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Capital Campaign Specialist

Development | Pontiac, MI | Full Time | From $43,100.00 to $58,200.00 per year

Job Description

About Lighthouse

Lighthouse MI is a growing nonprofit, established in 2019 when Lighthouse of Oakland County and South Oakland Shelter joined forces to offer a stronger collective response to poverty in our Metro Detroit community. With over 80 years of combined experience, Lighthouse serves as a beacon of hope to our neighbors who need it most by offering assistance with emergency basic needs alongside housing programs and supportive services designed to support long-term economic stability. Lighthouse owns and operates Spero Housing Group, a subsidiary non-profit dedicated specifically to developing and operating high quality affordable and supportive housing for persons of low and moderate income, as well as HandUp, a community and crowdfunding platform serving 100+ homeless service agencies and their clients across the United States.

Position Summary

As Lighthouse embarks on an impending Capital Campaign, we are seeking a detail-oriented, highly organized team member to serve as Capital Campaign Specialist. This experienced and dedicated individual will work alongside the Chief Philanthropy Officer, CEO, and campaign committee to lead efforts to implement campaign strategies, track/manage donor activity, and provide administrative and technical support to the campaign.

The position reports directly to the Chief Philanthropy Officer with indirect reporting to the CEO. The ideal candidate is an experienced nonprofit fundraiser, understands the workings of a capital campaign, is adept at volunteer committee management, and has superior written and verbal communication skills. They should also be detail-oriented, highly organized, able to work collaboratively in a team environment, and be self-motivated.

Responsibilities and Duties

Campaign Strategy & Management

  • Coordinate with CPO to implement campaign strategies related to donor engagement.
  • Manage the Campaign Committee and ensure they have the tools they need to be successful with their donor outreach activities.
  • Develop a campaign newsletter and regularly disseminate.
  • Update and monitor campaign budget by tracking expenses and progress toward fundraising goals.
  • Oversee overall campaign timeline and goals.
  • Attend campaign related events as needed.
  • Coordinate and execute Campaign Committee meetings - prepare agendas, take meeting notes and execute necessary follow-up as appropriate.

Donor Tracking/Management

  • Track and monitor donor engagement related to CEO and CPO portfolios.
  • Assist CPO with strategies to engage campaign prospects in fundraising events and other initiatives in support of the annual fund.
  • Collaborate with Manager of Corporate Giving and the Director of Individual and Planned Giving to ensure coordination of gift solicitations.
  • Collaborate with the Database Coordinator to ensure accurate entry of campaign related donor actions, proposals, and gifts.
  • Coordinate with Database Coordinator on donor segmentation and pull campaign related donor reports.
  • Track naming and recognition related deliverables.
  • Conduct prospect research and help identify possible campaign donors.


  • Schedule and execute campaign related events and meetings.
  • Assist CPO and CEO with scheduling and preparing for donor meetings - conduct research, prepare briefings, advise on solicitation strategies
  • Oversee campaign related marketing materials and ensure donor collateral is updated regularly.
  • Create invitations, flyers, and other materials related to the campaign.
  • Keep accurate and detailed notes related to campaign planning and strategy.
  • Prepare written materials for donors - thank you notes, proposals, etc.


  • Uphold agency values to maintain a safe, client-centered, and inclusive environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Commitment to the Lighthouse Michigan mission.
  • Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year accredited college or equivalent experience
  • 3-5 years’ progressive experience in fundraising.
  • Understanding of capital campaigns and associated strategies.
  • Strong understanding of the donor development cycle.
  • Experience managing volunteer leadership teams.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience with project and/or event management.
  • Accuity with donor management software.
  • Exceptional skills with Microsoft and Google Workspace services.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5+ years’ progressive experience in fundraising with a focus on capital campaigns
  • Experience working with major donors and prospects
  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge.
  • Experience with budgeting and financial tracking.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Physical Demands:

The incumbent typically works in an office environment and uses a computer, telephone and other office equipment as needed to perform duties. The noise level in the work environment is typical of that of an office. Incumbent may encounter frequent interruptions throughout the workday. The employee is regularly required to sit, talk, or hear; frequently required to use repetitive hand motion, handle or feel, and to stand, walk, reach, bend or lift up to 20 pounds. Contact with the public in office environments may risk exposure to irrational/hostile behavior, contagious diseases, or contact with domestic animals. The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume online via JobScore.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, until the position is filled.

No phone or e-mail inquiries, please.