The Director of Development is responsible for overall planning for the development needs of the Agency. In addition, this position will be responsible for developing, coordinating, evaluating and improving all fund-raising programs and efforts and assisting with associated communication and marketing materials representing Catholic Charities. These include the Catholic Family & Child Service agencies located in Yakima, Wenatchee, Richland, and Moses Lake and their respective satellite offices; St. Vincent Centers and Catholic Charities Housing Services. The position will also be responsible for producing the publications, campaign materials, newsletters and annual reports that are presented to the community.
A. Strategic Development Plan: The director will prepare, present and submit a strategic development plan and schedule that will include both an annual plan and projections as well as a three-year plan that will serve as a flexible draft outlining future growth.
1. Engages the Board of Trustees and all other boards in the establishment of development goals and objectives.
2. Creates a Strategic Development Plan that includes finalized goals and objectives, a timeline for its execution as well as projected outcomes and a defined means of measuring success.
3. Works with the President and CEO, other Agency Directors and staff members regarding their specific development related efforts.
4. Staffs the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees and consults regularly with all other boards.
5. Participates in an annual evaluation with the President and CEO of Catholic Charities.
B. Project Oversight: This position will develop, coordinate, evaluate and improve all fund-raising and development projects.
1. Will develop and manage planned giving programs including targeting prospects for estate planning, endowments and investment holdings.
2. Directs all aspects of marketing and advertising programs utilizing direct mail solicitation and other marketing and public relations tools.
3. Coordinates the Sustaining Member Appeal (SMA) and Annual Christmas Collection (ACC) for Catholic Charities.
4. Coordinates the research of potential private sources of funding such as grant and foundation support as well as major/special gifts.
5. Directs the cultivation of prospective private and corporate sector donors.
C. Networking: The Director will establish and nurture relationships with individuals, parishes, priests & laity, organizations, the media and communities and develops an easily approached and recognized presence in the Diocese.
1. Relates to past, present and potential donors in a multitude of ways (including in person by phone, by visits, by cards, etc.) utilizing a gift and donor tracking and immediate acknowledgement system.
2. Represents the agency with various local, regional, state, and national development and stewardship organizations.
3. Is responsible for personal and professional development by identifying pertinent workshops and opportunities that contribute to continued growth.
4. Maintains a membership in the Development and Communication Section of Catholic Charities USA.
D. Evaluation and Reporting: The Director will determine appropriate methodology to evaluate goals and objectives and prepares reports accordingly.
1. Develops a working knowledge and understanding, and becomes conversant in, the methodology and/or reporting requirements for budgets, finances and investments, gift accounting procedures, tax law and prospect research management.
2. Develops a physical database of files, research and information services related to grants, foundations and key players in the area of fundraising including strategy worksheets, call reports, background research, and other pertinent information.
3. Manages the donor base utilizing the fundraising software including ongoing analysis of the database to identify major gift prospects.
4. Projects fundraising and fiscal development trends and plans responses accordingly.
E. Communications and Marketing: The director will be responsible for development and implementation of a communications and community awareness programs designed to raise the visibility of Catholic Charities and its affiliated agencies.
1. Excites and inspires confidence among Catholic Charities constituents, including
parishioners, priests and laity, clients and other contributors.
2. Develops a keen understanding of programs and services so as to market them effectively.
3. Develops and manages a strategic marketing plan which includes all specific public awareness and fund-raising outcomes.
a. Responsible for producing the publications, campaign materials, newsletters and annual reports that are presented to the community.
b. Publishes and distributes a Catholic Charities quarterly newsletter and utilizes other print media and PSAs for publicity.
c. Publishes and distributes a Catholic Charities Annual Report.
d. Oversees the production of all agency promotional and public relations materials.
e. Prepares SMA and ACC campaign materials, distributing materials and marketing efforts in local communities.
F. Any other tasks assigned by the President and CEO.
1. Education – BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university in the area of Development, Marketing, Public Relations, Communication, or a closely related field.
2. Experience – Broad based development, fund-raising, public relations, or marketing with a faith based social service agency preferred.
3. Licenses, Registrations or Certifications –
a. CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive)
b. Valid Washington State driver’s license and minimum Agency-required liability insurance.
4. Special Skills –
a. Ability to articulate the philosophy, objectives and mission of the Catholic Charities.
b. Initiative and success in creating strategic development/marketing plans as well as fundraising campaigns.
c. Flexibility with scheduling as hours worked will reflect the nature of the job; willingness and ability to travel.
d. Sensitivity to diverse cultures.
e. Ability to use current information technologies relative to development including fundraising software and social media.
f. Demonstrated initiative and exceptional organizational, communication, and leadership skills in order to work with a diverse group of staff, volunteers and donors.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position normally requires the physical demands of standing, walking, bending, lifting or performing other work requiring low physical exertion, talking, and hearing on a regular basis to perform the job requirements. These physical demands are required up to 90% of the time. Any disabled applicant who does not meet one or more of the requirements, but who can perform the essential function of the job (with or without reasonable accommodations) shall be deemed to meet these requirements.
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