Job Openings

Position title: Director of Development

Reports To: Pastor

Supervises: Saint Mark’s School Development Staff and Volunteers

Primary Purpose:

The Development Director, in conjunction with the Pastor, and Leadership Council will develop and implement a cohesive fundraising plan for Saint Mark’s Parish, School, and Foundation.  The intent of the plan will be to develop a growing source of financial support to promote the missions of the Parish and the School. The Development Director will be responsible for expanding the base of financial support from a broad range of sources by building and maintaining relationships with Saint Mark’s parishioners, donors, and the general public.

Essential Functions and Major Responsibilities:  (The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position.  Duties and responsibilities are also subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change)

  1. Assist the Pastor/Parochial Vicar in creating a Parish-wide (church and school) fundraising vision or mission. Directs said development plan.
  2. Serve as the point of contact for all parish, school, or foundation fundraising activities. (work to eliminate duplicate requests and efforts)
  3. Work with parish and school staff to develop and maintain a database of Saint Mark’s Alumni, parents, donors, grandparents, parishioners, potential donors…
  4. Create and implement a plan for soliciting Memorial and Bequest donations. The plan should include the design and production of materials to promote and communicate the request for memorials and bequests. The implementation of the plan should include strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations.
  5. Assures the development and implementation of a comprehensive public relations and communications plan. The development director facilitates the promotion of an articulated, written case statement about the parish/school which tells the story of its mission, and public and community contributions.
  6. Performs general management responsibilities including, preparing an annual report, creating visibility of the parish development goals, needs, and activities, and maintains great public relations with donors and potential donors.

Necessary Job Skills

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of fund development (major/planned giving), with a recognized ability to organize, create and implement development efforts through the use of marketing techniques.
  • Knowledge of Catholic Church organizational and operational procedures is required. The ability to communicate effectively with all constituents (parish, school, general public), both verbally and in writing is a necessity. Public presentation skills are a must.
  • Ability to present, inform and motivate individuals and groups about Saint Mark’s mission and vision.
  • Persistent, persuasive, and consistent in the contact, follow through, and completion of acquiring donors and gifts.
  • The position requires creativity, decision-making, interpersonal skills, use of discretion, teamwork, negotiation, independent problem solving, service orientation, and a love of our Catholic Faith.
  • Director must be competitive and resourceful in an organization that has an infinite amount of needs and a finite amount of financial resources.
  • Knowledge of basic computer software and all basic office equipment is required. Proficiency in working with software to maintain data, and relationships and develop marketing materials will be necessary.

Preferred Education and /Or Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Preferred experience in charitable fund development.
  • Demonstrated success in securing major and annual gifts from foundations and corporations
  • Demonstrated success in working as a member of a team and developing effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and donors.
  • Demonstrated success in soliciting major gifts from individuals.
  • Ability to lead multiple long and short-term projects simultaneously, meeting all related deadlines: the ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and manage own work: the ability to work unsupervised and to make decisions and solve problems independently, effectively, and creatively
  • Practicing Roman Catholic

To apply: Email your resume and cover letter to Chris Tverdy at [email protected]