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Director of Development

Posted: August 2023
Status: Open



Penn & Drexel Newman Center at St. Agatha St. James (Philadelphia, PA)


Organization Description:

The Penn & Drexel Newman Center at St. Agatha-St. James Parish is an apostolic Catholic community, entrusted to Mary, that works with the university community and families to live a full Christian Life as “missionary disciples”. We are in a period of growth, as we look to launch a bold 5-year Strategic Plan to build a culture of “Missionary Discipleship.” You will be part of a team, in which you will be supported with great resources to fulfill your job of sharing our stories with others!


Position Description:

The Development Director reports directly to the Penn & Drexel Newman Director and is responsible for leading and managing the fund development program, to raise funds for programs, facilities, and endowment. The Development Director works closely with the Newman Director and is supported by and oversees the Development Manager and interns to fulfill the Strategic Fundraising Plan. You will also be supported by the Communications Director. Primary responsibilities and relationships with other people in the institution are outlined below.


Job Details:

Type: Full-Time, Exempt, 40hrs/wk
Experience: 3+ years experience
Pay/Benefits: Commensurate with experience.  Benefits include medical, dental, vision, retirement package.
Supervisor: Patrick Travers, Newman Director
Website: http://www.saintsaj.org/


Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Oversee the development & execution of the Strategic Fundraising Plan. Responsible for all matters related to the execution, management, and support of Development Team.
  2. Identify, cultivate, solicit and close gifts. Maintain an active pool of prospective benefactors who can support the ministry.
  3. Conduct a minimum of ten (10) face-to-face visits monthly (in and out of state) with potential benefactors in the form of discovery, cultivation, solicitation or stewardship meetings.
  4. Assist in scheduling, coordination and follow-up of face-to-face visits for the Newman Director or other staff and volunteers as appropriate.
  5. Supervise the stewardship process, including prompt gift acknowledgement, for all benefactors.
  6. Prepare reports as appropriate and submit to the Newman Director.
  7. Plan and supervise direct mail, special events, and other solicitation activities as needed.
  8. Plan and supervise the production and distribution of newsletters, brochures and other marketing materials in support of the campus ministry.
  9. Direct the organization and management of the comprehensive development program through supervision of volunteers and development staff.
  10. Keeps benefactors and their intentions in prayer and encourages other ministry staff to do the same.
  11. Pursues professional and/or faith development opportunities.
  12. Participates in meetings and conversations that shape future vision and strategies for the Center.
  13. Perform additional duties as assigned by the Newman Director to include special projects to assist in the overall fundraising efforts.



  • Practicing Roman Catholic and affinity with the overall mission of the Catholic campus ministry.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Three years demonstrated success and experience in managing an advancement program.
  • Ability to travel 2-5 days monthly to complete donor visits.
  • Thorough knowledge of fundraising principles.
  • Enthusiasm and excellent people skills are essential. The successful candidate must have the flexibility to handle the needs of a fast-paced office and those of benefactors.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
  • 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 other staff members, campus representatives, and volunteers.
  • Ability to think creatively and is not complacent in doing tasks ‘because that’s the way they’ve always been done’. Is comfortable challenging the process.


How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a resume, three professional references who know the applicant’s work experience, and a cover letter that explains why they are interested in the position and how their background and experience qualifies them to be Development Director.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please send application materials to Patrick Travers, the Newman Director at [email protected].


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