Major Gift Director ~ Full-Time
Pastoral Center, St. Petersburg
This position will focus on being a resource to our parishes, schools and other diocesan entities, and meeting with potential donors (includes parishioners and non-parishioners) to encourage philanthropy and stewardship to the various entities of the Diocese via major and planned gifts.
- Cultivate and create a rapport and relationship with pastors, principals and executive directors of the various entities, fostering a spirit of cooperation, trust and commitment to the mission and vision of the Diocese.
- Identify, cultivate and solicit donors utilizing the highest professional standards of ethics and conduct to build a donor centric model of sustained support for all diocesan entities.
- Secure gifts to benefit the entities of our diocese and the Foundation through one of the various gift opportunities including:a) Major gift support for unrestricted and restricted purposes
b) Permanently endowed funds
c) Planned gifts
- Work with parishes to establish local major donor programs which support the Parish Life Fund and Bequest Program.
- Work with Executive Director to coordinate and implement life planning seminars at parishes and schools throughout the Diocese in conjunction with the various entities of the Diocese, increasing enrollment in the diocesan legacy society.
The Major Gift Director is directly accountable to the Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation. The Major Gift Director works closely with all parish staff, diocesan ministries, development team members, Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees, donors, vendors, outside council, and consultants to the Catholic Foundation.
Qualities and Skills
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills to interact effectively with members of diocesan offices, parish and school staffs, clergy, donors, and volunteers.
- Bachelor’s degree required and a minimum of three years of high level development experience specifically with major and planned gifts.
- Experience and working knowledge of major gift and planned giving/legacy giving vehicles and the ability to communicate and share that with others.
- Demonstrated track record in increased gift solicitations.
- Ability to work independently as well as work collaboratively to schedule and produce work in a timely manner.
- Ability to work nights and weekends.
- Ability to research information, draw informed conclusions and make appropriate recommendations and decisions.
- Practicing Catholic with knowledge of the Catholic Church, its organizations and how it functions preferred.
- Thorough knowledge of personal computers and the ability and aptitude to work with a variety of computer programs, including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point and Publisher.
Must have a Level II FBI Background Screening and complete Safe Environment Training on line.