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Development Officer

Vagabond Missions

Posted: November 2021
Status: Open



Vagabond Missions

Pittsburgh, PA



Position Description:

The Development Officer serves as a member of the development team, and reports directly to the Director of Development.



  • A practicing and faithful Catholic in good standing, who loves the Church and sees the urgency of preaching the Gospel and evangelizing to the inner city.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Thorough knowledge of fundraising principles or a willingness to learn them.
  • 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.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks and to lead and motivate others, especially volunteers.
  • Thoroughness in planning and implementing work, including goals, budget, timetables, and action steps to achieve objectives.
  • Ability to work effectively with the Director, other staff members, a development consultant, campus representatives, and volunteers.
  • Willingness to travel up to 8 total days per month.
  • Affinity with, and passion for, the overall mission of the organization.

General Responsibilities:

  • Assists DOD in executing Vagabond Missions’ annual fund, which includes major gifts, monthly donors, newsletters, appeals, grants
  • Work alongside the rest of the development team and colleagues in the mission effectively.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and close major gifts. Maintain an active pool of prospective benefactors who can support the organization.
  • Conduct a minimum of twenty (20) face-to-face visits monthly with potential benefactors in the form of Discovery, Cultivation, Solicitation or Stewardship meetings.
  • Travel to new cities, to do lots of identification and discovery work, which includes but is not limited to speaking at parishes and attending dinners or cocktail parties hosted by benefactors.
  • Assist in the operation of fundraising events and annual appeals.
  • Research prospective major donors, by sifting through our own database and referrals, and creating reports for the rest of the development team.
  • Research and apply for various grants, as well as manage the reporting for such grants
  • Work in collaboration with the area directors, to help them with major gift fundraising, research and identification, and fundraising events


Salary, Benefits, etc:

  • Work a 40- hour work week with a set, but flexible, schedule. 8 am – 5 pm, 9 am – 6 pm, etc.
  • 12 days of vacation in year one.
  • Monthly spiritual day.
  • Competitive Salary


How to Apply:

Contact William Davis, Director of Development at 815-590-9799 or [email protected]

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