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Director of Development

Catholic Center at Tulane University

Posted: August 2020
Status: Open


Tulane University | Archdiocese of New Orleans

New Orleans, LA


The Development Director reports to and works closely with the Chaplain (Director), while serving as a member of the Leadership Team. Primary areas of responsibility include fundraising (donor stewardship and solicitation, appeals, development events), communications (online presence and direct mail), and leadership (collaboration in the direction of the ministry with the Leadership Team). Primary responsibilities and relationships with others in the institution are outlined below. 

Employment Type:

Pay: Salaried

Benefits: Employee benefits package, Archdiocese of New Orleans


Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Reflect and embody the mission of the Catholic Center and abide by the policies and procedures of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and Tulane Catholic.
  2. Responsible for the coordination of all development efforts. Maintain and execute an annual development plan.
  3. Identify, cultivate, ask and obtain gifts to sustain the mission of Tulane Catholic. Annual operations budget is approximately $400,000.
  4. Steward donors (i.e., promptly acknowledging any gifts). Conduct at least 20 face-to-face visits monthly with potential benefactors through discovery, cultivation, solicitation or stewardship meetings. This includes travel outside of the New Orleans area.
  5. Assist in scheduling face-to-face visits between the Director/Chaplain and benefactors.
  6. Meet regularly with the Chaplain and provide reports.
  7. Plan and supervise direct mailings (newsletters, appeals, reports) and oversee the use of social media accounts, website, and email lists to encourage support for Tulane Catholic.
  8. Supervise volunteers or staff involved in fundraising (i.e., student intern). Build and maintain an active council of volunteers to support the mission (the Advancement Council).
  9. Perform additional duties as assigned by the Chaplain to assist in fundraising efforts or leadership of Tulane Catholic.
  10. Occasionally work during weekend and evening hours to carry out these duties. This includes maintaining a regular presence at Sunday Mass at Tulane Catholic.
  1. Undergraduate degree or higher.
  2. Has superb communication skills (written and verbal).
  3. Has chosen or desires to begin a career in non-profit development. Some experience in fundraising and development is preferred, along with strong motivation to learn and improve professional skills through continued education.
  4. Is free to travel and work weekends and evenings in order to identify, cultivate, and steward donors (because of this need, weekday hours are flexible).
  5. Is a practicing and faithful Catholic in good standing. 
Indications You'd be a Great Fit:
  1. You tend to prefer personal interactions and meeting new people to “desk work”.
  2. You’re energized by the idea of communicating with and galvanizing supporters (even strangers).
  3. Rather than working on your own, you prefer working with a small team in a fast-paced ministry environment.
  4. You see development and fundraising as a ministry to donors and others, not just a job.
  5. You love the Church and see development work for the Church as essential. You believe in the the urgency of Catholic college campus ministry.
  6. You’re comfortable with prayer (e.g., praying with others, praying as a team about decisions), hearing other people’s stories and helping them connect with ours, and could see your work as a ministry that is part of a greater mission to help college students encounter God. 
The ideal candidate will also:
  1. be familiar with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).
  2. be familiar with college ministry (i.e., has worked or participated in a Catholic campus ministry).
  3. have experience with (and be comfortable with) the use of social media, print communications (i.e., newsletter design), website management, e-mail campaigns, and other marketing tools.
How to Apply:

Please, no phone calls. E-mail the following to Fr. Thomas Schaefgen, OP, chaplain, [email protected] with the subject line “Director of Development, Tulane Catholic”:

  • cover letter
  • resume
  • earliest date candidate could begin work
  • names, addresses and phone numbers of 3 references familiar with the applicant’s work

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