Assistant Director of Development – Duke Catholic Center

Assistant Director of Development - Duke Catholic Center

Posted March 25, 2019
Status: Filled


Duke Catholic Center, Durham, NC


The Assistant Director of Development reports to the Director of Development (DoD) of the Duke Catholic Center and is responsible for helping lead and manage the fund development program. The development program is charged with raising funds over $1,000,000 a year for programs, facilities, and endowment of the Center. Primary responsibilities and relationships with others are outlined below.

Annual Giving Strategy and Implementation
  1. Identify, cultivate, solicit and close leadership level annual fund gifts.  Maintain an active pool of prospective benefactors who can support the ministry.
  2. Establish and maintain reports and tools that assist in the analysis, evaluation, and reporting of the annual giving program.
  3. Assist in the development of budgetary recommendations for annual giving efforts; record and accurately report on actual costs and evaluate the use of funds within assigned programs and activities.
  4. Implement and oversee the mailing of all promotional and informational materials in conjunction with the annual giving calendar, which includes the annual report, annual fund solicitation letters, invitation to events, etc.
  5. Work with seniors to develop implement senior giving program to support the Center.
  6. Supervise student Networking Coordinators including the annual thank-a-thon event where students call to thank annual fund donors of the previous years.
  7. Develop and implement comprehensive stewardship strategy in conjunction with Director, DoD and Advisory Board.
Advancement Administration
  1. Serve as the manager of the Center’s donor database. Supervise student intern or work study student assisting with database maintenance. Ensure the following:
    • Constituent records are updated on a timely basis (address changes, births, additions, deaths, notepad information, codings, annual giving segments, annual giving ask amounts, etc.)
    • Routine database reviews and corrections to improve database accuracy
    • Importation of new student and parent data on an annual basis
  2. Work with DoD to coordinate and plan Director travel including making meeting requests, conducting donor research, and preparing itinerary information.
Collaboration and Strategic Initiatives
  1. Collaborate with Duke Catholic Center staff on ministry strategy and direction. Participate in DCC staff meetings, committees and groups as needed.
  2. Act as a DCC representative at University wide development events.
  1. Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  2. 0-2 years of experience in nonprofit, campus ministry or sales related field.
  3. Enthusiasm and excellent people skills are essential.  The successful candidate must have the flexibility to handle the needs of a fast-paced office and the special needs of benefactors from different communities, class years, and professional backgrounds.
  4. Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
  5. Ability to organize and prioritize tasks and to lead and motivate others, especially volunteers.
  6. Thoroughness in planning and implementing work, including goals, budget, timetables, and action steps to achieve objectives.
  7. Ability to work effectively with other staff members, campus representatives, and volunteers.
  8. Required technical skills include proficiency with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel as well as a willingness and ability to master donor database tools.
  9. Practicing Roman Catholic and affinity with the overall mission of the Catholic campus ministry.
  10. Ability to travel and attend evening and weekend events.
How To Apply

Applicants should submit a resume, three references who know the applicant’s work experience, and a cover letter that explains why they are interested in the position and how their background and experience qualifies them to be the Assistant Director of Development.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Please send application materials Michelle Sutton, Director of Development, The Duke Catholic Center

About the Duke Catholic Center

The Duke Catholic Center serves the 2,600+ Catholic students of Duke University and represents the Catholic Church at one of the most globally influential universities. The Duke Catholic Center strives to form the leaders of tomorrow as strong Catholic men and women, knowing that Christ can and will transform the world through their futures.

We are looking for Catholic men and women who share our passion for making the world a better place through empowering young Catholics to live out their faith in the world.