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Church Partnership Development Executive

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Work type: Administrative (Full Time)
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Categories: Admissions/Recruiting/Enrollment

Job Title: Church Partnership Development Executive

Reporting Relationship: Executive Director, Partnership Development & Operations

Unit: National & Global

Department: Strategic Enrollment & Partnerships

Campus Location: Indianapolis Ed Center North

Summary of Position:    The Partnership Development Executive supports the Bridge Initiative team with Church development activities. The position is expected to develop relationships with prospective partners, nurture and engage these organizations, convert these leads into committed and signed partners, and to provide client account management support. The position will also support lead-generation activities to share the Bridge Initiative with different audiences. Regular travel is required.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Partnership Development
    • Identifies prospective partners with an emphasis on churches and Christian non-profits
    • Creates and executes a contact strategy to engage prospective partners and sell the Bridge Initiative and its value to these organizations with the goal of adding twenty-five (25) partners during the fiscal year
  • Development Data
    • Tracks lead and contact data to support reporting, trend analysis, and relationship management
    • Develops and tracks weekly, monthly, and annual benchmarks that support development goals
    • Maintains an accurate accounting of all partners in the various partnership tracking systems
  • Partner Onboard & Engagement
    • Supports partnership onboarding by conducting a kickoff call with committed partners, following execution of any legal agreements
    • Provides periodic communication with new partners between the execution of the legal agreement and the end of the first year to ensure engagement
  • Lead Generation
    • Identifies and executes at lead generation events or experiences to support partnership development
  • Travel
    • Travels regularly to prospective partner locations to support development activities 
  • Training
    • Participates in the annual training and partnership conference for Bridge Initiative partners
  • Liaison
    • Liaison concerns and needs from partners to the Bridge Initiative team, where necessary

Qualifications: According to Indiana Wesleyan University employment policy all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.


  • Required. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university is required
  • Preferred. A master’s degree in business, leadership, communications, or ministry is preferred


  • Required Experience. Three to five (3-5) years of vocational ministry experience is required, particularly in large, influential churches or related para-church organizations.
  • Preferred Higher Education Experience. Any higher education experience (e.g., administration or teaching) is preferred.

Required Skills

  • Leadership. Significant capacity to develop and support a team and complex processes as initiatives scale
  • Interpersonal Relationships. Demonstrated ability to work with colleagues who represent a diversity of work and conflict resolution styles
  • Communication. Superior ability to communicate in all forms (e.g., verbal and written) and mediums (e.g., electronic, in-person, or otherwise)
  • Project Management. Ability to manage multiple, complex projects through a combination of systems and agile thinking
  • Technology. Proficient skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook and introductory experience in graphic design (e.g., Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator), website management, data analytics, and project management tools are preferred.

Diversity Statement

IWU commits to create a community that reflects kingdom diversity. We will foster an intentional environment that exhibits honor, respect, and dignity. Acknowledging visible or invisible differences, our community authentically values each member’s earthly and eternal worth. We refute ignorance and isolation and embrace deliberate and courageous engagement.


As a religious educational institution operating under the auspices of The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (42 U.S.C., Sections 2000e-1 and 2000e-2).

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.


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