Catholic Extension was founded in 1905 and established by Pope Pius X as a “papal society” in 1910 with a mission to build churches in America's most rural regions. More than 112 years later, Catholic Extension remains committed to strengthening and supporting the Catholic Church across the United States.
In poor mission dioceses throughout our country, there are more than 15 million Catholics who are on fire for their faith and committed to building up vibrant parish communities. In these areas, the faith is thriving, but the resources are scarce. Catholic churches are exceeding capacity during Sunday Mass; communities without access to a church building are using empty storefronts and warehouses as places to gather; and pastoral and lay leaders are traveling hundreds of miles a week to offer faith formation, lead youth ministries, and provide social outreach to numerous parishes throughout their dioceses.
It is with a strong commitment to its legacy that Catholic Extension invests in these faith communities, ensuring that Catholics across the country can experience the fullness of Church life. Catholic Extension funds church construction projects in places where old buildings are inefficient or can no longer sustain the capacity of their communities. It supports Catholic leaders of all ages so that they can increase their impact for the people they serve. It funds Catholic ministries and programs that engage Catholics in dynamic faith formation, fostering communities full of active parishioners. Together with its generous donors, Catholic Extension is celebrating the mission of the people who do God's work in their communities.
Since its founding, Catholic Extension has distributed more than $1.3 billion in today’s dollars to expand and strengthen the Catholic Church in the poorest regions of America.
Catholic Extension seeks candidates for the position of Director of Development for the Midwest Region. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Development, the Director of Development will join a 25-person Development Department, which includes eight gift officers who focus on major and planned giving and are each responsible for a geographic region of the country. The Director of Development for the Midwest Region will be based in Catholic Extension’s Chicago headquarters, with proximity and access to the organization’s senior leadership, mission team, and support services.
The Director of Development will work in collaboration with the Assistant Vice President of Development and Vice President of Development, as well as with other colleagues in senior administration and in the Development Department, to advance Catholic Extension’s major gifts presence in the Midwest Region, focusing on the eastern part of Chicago from Downtown northward along Lake Shore Drive, as well as the states of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. The Director of Development must be a collaborative member of the Development Department but must also exercise high levels of entrepreneurism and self-direction to help grow major gift activity within the region. The Director of Development will work collaboratively with members of Catholic Extension’s Board of Governors, as well as with local, regional, and national Catholic institutions and other partners to leverage their respective networks and to devise new fundraising strategies and programs.
Required qualifications and experience: commitment to and passion for the mission of Catholic Extension; commitment to and understanding of the mission and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church; bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree and fundraising certification preferred; minimum of eight years of post-college work experience and at least six years of frontline major gifts fundraising experience, with proficiency working with gifts of five-figures and above (or equivalent combinations) from both defined and undefined constituencies, including cultivation through closing and stewardship; experience managing a fundraising territory for a mid to large-size nonprofit organization is preferred; demonstrated ability to think strategically about moving individuals across the spectrum of prospect development, culminating in significant solicitations appropriate to the donor as well as organizational priorities; significant knowledge of the players, strategies, and trends in giving within the major philanthropic communities of Chicago and other parts of the Midwest, and a preference for significant, demonstrated fundraising success therein; ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process; experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating volunteers, and an appreciation for their role in building an effective fundraising network; ability to travel up to 25 percent of the time.
Catholic Extension has retained Diversified Search to assist in this confidential search processes. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Practice Leader – Development & Philanthropy
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