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Director of the Office of Stewardship and Development

Diocese of Metuchen
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jan 2, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Donor Relations, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Special Events
Community Foundations, Religion
Employment Type
Full Time
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Plans, organizes, implements and evaluates philanthropic activities that support and benefit the Diocese of Metuchen and its organizations.  Responsible for grant applications, managing fund raising programs and the establishment of the endowments.  Ensures all activities are conducted in support of the mission, philosophy and values of the Diocese. Is a person who is a practicing Roman Catholic. 


Primary Duties

An individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions: 

  • Plans, organizes and evaluates programs and events that encourage philanthropic support for the Diocese and its organizations; recommends appropriate fund raising activities and strategies.
  • Plans, develops and implements the Bishop’s Annual Appeal and evaluate and make recommendations for its ongoing success.
  • Collaborates with parishes, schools and diocesan entities to address structural, fiscal and ministerial needs through programs that include but are not limited to capital campaigns, increased offertory, stewardship initiatives and annual appeals.
  • Develop and implement capital campaigns, increased offertory programs, stewardship initiatives and annual appeals.
  • Creates fundraising strategies that increase support from individuals through major gift identification and cultivation as well as corporations, foundations and other sources; monitors and evaluates effectiveness of fund raising programs.
  • Seeks philanthropic support through annual giving, direct mail, memorials, grants, special events, capital campaigns, planned giving and various other programs.
  • Responds appropriately and effectively to donor inquiries.
  • Leads, directs and presents at parish and diocesan finance council meetings, deanery meetings, parish and diocesan staff meetings
  • Participates in top-level fund-raising activities, gift acceptance and recognition activities; cultivates effective relationships with current and potential donors.
  • Establishes and maintains a high level of visibility throughout the Diocese in order to promote programs and initiatives of the Department and Diocese.
  • Ability to develop a planned giving program and solicit legacy gifts.
  • Maintains and nurtures the relationship between the Diocese and those who are and have been major contributors in the past.
  • Provides oversight of the design, development and administration of the donor information system.
  • Acts as a consultant to pastors, boards, principals and parish representatives regarding fund raising and grantsmanship.
  • Maintains current knowledge regarding information and trends in philanthropy; maintains memberships in professional organizations and stays abreast of tax law and IRS rulings affecting charitable giving.
  • Works with advisory groups and boards for planning, organizing and evaluating programs for which funds are needed.
  • Plans and oversees the preparation and development of informational materials relating to all development activities.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred. 10 years of experience in a fund raising environment preferably in church, school or an equivalent mix of education and experience.

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