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Development Director

Nolensville Campus of the Diocese of Nashville

Posted: June 2022
Status: Open



Nolensville Campus of the Diocese of Nashville



Job Description: 

The Development Director’s primary purpose is to facilitate the meaningful involvement of people in the mission and vision for the future of the Nolensville Campus, especially as it relates to the solicitation of major gifts and stewardship at all levels of donors.  Phase I of the campus will be the construction of St. Michael Academy, a Pre-K through 8 Regional Diocesan school; Phase II will be the construction of the church building for the recently formed parish of Mother Teresa Catholic Church; Phase III will be the eventual construction of a high school.  The Director designs, implements, and coordinates a comprehensive program that supports and advances the mission of the entire Nolensville Campus. 


Job Type:    

Full-time Exempt.  Regular Monday through Friday daytime working hours.  Some evening and/or weekend work may be required, particularly when special events take place or if there is the need for attendance at afterhours meetings. Overtime is occasionally required.  Occasional travel outside office is required – approximately 10%. Some schedule flexibility is available to ensure a work/life balance.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  1. Develops and implements a strategic plan for single and multi-year resource development, financial and otherwise, to be used for achieving the financial goals for all phases of the Nolensville Campus.
  2.  Creates programs, activities, and initiatives that attract support for the Nolensville Campus.
  3. Develops and sustains positive and mutually rewarding relationships between the Nolensville Campus and its supporters (financial and otherwise.)
  4. Maintains ongoing and active networking with internal and external constituencies.
  5. Advises and supports the facilitation of the Nolensville Campus recognition and development events.  
  6. Collaborates with the Pastor, Principal and Board of Trustees on strategic plan design and other initiatives.
  7. Represents the Nolensville Campus to various and diverse individuals and groups; become immersed in the Nolensville community.
  8. Assists the Pastor, Board and Principal in building and nurturing long-term relationships that yield significant resources, financial and otherwise, from major supporters.
  9. Collaborates with the Pastor, Principal, and the Board to build the Nolensville Campus’s image and awareness within the community.  Fosters engagement with external constituencies and communities.
  10. Assists with identifying strategies to increase funding without bias for the mission and vision of the entire Nolensville Campus. 
  11. Assists the Nolensville Campus at large in creating, planning, and preparing for major events which advance the mission.
  12. Represents the Nolensville Campus at large as an active member of appropriate local, regional, and/or national professional organizations; attends selected conferences and workshops.
  13. Develops, analyzes and secures a prospect list of individuals and groups who have the capacity and propensity to give; maintained as a current and ongoing listing.
  14. Identifies individuals who can make a difference, whether internal or external.
  15. Identifies strengths and opportunities for the church, school, and community, including but not limited to donated professional services or non-cash gifts for the benefit of the entire Nolensville campus.
  16. Informs all involved individuals (internal and external) and is committed to transparency and timely accurate communication of newsworthy or other announcements of importance concerning the Nolensville Campus at large through newsletters, mailings, technology and media.  This includes preparing press releases, advertising, and all other promotional pieces. 
  17. Maintains and secures databases of the Nolensville Campus at large, including involved individuals such as school parents, benefactors, media personnel, and any individual or group with an interest in the Nolensville Campus community.
  18. Cultivates relationships with individuals referenced above personally and through meaningful events and activities which facilitate connection with the Nolensville Campus at large.
  19. Assesses and recommends improvements in internal marketing, public relations, and communications in areas such as: recruiting and retention, volunteers, special events, open houses, annual giving fund, major gifts, and planned giving.
  20. Accounts for and extends appreciation for gifts received.
  21. Maintains and secures accurate records of directed gifts for the specific intentions of the donors to the Nolensville Campus at large.  
  22. Organizes and implements planned gatherings, events, campaigns, and publications focused on giving.
  23. Stays informed and educated on policies and trends affecting the development process by attending meetings and seminars or by individual research through the web or other publications or institutions.
  24. Assists the principal, Board of Trustees, Pastor, and staff as needed in response to development-related matters.
  25. Performs other duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees, Principal, and Pastor, including but not limited to monthly reporting to the Mother Teresa Finance Council and SMA Board of Trustees of activities, planned events, and new pledges of large gifts. 



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  1. Bachelor's Degree in public relations, communications, or a related field.
  2. Significant (at least 5 years) of experience in mission advancement with demonstrated success.
  3. At least 3 years of experience in non-profit involvement, either as an employee or as a significantly contributing volunteer or advisory role.
  4. Prefer candidate with prior development-related experience in a Catholic church and/or Catholic school who demonstrates a clear understanding of the Catholic mission. 
  5. Proven ability in donor prospect research is critical


  1. Demonstrated ability to embrace and share the Nolensville Campus’s mission.
  2. Ability to think strategically and analytically while acting tactically.
  3. Exceptional organizational skills.
  4. Ability to establish and manage multiple priorities with the capacity to work gracefully under pressure.
  5. Capacity to work collaboratively with a diverse group of staff, volunteers, supporters, suppliers, and other stakeholders.
  6. Understanding of IRS regulations regarding donations and fundraising.
  7. Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  8. Ability to identify and implement best practices for advancement.
  9. Regular work attendance.


Prefer candidate with CFRE (Certified Fund-Raising Executive) credential.


  1. Excellent computer skills with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  2. Experience using iWave, Blackbaud, or other fundraising data management system.


Superior communications skills: oral, written, and presentational; superior interpersonal communication skills.


  1. Assistant Director of Development (when and if applicable)
  2. Coordinate with communications staff
  3. School parent and parishioner volunteers 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to feel objects with tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to moderate noise levels in the work environment.  The Nolensville Campus Church and School is a smoke free workplace.



How to Apply:

Send resume with a cover letter to [email protected].


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