Director of Development – Calvert House Catholic Center at the University of Chicago

Director of Development - Calvert House Catholic Center at the University of Chicago

Posted Nov 10, 2017
Status: Open


Development Director – Calvert Center Catholic Center at the University of Chicago


The Associate Director for Advancement is a part of the senior leadership team of Calvert House—the Catholic Center at the University of Chicago—primarily responsible for implementing, maintaining, and growing Calvert House’s fundraising, development, and public relations activities. With the support of the Director, the Associate Director for Advancement will take a pro-active role in cultivating relationships with donors, reaching out to alumni, and raising awareness about the work of Calvert House in the wider community. As an integral part of the senior leadership team, the Associate Director for Advancement is also responsible for overseeing certain key administrative tasks in the institution. The Associate Director of Advancement reports directly to the Director, and works collaboratively with the Associate Director of Campus Ministry, as well as the other staff of Calvert House.


Development & Fundraising

Identify, cultivate, solicit, recognize, and retain major donor support, including through regular contacts in person, by phone, and through electronic means.
Research and write grant proposals, and oversee all subsequent reporting requirements.• Receive, acknowledge, and track all donor contributions, pledges, and other donations.
Maintain and update the institution’s database of benefactors, alumni, parents, and students, analyze fundraising data, and prepare periodic reports.
Educate donors and the general public about the mission, vision, and activities of Calvert House.
Oversee the development, production and dissemination of the quarterly newsletter, the annual Christmas Card, and other communications relative to fundraising activities and donor appreciation.
Administer Calvert House’s LinkedIn page, with a special attention on alumni relations.
Contribute to Calvert House’s website with regular donor-related communications.
Draft annual and special appeals to build the individual giving base.
Direct capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives.
Implement special fundraising events.
Attend public appearances, as designated by the Director, to represent Calvert House in the wider community.
Strategize on and implement efforts to secure new and untapped resources.


Participate in the regular meetings of the senior leadership staff.
Participate in the major activities of Calvert House.
Provide strategic feedback to the Director on input received from contact with donors, alumni, foundations, and the wider public.
Assist in completing the regular Action Items designated by the Archdiocesan Parish Operations Accounting Services Center.
Prepare and monitor the annual budget and any re-forecasts.
Assist with the production of the annual report.
Supervise any work study student(s) assigned to administrative matters.
Assist the Director in maintaining the proper financial filing system, as stipulated in Archdiocesan Best Practices.
Oversee the maintenance and repair of the physical plant as needed
Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.


Bachelor’s degree and prior experience working in fundraising.
Ability to articulate effectively and convincingly the values and mission of Calvert House and the Catholic Church.
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
A strong commitment to, and understanding of, donor recognition and stewardship.
Experience in CRM Systems: Razors’ Edge or ETapestry.
Prior experience in grant-writing, donor management and cultivation.
Is a “self-starter” and goal-driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.
Is pro-active in building overall external relationships.
Ability to maintain clear, accurate records and prepare accurate and timely reports.
Strong computer skills, including proficiency in LinkedIn and other social media.
Possess the skills to work collaboratively with other staff and volunteers.
Well-organized and exhibits “follow through” on tasks and goals.
Demonstrates a professional demeanor and strong presentation skills.
Displays concern for the Calvert House community.
Prior experience in a similar academic context is a plus.

How To Apply

If you are interested in being considered for this opening, please visit the list of open positions on AppliTrack. Please complete a letter of interest, a profile, or submit your resume.

Thank you for your interest in the Archdiocese of Chicago.