event, the Contemplative Voices Award.
  • Develop a comprehensive development strategy based on donor research, industry best practices, relationship management, and Shalem’s organizational culture and rhythms.
  • Manage and perform administrative tasks related to development, including making deposits, running reports, writing thank you’s, and tending to the technological applications related to development and fundraising
  • Partner with the Executive Director and Development Committee in the work of development and fundraising.
  • Report information to the Board of Directors, Development Committee, and Communications Committee as requested.
  • Oversee special fundraising campaigns and appeals.
  • Raise awareness of Shalem’s planned giving opportunity.
  • Research and write grants as needed, time allows, or as assigned by the Executive Director.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Shalem donors.


  • Manage Shalem’s technology needs and services. This includes serving as the point-person for Shalem’s external technology consultants.
  • Partner with the Director of Operations to conduct a review of Shalem’s existing technology applications to identify gaps and opportunities.
  • Develop a comprehensive technology plan to replace and dispose of old hardware, identify improvements to Shalem’s existing CRM system, and transition to new technology applications as necessary.
  • Investigate and propose a plan to adopt a learning management system for Shalem programs.


  • Suggest and/or implement best practices in Shalem’s communications and social media applications.
  • Review and edit documents, blogs, and other written/promotional materials as requested.

Minimum Qualifications Sought:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience in development/fundraising
  • 3-5 years of experience in information technology, including database management
  • Project management experience preferred

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience. Additionally, the person in this position is eligible to receive employee benefits from Shalem including: health/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, 401(k) with 3% matching, and a health savings account with $200 deposit each month (as part of health insurance plan).

Full-time employees are eligible to receive three-weeks paid time off per year. The Shalem office is closed between Christmas Eve and New Years Day, though the Director of Development may have to tend to some work during this period.

Application Instructions: Applications can be sent to and should include a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should indicate what about Shalem’s mission led you to apply.


Our mission is to nurture contemplative living and leadership.


Grounded in our understanding of God’s desire for peace, wholeness and well-being, we envision a world transformed by contemplative living and leadership in which all people honor one another and creation, recognize their unity and interconnectedness, and courageously seek to live out of this reality.