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Director of Development


Posted: June 2024
Status: Open



St. Peter Catholic Student Center, Waco, TX, https://baylorcatholic.org/


Position Description:

The Director of Development position requires a highly motivated professional with a mission-oriented mentality and ability to build relationships.  The Director of Development should have good leadership and management skills and meaningful experience in promoting and cultivating financial generosity as well as the important work of stewardship.  The Director of Development is both an ambassador and an advocate for the mission of SPCSC.


The Director of Development plays a major role in shaping and achieving the overall strategic goals of SPCSC by promoting sustainability and growth.


The Director of Development reports to the Rector and works in close partnership with the Chair of the Leadership Council, the Chair of the Finance Council, SPCSC staff, students, and volunteers of SPCSC. 



  • Develop and implement an annual development plan for SPCSC
  • Oversee, manage, and approve the overall fundraising efforts of SPCSC ministries (staff led and volunteer led)
  • Work with the Rector to accomplish fundraising goals
  • Initiate and maintain positive working relationships with a broad spectrum of people (donors, Leadership Council members, volunteers, staff, students, etc.)
  • Maintain donor records, including inputting donor reports after donor meetings or providing Development Assistant with the tools to do so
  • Coordinate the solicitations of and acknowledgement of donations, including major gifts and routine giving
  • Facilitate and attend meetings with donors, prospective donors, businesses, etc.
  • Supervise grant development and associated correspondence and reports
  • Coordinate and execute all fundraising events
  • Attend other major staff events and other major parish events that may help advance development efforts, including but not limited to Kick Off Weekend Masses, Baccalaureate Masses, Family Weekend, Homecoming, and Baylor Catholic Connect
  • Recruit, work with, and steward volunteers for development events
  • Serve as liaison to the Confraternity of Mary (Catholic faculty group)
  • Ensure timely tracking and follow-up of grant solicitation, implementation, acknowledgements, and reporting
  • Conduct effective campaign strategies for direct mail appeals
  • Supervises and mentors a small development team responsible for gift processing, donor relations, annual giving, major gifts, and event planning
  • Oversees communications between Development Office and SPCSC as a whole
  • Oversees external communications from St. Peter by approving and supervising the Communications Facilitator / Development Assistants’s communications plan
  • Effectively engages the Steering Committee in fundraising
  • Prepares reports on fundraising efforts for Rector, Finance Council, and Campaign Committees
  • Collaborates with the accountant and development team to reconcile donations and ensure that donations are accurately recorded
  • Abide by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethics and standards
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by the Rector to include special projects to assist in the overall fundraising efforts 


  • As an integral part of your ministry for the Church as carried out in this position, support and uphold the philosophy of Catholic ministry and the mission of SPCSC in both your professional and personal life.

  • Act as a witness to Gospel values by modeling the teachings of the Catholic Church.

  • Continuously grow in your ministry by participating in religious ceremonies, training sessions, and reflection activities as directed.

  • At least three years of progressive fundraising experience and leadership, including demonstrable management skills and ability to steward a multi-faceted development program.

  • Successful track record in prospect research, cultivation and the direct solicitation of major gifts, especially candidates with proven ability to generate gifts of $25,000 and above, and with professional experience spanning the full spectrum of philanthropic fund development (major gifts, planned giving, annual giving, prospect research, grant application, proposal development, special events, etc.)

  • Proven ability to think strategically, generate and implement successful fundraising plans, measure outcomes and adjust strategies to maximize goal attainment

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills

  • Knowledge of social media tools

  • Ability to handle flexible hours, including weekend and evenings

  • Maintain high level of professionalism and confidentiality at all times

  • Able to multi-task in high stress situations

  • Action oriented work ethic

  • Commitment to the mission and goals of SPCSC and ability to articulate its mission

  • Computer skills (Internet applications, Microsoft Office, word processing, and fundraising database)

  • Should be a practicing Catholic

*Any candidate must be able to support the mission of St. Peter Catholic Student Center (SPCSC)

How to Apply:

Apply by visiting: https://austindioceseparishes.isolvedhire.com/jobs/1230088-126896.html


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