Development, Midwest Region
Catholic Extension works in solidarity with people in America’s
poorest regions to build up vibrant and transformative Catholic
faith communities. With the generosity of individual donors and
local and national foundations, Catholic Extension raises funds to
help these poor, forgotten, and often isolated communities to
- Catholic Extension invests in buildings by supporting the
construction and renovation of churches and church facilities.
- Catholic Extension invests in leaders for the Church by
providing education, training and support to seminarians, priests,
sisters, deacons, and lay leaders.
- Catholic Extension invests in ministries by supporting
pastoral, youth, young adult, campus and outreach ministries,
Catholic schools, and religious education.
Established in 1905, Catholic Extension is a papal society that
is answering Pope Francis’ call to go out to America’s
“peripheries.” Since its founding, Catholic Extension has
distributed more than $1.3 billion in today’s dollars to dioceses
that cannot support themselves.
Catholic Extension has a full-time staff of 50 employees based
at its headquarters in Chicago or in one of its regional offices in
the following locations: Boston; Dallas; Monterey; Naples, Florida;
Nashville; New York City; and San Diego. Its staff comprises
talented and experienced professionals working in a dynamic,
fast-paced work environment and team-focused culture.
Catholic Extension seeks candidates for the role of Director of
Development for the Midwest Region. Reporting to the Assistant Vice
President of Development, the Director of Development will join a
20-person Development Department, which includes eight gift
officers who focus on major and planned giving and are each
responsible for a geographic region of the country. The Director of
Development for the Midwest Region will be based in Catholic
Extension’s Chicago headquarters, with proximity and access to the
organization’s senior leadership, mission team, and support
The Director of Development will work in collaboration with the
Assistant Vice President of Development and Vice President of
Development, as well as with other colleagues in senior
administration and in the Development Department, to advance
Catholic Extension’s major gifts presence in the Midwest Region,
focusing on Chicago. Catholic Extension enjoys tremendous areas of
existing support in the region, particularly in Chicago, as well as
significant potential for new donor engagement.
Required qualifications and experience:
- Commitment to and passion for the mission of Catholic
Extension; ability to communicate and generate excitement about
mission, history, vision, programs, and fundamental strengths. A
commitment to and understanding of the mission and teachings of the
Roman Catholic Church.
- A highly creative, tenacious, and resilient orientation. Must
thrive on developing new methods of engagement and connectivity in
the current and post-COVID world.
- Flexible, yet driven, self-motivated and self-directed, with a
demonstrated ability to work independently with little supervision
or as a member of a team. Excellent organizational and project
management skills, with exceptional attention to detail, as well as
a process and results orientation; the ability to manage multiple
priorities, embracing a philosophy of teamwork and hands-on
implementation. A self-starter with a sense of urgency, a clear set
of priorities, a strong work ethic, and the ability to adapt to
changing circumstances in a highly collaborative environment.
Appreciation for customer service and outstanding follow
- Bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree and
fundraising certification is preferred.
- A minimum of eight years of post-college work experience and at
least five years of frontline major gifts fundraising experience,
with proficiency in five-figure and above gifts (or equivalent
combinations) from both defined and undefined constituencies,
including cultivation through closing and stewardship.
- Must have demonstrated ability to think strategically about
moving individuals across the spectrum of prospect development,
culminating in significant solicitations appropriate to the donor
as well as organizational priorities.
- Significant knowledge of the players, strategies, and trends in
giving within the Chicago philanthropic community; significant,
demonstrated fundraising success within Catholic philanthropy and
strong existing connections therein. The ability to penetrate these
social networks seamlessly and with aplomb is a must.
- Must have the ability to extract and analyze data to make
effective, efficient decisions about donor strategy and process. A
working knowledge of modern data management practices and
techniques, including database information systems, data modeling,
and analysis is preferred.
- Experience identifying, nurturing, and motivating volunteers,
and an appreciation for their role in building an effective
- Ability to travel as necessary (up to 25 percent of the time),
consistent with public health guidelines.
Catholic Extension has retained the Diversified Search Group to
assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations,
and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be
directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Managing Director and DSG Fundraising & Advancement Practice
Diversified Search Group
The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, 49th Floor, New York,