Development Officer

Thomas More Society
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Apr 14, 2023

The Development Officer will engage in and be responsible for all aspects of the development cycle of a portfolio of prospects/donors including identification, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgment, partnership, and stewardship to contribute to the overall TMS philanthropic goals.


• Supports the Director of Development with the overall development strategy for TMS fundraising efforts by designing, implementing, evaluating, and refining the major gifts program for gifts $25,000 and above.
• Actively manage a portfolio of approximately 50-75 prospects/donors.
• Create Moves Management strategies to identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospects/donors.
• Ensure consistent and appropriate contact, facilitate, or make solicitations, and ensure effective stewardship.
• Assist in identification and qualification of new prospects and donors in assigned region.
• Coordinate virtual and in-person meetings to cultivate donor and prospect relationships.
• Collaborate with Development Team on appeals and giving campaigns.
• Prepare written materials such as proposals, solicitations, reports, and appeal letters.
• Record and report key metrics through use of internal tracking systems.

Experience and Skill Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree, CFRE preferred.
• Supportive of TMS positions on Life, Family, Freedom, and Election Integrity.
• Active faith life in accord with Catholic-Christian teachings.
• Knowledge or involvement in Pro-Life organizations a plus.
• Minimum three (3) years of fundraising experience in a not-for-profit setting.
• Experience managing a donor pipeline; familiarity with fundraising software and database(s). • Superior verbal and written communication skills, and ability to confidently interact at all levels.
• Proven fundraising track record with demonstrated ability in securing major gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other private funding sources.
• Skilled in planning and implementing long- and short-range development initiatives in conjunction with strategic planning processes.
• Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with prospects, donors, and/or volunteers in a wide range of roles.
• Database management skills – preferably Donor Perfect.
• Highly developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups

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