Sr. Director of Development and Principal Gifts – Lumen Christi Institute

Senior Director of Development and Principal Gifts - Lumen Christi Institute

Posted: May 20, 2019
Status: Filled


Lumen Christi Institute, Chicago, IL


As the Lumen Christi Institute enters into its third decade of offering programs, it is preparing for significant growth. It has become a major pilot project for the renewal of the Catholic presence in higher education, through its core program at the University of Chicago, its conferences with bishops and economists on Catholic Social Thought, its intensive summer seminars, and its success inspiring and catalyzing the creation of similar centers.

The Senior Director of Development and Principal Gifts is a critical piece of that growth plan as new benefactors must be engaged and existing benefactors cultivated to increased support. Lumen Christi is actively seeking an individual that will be able to prepare for and successfully complete a capital campaign of at least $10M in the next 2-5 years. This will require strategic planning and a focus on conducting qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship visits with men and women of affluence and influence both in the Greater Chicago area and nationally.

Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Manage relationships with approximately 75+ active and prospective benefactors.
  2. Secure sufficient annual gifts to help sustain and grow the program as well as manage a portfolio of individuals and family foundations capable to supporting a $10M+ campaign effort.
  3. Develop a comprehensive strategy for engaging, cultivating, soliciting and retaining individual benefactors to the Lumen Christi Institute
  4. Lead and manage a development team of two full-time and two half-time employees as well as support and direct the Executive Director in fundraising and cultivation efforts
  5. Hire and train new staff to build on the success of a renewed development effort.
  6. Create and manage regular stewardship reports and communication updates to the Lumen Christi Institute Board of Directors and benefactors
  7. Travel within the Greater Chicago area and throughout the United States for face-to-face meetings with benefactors
  8. Assist in keeping records and files related to major benefactors and family foundations
  9. Perform other related duties as assigned


  1. Bachelor’s Degree
  2. Minimum of five (5) years professional fundraising experience with a proven track record of engaging and cultivating benefactors and prospective benefactors
  3. Be a practicing Catholic in good standing who sees the work of the Lumen Christi Institute as essential to the mission of the Catholic Church
  4. Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills as well as written communication skills
  5. Ability to take initiative and simultaneously juggle multiple priorities with competing deadlines
  6. Commitment to meetings out of the office in the Chicagoland area 40% of the time and quarterly trips outside of Illinois.


  1. Demonstrated commitment to the mission of the Lumen Christi Institute
  2. Experience working with a religiously based organization or in higher education
  3. Experience in a small non profit organization or office
  4. Experience working on a capital campaign, specifically a campaign including an endowment goal
  5. Experience working with databases, specifically Raiser’s Edge or Raiser’s Edge NXT

Lumen Christi Institute offers a competitive salary with benefits. Benefits include medical, short and long-term disability insurance, and a 403b plan.

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume by email, with “Senior Director of Development and Principal Gifts” in the subject line to

Organizational Profile

The Lumen Christi Institute is a center for Catholic thought founded in 1997 by Catholic scholars at the University of Chicago. Incorporated as a Catholic institution legally distinct from the University, its academic and intellectual programs complement the work of the Catholic campus ministry and engage the culture of the University of Chicago with Catholic thought. The Institute’s programs include lectures, symposia, master classes, and non-credit courses at the University of Chicago; national leadership programs in its summer seminars for graduate students and in its Program in Catholic Social Thought; and its Cultural Forum, which shares the Catholic intellectual life with the lay public. It recently received a grant from the Templeton Foundation to develop, in collaboration with others, a robust Catholic effort in the area of science and religion. After more than two decades of operation, the Lumen Christi Institute enjoys an international reputation as the leading institution of its kind and continues to work toward leavening American higher education with future leaders better educated and formed in Catholic faith and thought.